I love a good dupe! In this case, these two palettes are in the same price range, so you won’t be saving moolah. But, it can save you from buying a palette you don’t need. If you’re wondering just how close the Naked Reloaded is to Sultry, then keep on reading!
Earlier this week I posted a full review of the Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette (check that out here), and I mentioned how everyone is comparing it to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Palette. Upon first glance, they are pretty much identical. There’s the peachy pink pop of color, mid-town camel brown, beige highlight. The similarities can go on for a quite a bit. But once I got to swatching, I realized that although the shades are the same, there are definite differences.
URBAN DECAY NAKED RELOADED ($44)
This everyday neutrals palette contains 12 brand new shades, and features a variety of finishes from metallic, to matte, and micro-shimmer. Unlike previous Naked Palettes, this one doesn’t have a brush, but it’s got a great mirror and it’s really sleek (so it’s perfect for travel).
The formula is smooth, and the shades are softly pigmented, but really buildable (minus one problem child). The mattes are creamy, they don’t apply patchy, and they are easy to blend. I mentioned in my complete review that one matte shade gave me troubles, but otherwise the formula was consistent across the board.
Where Urban Decay shines is with their metallics and shimmers. They are such a pleasure to work with, as they aren’t chunky or dry, but they give off a beautiful finish. However, the metallics in Reloaded are a bit understated, and need to be applied wet for extra intensity. In fact, the entire palette is a little muted. The shades are beautiful, but they don’t have the wow factor pigmentation that I’ve come to expect from Urban Decay.
They perform excellent though, and they last all day on the lids (over a primer) without creasing or fading. If you’re a neutrals lover, and you want easy shades that aren’t intensely pigmented or bold, then Reloaded is great choice!
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS SULTRY PALETTE ($45)
When I purchased Sultry I immediately thought of Reloaded. The shades are extremely similar, there is no denying that. But, once I got to testing them I realized the differences lie in the formula and finish. While Urban Decay is a little softer in pigmentation, Sultry is a one swipe swatcher with effortless color payoff.
In addition to the higher intensity pigmentation, this palette has some of the prettiest metallics. They are luminous, and glowy, without any obvious glitter, and they really make the lids shine. You can apply them dry or wet, but they will pop more when applied damp. You’ll notice Sultry has quite a bit of metallics, which gives the palette a different vibe than Reloaded. I picture Reloaded for everyday use, or for the office, while Sultry is more date night.
The mattes in Sultry are equally as impressive as Reloaded, and I didn’t have any issue with them blending away. If you’re a longtime ABH palette fan, then you will love the formula. The quality reminds me a lot of the Tamanna or World Travel palettes – they are smooth, and make smokey eyes so easy! However, just like Reloaded, this palette is missing a warm matte to create rich depth in the crease.
Another pleasant surprise with Sultry was the lack of fall out, which again has plagued a lot of their newer releases. I’m not sure what they did differently with this, but it truly performs like ABH palettes of the past. I love it!
NAKED RELOADED PALETTE
TOGETHER: RELOADED (TOP) & SULTRY (BOTTOM)
Both of these palettes are super pretty, and have excellent quality. But, I really don’t think they are different enough to warrant buying both. So, if you already have Sultry, I would skip Reloaded. The shades pop more, the finish is prettier, and the intensity is a bit more intense. Plus, it comes with more shades (14 in total), and a brush for just $1 more. I don’t typically use palette brushes, but if you do then that’s something to consider.
The good news is, the Reloaded palette is permanent, while Sultry is limited edition. So, for now I would hold off on Reloaded, and purchase it down the line once you use up Sultry. Oh, and the poll I put on Instagram Stories, everyone got it WRONG! I asked which palette i was wearing, and which you think I like best. Over 60% of you voted for Urban Decay, but it was Sultry!
SHOP FOR YOUR PALETTE
Either palette is a great choice, so it really depends on what you’re looking for. Or, if your budget allows, grab both and see for yourself how they compare 🙂 You can purchase each palette online and in stores at ULTA and Sephora.
Are you surprised by which palette I prefer? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
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