MUA Undress Me Too: Urban Decay Naked2 Dupe?
As much as I love Urban Decay eyeshadows and their palettes, I simply don't use the orginal Naked palette I own already to justify shelling out $50 for the Naked2. While I was in London several moons ago, I was on a mission to locate MUA because I knew their Undress Me Too palette was a proposed dupe for the Naked2. In the UK you can find MUA at Superdrug and for the rest of the world, you can get your hands on the brand through their website.
The palette retails for a mere £4.00 in the UK and I bought this during a 3-for-2 offer so I paid even less! On the website, the costs translates to about $6.50 plus a hefty shipping fee. Either way you cut it, you're getting a decent price for 12 eyeshadows. The plastic compact is not glamorous by any stretch of the imagination but I like that the cover is clear so you can easily see what the shades are. The back offers a description of the product as well as the names of all the shadows. I really love having names to refer to shades in palettes as it can be a bit repetitive to call everything "that really pretty taupe-ish brown".
There are three matte shadows and the rest are shimmery to metallic finishes. I like the inclusion of a basic cream and true black because they are pretty much standard mattes that a person of any skin color can use. Lavish, a cool toned grey-brown, is a unique matte that compares to nothing else in my collection. The rest of the shades vary from red bronze (Fiery) to white champagne (Reveal). The shadows are soft, smooth and nicely pigmented. The formula feels almost creamy and is similar to the Sleek eyeshadows, albeit a tad less pigmented.
On the downside, there are two disappointments that should be addressed. Some of the shades do not swatch or apply true to pan. Pretty much all of the shades swatch lighter than how they appear in the pan which was somewhat frustrating the first few times I used the palette. Wink and Obsessed look like deep plummy taupes in the palette but when swatched they look much more muted and light. They're still beautiful shades but not what I was expecting. The lasting power of these shadows is average and nothing to write home about. By the end of the day, my eye makeup has noticeably faded and worn away when I use this palette. Using an eyeshadow base over eyeshadow primer will help this problem.
The MUA Undress Me Too palette is a good alternative for those on a budget who want a cool toned eyeshadow palette. It won't break the bank and the formula is very nice for a drugstore brand. Some of the shades are quite unique and my personal favorites are Devotion, Lavish, Dreamy, Tranquil and Wink. But I wish the colors applied more like how they appear in the pan and that the staying power was improved. Do you think it's worth the extra money for a stellar eyeshadow palette or would you settle with a drugstore dupe?