I know it, you know it – I barely purchase High End cosmetics.
A fact that is hardly going to change any time soon. Mostly. Unique products, yes I can imagine splurging for. Products which are in no way whatsoever exceptional on their field or even produce excellent dupes…nope, I admit I would be way too greedy for that 🙂
This feeling of great dupe-ability I usually get with eyeshadows. They are used on a relatively small area of skin and you can definitely influence your results with primers, brushes and your technique. Which gets me to today’s topic: Neutral eyeshadow(palette)s are a dime a dozen. Almost every cosmetics brand out there insists on releasing a “nude collection” either limited or in their permanent line, be it single eyeshadows or palettes. Well, to be fair – neutral brown, taupe or gold shades speak to just about every woman, even if they love their brights!
Urban Decay, the sly foxes, reinvented the wheel – well, actually, their PR just pushed well known customer preferences again – with the release of the first NAKED eyeshadow palette which aroused new excitement for neutrals on the eyes on what seemed all over the cosmetics market.
And with that a race for the first and best dupes for it. Dupes, cheaper alternatives for high end products, simply put, can court controversy. Personally, I think they are a positive thing, seeing what quality you can get for less. Usually dupes barely do any harm to the original products since they can stir desire to get the luxurious product after all respectively loyal customers preferring the High End brand in the first place.
Hardly any other series of products seem so desireable to be duped than the Urban Decay NAKED one – its popularity is unmatched and the demand for cheaper alternatives has no equal so it seems. I just have to admit the composition of each palette is just gorgeous, even though I am still criticising the unbalanced relation of shimmer to matte finishes, two mattes, really, UD?
Well…without furth ado – cough – let’s see the comparison of the swatches, both the original Urban Decay palettes and my dupes. This post is only possible with the friendly support of Beauty Mango who provided her Urban Decay pictures, thanks a bunch! 🙂
My first two dupes are by Make Up Academy, the third palette is by Make Up Revolution, which is why they look so differently in their layout. The three NAKED palettes obviously are all uniform, but to be completely honest with you my OCD would be slightly annoyed at their design change from cardboard to metal boxes from the second palette on out.
As you can tell from the pictures two different people with different lighting and skintones took them, so please keep that in mind.
Make Up Academy “Undressed” vs. Urban Decay “NAKED”
The first palette seems to contain some ever-so-slight differences already: While some of the colours are matching the original quite perfectly, others are just a bit off, an example would be the very popular “Halfbaked” shade (1. row, 6. colour) which is way more golden in the Undressed palette. In return the matte black is more pigmented in the MUA version.
My post with more swatches of the MUA Undressed. Additionally I have to mention the play on words in “Undressed”, you see the synonym to “naked”, yes?
Make Up Academy “Undress Me Too” vs. Urban Decay “NAKED 2”
Second dupe, similar situation – theoretically just about the same, single shades seem a bit different in their subtle undertones, the most prominent one being the colour “YDK” (2. row, 4. colour) which appears way more softer, mauve-y in the Urban Decay palette.
My post with more swatches of the MUA Undress Me Too. And great pun again, not just undressed=naked but also the assonance of Two and Too…yes these details make me chuckle.
Make Up Revolution “Iconic 3” vs. Urban Decay “NAKED 3”
These pictures really show how my swatches are not from the same day but Beauty Mango’s are 🙂 Personally, I find the first row matches accurately, and while most colours are really similar in the second row as well, Urban Decay produced two more distinct brown shades (2. row, 3. and 4. colour).
My post with more swatches of the MUR Iconic 3. I obviously can’t speak for Iconic 1 (=NAKED 1/Undressed) and Iconic 2 (=NAKED 2/Undress Me Too) but since the third one didn’t disappoint in either pigmentation or longevity, I would assume they are a bargain buy as well.
My conclusion: Matching eyeshadows perfectly obviously is not that easy. The Urban Decay palettes appear higher quality, naturally. However, I stick with my opinion: You simply can not detect the differences when applied, no one could ever tell what you are wearing once a look is completed. Yes, really 🙂
All in all the concept of a “neutral” eyeshadow collection is just likeable, they are highly compatible with each other, which you have to hand to Urban Decay, in all honesty. As mentioned above I am just baffled how UD barely put any matte eyeshadows in their palettes, rich, matte taupe and brown shades are supposed to be staples! Regarding mattes I actually am contemplating the completely matte palette by MUR…