May 04, 2011

DIY: Naked Palette

Haven't managed to get your hands on the famous and elusive Urban Decay Naked palette yet? Well, fret no more my lovelies as, a meander through my stash taught me something invaluable- the Naked palette, while beautiful and covetable in all its neutral glory is, for the most part, dupe-able! Yes, that's right, there are shades out there just like Sidecar and Buck and which you won't have to go on a waiting list to get.

I probably don't have to point this out to all you die hard beautyheads but, just as a disclaimer, a dupe is not necessarily meant to be a dead-on match but, a similar equivalent which is just as good if not better. Not all of the shades below are bang on for the Naked shades but, they would be a good substitute!

The dupes I found came from my (slightly sickeningly) large array of MAC eyeshadow palettes and, while I didn't manage to dupe all of the Naked shades, I did get a good majority of them meaning that, if there are only one or two you desire, or just want to make your own Naked palette using MAC, you now can!

Going from left to right, the first dupe I found was for Sin- a gorgeous pinky-champagne. MAC's Hush is pretty much the same though appears just a shade lighter due to the pigmentation and softness of the Urban Decay shadows. 
Sin (Bottom) and Hush (Top)

Next is Sidecar, a light tan-taupe. Nothing perfectly matched this shade but, both Patina and Satin Taupe were good compromises!

Patina (Bottom), Sidecar (Middle) and Satin Taupe (Top)

Buck is the next shade and it's twin is MAC's Cork. Pretty much a dead-on match.

Buck (Bottom) and Cork (Top)

As soon as I got my Naked palette, I knew straight away that MAC's Amber Lights was a slightly orange-r dupe for Half Baked. And, I wasn't wrong but, Woodwinked also proved a surprisingly similar shade.

Woodwinked (Bottom), Half Baked (Middle) and Amber Lights (Top)

Smog is a very warm dark brown and MAC's Romp is a good match, though perhaps a little less dark and a little warmer. Same texture though!

Smog (Bottom) and Romp (Top)

The dark black with sparkles, Creep, is very like MAC's Black Tied though Creep has better payoff and is more pigmented.

Creep (Bottom) and Black Tied (Top)

Finally, Gunmetal, a dark blue-grey, is really similar to MAC's Knight Divine.

Gunmetal (Bottom) and Knight Divine (Top)
In the pan, a lot of MAC shades looked to be dupes for the Naked shades but, upon swatching side-by-side, the undertones of each came through and they weren't good enough to include here. If anyone can think of any other shadows, by any brand, to fill in the gaps here, leave it in the comments below!


S x


  1. LOL - Great post hun! In conclusion, we all end up buying the same thing over and over again :)! Not surprised at all! xx

  2. great post! I hate sidecar so much, I always forget but the fallout is SHOCKING on it. Looks great for five minutes and then it's all down your face for the day. Grraaaarghh.

  3. Yep pretty much the gist of it! Though it does mean if someone has any of the MAC shades they can stop fretting over not getting the UD palette x

  4. Kirstie, here's your sister when it comes to Sidecar! It's so deceptively pretty in the pan and then BAM your cheeks are like a disco ball for the rest of the day!!

  5. I have the naked palette, will make sure not to buy any of those mac shades then! there are so many I want to buy there is definitely no need to start doubling up on shades already have, it's so easy to do though as I always seem drawn to the same colours

  6. Yep it's always the way! Hence why I have all those dupes haha! x

  7. Ooh interesting post! I just bought the Naked Palette two days ago and have yet to start playing with it, but I doubt I already own any dupes! If I did I'd be pretty raging at the waste of money lol x

  8. Really good post, I need to get Woodwinked it's a great colour.

  9. Yeah you should it's beautiful!

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