I have already wanted a Naked 1 Palette. About a week ago, I’d had about half a bottle of my new favourite wine. Which is called Il Capo Pinot Grigio, if you care. And you should care because it’s wonderful.
So YEAH. After drinking the wine and feeling quite smug because I was celebrating my next 10 days off work. I was browsing through Amazon, and then for some reason, I decided I needed to get a Naked 1 palette STAT. I hopped onto eBay to see how much they were going for.
Naked 1 Palette
I’ve been thinking about getting about getting the original Naked palette for while now. I have Naked 2 and Naked 3 and now I’ve worn the hell out of them, I thought I should finally invest in the original.
When I got onto eBay, I was shocked at how many sellers we selling the palettes for around a tenner. There were even ones that had the 1, 2 and 3 all together for £30!
I checked out the listings and the photos looked legit. I’ve never seen an original Naked palette with my own eyes but they were also selling the 2 and 3. The photos looked like what I had. The seller had the brand name as ‘Urban Decay’ in the description and had loads of positive feedback. Other people who had bought the item left feedback such as ‘great product’ or ‘product as described’.
Falling for the scam
You know when you have that feeling of THIS SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE? Well, I usually listen to those feelings because we all know that most things that sound too good to be true most likely are. But these particular feelings were drowning in a bottle of pinot, too busy gasping for air to be able to scream at me and tell me to stop being such an nobhead. So I was like LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL screw you I’m going to buy this and there is nothing to do to stop me.
So that’s what I did. I was feeling quite faithful in the human race that day. Like, why would someone list an item up as Urban Decay when it’s not? People are honest, right? People don’t like to con poor, innocent, impulse-buying idiots like me, right?
Well, turns out I was wrong. People are dicks, which is generally what I usually think every other day of the year. But I had a lapse in judgement. Because I was drunk. So I handed over my £11 and then carried my wasted self over to YouTube to watch cat videos, where I cried because CATS I CANT EVEN. Then I fell asleep.
Getting my Fake Naked Palette
The delivery of this item was FASSTTT. I didn’t expect it to come so quickly. That’s what she said. Wait, give me a second while I pull my head out of the gutter and remember what I’m talking about. Oh yes, the delivery.
So it came, I opened it and it was in this golden packaging that said 2015 edition on it, which I thought was weird. My other palettes also came with a sample of another product and the quality of the box was much better. It was also REALLY light and my other Naked palettes are quite heavy. However, I wasn’t sure if this meant anything as the other two are in a tin and this is a felt/cardboard packaging.
When I opened it, the shadows looked poor quality, like in the way they were put into the palette. The fill level of each shadow all seems to come up to different levels as if they’ve been glued in rather carelessly and they weren’t flush with the palette.
I got onto Google and searched ‘How to tell if a Naked palette is fake’ and surely enough, these things all came up. I also Googled the packaging of the Urban Decay original palette to find that it was totally different to what I was holding in my hands.
The Naked palettes are known for their pigmentation. I’ve always found their shadows to be quite creamy in texture and easily blendable. These obviously are not. They’re not AWFUL, but definitely on the lower end of the quality scale.
If you didn’t know better, then you could very easily mistake this for a real palette.
How to tell if your Urban Decay Palette is fake.
- The packaging. Search online for the original packaging of the palette you’re wanting to buy. If it comes in a cardboard box similar to the one above, it’s a fake.
- The free gift. Each Naked palette comes with some sort of free gift, like a primer sample or lipgloss sample.
- Pot fill. On the real palettes, all the eyeshadows will be filled to the same level, on the fake ones some will be deeper than others.
- The shape of the pots. When I googled the real palette, you could see the shape of the pots were a lot rounder on the edges, while the fake had harsher corners on the rectangles.
- Brush Quality. The Urban Decay brushes are great quality, if your brush looks cheap, then it’s probably a fake. On my fake brush, ‘Urban Decay’ was printed on the brush and the font size was ticker on the letters Urb than the rest of the brush.
- Price. If it’s cheap, then it’s probably a fake. Although I have seen some of these fake palettes being charged the same as originals, so be careful!
- Where you get it from. There will be certain sites that will be rife with fakes, like eBay for example. Your best bet is to buy your makeup from well-known sites and companies.
So yes, I got a fake. Sad. If you want to get a cheaper version of the Naked palettes, then have a look around at some popular dupes, that are similar shades but don’t try to rip the Naked palettes off completely. Makeup Rev and MUA have some great ones. Or get a real Naked palette from somewhere you can trust, like Boots.
Have you ever been tricked into buying something that’s fake?
*Edit to add: After a long dispute, I finally got my money back from the buyer, though I first had to contact the buyer myself and wait for the resolution centre to expire before eBay got involved. Also, I seemed to be linked to a Facebook page or group and getting some traffic from there, I’d love to know where I’m linked if someone would let me know in the comments 😀