The Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palette is a cult favourite and for good reason. It offers a nice ranged of colours with a combination of matte and shimmer formulas. I don’t own the Urban Decay original ‘Naked’ palette so I can’t comment on the quality of the Urban Decay formula but it has been successful enough that HEAPS of rival companies have duped them. Today I’m going to be comparing two such affordable dupes from the companies MUA (Makeup Academy) and Makeup Revolution (TAM Beauty). The two companies offer similar dupe palettes for the same budge price of 4GPB (approximately AU$8) – but which one is better for the price?
I originally purchased the ‘Undressed’ palette from MUA as it was a firm favourite with good reviews. It comes in basic plastic packaging with a clear front window and contains 9.6grams of product presented in round pans. The shades are named and these are provided on the back of the palette (for what that is worth to the average consumer).
I don’t love the formula of these shadows. The first ingredient in these shadows is talc, followed by Mica. They are really dusty and kick up heaps of product when you dip your brush in – particularly the mattes.
These blend ok but if you over work them they blend away to nothing. The shimmers are quite dry and I find they perform infinitely better with some fixing spray. I won’t say they totally lack pigment but they aren’t fantastic. I really wasn’t that impressed with this palette.
When Makeup Revolution released their ‘Naked’ dupe, the ‘Redemption Palette – Iconic 1’ I was tempted to give it a go because the MUA version had been underwhelming.
The ‘Iconic 1’ is a slightly larger palette with similar basic plastic packaging and a clear front window. The pans are rectangular (and a little narrow to be honest!), but you get quite a bit more product for your money with a total of 14grams of eyeshadow. The first ingredient in these shadows is Mica followed by talc. These shadows will also kick up when you dip your brush in but they are nowhere near as dry and dusty as the MUA version. Overall I find them to be creamier and more pigmented in comparison and much easier to work with. They are better quality shadows by far in my opinion. The Makeup Revolution shadows also last longer on my eyes which is great.
Both of these palettes are budget products so, to be fair, you aren’t really investing much to try either of them BUT I would argue that the ‘Iconic 1’ palette from Makeup Revolution is not only better value in terms of quantity of eyeshadow, but in my opinion it is also much better quality.
Have a wonderful day!