The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette was released online yesterday. I managed to get my hands on it during the prerelease the day before and had it express-shipped so that it would be here in time for me to blog about it today!
Disclaimer: all opinions expressed are my own and may not describe the same experience as others have had with this product.
The palette is the latest addition to Urban Decay’s popular Naked collection, consisting of various eyeshadow palettes based around neutral colour wheels; My personal favourite, Naked 3, is made up of pinky, rose gold tones for example.
On the Urban Decay webpage, Naked Heat is described as:
12 all-new, can’t-live-without, amber-hued neutrals – including warm browns, burnt oranges and deep red eyeshadows. The most shade-driven Naked palette UD has ever done, this warm eyeshadow palette takes Naked in a whole new direction. Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette has everything you need to create sultry daytime looks, intense smoky night-time looks and everything in between.
The first thing I noticed about the palette is the attention to detail put into the packaging. it is a sliding draw-style box and every last millimetre is covered with some sort of heat or fire-related imagery, my personal favourite being the burnt out matches that were hidden on the bottom of the box, underneath the palette. the palette itself moves away from the metal packaging seen with the previous palettes (bar the first edition which was a cheap feeling cardboard backed with velvet which seemed to disappoint fans) and is made from a chunky plastic which feels both heavy and durable, a feature I look for when buying such an expensive palette. oh yeah, I should have mentioned, like the other palettes in this collection, Naked Heat will set you back £39.50 which is a pretty hefty price tag for twelve shades.
When I purchased the palette, I knew the first thing I wanted to do was swatch the shadows since one thing makeup junkies have commented on throughout this ultra-hyped marketing campaign during the launch of this range is the incredibly patchy swatches being used by the brand and how they make the shadows look poorly pigmented. All I can say after seeing independent swatches on Instagram and YouTube as well as doing my own is, someone on the UD PR team should start looking for a new job, those pictures are horrific! The metallics are so buttery and soft it was unbelievable and even the matte shades, and matte shadows are notoriously hard to swatch, were incredibly pigmented when using the brush that is provided.
Since the colours are so intense, I was pretty sceptical about the idea that the palette could be used for both evening and daytime looks. As it turned out, I was wrong. As long as I stayed in the left-hand side of the palette, I could create a pretty neutral smokey eye with a little bit of glimmer from the lightest metallic shade, Lumbre, which would be perfect for a day in work or university. The other thing that jumped out at me straight away was how gorgeous the likes of Sauced and Low Blow are as transition colours, especially on paler skin like mine.
Of Course, I also had to try a more dramatic look using some of the deeper colours in the palette so I stuck some tape on my eye-area and set to work using the colours as so: 1-transition shade, 2- transition-crease area, 3- crease, 4- really deep in the crease, 5- inner lid and finally, 6- outer ‘v’ and lower lash line. There are so many simple but effective looks that could be done with this palette but I certainly had a ‘all the colours on my face all at once’ moment; I was a bit too excited!
My initial thoughts when I saw the press release for this palette was that Urban Decay had really dropped the ball on this one: the colours are more suited to the Autumn/Winter season rather than June, July and August when promotion started; Plus, they’ve have been done to death by makeup companies over the last twelve months, just look at the Morphe 35F Fall into Frost palette that retails for pretty much half the price with nearly 3 times as many shadows but upon closer inspection, there is something different about this palette, I think the shades are of a slightly warmer tone and they are certainly of a higher quality than previous UD palettes, which were always amazing anyway, although there is A LOT of fallout which has never bothered me but I know will put some people off.
Overall, I really like this palette. Yes, there are other palettes by other brands with similar colour spectrums but this one is really lovely and somehow exceeds the usual, incredible Urban Decay quality. Should you buy this palette? For me it comes down to the price. I wanted this to complete my collection as I have the other Naked palettes already but there are cheaper alternatives out there. However, if you can afford to spend this much on a palette you won’t get as much bang for your buck anywhere else.
Naked Heat is available online at urbandecay.co.uk now and in stores Thursday 3rd August.
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