Thursday, 5 July 2012

Urban Decay NAKED Vs. MUA Undressed



So I mentioned in my "Getting Naked" post here, a few days ago, that I had found a budget dupe for the original Urban Decay NAKED Palette! 

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!




















PACKAGING:
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.



APPLICATORS
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.



PRICE
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.



AVAILABILTY
MUA Undressed palette, is available from selected Superdrug stores and online & at MUA Store online.
Urban Decay Naked is available at Debenhams, House of Fraser and online at Urban Decay's website.



SIMILARITY
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.
*With Flash*
*Daylight*

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!







49 comments:

  1. Wow:O I can't believe how similar they look in the swatches!! I would definitely rather spend £4 than £36 when they are that similar!
    Thanks for the post<3 it was really helpful! :)
    MissJammyxo

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    1. If you get the Undressed, you'll never need to bother getting the Naked palette! haha. No problem, glad it's helped! :) xx

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  2. ohmylife. they look pretty much IDENTICAL in the swatches! definitely going to get the MUA palette. great post - thanks! xxx

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  3. Oh wow that's pretty awesome to see. I love seeing dupes for a great price and of almost the same quality. Glad I found your blog through BBloggerhop

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  4. I've wanted the naked palette for ages, but I think I'll have to go with the MUA one for now as it's a lot cheaper! It's an excellent dupe which I love, but I can't help but be a little disappointed with the lack of originality from MUA - the colours are practically identical to the Urban Decay, plus they're all in the same order and the palette even has a similar name! xx

    http://onewaybeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. It is a little disappointing, but I think that this must have been MUA's idea all along... everyone seems to want the Naked palette, and they obviously saw the gap in the market for a much cheaper version, well done MUA I'd say! xx

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  5. I can't believe how similar they are! I've wanted the Naked palette for what seems like forever but at £36 it is a bit steep. I might actual buy this instead as its virtually identical at only £4! Great post, it was very helpful. Thanks
    x

    http://simplebeautybag.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. You should definitely give it a try, and you can't go far wrong for just £4 can you?! :) xx

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  6. Wow, these really are quite similar! Looking at the swatches, I was stunned by how alike they are! I have been really wanting the Naked palette for a while now. I think I'm going to splurge on it soon!
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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    1. The only shade I would say don't match very well are the shades on the far left on my swatches. Other than that, yes, pretty much identical! However the Naked palette is a gorgeous thing to have, and I love it! xx

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  7. Now I'm even more excited and glad about the undressed palette that I ordered :)

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  8. Great review..!
    I'm so tempted to try out the MUA palette!

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  9. oh wow!! the shades really do look similar! I love Urban Decay, but I just can't justify the price tag right now, so I'll have to grab a MUA Undressed Palette instead! :D thank you soooo much for this post! :) xx

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    1. No problem, glad to help :)
      In all honesty I'd never have paid for the Naked Palette myself.
      xx

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  10. Holy Crap!!! I had no idea this was even out there! lol. I saw another blogger do a review on the MUA eyeshadows and I remember commenting how they looked very similar to Urban Decay shadows (I have the book of shadows and the Naked palettes)

    I had no idea they were this similar!

    Sarah
    http://crazedandcaffeine.blogspot.ca/

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    1. I haven't heard of the book of shadows. I'll have a look for it! :)

      Yes I couldn't quite believe how well they matched! xx

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  11. wow check out the swatches!! i have the naked palette but whoa! if ONLY they put a teeenyy tiny bit more work into the packaging i would be sold with MUA! i'm just a bit iffy about the matte shadow pay off and the packaging breaking on me!

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    1. Its only really shade 1 of the Undressed palette that was really bad colour pay off, & there's still 11 more to play with haha! xx

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  12. Been eyeing for some Naked palette quite a while now, seeing this on ur blog makes me wanted to really buy one. :)

    anyway, just followed u thru gfc, maybe u want to check out my blog too?
    XOXO

    http://somethingposh.blogspot.com

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  13. It is mad how alike these two pallets are, good move on mua's part to create this dupe x

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    1. It certainly was a good move for them, it appears loads of people are buying this as a dupe to Naked! xx

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  14. Wow, they're such similar colours! Might have to check out the MUA palette as well! Thanks for showing us :) xx

    http://belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. I'd purchase the NAKED palette :) Thanks for posting-this was really informative!

    xx Veronica

    http://frowardfashion.blogspot.com

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  16. I would like to purchase mua that was really fascinating. Naked is also has great shades but first i will go for mua then naked. Thanks for showing us such a great collection.

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    1. I would definitely try MUA first to see if you like the shades, then maybe purchase Naked once you've used the MUA xx

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  17. Wow those are insanely similar! I'd get the Naked palette if I could but it's just too expensive for me and MUA isn't available in India, so i'm just going to sit in my sad corner. LOL!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm following you now. :)

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    1. No way! I think MUA might do international shipping on their website, you should definitely check it out! :) xx

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  18. great post! cant believe anyone would spend so much on a palette when there are pretty much identicle cheaper ones! crazyness. least yours was bought for you! :) x
    http://xtiffyxx.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yes, I'd never have bought it myself, far too much! It was a lovely gift though :) xx

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  19. Wow that is a really great dupe! New follower!

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  20. wow waht a great dupe i've never seen this palette before! ima a new follower :)

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  21. Wow these are so similar! Lovely post! xx

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  22. They really are pretty much the same. Nice review hun, its good to know that we can still get a bargain even though allot of high st make-up is getting expensive x :-)

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  23. A friend of mine just bought Urban Decay shadow and it looks fantastic. So sparkly and pretty, but I just can't do shadow for my life. I'm very intrigued since this is my 2nd encounter with the same make-up in less than a week. I may have to go and experiment now.

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  24. I got the MUA Undressed and really love the quality of this palette, It's a bargain with it's cheap price! x

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  25. That MUA palette sounds great! I might have to buy that! And I agree, the Naked palette is a bit too expensive for my liking!

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  26. Laura,
    I found this great review, I am Brazilian and I wonder where I can find to buy this palette MUA? Thanks, and love your blog!

    Reghiane
    www.blogcoisasdikarol.com

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  27. I'm personally not a fan of UD Naked palette but everyone seems to rave about it. However after seeing these comparisons there's no way I'm ever buying the UD one. I enjoy quality but I also like a good value for my money. MUA all the way!

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  28. I'm sorry to say but your naked palette it actually fake, not sure if you realise :/

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  29. I agree, the paperboard packaging looks completely different.
    Also, the original UD Palette always comes with a mini eyeshadow primer potion.
    MUA undressed palette is still a good one though.

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