|UPDATE: Urban Decay has been acquired by L’Oreal Cosmetics, a company that is notorious for animal testing (read here). Due to this change in ownership I am boycotting Urban Decay and will no longer be purchasing from them. All Urban Decay products I own will be used up and not repurchased.
I’ve had the Urban Decay NAKED for over a year now and it’s one of my favourite palettes. It is definitely worth the hype and the $50 ($60 in Canada). Then I saw emilynoel83 rave about the Nude Tude palette and how it was better than the NAKED palette. In video the palettes looked very similar and I told myself I shouldn’t bother getting it. Then I saw it on sale on Hautelook for $16 and gave in.
Well I got the palette and my first impression was that the packaging was amazing. I’m usually not one who gets impressed by packaging but TheBalm’s packaging is very impressive. It’s graphic with a classic and edgy feel to it. It’s really well done, although it bothers me that they don’t include any women of colour. As if only white women existed in previous decades? Please. Anyway, that’s another topic.
Once I opened the palette and looked at the colours, I wasn’t all that impressed. They basically looked like colours from the NAKED palette except there were a few more matte shades, and no purples. I decided to try out some looks and found that the shadows, while beautiful, weren’t as vibrant as the NAKED palette.
As you can see below with the shades that were very similar to each other, most of the colours in the NAKED palette were more saturated and eye catching. The only one that I think is better in the Nude Tude palette is the black shade. It’s also worth noting that I swiped the NAKED colours on 3 times to get to this saturation level while I had to swipe the Nude Tude palette (except for Serious) 5-6 times to get that saturation and they wouldn’t get any brighter than that.
The lack of vibrancy in the Nude Tude palette is great if you’re of a ligher skin tone or someone who wants very subtle looks, but since I find that pearly and shimmery shades look best on medium to dark skin tones and any eye colour this wasn’t really a universal palette. I even did the same look on each eye, and while it looks like a subtle difference in the picture, in person the NAKED colours were much more flattering on me.
I will say though that the Nude Tude palette has a couple of amazing colours. The colour Sexy is a very pigmented matte burgundy and is stunning! I love using this for smokey day looks since it’s dark enough to create depth but not so dark that it seems too dramatic for a day look. I also love Serious, a matte black that is the most intense black eyeshadow I’ve ever seen. I use it to set my gel eyeliner and it’s amazing.
Here is my side by side comparison of the two palettes.
||NUDE TUDE PALETTE
||Highly pigmented on darker skin tones
||Well pigmented but not as pigmented as the NAKED palette. It’s not the best option in my opinion for darker skin tones.
||3 mattes, mostly shimmers
||5 mattes, many shimmers
||The shadows have quite a bit of fallout in the palette no matter how light of a hand is used. Tapping off the excess powder before application is a must.
||There isn’t much fallout for most of the shadows, but the black shadow (Serious) is the softest shadow and has a lot of fallout so excess powder has to be tapped off before application.
||Colours in nude, bronze, gold, purples, blues and blacks
||Colours in pinks, gold, taupe, but mostly browns
|Appealing to Various Skin Tones
||Colours are flattering for most, but favours those with yellow undertones
||Colours are flattering for some, but favours those with pink undertones
||Made with thick cardboard covered in a velvet-like fabric. Lid flips open and exposes a brush and large mirror. Whole palette is thin and sleek, which is perfect to travel with.
||Made with carboard and comes with a matching cardboard sleeve. Lid flips open and exposes a small dual-ended brush and large mirror. Whole palette is thin and sleek, but not as narrow as the NAKED palette. It is not as space efficient.
||Comes with a full-size vegan makeup brush and a small size Primer Potion. The original NAKED palettes came with a dual-ended eyeliner.
||Comes with a small-size dual ended liner and fluffy eyeshadow brush.
Overall I like the NAKED palette better than the Nude Tude palette. The colours in the NAKED palette are more flattering on my skin tone because 1) the colours are more vibrant and buildable so they show up against darker skin better, and 2) the colours are more complementary to skin tones that have a yellow undertone to them.
I also feel that there is a great variety of looks that can be achieved with the NAKED palette than the Nude Tude palette because of the gunmetal and purple shades that are included, which tend to suit darker eyes better (which is the majority of the world’s population). The Nude Tude palette seems to be geared towards the girls that are depicted on the packaging – fair skinned, light eyes with a pink undertone.