High vs Low

One of the things I love doing as I’m flipping through magazines, is searching for their high and low segment. Doesn’t matter if it’s fashion – ‘get the same look for 1/4 of the price’, or home decor – ‘guess which image is high and which one is low?’ (psst – we’re talking about cost here in case you haven’t caught on). It’s always a fun game to play and it’s a great way to get us thinking about how much the item is really worth. Is it worth saving every penny for your coveted Prada bag or could you make do with a $100 high street equivalent? Sometimes I’ll definitely save every penny for the Prada bag, but other times, the high street equivalent offers the exact same quality so why bother spending the extra money?

Today I wanted to take this high/low concept and apply it to makeup, comparing too very similar eye shadow palettes. The first, Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (C$64/US$54), is the coveted neutral palette amongst all beauty lovers (that and Urban Decay Naked 1 and Naked 3 as well). The second palette, L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 1 (US $19.99) was launched a few months ago in the US and is coming to Canada this month (not sure what the Canadian price will be yet).

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Both palettes were created to help those beauty obsessed, master the art of nude when it comes to eyes. There’s no doubt that L’Oreal La Palette Nude 1 was inspired by the Urban Decay Naked ‘must have’ palettes, but is it a good dupe? Is it worth the cost saving or should we be saving our pennies for Urban Decay Naked 2?


(above) The size of the two palettes is very similar, with the Urban Decay Naked 2 having a slightly heavier weight (perhaps due to the full mirror inside and the heavier, more durable art school inspired tin case). Note, that the L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 1 has only a half size mirror to make room for the clear top case to showcase the shadows.


(above) The Urban Decay Naked 2 brush is actually fantastic. Double ended, with one side a little larger and better for full coverage, the other side is stiffer and can be used as a liner or to pack more product on. The brush that comes in the L’Oreal Paris La Palette 1 is very small with one end being a brush and the other being your typical drugstore sponge-type applicator. If you have your own brush set, this isn’t really an issue.


The Urban Decay Naked 2 palette has 12 x 0.05 oz pigment-rich taupe and gray-beige neutral shades, and includes three matte shades. Foxy (cream bisque with matte finish), Half Baked (golden-bronze with shimmering finish), Booty Call (shimmering cork), Chopper (copper shimmer with silver microglitter), Tease (creamy pale brown with matte finish), Snake Bite (dark bronze shimmer with metallic base), Suspect (pale golden beige with shimmering finish), Pistol (light gray-brown with shimmering finish), Verve (oyster with shimmering finish), YDK (cool bronze shimmer with metallic base), Busted (deep brown with shimmering finish), Blackout (blackest black with matte finish).


Although the L’Oreal Paris La Palette has only 10 eyeshadows (compared to Urban Decay’s 12), the total weight (0.62 ounces), is slightly heavier to Urban Decay’s 0.60 ounces, therefore it has a little more product. One thing I noticed right away from the L’Oreal Paris Nude Palette 1, is that the eyeshadows don’t have names, rather they have numbers (confusing!).

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The L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 1 has directions on the back to show you the names of the colours (again numbers…weird) but I do like that it has four ‘looks’ that can be recreated (nude ombre, feline fancy, sultry angel and lady butterfly).

Let’s have a look at how the shades compare. Note that swatches below do not have a primer underneath. If you do add a primer, the pigments are much more intense.



(above) Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette



(above) L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 1

Immediately you can see that the lighter shades in the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette are much more pigmented than the L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 1.  That said, however, the La Palette does build up nicely if you use a primer and work on building the pigment. The darker eyeshadows of the La Palette Nude Palette, are certainly more pigmented and require less effort to build. You can see just from the pictures however, that the Urban Decay Naked 2 darker shades (suspect to blackout, above) have more intense shimmer and sheen to them.

Are there any Dupes in the L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 1? Let’s take a look.


(above) While there are no exact dupes in the collection, there are definitely similar colors. Above you can see that Urban Decay Naked 2 verve is very similar to L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude #9, though clearly verve is brighter and lighter in hue. Urban Decay snakebite is a little more brown compared to La Palette Nude 1 #7, but again very similar.


(above) One of my favourites, Urban Decay Naked 2 half baked is similar to L’Oreal Paris #4, though #4 is more chalky and not as metallic. Probably the two closest eyeshadows are Urban Decay bootycall with L’Oreal Paris #10. Both are beautiful highlight shades.

The Final Verdict

Clearly Urban Decay Naked 2 is a stunning palette. It’s deeply pigmented, intensely rich and requires little effort to work with. The only shade I was disappointed in, is Foxy, as I found that it was too light, even for a base. There are also some clear ‘can’t live without’ shades too: verve, bootycall, half baked, chopper…actually who am I kidding? I need them all!

The L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude 1 definitely does NOT replace your Urban Decay Naked 2 palette….though it’s not bad as an alternative if you want to save your $$$. The palette definitely requires the use of primer and you need to work with the colours a little more to get rich pigmentation. For a drugstore palette – I am definitely in love. And can we talk about #9 and #10 – gorgeous!

Did you enjoy this post? Would you like to see more high and low comparisons? Let me know in the comments below.

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Until next time,

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  1. Lisa

    This was great! Thanks for doing this. I have a hard time deciding what to splurge on and what to save on, so seeing comparisons is very helpful. After reading this, I think I’m going to splurge on the Naked 2!

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