It was a sad day when Urban Decay announced the discontinuation of its hero product: the original Naked Palette. I still remember the day my mom took me to Sephora to buy this palette in high school. I'd just started getting into makeup, and all my friends recommended I get this for my very first palette. It was, like, the It-Girl palette of 2010, full of soft browns and shimmery golds that looked good on all skin tones—a rare find in those days. This palette marked my first foray into eye shadows, and many share the same story, as one was bought every six seconds in 2015, according to Allure.
Glamour notes that since its inception, the Naked Palette racked up over $1 billion with over 30 million palettes sold. Yeah, let that sink in. Forbes once referred to the iconic collection as the "iPhone of Makeup," which couldn't be more accurate because it's hard to find a palette that touches its reputation. In its sad absence, Byrdie editors have come up with a list of shadow kits that are sure to help you fill the void.
Keep scrolling to see some of our faves.
"Saying goodbye to Naked is extremely bittersweet," Wende Zomnir, founding partner of Urban Decay said in a press release shortly after its discontinuation in 2018, according to Glamour. "It was a big moment in our history. It's a little painful to leave your past behind, but it's also essential to always evolve. I will forever miss Naked, but we plan to turn the grief into even more greatness. Urban Decay will continue to thrive in Naked's memory and honor—just wait and see," she explained.
Although the original champagne-colored neutrals of the original Naked palette will be forever missed, their equally gorgeous successors Naked2 and Naked3 certainly do a great job at creating the same effortless, neutral looks. It's also worth trying out the sizzling hot hues of the Naked Heat palette as well as the brand's Born To Run collection.
E.L.F.'s Need It Nude offer a great neutral option at a very affordable price.
Tarte's Amazonian Clay Matte Palette gets it just right, offering a mix of nude and chocolate-y hues with intense payoff, while Too Faced's Chocolate Bar collection includes its very own blend of antioxidant-rich cocoa powder mixed into 16 shades of browns and pinks.
There's also the velvety-smooth texture of Smashbox's Full Exposure Palette. This mix of matte and shimmer shadows is sure to become one of your new faves.
Maybelline's Blushed Nudes eyeshadows provide everything you need to go from day to night.
Go for gold with Lorac's shimmery and matte shades. They look great on any skin tone and come with a mini Behind The Scenes eye primer to ensure that your shadow won't budge or smudge throughout the day.
Charlotte Tilbury's Pillow Talk Instant Eye Palette offers a set of pinky-nudes with effortless, buildable texture that will easily take you from day to night.
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