Arrivederci, Naked Palette // One Final Goodbye
Gone, but never forgotten.
Hey guys, in lieu of a monthly favorites post for August, I decided to make a whole tribute to our dearly departed: the ride-or-die, true-OG Urban Decay Naked Palette.
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What Even Is The Naked Palette?
I’m pretty sure you guys know what I’m talking about when I say the Naked palette. If you’ve spent even one minute on the Beauty section of Pinterest, you’ve seen dozens of pic-torials of different smokey eyes using the palette.
Both images from Pinterest
Quick side note: I don’t even want to explain how long and how much mascara it took for me to realize the girls in those pictures are wearing false eyelashes… it’s a bit embarrassing…
For those who may not know, a few weeks ago, Urban Decay sadly announced that they would be discontinuing the original Naked palette in order to make room for what is next to come. As a result, they slashed the prices of their remaining stock on all according websites. The palettes were completely sold out the next day.
I, myself, immediately hopped onto Sephora’s website through DOSH and purchased my palette. I couldn’t take my chances of not getting the palette!
It came a few days later, and I gotta tell you, it was a surreal moment.
What Are You Talking About, Cat?
I know you guys are going to think that this is going to be super sappy, but the palette actually represents a much bigger concept for me.
The palette came out in 2010, when I was a senior in high school. That was when I was still wearing one-shade-too-dark pressed powder foundation on my dry skin, cream blush that was way too pink for my complexion (on top of said powder, I know, let’s all simultaneously cringe), smudgy black eyeliner, clumpy mascara, and chalky eyeshadow.
For reference, circa 2010. Let’s not talk about that god-awful layer haircut
Around that time, eyeshadow wasn’t what it is now. Companies weren’t putting too much thought into their eyeshadow formulas and there certainly weren’t large palettes. From what I can remember, there were only three and four-color “palettes” and the shadows themselves were really chalky.
So, when Urban Decay produced a palette of 12 different colors, ranging from light pinks to beiges, to dark grays, AND with different finishes, the whole community was shocked.
The Naked palette completely revolutionized the eyeshadow game. Not only were there that many shadows in a palette, the shadows were amazing quality. Blendable, pigmented, smooth, long-lasting, etc. The palette very quickly became a staple in many beauty lovers’ collections.
So Why Is It So Important To You?
After the release of the Naked palette, I went on to college, where my love for makeup would spark and grow uncontrollably. I sat on my laptop for hours and hours watching Youtube beauty gurus (Michelle Phan, Bubzbeauty, and juicystar07, the OG guru queens) and trying to follow their smokey eyes tutorials with whatever I had. Again, it was cheap drugstore makeup (not like it is now) so the results were not that great. I just kept thinking, “WHY don’t I already have that palette?” And when I saw how expensive it was, I just kept using my cheap stuff.
But I kept looking at this palette and thought to myself, “I’m going to have that. I’m going to be at a place in my life where I can comfortably afford that palette. I’m going to get better at makeup so that I can deserve to have such a quality piece of makeup in my collection.”
Sure enough, as time passed on, I did get better at makeup. It took years of trial and error, hours of research, thousands of makeup wipes rubbing my eyes raw, and lots of money to eventually find that sweet spot. Eight years and seven subsequent Urban Decay palette releases later, I would like to think that I am better at makeup. I’m still by no means perfect or a professional, but I’m better, and that’s all I could ask of myself.
So when I heard that the palette was being discontinued, I owed it to myself to finally buy the palette. I already have the Naked 3 and Smokey, but this one means just a little more. It’s not about the possession of the palette, it’s about the promise I made to myself to grow a skill and a hobby; the dream to become known for something; the gateway to my passion I have today.
So here is my open letter to Urban Decay. You guys did a great thing. Both to release the palette and to discontinue it. All great things must come to an end. Thank you for giving me a dream. Thank you for eight solid years of aspirations to other girls just like me. This isn’t the end; it’s just the beginning.
One Final Goodbye
I’m going to quit being so sappy and just let the swatches and pictures do the talking.
If you missed out on the Naked palette, don’t you fret! There are four other palettes you can get of the exact same quality, and there are different color schemes for those who stick to certain colors! I love all of them, but if you’re still into the neutrals, the Naked 2 is the way to go.
I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and keep on loving the Naked palette, may she rest in peace.