Urban Decay is my absolute favourite makeup brand, and I’m always excited about their new releases.. especially their eyeshadow palettes. Even though I own over twenty Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palettes, I simply cannot resist their palettes so I was beyond excited when I saw the sneak peek images on Instagram of the newest addition to the Urban Decay Naked family. The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette launched on the 28th of July on the Urban Decay UK website, and it sold out in record time. Luckily it is now available to purchase from the House of Fraser website and from their counters instore too.
When I was in my late teens and early twenties, I used to be obsessed with smoky eyes.. it was my go-to eyeshadow look every single day. Fast forward ten years, I still love the drama of a gorgeous smoky eye so this palette is just perfect. I already own the Urban Decay Smoked Palette which contains stunning jewel toned shades, the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette contains real smoky shadows, and everything you could possibly need for a smoky eye.
The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette contains twelve eyeshadows just like the other Naked Palettes with the pans laid out in rectangular narrow pans. The outer packaging is beautiful and unlike any of the previous palettes which were felt cardboard and metal tins, as the Naked Smoky has plastic packaging with a magnetised closure.
The plastic has the most amazing smoky design, and every single palette looks different and unique with the smoky patterning. Inside the palette there is a generous sized mirror, and a dual-ended brush.
There aren’t any extra’s included within the palette like the previous three Naked Palettes; not even any primer samples, which I think is a little disappointing especially as the palette is £38. Instead Urban Decay have included a card with some looks on, which is a nice addition but I think they should have continued the theme of including an extra with the palette.
The brush included within the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette is definitely the best brush from the four Naked Palettes. One side of the brush is a fluffy blending brush which has a good amount of stiffness so it can blend shadow seamlessly and you can even use it to apply shadow to the lids too. The opposite end of the brush is a stiff, domed pencil brush which works well to smudge shadows along your lower lashline.
The shadows within the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette’s shadows are laid out in three sections; the first four shades have a shimmery/glittery finish, the second set of four shadows are satin and the last four shades are matte. This is the first of the Naked Palettes to have its shades set out like this, and I really like it and find it makes it easier to know which shades to use with which.
High – a cream shimmer with micro glitter.
Dirtysweet – a medium bronze.
Radar – a metallic taupe with iridescent micro glitter.
Armor – a metallic silver taupe with tonal sparkle.
Slanted – a light metallic gray.
Dagger – a medium charcoal with micro shimmer.
Black Market – a jet black satin.
Smolder – a deep plum taupe.
Password – a cool taupe matte.
Whiskey – a rich brown matte.
Combust – a soft pink taupe.
Thirteen – a light beige satin.
The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette eyeshadows all vary in terms of pigmentation, but I’ve found that the shades all need a primer layered underneath them to get them to work to their full potential, whereas I’ve found that the shadows in the first three Naked Palettes work beautifully without the need for a primer.
I have to admit there a few shades that I found to be a little disappointing; High and Radar aren’t particularly pigmented, and Armor is very prone to fall out, and causes a lot of silver glitter fall out on the cheeks so I’d recommend using shadow shields to minimise fall out. The best shades in the palette are the four mattes which I’ve found quite surprising as matte shadows are usually the least pigmented within any palette.
I really love the combination of shades within the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette, and that it includes a few neutral shades which makes the palette a lot more versatile for everyday use as you don’t have to just do smoky eye makeup with the palette.
I adore the packaging.. it really is stunning, and feels a lot better quality and more robust than the other Naked Palettes. I’d recommend the Naked Smoky if you like wearing smoky eyes on a regular basis, or you are looking for these types of shades within the one palette but bare in mind you will need to use a primer beforehand to get the best out of the shades in the palette.
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