Had I bought in to all the YouTube hype in 2014 when I purchased my first highend eyeshadow palette, I probably would have picked up the Naked. But because HSN was running a promotion for first time HSN shoppers to save $20 off their first purchase, I got the Chocolate Bar instead. It’s been just over 2 years since then and the original Naked hype just wont die so about 7 weeks ago I ordered it and I’ve got to tell you, I think the Chocolate Bar is 10x better.
Now before you come after me with pitchforks, hear me out. Before the Naked palette, if you heard the words “eyeshadow palette” strung together in a sentence, you’d think about those cheap holiday sets you’d get for $10 a Walgreen’s (you know… the ones that smelt of chemicals and plastic and had about as much pigmentation as a potato?). So when the Naked palette showed up 6 years ago on Sephora shelves in all of it’s 50-Shades-of-Brown splendor, a makeup revolution began.
So I get why people lost their shit when it was released. But my point is, it’s not unique anymore. Everyone and their mother has leading neutral palettes… Lorac has the Pro line, Too Faced has the Chocolate Bars, and even drugstore brands like Revlon and Covergirl have since jumped onto the bandwagon.
All of these brands jumped on the opportunity that Urban Decay had previously monopolized and they created their own nude palettes, but instead of mimicking the Naked palette for all it’s worth, they did something that Urban Decay has failed to do in the 6 years since the Naked palettes launch… they listened to the people.
The people wanted more mattes. They wanted smoother mattes that blended better and were more pigmented. The people also wanted less fall out. And for God’s sake, could someone please create a palette that doesn’t leave glitter all over your face!? And so newer, more modern, more satisfactory palettes were born.
Which brings me to my point:
Why I Think the Too Faced Chocolate Bar is Better than the Urban Decay Naked Palette
- You pay less per gram (almost 75¢ less per gram)
- You get more eyeshadows (16 vs. Urban Decay’s 12)
- You have a wider range of shades and tones (the Chocolate Bar has burgundy, pink and purple shades along with some cool-toned browns vs. Urban Decays 11 shades of brown and 1 random ass silver)
- It works for a wider variety of skin-tones (the Naked palette is so dark that it’s best suited for medium to deep skin-tones and/or those who prefer smokier, heavier eye looks whereas the Chocolate Bar has shades to suit everyone)
- It has more matte eyeshadows (there by making it more versatile for those of us who are 25+ and don’t want glitter from lash-line to brow-bone)
- The matte eyeshadows are a better quality (they’re more pigmented and blend with more ease)
- There is less fallout (and thereare fewer shades with glitter in them which equals less glitter fallout)
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that that Naked palette isn’t any good, or that you suck as a person if it’s your favorite ever. I’m just saying that I think the Chocolate Bar is a better investment for beginners because it’s a better value, has more versatility and is more user-friendly.
What was your first makeup palette? Is it still your favorite?