Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review
Hi lovelies! I have always loved Urban Decay's Naked Palettes. I think all of them are beautiful and unique with great shade selections and I've always been happy with the quality. They might be on the pricey side but you're getting 12 full sized UD shadows, so it's actually not bad considering.
My favorite of the Naked palettes is the Naked 3 (you can see my review here). I am all for those pink hues. The Naked 3 is a definite staple. It's quite hard for me to resist Urban Decay's Naked palettes, and today's review will be on the new Naked Smoky!
Lets get started with the review, shall we?!
I'm going to be totally honest as I always am with you guys. When I first saw this palette, although I was excited, I didn't think I was going to get it. I am already very happy with my Naked palettes and I thought that a lot of the shades that are in this, I already had throughout my makeup collection, and the palette didn't really pop out at me like others do.
But then, the palette sorta grew on me. The more I looked at it the more I started loving it, and I realized I was in fact wrong about the colors. Almost all of these colors, I actually don't have. And even if I do, it's nice to have them all in one palette, and I love Urban Decay's quality. Really the only shades that are the same or similar to some colors that I have would be the warmer shades at the beginning of the palette. But they are still unique in their own way. I also love how the palette has a lot of darker colors (something I don't have quite enough of) and that lots of them are more on the cooler-toned side. This is my first palette that was created specifically for smoky eyes.
I definitely love the packaging of this Naked palette the most of all 4 palettes. It has a really cool smoky design on the front, and it's very sturdy and strong. It has a magnetic closure (which I love) and the letters on the front are raised and are a gunmetal color. The packaging is awesome! It also came with instructions (and quite detailed I might add) for how to create some eyelooks with the shades, which is nice for newbees and the experienced alike.
The palette contains shimmers and metallics and satins and mattes. Here are the descriptions for each color (9 of the shades are never before seen colors, and 3 are exclusives from past palettes):
High - champagne shimmer with micro glitter
Dirtysweet - medium bronze
Radar - metallic taupe-brown with iridescent micro glitter
Armor - metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle
Slanted - light metallic gray
Dagger - medium charcoal with micro shimmer
Black Market - jet black satin
Smolder - deep plum taupe
Password - cool taupe matte
Whiskey - rich brown matte
Combust - soft pink taupe
Thirteen - light beige satin-matte
I really love all of these colors, and what's kinda neat is that the palette goes from sparkly/shimmery shades first, then satins in the middle, and mattes at the end. I also love the mixture of warm and cool colors together, with the warms being on both ends and the cooler ones more toward the middle. You can create so many endless looks with these colors! They are also very neutral so they are super easy to work with. You can create gorgeous warm bronzey brown looks, beautiful cool toned looks with lots of greys, really dramatic, deep colored smoky eyes, and also really light, nude looks with the lighter shades. There are just so many options. Daytime eyes, night-time eyes, everything inbetween. I am so excited over this palette.
The shade Combust makes a great transition color (as does Whiskey and Password, love all three and are excellent crease shades too). Combust is quite light though, so you need to use quite a bit even though it's pigmented. I love using Thirteen all over my lid to set my primer (actually I have been using concealer nowadays to prime my eyes and loving it) and to create a nice base for further shadows, and I also love applying it to the brow bone. Smolder is gorgeous. It's really dark so you cannot notice the purple a ton when wearing it, but it just shows thru a bit. It's a very unique color and definitely a favorite. All of the shimmery shades at the beginning make excellent lid colors and High is not only beautiful on the lid but is also a great highlight shade for the inner corners and brow bone. It's gorgeous. My absolute favorite color in the entire palette is Armor. It's a super rich taupe-silverish color with loads of sparkle (and not much fallout at all - surprising for Urban Decay's sparkly shades). It's just so beautiful and rich and unique. LOVE it!
The formula of these shadows seems slightly different than the other palettes. And not in a bad way, just different. Maybe even good. They are very smooth, don't have barely any fallout at all, and they blend perfectly. The mattes are actually like butter and I'm really impressed.
These shadows don't crease on me at all and they last all day and look great. That is to be expected, because the other Naked palettes are like this on me too. The colors are paraben free as well.
The double ended brush that comes with the palette is surprisingly really nice quality. I like this one a lot and quite a bit more than the other Naked brushes. One end is a smudger brush and the other a tapered crease brush. It's versatile and also has really soft bristles.
High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger
Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen
Cool and Warm toned looks I created from the palette:
I used Combust for the transition shade and in the crease, Password in the crease and outer corner, some of Dagger in the outer corner and a little through the crease, Armor all over the lid, High in the inner corner and innermost part of lid and inner bottom lashline, Black Market to line the lower lashine as well as some of Slanted blended beneath it.
I used Combust for the transition shade and in the crease, Whiskey through the crease with a blending brush and also more concentrated with a smaller blending brush too, a little Radar in the mid-to-outer corner of the eye, Dirtysweet all over the lid, High in the inner corner, Black Market to line the lower lashline with some of Radar blended beneath, and a little more of Dirtysweet in the inner lower lashline.
I just love this palette and have really been enjoying creating looks with it. It's not one that I would grab for everyday, because I don't always want a smoky eye and don't always want these colors on a daily basis, but I have definitely been using this regularly and I'm really happy to have it in my collection. I also find myself snatching it up to get some of the shades to add to looks that I have created from other shadows and palettes. I love having the darker colors too as I mentioned, because I find I can never have enough dark shades for deepening looks or defining the outer corner/crease, at least not quite like these. And the shimmery ones, ohhhh, just so beautiful!! I love this palette.
I totally recommend this, especially if you love smoky eyes and neutral colors.
You can get this palette directly from the Urban Decay website and also in-store and online at Sephora.
Ingredients: Armor: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyurethane-33, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Dirtysweet: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Silica, Stearic Acid. High: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Radar: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Silica, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Tin Oxide, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Smolder: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Silica, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Black Market, Dagger: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Slanted: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer. Combust: Talc, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid. Password, Thirteen, Whiskey: Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.
Have you gotten the Naked Smoky Palette yet? If not, do you think you will? I'd love to hear your thoughts! Comment below!