Who doesn’t love a good drugstore dupe, especially for a super hyped and popular product? I certainly do, so when I heard talk about a BYS Cosmetics eyeshadow palette that looked very similar to a certain Urban Decay Naked Palette (you might of heard of them somewhere…) I was pretty intrigued. When I saw it in stores I realised pretty quickly that it was far from a dead on dupe but I was still intrigued enough to pick it up and get writing so I can pass on a quick review about whether it was worth the pennies so here we go!
As you can see in the pics, the packaging is pretty much identical. The BYS feels a little flimsier than the UD but overall, they’re very similar – same fonts, same close and both come with brushes (UD with a double-ended brush and BYS with both foam applicators and little brushes). I can’t find any info on how much eyeshadow you actually get in the BYS palette but it looks as if it’d be roughly the same.
When it comes to colours there are no spot-on dupes, even though a few look rather similar, especially in that second half of the palette. I personally think that Flirt, PhotoOp, Shots and Pickup all look pretty damn similar which is a little bit silly if they’re going to bother to have a 12-pan palette but when you swatch them they all look slightly different. For me, I find the Urban Decay shades so much more complex than BYS’s every day shimmer that you normally find in the budget options but maybe that’s just my undying love for Urban Decay shining through…
Now onto the main event – how does the eyeshadow quality stack up? As is normally the case with drugstore brands the matte shades in the palette are not very impressive. They’re a little bit chalky and as you can see in the swatches they don’t really have a lot of pigmentation. The more shimmery colours definitely meet with my approval, however. They take a little bit more effort than normal to blend and you’ve got a bit of fallout to contend with but beyond that they’re pretty decent for the price. Longevity has been fine with all of them too.
BYS Nude 2 palette swatches: Morning, Guestlist, Selfie, Flirt, VIP, Photoop, Shots, Smoke Machine, DFloor, Pickup, Heels Off, Midnight
Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette: Foxy, Half Baked, Bootycall, Chopper, Tease, Snakebite, Suspect, Pistol, Verve, YDK, Busted, Blackout
The verdict? Clearly not dupes but the BYS palette is a good’un in it’s own right – the shadows are good quality for the price and if all you want is a no-fuss neutrals palette with a lot of shimmery shades then the BYS will do the job just fine, especially for the low price of around $17. If you want the investment piece that will never do you wrong then I can totally recommend splurging on the Urban Decay Naked 2 (or either of the other two offerings from the same line).
What do you think? Do you think the BYS one is worth a try?