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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

NYX Nude on Nude vs. Urban Decay Naked Palettes

NYX Nude on Nude

NYX Nude on Nude, Naked 2, and Naked
I recently reviewed and swatched the NYX Nude on Nude on Nude Palette, and given the striking similarities, I thought it might be fitting to compare it to Urban Decay's Naked and Naked 2 Palettes. Because these palettes collectively have 44 shadows, this post has the potential to get a little hairy. To reduce confusion, and rambling, I'm going to break things down into similarities, differences, give you swatch comparisons of similar shades, and final thoughts. Let's get to it!


  • There are about 4 shades that I would say are close dupes for those in the Naked and Naked 2 Palettes (see swatches below). 
  • All three have a mixture of finishes for those that are looking for more than just an all-matte or all-shimmer palette.


  • Texture. Urban Decay shadows are known for their pigmentation and lasting power. While the NYX shadows are smooth and creamy, there is still a noticeable difference in quality. In that sense, you pay for what you get.
  • NYX's metallic shadows aren't nearly as metallic as UD's. If you are looking for that striking finish, go with Urban Decay. 
  • NYX's palette doesn't venture into the mauve tones Naked does with Toasted and Hustle.
  • NYX's has a few more matte shades, but they don't perform as well as Urban Decay's matte shades.
  • NYX has a mix of warm and cool shadows whereas the Naked Palettes are separated roughly into warm (Naked) and cool (Naked 2).
  • NYX's comes with lip glosses which, if you like them, are a bonus. 

In closing, NYX's Nude on Nude palette is in no way a dupe of either of the Naked palettes or the two combined. While there are a few shadow similarities, NYX's palette is filled primarily with shades that are very different in color, texture, and finish from those found in the Naked Palettes. To those that are looking to exactly (or even half-assedly) dupe each palette for less than a quarter of the price: keep looking. For those that just want a nice, neutral palette that will get the job done well: NYX's Nude on Nude is for you! And to those who already have the Naked Palettes and just want to know if this is another "must-have" neutral palette: you are just here for the swatches and will buy it anyway. Don't act like you aren't. 

Who knew there were so many ways to be nude?

Bootycall (Naked 2) | NYX

NYX | Smog (Naked 1) | Naked Bite (Naked 2)

NYX | Creep (Naked 1)

NYX | Naked (Naked 1) | Tease (Naked 2)

NYX | Verve (Naked 2) | Pistol (Naked 2)

Sin (Naked 1) | NYX

NYX | Half Baked (Naked 1 & 2)

NYX | Gunmetal (Naked 2)

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