MUA Undressed v The Naked Palette

Goodies of all shapes and sized land on my doorstep every week but this is the most excited I’ve been about any of them for a while. Before we even begin let me remind you (assuming you British budget beauties are all well versed in the brand, MUA) that this palette costs a measly £4, it’s their long-awaited dupe for Urban Decay’s Naked Palette. When ‘Heaven & Earth’ was released around this time last year we were all over it as a drugstore Naked but let’s face it.. it wasn’t quite up to snuff. It remains one of my best neutral palettes but it just didn’t have that XFactor that sold the original out the world over and drove up the price a whopping £9 with the ‘VAT increase‘. There was something missing but we were all kind of okay with it, it was only £4 after all and I think by that point we thought it was the best we were going to get.. well we were wrong!

As a die hard Urban Decay shadow fan I jumped at the chance to see this palette ahead of it’s release.. anything dubbed a Naked dupe would be hard to turn down, right? I’d seen pictures and knew they’d attempted to recreate every shade from the palette in order which I liked and I was interested to see how my favourites, Half Baked & Smog, would turn out. That being said I wasn’t holding out so much hope for the quality being in any way comparable. In my experience UD are the number one for creamy, super pigmented shadows and regardless of price I’ve never been able to beat them so at best I was expecting similar colours but from the first swatch MUA seriously impressed me. Quiet often something looks so deep and dark in the pan and then swatches to sheer nothingness and it’s so disappointing but I’ve got palettes full of that kind of powdery rubbish, every single shade here has all that depth and more. The only less than awesome additions are the matte formulas which are notoriously difficult to master on the cheap and I’ve got to give them kudos for keeping them in, they’re not terrible they just ‘pale in comparison’ as they say.

Believe it or not I was going to leave my post there just telling you how great this new palette was.. until I did a couple of test swatches to compare it with it’s Urban Decay counterpart and man oh man.. it’s good! Those few swatches led to a video.. I couldn’t contain myself, I mean how good are they?! I think I captured them pretty well, even the doom and gloom of Yorkshire today couldn’t keep these super shadows down. Granted they’re not all  perfect dupes but they’re pretty damn good and can I say again.. just one more time.. £4!! Smog is a touch too gold in the MUA palette, toasted a little pink and gunmetal a little blue but on the whole I don’t think anyone expected this from a little brand in Superdrug, did they?

Urban Decay swatches on the left, MUA on the right

I’ve never been a huge Sleek fan but I think in the past they’ve overshadowed MUA with the general consensus being that they had better quality palettes (at a higher price of course) but this will set any doubters straight.. they have it in them they just need to apply it to more of their range. I was always really impressed by the quality of their £1 single shadows and understood why perhaps they couldn’t afford to keep that quality quite as high when producing a palette of 12 for such a low cost but they’ve done it now, they’ve raised the bar so here’s hoping for more of the same in the future. One things for sure, this will sell out as soon as it hits the shelves so if you want it you’d better hot foot it to Superdrug first thing tomorrow!

Miss BB



  1. 3 July, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    definitely want to try this palette – would you recommend this over the heaven and earth palette?! would love to see a post comparing the two!
    nicola xxx

  2. 3 July, 2012 / 4:42 pm

    Amazing! Will def be investing in this – crazy cheap for a really good dupe = win win! Great post 🙂

  3. 3 July, 2012 / 5:26 pm

    looks great! definately going to get it 🙂 i havent got the naked palette but have wanted it for ages xx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      17 July, 2012 / 10:46 am

      such a great drugstore dupe.. finally!

  4. Lynda
    3 July, 2012 / 6:13 pm

    I’m defin shoppping at Superdrug tomorrow to buy this palette as I love dupes, thanks for sharing and showing us the swatches, keep up the good work 😀

    • missbudgetbeauty
      17 July, 2012 / 10:42 am

      thanks for reading! It really is a great palette x

  5. 3 July, 2012 / 6:28 pm

    aww no i just got the heaven & earth palette not knowing about this one 🙁 might have to place another order…..

  6. 3 July, 2012 / 7:05 pm

    Dear Khila,

    I just ordered the palette because I really liked your review, your pics and swatches. Would it be okay if I used the comparison-pic for my blogpost when my palette arrives here in Germany? I would totally credit you and link you back several times. Since I don’t own the Naked 1 myself, I think my readers would really appreciate your great comparisons. It’s really no problem if you would mind me using your pictures, but they would be a great help.

    Best wishes,Wiebke

    • missbudgetbeauty
      17 July, 2012 / 10:41 am

      sorry for the late response but yes of course.. I don’t watermark my posts so I expect many of my images have been used elsewhere, I appreciate you asking 🙂

  7. 3 July, 2012 / 11:46 pm

    Thank you for putting up some nice clear photos/footage of the comparison swatches… just what I wanted to see! Needless to say I’m even more convinced to buy this now that I’ve seen for real how good it is. Thanks for the review 🙂 x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      17 July, 2012 / 10:37 am

      no problem, glad it was useful x

  8. 5 July, 2012 / 12:48 pm

    This palette looks flipping amazing. Must get my greedy paws on it soon !

    • missbudgetbeauty
      5 July, 2012 / 1:47 pm

      its awesome value when you looks at it next to the £36 naked palette!

  9. Natalie
    6 July, 2012 / 11:00 pm

    Thank you for posting this, Ive been looking for a naked dupe since I first read a review on it
    Would you recommend any other of the MUA palettes or drugstore palettes in general?

    • missbudgetbeauty
      17 July, 2012 / 10:33 am

      mmm.. I find it really tough to find great shadows at the drugstore, this is a brillianr one but a lot are sheer or have too much fallout. I’m not a huge fan of sleek for the reason. I would recommend any of the single MUA shadows though, they’re all great and they’re only a pound each!

  10. Smitha Manoj
    12 July, 2012 / 11:55 am

    I cannot wait to try it out! I went to superdrugs yesterday and it was already sold out!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      17 July, 2012 / 10:25 am

      maybe try and get one online

  11. 11 February, 2013 / 12:23 pm

    I have just done a review of this palette myself! Great swatches btw 🙂


  12. 13 February, 2013 / 3:17 am

    I have this palette, it’s amazing! I’m so glad that there’s an MUA alternative, since the Urbay Decay one is quite pricey. The finishes on this palette are flawless, I use it almost every day. So great!

    – Killian x

  13. Deenie
    7 March, 2013 / 10:41 am

    I would love to see a comparison post between Undressed and Undress Me too, just comparing the various similar shades and which one you recommend for those who enjoy having a brown daily look.

  14. 6 May, 2013 / 8:01 am

    Really pleased I found this – I’ve been using the MUA Undressed palette and doing tutorials with it and what not, telling people it’s a dupe of the Naked palette but, considering I don’t have the Naked palette, I always kind of thought hmm I hope I’m not misleading people. I’d seen some swatches and they did look very similar but your review was a lot more thorough. I think the only one that’s significantly off is Buck, but to be fair, that’s just a warm brown shadow, I’m sure it wouldn’t be too hard to find a dupe elsewhere. The rest are near enough the same, just very slight differences.
    People rave so much about the Naked palette, I kept thinking maybe I should buy it, but after seeing this post I think I’d be wasting £36 when I already have the MUA palette and it’s that close a dupe.
    Great post 🙂

  15. Olivia
    15 May, 2013 / 10:38 am

    Hey, would you be able to tell me how long the MUA palette lasts throughout the day compared to the NAKED palette? Ive been wanting to buy the Naked palette for ages after borrowing it from my friend, but now Ive read this im tempted to give MUA a try, even though Im a firm believer in paying more for make up as it usually lasts longer. Thank you!

  16. 21 May, 2013 / 12:53 pm

    Another great post! I’m a newbie to your blog and loving it so far! xx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      1 June, 2013 / 11:34 am

      thank you!! x

  17. 29 May, 2013 / 4:50 pm

    I’m impressed. The pallette has great pigment compared to Urban Decay. I hope that these pigments raise the standards for other affordable make-up lines.

  18. 2 June, 2013 / 3:27 am

    Wow. AWESOME post! I just saved some money!!

  19. Janet Connaughton
    11 June, 2013 / 6:14 pm

    wow! So glad I found your blog and this post imparticular as I was wavering about buying the Naked palette but will instead buy the MUA. Thank u so much, I’ve just saved £32 ! (which I now spend on shoes ha ha!)

  20. Maggie
    21 June, 2013 / 3:58 am

    Hi, great post!! any dupes for the other naked paletts?, thank you 🙂

  21. 9 July, 2013 / 6:40 pm

    These shadows are so so similar! I’ve been wanting a Naked palette for soooo long but now I think I’m just gonna buy the MUA one xx thanks for sharing

    Justine | BRIGHTON DREAM

  22. 24 August, 2013 / 5:29 pm

    I love this palette. The colours are great and the quality is fantastic, stays on all day. Have you tried the ‘undress me 2’ palette? Would be interested to see a review on that.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      26 August, 2013 / 10:48 pm

      yes and I have done a review here x

  23. 24 August, 2013 / 6:08 pm

    Oh whow, I’ve been searching for a good Naked Palette dupe for so long, great post and great video, thanks for sharing =D =D

  24. 18 October, 2013 / 10:39 am

    Hey, just to let you know I’ve mentioned this post in my recent blog post!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      20 October, 2013 / 10:36 pm

      oh, thank you x

  25. Enna
    21 July, 2014 / 6:33 pm

    Was just about to buy the naked palette for £36 after borrowing a friends, definitely will be getting the MUA instead! Thanks a lot!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      23 July, 2014 / 8:07 am

      I LOVE my Naked palette it’s just amazing but this is a great alternative for a lot less money

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