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 Urban Decay fans, the Naked Honey palette seemed to epitomize just how far Urban Decay has fallen off. But is the Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette super sweet or a boring repeat?
Please keep reading for an honest, in-depth review of the Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette. The swatches and a demo of the Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette are included.
What is Urban Decay all about?
Founded in 1996, Urban Decay was founded in 1996 to bring grungy color to the girl, neutral and pink market place. The brand quickly caught consumers’ attention with shades inspired by the urban landscape. Hero products included a line of lipsticks and nail polishes with an edge.
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 Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette is the newest member of the Naked Collection from Urban Decay. 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 Eyeshadow Palette can be used to create everything from bright and easy daytime looks to seductive, glamorous looks.
The Urban Decay 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.
The Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow 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 Eyeshadow Palette looks like dripping gold or honey.
The inside of the Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow 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 slot for the double-ended brush included with the palette.
Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette Price
The Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette retails for $49.00 and 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 Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette 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 Urban Decay 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 Eyeshadow Palette IS Cruelty-Free and Vegan. This brush was not tested on animals nor does it include any animal products.
Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow 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 Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette swatched like a complete dream. These shadows felt soft and creamy. Each shade was pigmented and the undertones in each shadow shone.
How does the Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette Apply?
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 be used to create a wide variety of looks.
As someone with oily lids, I always set my eyelids with an eyeshadow primer. When using a primer, I had zero issues with creasing, fading, or transfer. I didn’t experience fallout when applying the shadows, nor did I see any fallout throughout the day.
On multiple occasions, I wore these shadows for over 12 hours without experiencing any major issues.
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Final Thoughts on the Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette
Despite my initial criticism of this palette, the Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette was unfairly roasted by the beauty community. The Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette is an effortlessly beautiful golden-hued eyeshadow palette with a 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 applied on my lids and how they wore throughout the day. 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 and fans of neutrals.