I’ve been hearing for a while that Makeup Revolution have produced dupes for Urban Decay’s Naked palettes and decided to try them for myself and find out. I am a huge fan of the Naked palettes and have had the original (and in my opinion the best!) since 2010 when my dad purchased it for my birthday. I was so excited!
But I am realistic, Naked is amazing but it also costs £39.50 and not everyone is able to afford this so if there is a much more affordable dupe then I’m definitely interested to compare the two. Especially as Iconic 1 only costs £4.
To be honest, I’m actually not a huge fan of the packaging for Naked 1. The velvet covering is just a complete dust magnet and no matter how much I wipe it will not stay clean. It’s also a little flimsy as it is only made from strong cardboard. But it’s £39.50, I’d expect a bit more than cardboard.
What I do like about Iconic 1 is that the top of the lid is transparent. I can’t lie, I am a sucker for cute packaging, but I have that many palettes now that transparent lids are helpful. I can actually see which shadows I have.
Looking at the shades side by side, on initial appearances they look almost identical. The shadows in the Iconic 1 palette are about 50% larger than Naked 1 which makes it an even better bargain. Although 12 decent sized shadows for £39.50 is no horrendous value either. if it is affordable.
Where the Naked palette is most definitely superior is the brush that it comes with. All Naked palettes come with a double-ended brush which is actually not too bad for a freebie and isn’t scratchy and cheap like some free brushes can be. On the other hand, the Iconic palette comes with a double-ended sponge applicator which I hate. They are passable for packing product on to the lids but absolutely awful for blending so I inevitably throw them away.
When I looked closer at the palettes there were some slight differences in shades but it wasn’t a huge difference. It you were looking for a range of natural shades, and a dupe of the Naked 1 palette, Iconic 1 appears to be pretty similar.
There is a slight difference between Sidecar and the Iconic equivalent, but they aren’t really too different if I’m totally honest. Sin had more shimmer than it’s dupe but again, this is a small difference.
One similarity between both palettes is that there is a lot of fall down. I always find this with every Urban Decay palette that I’ve ever bought to be honest. A way to combat this is to make sure you’ve done your eyes before your do your base as otherwise you’ll be redoing it all after you’ve cleaned up all the fallen eye shadow. A primer is essential with both of these eye palettes .
As you can see Buck looks quite different on my arm when compared with the Iconic version, as does Smog. This might have been because I didn’t pick up quite as much product when doing the swatch as Iconic 1, although quite pigmented, did need more product than Naked 1. But when I used it on my eyelid and over primer, it didn’t look this different at all.
There is a slight difference in these shades as the Urban Decay shades have a more noticeable shimmer than the Makeup Revolution shades. But again, that’s down to personal preference, I tend to prefer a bit of shimmer.
I used both palettes to create an identical look on my eyes, and using the same Makeup Revolution eye primer.
My right eye from Naked 1:
Crease – Buck
Lid – Half – Baked
Outer corner – Dark Horse
And the equivalent shades from Iconic 1 on my left eye.
Crease – 5th shade
Lid – 6th shade
Outer corner 8th shade.
When using these palettes, the first thing that I noticed was that the Urban Decay palette was much easier to blend, the shadows were just that little bit creamier. However, the Makeup Revolution palette was be no means terrible. The quality wasn’t quite the same but it shouldn’t be as it just over one tenth of the price of Naked 1. Despite this discrepancy, I didn’t think the finished look looked as if it had been made by two different palettes with one costing nearly ten times as much as the other.
Where the Naked palette excelled was longevity. After about 3/4 hours the Makeup Revolution palette (especially the lid colour) had worn off whereas the Naked palette still looked good. For me personally, I am not the type to repeatedly reapply makeup throughout the day so a lack of longevity would frustrate me.
Overall, the Iconic 1 is a good dupe for Naked 1 and I think it would be perfect if you didn’t want to spend £39.50 on an eye shadow palette. In my personal opinion, the Urban Decay palette is marginally better but it definitely isn’t £35.50 better. So if you’re looking to experiment with natural shadows or on a budget, then the Iconic palette is a great purse-friendly alternative. I can’t wait to try the other Iconic palettes.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried either palette?
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