Let’s get real for a moment here; how many hours have you spent daydreaming about the incredible Naked Palettes from Urban Decay? Don’t pretend, we’ve all been there (Unless you’re lucky enough to own one!) The first Naked palette took the beauty world by storm with it’s perfect mix of matte and shimmer neutrals and Naked 2 & 3 have been equally as breathtaking… and expensive. If you’ve been staring longingly at the $78 price tag on those babies and just can’t justify spending so much on one palette, let me present to you: The Iconic Palettes from Makeup Revolution! These 12-shade palettes are nearly exact dupes for Urban Decay’s Naked 1, 2 and 3, so if you’re um-ing and ah-ing over which one to buy or just can’t part with a small fortune, these will be perfect for you.
Each palette costs $7.79 (as I’m writing this) which is one hell of a bargain for 12 shadows… so of course I bought all 3 of them! There are a bunch of other variations of the palette besides the Naked dupes but I wanted to give these a proper testing before I went wild and spent all my money (I’m supposed to be on a tight budget.) Today I’ll be swatching and reviewing all 3 for you, so without further ado let’s just jump right in.
The packaging of the Iconic is fairly cheap and difficult to get open at first but over time it loosens and now I never have any trouble getting it open in a hurry. It’s got a sleek, minimalistic feel to it and it’s sturdy — perfect for travelling. A double-ended sponge applicator is included, and while they tend to get a bad rap, I think they’re wonderful for packing on colour. I love the clear lid so I can see which one is which in my bag; a problem I had with my Sleek palettes is that they all look the same and I have to find the label or open them up which can be a hassle when you’re in a hurry.
The quality of the shadows is actually very decent; a lot better than I expected for the price. When I first swatched them I was unimpressed; the very top layer was tightly packed so I got barely any product and it swatched quite sheer and dry. After I had rubbed off the top layer of shadow they were much better! Most of the shades have pretty decent pigmentation and texture, especially with the use of a fixing spray (I made my own with glycerine and water) and a good base. Of course the quality of the Iconic doesn’t come anywhere near the originals from Urban Decay, so if you have a taste (and the money) for the finer makeup products in life these might disappoint. If you’re a budget queen like me and can work with cheaper products, you’ll love these! The quality varies from shade-to-shade, some can be chalky and difficult to blend and the mattes can be fairly sheer, but there are enough good colours to make these palettes worth the buy, especially on a budget.
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L-R: Makeup Revolution — Iconic 1, 2 and 3
As you can see, the shades in the Iconic palettes are nearly spot-on dupes for the Naked palettes. They’re not all perfect, but they’re the closest dupes I’ve ever found, especially in this price range. The pigmentation and texture are better than you’d expect for the price, and you can build most shades up or use a fixing spray to make them more vibrant if you have trouble working with them. Without the use of a base, they last around 4–5 hours for me, but using MAC’s Paint Pot in Soft Ochre they last me all day with minimal fading. For a palette averaging $0.65 for each pan, that’s some impressive longevity.
Now for the swatches:
Makeup Revolution — Iconic 1 Palette
Iconic 1 Palette Swatches - Top: Indoor Light; Bottom: Flash
Makeup Revolution has not given names to the shadows in the Iconic Palettes, so for convenience I’ll just refer to each by the Naked palette shade they’re imitating.
Virgin — Soft baby pink with a subtle pearl sheen and satin finish. Very smooth, easy to blend and works best as a highlight.
Sin — Dusty rose/pink with a shimmer finish. Decent pigmentation, needs a fixing medium to really pop.
Naked — Matte neutral brown. Not very pigmented, but that’s to be expected from cheaper matte formulas. Colour can build up with a little work.
Sidecar — Neutral medium brown shade with a shimmer finish. Same texture as Sin, needs work to get a vibrant finish but looks lovely when you’re done.
Buck — Matte brown, warmer and darker than Naked. Perfect in the crease, decent pigmentation.
Half-baked — Vibrant golden bronze colour with a shimmer finish, decent pigmentation.
Iconic 1 Palette swatches — Top: Indoor Light; Bottom: Flash
Smog — Deep shimmery bronze. Good pigmentation, builds and blends nicely.
Darkhorse — Cool dark brown with a shimmer finish. Needs to be applied wet or built up to get a dark, even result.
Toasted — Dark rusted copper colour with a shimmer finish. Builds and blends nicely.
Hustle — Smoky dark brown with a khaki tone to it, shimmer finish. Good pigmentation.
Creep — Dark charcoal, almost. More of a matte finish with a few shimmer particles scattered here and there for a slightly glittery finish. Best pigmentation of the lot, but very chalky and can be very patchy if you don’t take the time to blend. Fallout beware!
Gunmetal — Pearly gunmetal blue-grey shade. Good pigmentation and very smooth.
Overall — The matte shades are a little behind the shimmers, which is very typical of affordable shadows. Fortunately, these mattes are better than I expected for the price, smooth and blendable and not too sheer! The lighter shades need a little work to get a vibrant result, but the darker ones generally have a pretty good pigmentation and are nice and smooth without too much fallout (Creep excluded!) All in all, a great affordable dupe for the Naked 1 Palette.
Makeup Revolution — Iconic 2 Palette
Foxy — Light cream/Vanilla shade with a matte finish. Not very pigmented but blends beautifully into other colours and applies smoothly.
Half-baked — Slightly cooler than the Half-baked from the Iconic 1. Looks like more of an antique gold in the pan, but swatches very similar onto the skin. Creamier and more pigmented than the Iconic 1 shade, with a shimmer finish.
Bootycall — Light shimmery champagne with a pearl finish. Great pigmentation, blends well and looks beautiful as a highlight because it gives off a glowing reflection without too many sparkles. The pan can get pretty messy with loose shadow if you attack it with a blending brush, so watch out for fallout also.
Chopper — Deep copper with a shimmery finish. This one tends to apply very patchy and can be difficult to blend, but with a little TLC has a gorgeous colour and shimmer payoff.
Tease — Cool-toned matte brown, leaning towards taupe and mauve. Less pigmentation as a matte but can be built up.
Snakebite — Cool-toned deep brown with a shimmery finish. As with Chopper, it is a little more difficult to work with than the others but looks great after a little work.
Iconic 2 Palette swatches — Top: Indoor Light; Bottom: Flash
Suspect — Mocha brown with a shimmer finish. Good pigmentation.
Pistol — Taupe with a silver shimmer finish. Very nice, good pigmentation.
Verve — Light taupe/dirty silver with a metallic pearly finish. Lovely texture, nice and smooth and pigmented.
YDK — Shimmery dark bronze, decent pigmentation.
Busted — Deep coffee brown with a subtle sheen and a few scattered shimmer particles. Pigmentation consistent with the other mattes.
Blackout — Matte jet-black. I was pleasantly surprised with this one! Most inexpensive matte blacks tend to be dry, sheer, patchy, and generally useless. Blackout packs a lot of punch with pigmentation but also can be chalky and difficult to get an even finish. With a little work you’ve got a dramatic black with a subtle sheen.
Overall — Iconic 2 is a more consistent palette, nearly every shade has about the same texture and pigmentation, with the exception of the mattes. Some beautiful colours in here!
Makeup Revolution — Iconic 3 Palette
Iconic 2 Palette swatches — Top: Indoor Light; Bottom: Flash
Strange — Soft, matte pastel pink/beige. Good pigmentation for a matte and blends very well.
Dust — Light shimmery pink with a glittery finish to it. Can be very chunky and has lots of fallout, but has a shiny, glitzy effect when you stack it on with a fixing medium. A sheer swipe of this makes an excellent highlight for a night time look.
Burnout — Rosy, peachy pink with a satin finish. Decent pigmentation that builds up for a soft, glowing effect.
Limit — Medium neutral pink/tan with a matte finish. Great texture and pigmentation for a cheaper matte. Blends very well.
Buzz — Warm, deep rose with a shimmery finish. Can be chunky so watch out for fallout. Packed on with a fixing medium this really pops.
Trick — Warm, shimmery rose gold than leans towards copper, great pigmentation and vibrant finish, but beware of fallout!
Nooner — A matte mauve with great pigmentation and texture for an inexpensive matte. Nooner and Limit are my two new favourite transition and crease shades, they both blend very nicely.
Liar — Shimmery mauve with a metallic finish, decent pigmentation and looks lovely.
Factory — Warm-toned brown with a satin finish, decent pigmentation but a bit of a bother to blend sometimes.
Mugshot — Shimmery satin taupe, good pigmentation.
Darkside — Satin dark mauve/taupe, good pigmentation.
Blackheart — The Naked 3 Palette’s ‘Blackheart’ is a pretty unique shade so I don’t really blame Makeup Revolution for not getting this one spot on. Blackheart is a matte black with pink glitter particles running through it and it looks lovely in the pan. However, the black doesn’t have very good colour payoff and applies patchily with pink glitter scattering everywhere, so watch out for fallout. It’s difficult to blend and build up to a good level of pigmentation so this is my least favourite shade of the palette.
Overall — Beautiful palette of warm-toned neutral shades. All shades are pretty good with the exception of Blackheart, this is my favourite of the three!
All three of the Iconic Palettes from Makeup Revolution are worth your pennies if neutrals are your jam and your wallet needs a break. There are a few duds in there but the vast majority of them are well pigmented, blendable and very close dupes for the Naked palettes. You can purchase these from the Makeup Revolution website, where they also have dupes for other popular eyeshadow palettes such a the Lorac Pro which is definitely going into my basket next! Let me know what you think of the palette, if you have it do you like it as much as I love mine? Till next time…
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