City Color Barely Exposed Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

Hellooo loves!

I have been wanting to post a review on this palette for a very very long time. I was reminded of this palette when I read Fashion Trinket’s February Favorites. She included the Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette. And it wasn’t until I read her post that I realized the City Color palette is a dupe to the UD palette!


Price: $6.99

Product Description from City Color Cosmetics:

Dare to bare your natural beauty with City Color Barely Exposed palette. Nudes, coppers, browns and greys never made your eyes look so good! Create an array of matte and shimmer eye looks for both day and night with 12 naturally seductive hues.

See ingredients and more at: City Color Cosmetics


The packaging is plastic but very sturdy. It’s also smaller thanΒ  the UD Naked palette so it won’t take up much space. (I realized too late that I didn’t take a photo of the palette closed..oops!) The front of the palette (when closed) is quite neat as it has see-through plastic that shows that shades inside. I also love how the shades are separated into trios.



The formula is pretty good. It’s decently pigmented for a palette that cost me $7. However, it DOES have a significant amount of fallout (although not every single shade has fallout).
I do like how soft these shades are and to my surprise they’re fairly blendable. I don’t own nor have I ever swatched the UD palette for myself, but judging from the numerous reviews that I’ve read, the formula for the UD palette is really great. So while this doesn’t compare to UD, for someone on a budget who wants similar shades, this is a great dupe. I’m still very surprised at myself for not realizing it sooner because the shades look a LOT alike!

This was my go-to palette for natural eye looks when I first got into blogging. It was my favorite and I honestly don’t mind the fallout very much because I do my eyes first and I can easily wipe it off.


The lighter shades barely show up on my skin and I had trouble photographing them. But the rest of the shades are gorgeous and I love that there’s a mix of nudes, coppers, and browns. I also love how shimmery some of them are!

Top photo: Flash | Bottom photo: Natural Lighting



  • Nicely pigmented
  • Soft formula
  • Blendable
  • UD Naked palette dupe
  • Cruelty free
  • Affordable


  • Some fallout
  • Formulated with parabens
  • Too many shimmers/Not enough mattes (just a personal preference)

Even though I don’t use this palette as much anymore, I still like it and I really like the shades it contains. I can make some very simple looks or a simple smokey eye. I may just try following some UD Naked palette tutorials with this one and see how it turns out! πŸ™‚


Have you ever seen this palette before?
What do you think of it?


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Disclosure: this review is a personal opinion and is honest. I do not receive compensation for my reviews. Product(s) was/were purchased by me, unless noted otherwise.

27 thoughts on “City Color Barely Exposed Eyeshadow Palette Review + Swatches

        1. Hopefully you can find it in-store because I grabbed this a loooooooonnnng time ago lol. If not, they also have it online! 😊
          Thanks for stopping by!
          Have a great rest of your week!

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  1. When I first glanced at the pictures without reading it, I honestly thought that, that was the Naked pallet. Thats a great dupe could’ve fooled me…. but you’re right they’re all shimmery opposed to having a mix of shimmery, matte, satin etc. But hey how can people even complain when it costs less than half of what the actual Naked pallet costs lol God I love dupes for anything!

    xo, JJ

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    1. Yeah that’s the only con–too many shimmers not enough mattes. I feel like every palette should have several mattes to be used as transition shades. I always find myself using several palettes instead of one πŸ˜‚
      But yeah for the price, not too bad! It’s definitely a steal!

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