When I first saw promotional images for the Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette on Instagram I roasted the brand. Compared to other yellow-toned palettes on the market, this one seemed so dull.
For avid fans, the Naked Honey palette seemed to epitomize just how far Urban Decay has fallen off. But is the Naked Honey Palette super sweet or a boring repeat?
Please keep reading for an honest, in-depth review of the Naked Honey Palette. The swatches and a demo of the Naked Honey Palette are included.
What is Urban Decay all about?
Founded in 1996, Urban Decay aimed to bring grungy color to a beauty space flooded with delicate pinks and basic neutrals. The brand quickly caught consumers’ attention with shades inspired by the urban landscape. Hero products included a line of lipsticks and nail polishes.
However, the brand wasn’t catapulted into worldwide success until the launch of the brand’s iconic Naked Eyeshadow Palette Collection. These neutral palettes were powerhouse releases throughout the 2010s.
Is the Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette worth the buzz?
Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette Claims
The Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette is one of the newest members of the Naked Collection. This 12-pan palette comes with 12 matte and shimmer shadows that are inspired by 70s retro glam.
According to Urban Decay, the Naked Honey Palette can be used to create everything from bright and easy daytime looks to seductive, glamorous looks.
Also, the Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette is the first and only Naked Palette that I can recall being heavily advertised using celebrities. The brand featured Joey King and Lizzo in the ads for this palette.
Packaging & Price
The Naked Honey Palette comes in a sturdy, yellow gold-hued plastic tin. I wish the packaging were cardboard, but I cannot deny the sheer beauty of the design. The outer tin the Naked Honey Palette looks like dripping gold or honey.
Also, the inside of the Naked Honey Palette comes with a large, wide mirror. Each shade within the palette is clearly labeled with easy-to-read typography. As with all Urban Decay Naked Palettes, there is a double-ended brush.
The Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette retails for $49.00. The palette comes with 11.4 grams of the product. From a price per gram perspective, each gram of shadow is approximately $4.30.
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Stunning, honey dripped golden packaging
Is the Urban Decay Cruelty-Free?
Yes! The Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette is Cruelty-Free. Not only is Urban Decay Cruelty-Free, but the brand is Leaping Bunny Certified.
Is the Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette Vegan?
The Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette is NOT Vegan. The shades Amber, Drip, Flyby, Golden, BHIC, Hive, Honey, Keeper, Sting, Swarm, and Sweet contain Carmine. The ingredient, Carmine, is an animal derivative that is often used in eyeshadow.
The double-ended brush included within the Naked Honey Palette IS Cruelty-Free and Vegan. This brush was not tested on animals nor does it include any animal products.
Naked Honey PaletteSwatches
As always, swatches are not a perfect indicator of eyeshadow quality. However, swatches can provide clues as to how an eyeshadow will perform on the eye.
If it wasn’t apparent from the above swatch photo, the Naked Honey Palette swatched like a complete dream. These shadows felt soft and creamy. Each shade was pigmented and the undertones in each shadow shone.
The matte shadows blended easily on the eyes. To deepen any eye look, stamp the darkest shades with an angled crease brush.
The metallics in the Naked Honey Palette provided an impactful, golden and amber shine. Using a finger will provide the best color payoff for these shades. However, a flat packing brush will work, too. From my experience, using a brush created a grungier look.
Beginners should be aware that the brush included within the palette can create a wide variety of looks.
As someone with oily lids, I always set my eyelids with a primer. When using a primer, I had zero issues with creasing, fading, or transfer. I didn’t experience fallout when applying the shadows. Also, I experienced zero.
On multiple occasions, I wore these shadows for over 12 hours without experiencing any major issues.
Final Thoughts on the Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette
Despite my initial criticism of this palette, the Naked Honey Palette was unfairly roasted by the beauty community. It is an effortlessly beautiful golden-hued eyeshadow palette. The range of honey-inspired golden and neutral tones that can be used to create a wide variety of looks.
Unlike many of the yellow palettes on the market, the Naked Honey Palette has a true range of shades, from yellow-toned golds to deep browns. Although this palette isn’t a true yellow palette, it has an obvious yellow inspiration.
From an application standpoint, I was blown away by how easily these shadows blended. Also, the wear-time longevity impressed me! In conclusion, the Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette is a beautiful neutral palette with a pop of yellow that can be easily rocked by fans of color or neutrals.