I am sure most of the blogging world already has The Urban Decay Naked Palette. There is so much hype surrounding this product I can't believe I have only just got my hands on one.

I got this product as a Christmas present from my Mum (thank you very much!), and completely forgot to include it when I filmed my 'what I got for Christmas video' which should go up on my youtube channel Monday (here).

I had been itching to get my hands on the Urban Decay Naked Palette for the longest time, but put off purchases it due to the steep price tag, so when I opened it on Christmas day I was pretty pleased, and couldn't wait to try it out. I have been using this palette almost constantly since Christmas day, although I have to be honest, I haven't been quite as experimental as I could have been, and have been mainly sticking to the lighter colours.

For those of you who aren't familiar with this palette (is there anyone?!), it is a neutral toned eyeshadow palette with both matt and shimmer colours. I like having a mix of both matt and shimmer colours in one palette, as I often wear both a matt and neutral shade on my eyelids together. Having said this, although I like all of the colours in this pallets, I'm sure you get some drugstore dupes with similar colours for a fraction of the price.

The eyeshadows are all very creamy, meaning they apply smoothly, and blend easily. The colours are fairly long lasting, however, I've used to cheaper eyeshadow pallets with the same, if not longer staying power, and I do find the colour crease ever so slightly when wore for a while. However, with a primer I'm sure they wouldn't budge at all.

I was actually really impressed by the brush in the palette, which I didn't expect at all - it's double ended and very soft, unlike brushes which usually come with palettes, this one won't be completely abandoned, although I won't use it everyday, I will get some use out of it, and it will be very useful especially when it comes to travelling.

I really like the packaging this palette comes in, it's nice and slim, has a mirror, and as I said a brush which is great if you want to take it on the go at all. I also love that there is a name for each shade on the packaging which you don't get on all palettes - it just makes things easier than having to describe any colours. The only part of the packaging I'm not too keen on is the velvet outside, I find it tends to pick up dust ever so slightly.

So far I have got the most use out of the shades Sin, Toasted, Virgin and Naked - as you can see I have been playing it safe with the most light neutral colours, however, I am looking forward to my next night out so I can experiment with a more dramatic smokey eye using Creep and Gunmetal.

Overall I'm pretty impressed with the product and I know I'll get a lot of use out of it, having said that I think there are some pretty good dupes out there such as the MUA Heaven and Earth Palette. It's a great palette, but I think it was never going to completely live up to the hype, I'm still very happy with the product (... and I still may treat myself to the Naked 2 and Naked 3 palettes).