Sunday, 10 January 2016

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

The Naked hype is never something I could get my head around, especially with there now being so many palettes to chose from. I initially bought the Naked One palette when it first launched and loved it, although I did stray away from it and revert back to using my custom MAC palette (I just can't get enough.) I held off with the Naked 2 and 3, telling myself I already had shades too similar in my collection already and carried on as usual using my trusty MAC and occasionally dabbling into the original Naked palette... especially Half Baked, I LOVE that shade. 
Then came along the Naked Smoky. Uh oh. The reason this one jumped out at me was because of the darker more vampy shades. Now, even though I don't wear those kind of colours on an every day basis, when the time comes to do a smoky eye, that's when I struggle. I'm such a neutral eyeshadow type of girl that 90% of my eyeshadow collection is golds, browns and champagne colours, so I'm loving the idea of a palette that has both!

Urban Decay really did think of it all when building this palette, with a range of matte, shimmer and full on glitter finishes with both cool and warm shades. The packaging is a step up as well and I'm loving the vampy 'smoky' effect on the lid that carries on throughout the palette. Classically, there is a massive mirror inside and of course it comes with a brush, as do all he smoky palettes. Urban Decay brushes aren't my favourite but with one included it makes you feel like you've got your money's worth, as these don't come cheap. 

The first four shades are your straight up glitter shades, the next four being a satin shimmer finish and the last four being satin matte;

From left to right (taken from the Urban Decay website;
High- cream shimmer with micro-glitter
Dirtysweet- medium bronze
Radar- metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter
Armour- metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle
Slanted- light metallic grey
Dagger- medium charcoal with micro-shimmer
Black Market- jet black satin
Smolder- deep plum-taupe
Password- cool taupe matte
Whisley- rich brown matte
Combust- soft pink taupe
Thirteen- light beige satin

The pigmentation of the shadows in general is lovely, as are all Urban Decay eyeshadows, but I was a little disappointed in the lack of pigmentation in the matte shades. As you can see in the photo above, the last 4 shades are the matte ones and are a quite transparent, which is a real down fall. Other than that, the colours are all wearable and there's not one that I wouldn't be able to create a look with. So if you're an avid smoky eye wearer or want to branch out like I do, this one is worth checking out.

I've linked some of my favourite tutorials using the palette below;

I think I might do a post on my custom MAC palettes soon so please comment below if you'd like to see that!


  1. Fab review! That's a shame about the matte shades, but I do love the look of smolder.

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    1. Hi India! Thank you for reading :) I know its such a shame, I still go back to my mac palette for my perfect matte shades :)

  2. such a beautiful palette xx

  3. Lovely post! I really want this palette! I own all the other Naked palettes, and this one is calling my name!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

    1. Thank you! Haha, you've got the Naked bug!! xx


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