Thursday, July 21, 2011


Some people have been saying that the ELF BeautyBook Neutral Eye Edition is a dupe for the infamous Urban Decay NAKED Palette. So I thought I'd show you side by side swatches to see if it's really true.


So check out the colors overall in the pan first....

ELF Palette

Urban Decay Palette

Ok, so far, yes...they look pretty similar. But now let's swatch them...

As you can see, the UD shadow is a lot more pigmented, but the ELF shadow is still extremely similar.

Same thing here....

Now here you can see this is a different color completely. They are both soft browns, but the ELF is lacking that slightly redish undertone that the UD shadow has.

The ELF shadow is lacking the glitter that the UD shadow has--your opinion if that is good or bad. I don't mind the glitter. But otherwise, this color is very similar.

Very similar color, but I really had to build up the ELF to get it close to one swipe of the UD.

The ELF shadow has more orange in it here. And again, the UD shadow is more much pigmented.

The ELF shadow doesn't have the bronzed undertone that the UD shadow has here.

The ELF shadow doesn't even come close in my opinion. I had to really pack it on it get this color to show up .

Color is a bit similar, but you just can't compare these as far as sheen goes! Look how the UD ones just glow and they ELF fall flat.

Again, this color is just way off for me. The ELF shade has so much red in it whereas the UD shade is just a beautiful dark brown.

Again, no comparison here. Period.

I feel like these are pretty similar though. The UD is just a tad darker.

Overall opinion:

If you can't/don't want to shell out the bucks for NAKED, this is an alright alternative.

The ELF Shadows don't have the creamy texture or color payoff that UD has, but what else can you expect for a buck?

When the day comes that I finally go through my NAKED palette....I will probably not turn to the ELF palette, but will instead re-purchase NAKED.

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FTC Disclosure: I purchased all products shown with my own money. I have never accepted money in exchange for a review or product promotion. All opinions are my own.


Y said...

Hehe! This looks like the poor girls alternative. I think that it could be okay with a strong cream shadow base.

Jenn Staz said...

FINALLY! Someone compared the two! I wanted to do the same but am on Project Ten Pan right now and can't buy anything :D Thanks for swatching them. I really do need to pick up the UD palette for sure.

Nicole said...

@Y, yes, it's not bad, but doesn't really compare IMO.

@Jenn, I'm glad you enjoyed this post. I'd save up for the NAKED palette too!

SilhouetteScreams said...

Thanks for the comparison, they do look quite similar....but also not XD

TEA aka MonsterGirl said...

Wow that's pretty close to the Naked palette! For sure a good pick if you cannot afford Urban Decay or don't want to dish out the money. Great post, I had no idea Elf made this palette! But I freakin love my naked palette! :)