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Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette Review

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Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette

Product Details and Packaging

The Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette features peachy neutrals, purples, and a variety of finishes including matte, satin, shimmer, and sparkling shimmer shades. It retails for $49 and contains 12 shades, each 0.95 g / 0.03 oz.

The palette is made of plastic and has a magnetic closure. Inside, a large high quality mirror and a double ended, sythetic brush is included. One one side of the brush you get a rounded pencil brush and the other side is a medium-sized, round, fluffy brush. I found the quality of the brush to be surprisingly nice – perhaps nicer than some of the brushes included in Urban Decay’s older Naked palettes. The brush hairs were very soft and comfortable against the skin and there was enough density to apply color evenly and with control. The names of the shadows are printed underneath each shade inside the palette.

The front of the palette is beautifully designed with shimmering, metallic swirls of purple, pink and teal set underneath a clear plastic top.

Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette
Front of the palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette
Back of the palette
Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette
Front of the outer box
Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette
Back of the outer box
Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette
Ingredients
Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette
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Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette
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Formula Overview

There are 2 true mattes, 3 satins, 3 standard shimmers, and 4 sparkling shimmer shades. The majority of the shades are fairly sheer with some being a bit more buildable than others. Everything was easy to blend out and fallout occurred mostly with the sparkling shimmer shades (Dazed, V.R., Cyber Punk, and Purple Dust) and a tiny bit with the standard shimmers (Lucid, Warning, and Euphoric). The fallout was heavier when using a brush to apply those shades than when using my finger. There was surprisingly no fallout from the deepest shade (Digital). I didn’t feel that the shades were particularly powdery or messy in the pan. They were also not pressed too hard or difficult to pick up.

Shade Selection

This group of shades is good for someone that is a bit apprehensive about wearing bright or colorful eyeshadow. The eyeshadows are sheer but somewhat buildable and blend easily, making color a little more approachable. They might not entice someone who’s well versed in wearing colorful shadows and that person likely already has similar shades in more pigmented formulas in their collection.

As a standalone palette, the color selection makes me feel sort of boxed in because there are so few mattes. I prefer to use a lot of matte shadows in my looks and only bring in a few shimmers (at the very most) to add some dimension at the end. Because of that, I think this might be better as a companion palette.

Of course this isn’t the only way to wear eyeshadow. As an art form, you can create looks with any textures or colors you please. I’m just pointing this out so that you consider the style of makeup you like to wear and think about whether this palette will be a good fit for you.

For somebody that has a lot of eyeshadows, but maybe not necessarily some of these shades, this palette might fill some gaps in your collection.

Wear Time

I wore looks #4 and #5 for 9.5 hours and they were creased pretty badly by then. Being a thinner-feeling formula I’m not surprised as thinner eyeshadows tend to crease earlier in the day on me.

Individual Shades

Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette

  • Trippin’ – Peachy beige with satin finish.
  • Mind Slip – Light peach with matte finish.
  • Dazed – Subtle duochrome. Medium rosy pink base with gold shimmer finish. Some larger sparkles in this. Possible to get decent payoff with a brush but I prefer to apply with my finger. Small amount of fallout when using finger, more fallout with brush.

Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette

  • Hacked – Medium mauve with a matte finish.
  • V.R. – This shade is made up mostly of fine multicolored sparkles with a few larger sparkles mixed in. Mauve is the dominant color with teal, light green and blue iridescence.
  • Lucid – Clear base with light bluish-green sheen. No large sparkles.

Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette

  • Optimized – Light lavender with a subtle satin finish.
  • Warning – Medium pink base with a blue satin sheen.
  • Cyber Punk – Medium purple base with a subtle blue satin sheen and larger pink sparkles. Possible to get decent payoff with a brush but I prefer to apply with my finger. Small amount of fallout when using finger, more fallout with brush.

Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette

  • Euphoric – Medium purple base with a shimmery blue sheen.
  • Purple Dust – Deep grey base with pink and blue iridescence.
  • Digital – Deep grey base with plummy-bronze satin sheen.

Looks

Urban Decay Naked Ultra Violet Look #1
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Violet Look #1

Look #1:

  • Nars Pro Prime Tinted Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base in Light
  • Hacked (crease) – Blended easily, no fallout
  • Digital (outer lid, lower lashline) – Needed to build this up, blended out easily, no fallout
  • Trippin’ (inner corner) – Sheer, subtle
  • Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

I thought this looked better in real life than it photographed. Up close, you can see how sheer the colors are but in real life, from a normal distance, it looked much more even.

Urban Decay Naked Ultra Violet Look #2
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Violet Look #2

Look #2

  • Nars Pro Prime Tinted Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base in Light
  • Hacked (crease) – Blended easily, no fallout
  • Digital (outer lid, lower lashline) – Needed to build this up, blended out easily, no fallout
  • Trippin’ (inner corner) – Sheer, subtle
  • V.R. (center of lid) – This had some fallout but not as bad as I was expecting
  • Lucid (inner corner, layered over Trippin’) – Sheer but noticeable
  • Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

This is the same look as Look #1 with the addition of V.R. and Lucid to add some more shine and dimension to the look. I thought the first look was something that was more of an “everyday” kind of look and here I just took it up a notch.

Urban Decay Naked Ultra Violet Look #3
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Violet Look #3

Look #3:

  • Nars Pro Prime Tinted Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base in Light
  • Optimized (crease) – Quite sheer, the satin sheen enhances the natural texture of my lids
  • Euphoric (all over lid) – Sheer, buildable, best applied with a finger, I had some fallout but it wasn’t crazy
  • Purple Dust (outer lid) – I had to build this shade up as well and had a lot sparkle fallout.
  • Warning (lower lashline) – More pigmented than the other shades I used.
  • ColourPop Prance Creme Gel Liner (lower waterline)
  • Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

I cleaned my under eye area with a makeup wipe after I did this look because of all the fallout.

Urban Decay Naked Ultra Violet Look #4
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Violet Look #4

Look #4:

  • Nars Pro Prime Tinted Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base in Light
  • Mind Slip (transition) – Sheer, no fallout
  • Hacked (crease) – Sheer, no fallout
  • Dazed (lid) – I applied this mostly with my finger but I could also use a brush and get decent payoff that way. A little fallout.
  • Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

This was easy to do and didn’t result in very much fallout. I was hoping Hacked was going to be slightly deeper than it was. Dazed had a little fallout but pleasantly surprised it wasn’t that much.

Urban Decay Naked Ultra Violet Look #5
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Violet Look #5

Look #5:

  • Nars Pro Prime Tinted Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base in Light
  • Optimized (transition)
  • Cyber Punk (lid) – I pressed this on with my finger but it is possible to also use a brush with this shade. With my finger I had a little sparkle fallout.
  • Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

When I look at Cyber Punk in the pan, it looks much more sparkly than it looks once applied to the lid. The sparkles kind of end up spreading out a lot on the lid.

Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette Look #6
Urban Decay Naked Ultraviolet Palette Look #6

Look #6:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Primer
  • Optimized (inner corner, blended all the way up to the brow bone)
  • Mind Slip (center of the lid, center of crease)
  • Dazed (center of lid, layered over Mind Slip)
  • Cyber Punk (outer lid, outer crease) – I used a fluffy brush to apply this to the outer lid and blend it into the outer crease. This shade has some glitter and some of it did fall out but less than I was expecting.
  • Warning – (lid) I applied a little of this between the peachy shimmer in the center of the lid and the purple shimmer on the outer lid. It didn’t really show up all that well against the deeper purple.
  • Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara

The eyeshadow primer I used here has a very pale, almost white color to it and a more emollient feel to it. I think the base helped the lightness/brightness of these shades come out a little more. This look didn’t wear very long on me. This eye primer is nice to use just to have fun with color but it’s not a good one for extending wear time on me.

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