Beauty Reviews

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review

July 24, 2015

Urban Decay did it again and released yet another coveted palette. Like many of you, I couldn’t help myself and I purchased the new Naked Smoky palette. At first glance, it’s everything you would want to create a variety of smoky eye looks. It has 12 shades, both cool and warm, with 3 different textures. I especially love that the shades are grouped by texture, unlike Naked 1, 2, & 3. Nine of the shades are new (High, Dirtysweet, Slanted, Dagger, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust and Thirteen), and 3 are not (Radar, Armor and Black Market). So, Naked Smoky seems like a must-have…but is it everything Urban Decay promises to be?

Each shade in Naked Smoky features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability. – Urban Decay

Let’s find out…

Packaging

The packaging is by FAR my favorite of the Naked palettes, and I’m pretty sure of all the palettes I own. Farewell tin packaging! What was that?! The new case is plastic with gunmetal details, and has a cool floating smoky effect. It’s sleek, sturdy, and has a magnetic closure unlike its predecessors. A+ all around! It has a nice full-sized mirror so you can get Naked anywhere (wink wink, such a dork I know, I know).

It comes with a dual-ended brush: a fluffy, tapered blending brush on one side and a pencil brush on the other. I love pencil brushes, they’re incredibly useful! They’re great for smudging out the lower lash line as well as creating depth in the crease. Of all the Naked palette brushes, this is hands down my favorite. It’s the easiest to use and most useful. However, you’ll definitely need a flat shader brush (add link to a shader brush) to pack on color to the lid.

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It also comes with a step-by-step guide showing you how to achieve 4 different smoky eye looks. I love when beauty companies do this because it gives you inspiration to try different looks as well as simplifying what color combos look best together.

Texture

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I made a B line for the tester once I entered Ulta on the in-store launch date. I used my fingers to feel the texture and blend it onto my skin, there were some major “oooos and ahhhs” going on, and I knew I had to have it. The texture was so smooth and buttery. However, when I applied the shadows on my arm to create the color swatches, my level of enthusiasm took a plunge. The texture was a bit chalky and had a thinner consistency. So the next step was to get Naked smoky and do the damn thing, i.e. apply the shadows to my eyes.

First, I used UD Eyeshadow Primer potion as a base. I think it’s important to always use a primer especially if you have oily lids, it prevents the shadows from moving and helps your makeup last longer. I was so pleasantly surprised, the formula is literally perfect for creating a smoky eye. The texture is drier than what I’m used to, yet smooth enough to create a beautiful gradient which is necessary to achieve the desired sultry effect. When creating a smoky eye, fall out is a big concern and it can get pretty messy. To be safe, I applied the shadows before applying any face makeup, but to my surprise I didn’t have to because there was barely any fall out. Most of the fall out was glitter from the shade, Armor, which is to be expected. I love love love that the palette has 3 textures: shimmer/glitter, satin, and matte. With a variety of textures and colors, the versatility of this palette is great for creating a ton of different looks.

Pigment & Blendability

The shadows are not as pigmented as other popular palettes, such as the Lorac Pro palettes. But the thinner consistency actually allows shades to blend together so beautifully making it that much easier to create a smoky effect. I also love that the palette doesn’t have a black shade. Many people think that black is necessary to create a smoky eye, but in my opinion, it can be difficult to blend and may look too harsh. Dagger, Black Market, and Smolder are great darker shades that will give you the depth and definition you want.

Staying Power

The shadows didn’t move for the 5 hours I had makeup on. I am yet to try it for a full day, so I’ll share an update with you guys once I do.

Color Range

There’s a wide range of colors that can be used to create a ton of looks. It’s on the cooler side, so if that’s not your thing I would not recommend it. One thing I wish it had is a medium-tone brown shade, lighter than Whiskey, that could have been used as a transition shade. But overall, I am very impressed. You can easily create a day-to-night look with this palette, transitioning from soft to more dramatic. Who doesn’t want that?

Overall

UD definitely delivered on their promise. I loved Naked 1 and was kind of disappointed with Naked 2 & 3, but they redeemed themselves with this palette. You can tell that a lot of thought was put into creating it, which is necessary because the competition is fierce! Even if you own the other palettes I would still recommend this one. You will have so much fun creating a sexy smoky eye! A quick selfie I shot before the sunset…

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Hope you enjoy the palette as much as I do! xo Sarah

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