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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review


As soon as I held the very first velvet Naked palette in my hands, I knew that would be it – I was hooked. Four palettes later and I still think they are worth every penny.

There is something about the elegant rectangular palettes that once opened, present 12 beautifully alined shadows that all effortlessly coincide with one another, and lets face it, nothing beats the feel of the velvety smooth shadows Urban Decay offers. Typically buttery, UD offer a vast range of shades and textures that are rich, pigmented and quite simply, beautiful.

I was lucky enough to receive the Naked Smoky Palette from my mum for Christmas, and I couldn’t wait to see if this one lived up to the others in the line.

The UD Naked Smoky Palette, which retails for £38, features 12 shadows, nine of which are new shades and three are exclusives. The palette promises to offer all the essentials to create the perfect smoky eye – and more.


From warm and cool toned browns, taupes,dimensional greys and blacks, the palette includes three finishes: mattes, satins and shimmers. Each shade in the Naked Smokey features their ‘pigment infusion system’, which ultimately means these shadows should equally live up to their notable rich pigmentation and smooth blendability.

The first thing I noticed about the palette is that the packaging is plastic instead of metal in contrast to the previous Naked palettes, and has a magnetic closer. It doesn’t feel tacky or flimsy though, and showcases a gorgeous smoky design that almost reflects a marble affect behind the ‘Naked Smoky which is in gun metal foil. Like all of UD’s palettes it comes with a large mirror – perfect for on the go.

With the palette you also receive a double-ended brush. On one side is a tapered crease brush, and on the other is a pencil brush, which is great for smudging the shadows for a sultry effect. I do like the brush, which is an exclusive to the palette, it is soft, helps the shadows blend effortlessly and doesn’t shed. I possibly would of preferred an eyeliner with the palette as I have my own brushes, but nevertheless it is nice and convenient for on the go. You could quite easily create a full Smokey eye with just this brush.
Onto the shadows! Although this palette emphasises a Smokey look, the palette can create an array of different looks, from a neutral eye all the way to a deep Smoky.

The first four shades, High, Dirty Sweet, Radar and Armor all have a gorgeous shimmer finish.


Shimmers

High – Described as a ‘champagne shimmer w/micro-glitter’. This is one of my favourites.

Dirty Sweet – medium bronze

Radar – metallic taupe w/iridescent micro-glitter

Armor – metallic silver-taupe w/tonal sparkle.

The second four shades are satins, including Slanted, Dagger, Black Market and Smolder. Apologies for the below photograph – it appears I captured slanted in the above image!


Satins
Slanted – light metallic gray

Dagger – medium charcoal w/micro-shimmer

Black Market – jet-black satin

Smoulder – deep plum-taupe

The last four shades, Password, Whiskey, Combust and Thirteen are all matte finishes.


Mattes
Password – cool taupe matte

Whiskey – rich brown matte

Combust – soft pink-taupe

Thirteen – light beige satin


The Smoky palette is the first of their palettes to order their shadows in this way. It is nice to have a choice from shimmer, mattes and satins for your look. In terms of pigmentation they all vary, but overall have good pigmentation. I would always recommend a primer however to ensure they live up to their full potential.

My favourites in the palette are definitely high, dirty sweet and whiskey. I have been wearing all three on my eyes for the last few days as it creates a beautiful yet natural neutral look. I have yet to create an ultra sultry smoky eye but I am excited to do so.

Overall I think this palette is a great addition to the UD Naked family. If you are uhm-ing and ahh-ing on whether to purchase this, I would definitely recommend it. It is incredibly versatile and the packaging is stunning – I think it is a great investment palette. If you want to build your shadow collection, or particularly enjoy a good’ol smoky eye, the UD Naked Smoky palette is for you!

Until Next Time, Emma x

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