Christmas 2013 I received my very first Naked palette (Naked 2) and made the decision to never go back to cheap eyeshadow again. The colours are so gorgeous, versatile and pigmented, and everytime I've worn make up since I've reached for it. You can find lots of tutorials on youtube and on pinterest showing you how to layer the colours to create lots of different looks. Add a good mascara, eyeliner and a proper blending brush and that's all the eye make up you will ever need.
This Christmas, I was lucky enough to receive the other two..and now I'm absolutely obsessed with all of them. I will use the same one throughout the week and then at the weekend I swap the palette over to a different one for the following week to encourage me to keep trying different things.
In this post I'll compare each of the palettes and talk you through the colours, and make a decision of which one I would buy if it had to be *sob* only one. They are expensive..at £37 each..so instead of yet another review I thought I'd give you some advice on which one to save up for.
The first Naked palette comes in a dark brown velvet case with a magnetic fastening and a (too small) mirror on the inside cover.They all come with a brush that is big and fluffy on one side and dense and thin on the other for placing shadow in your crease before blending. It has two matte brown shades and 10 shimmer shades. For every day I use the far left (virgin) on my whole eyelid up to my brows, then 'naked' on my lids and 'buck' or 'darkhorse' to add some definition. Overall the palette is focused on warm neutrals and I think these are some of the most pigmented to swatch. The gold shade in the middle, 'half baked' is absolutely beautiful and very lovely for autumn and christmas time.
The Naked 2 palette changed the design to a metal snap shut casing which is better and safer for travel in my opinion. The overall theme of the palette is much cooler, taupe based neutrals. The gorgeous 'half-baked' makes a reappearance (second from left) and a pure black is added. The right hand side of the palette is very blue and silvery..and because I'm a bit afraid of cool-toned eyeshadow- too many flashbacks to wearing blue in the 90s...I don't use those shades as much. I tend to use 'foxy' and 'tease' for everyday.
The Naked 3 palette is rose gold. The packaging is beautiful, it's my favourite, but it is very, very girly. I wore this the other day and I got tons of compliments on how my make up looked 'classy' and more expensive..I was going for a very specific look wearing some of my more classic clothes and it definitely suited it from that perspective. The tones are flattering on almost all skin tones, and 'blackheart', the one on the far right, is one of my favourite shades. A black with flecks of reddish pink that is gorgeous on a night out.
When it comes to choosing just one, it really depends on your style and skintone. Warm toned, yellow skinned girls such as myself, with hazel or green eyes will suit the warm browns of the Naked 1. Cool toned girls with grey or blue eyes will suit the Naked 2. The Naked 3 suits almost anyone but it's less versatile and a very specific look. It's classy and elegant and girly with a lot of rose gold and pinks. Having said that, you could definitely create a good smokey eye with all three of the palettes.
This is a virtually impossible task..I'd really recommend going to swatch all three...but if you're into your trends, I'd go for 1 or 2 depending on your skin tone because of their versatility. If you're more classic, I'd go for the Naked 3. For me...much as it's killing me, If I could only have one of them I think it'd be the original Naked palette, the Naked 1. Much as I think the others are absolutely beautiful and the packaging is better, I feel I could create any look with the Naked 1 and almost all of the colours suit my yellow toned skin and green eyes. I'm glad the Naked 3 showed me how to be classy, though!
There. I did it!! That was very hard. Go and swatch them, fall in love with them, and honestly, if you can stretch to the price or your birthday is coming up invest in one.