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The new eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay brings the old school vibe to life: a palette for every situation? Naked Reloaded! But does the range keep what it promises?
I love colored eyeshadows. That's the only reason I never bought the first, original Urban Decay Naked palette. There were only neutral browns and gray tones in it. In the meantime, the naked palette is no longer in circulation - it was discontinued by the beauty company last year (including a funeral). The fans of the brand have asked themselves: what can fill this gap? And then Urban Decay released the first pictures of Naked Reloaded.
This eyeshadow palette is said to be the 2019 version of the old one and you can tell it immediately. Because several makeup trends have been chopped off here. Peach tones? Check. Warm browns? Check. Two different types of metallic eyeshadow? Check. In addition, there is a little more of the two most neutral tones, since they are also used most frequently.
The idea of having day and evening looks in a palette is not new. But what is new is that you have a neutral palette that still comes with very strong, expressive colors. And that's why I was immediately fascinated by it. Because maybe this is the perfect interface between creative development and everyday looks.
So I tested the palette intensively for three weeks. In other words: whenever I felt like putting on make-up, I just reached out to her.
Anyone who has ever made up with Urban Decay colors knows that they are relatively powdery. Nevertheless, they leave almost no annoying residue under the eye. And you shouldn't underestimate its opacity! Because if you think the peach color (no. 4 from the left on the picture above) and the warm brown (no.3 from the right on the picture above) are soft tones, you should only add very little to the brush. Because they have it all (on fair skin)!
This quality doesn't bother me in the least. Most of the time I want the color to stand out. But if you want to slowly build up the desired intensity, you should start with a little powder on the brush.
This part is especially important for beginners: There are two metallic tones in this palette (3rd from the left / 5th from the right) that come across as very crumbly. If you want to have its full power, you have to apply it on a relatively pimply base or with a damp brush. In other words: The glittering pigments need something to stick to.
My tip: Emphasize the eye as you would like with matt colors. Then gently dab the concealer where you want the glitter and gently dab the glitter on it with a damp brush (simply spray with water) or with your finger.
If you look closely at the palette, you might think, "Oh man, just a dark color. Not very diverse, the whole thing." But having dark metallic tones compensates for the lack of black. And let's be honest, so many of us don't even use black eyeshadow on average days.
To answer the question from the beginning: Yes, the Naked Reloaded range does what it says on the tin. You can do many different looks with her, all of which are neutral and modern at the same time. And there are also tones for the evening that invite you to party (just look at the dark metallic shades). 47 euros is a lot of money for make-up, but if you want a single palette that can be used in many life situations and is small enough to take with you, then I can highly recommend the Naked Reloaded.