At £36 for the palette, although it is a gorgeous set of shadows the price is a little steep. I was a very lucky girl and my boyfriend actually bought me both Naked palettes as gifts :) I don't think I could have ever bought them myself and I know a lot of people have said they won't either so I was on the lookout for a cheaper alternative, & here it is, MUA's new Undressed palette!
The Undressed palette's packaging is typical of MUA's well known simple black and transparent plastic case, the great thing about this is that it makes it easy to see the shades inside without having to open the case itself. The case is also very slimline so is ideal for carrying around in your handbag etc. Unfortunately the case is a little flimsy, on one of my other MUA palettes the lid has come off completely.
The Naked palette comes in a protective cardboard box to start with, which in all honesty doesn't look anything special, however once you actually open it to reveal the beautiful dark brown velvet case, you can just tell the quality of work thats gone into creating the palette. Naked does also have a mirror on the inside of the case.
Overall I prefer the Naked palette's packaging based on appearance because it looks luxurious and stylish. However, MUA's undressed palette is practical and sleek and is ideal for carrying/travelling because its so small and compact.
The Undressed palette comes with a simple sponge applicator, like a lot of the lower priced eyeshadow palettes. In all honesty, it isn't too great, but not the worst, I just prefer to use a brush rather than a sponge.
Naked comes with a pretty eyeshadow brush, the bristles are extremely soft and I love using this brush! The design of this brush matches the palette very well.
Overall, Urban Decay win this section, their brush applicator is of a much higher quality than the MUA sponge applicator. It is much better for blending shadows together. However MUA's sponges were fantastic for swatching!
QUALITY OF SHADOWS
MUA do let themselves down slightly with their matt finish eye shadows, the colour pay off is not great at all. But the rest of the colours are gorgeous and work well. The texture of the shimmery eyeshadows is very soft and they apply to the eye easily without tugging and rubbing.
The Urban Decay eye shadows are highly pigmented and the colours show off well when applied, the texture is smooth, silky and once again easy to apply. Even the matt shadows are well pigmented in the Naked palette.
Overall I think both palettes are very similar on the quality, and if I was to leave out a couple of the matt eye shadows in my comparson, then I'd say they're near enough identical quality.
MUA Undressed is priced at just £4! Bargain right? So, then each shadow works out at around 33p. There is nothing really at all to grumble about the price of this palette.
The Naked palette retails at £36. Now, in all honesty I would have never bought this palette myself as I feel its far too expensive for me, but my boyfriend actually bought this as a gift for me. The shadows work out at around £3 each, which is a reasonable price considering the great quality.
Overall it depends on which market you are looking for, MUA are the cheaper budget buy alternative to Urban Decay who are the higher end, more well known and established brand out of the two.
MUA Undressed palette, is available from selected Superdrug stores and online & at MUA Store online.
Last point I will mention is that MUA have not taken the time to name each of their eye shadows like Urban Decay have, its a little disappointing that they are just shades 1-12, but in MUA's defence they do have a lot of eyeshadow palettes and it would have taken them forever and a day to name each one. I like that Urban Decay have named each shadow because it gives them a little more identity. So, here we go, each photo shows the same set up...
Top Row is the Urban Decay Naked Palette
From Left - Right:
Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Half Baked, Smog, DarkHorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep, Gunmetal
Bottom Row is the MUA Undressed Palette
From Left - Right:
Shades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.
How amazingly alike are these two palettes? Have you got either of them? Or if you are looking to buy one, which one will you be buying? :)
Hope you've found this review helpful!