I know there was a lot of hype around this palette a couple of Summers ago, I have had it for a good while and I absolutely love it. If you are like me and are drawn to warm colours, love nudes but are still not confident enough to venture into the brighter bolder colours of the rainbow then this is the one for you.
Across the Urban Decay Naked Palettes range the formula and consistency of the shadows are beautiful and pigmented. The mattes are creamy and buttery, the shimmers are smooth and silky and the metallics are soft and vibrant (however there are a couple of powdery and gritty shades in this palette which are workable, but not the best which I will mention below) .
I love the fact that they really do show up and pop on darker skin tones and are complimentary to a variety of different skin tones. The can be packed on for a pop, vibrant look, blended out and sheered out to a more everyday look and there is always a sultry deep colour for a smokey look. The packaging is a little bulky and strange but also unique really sturdy.
It comes with a good sized mirror and a decent dual ended eyeshadow brush that is good for travelling however it does bulk up the packaging and isn’t a must have or a brush you will replace your staples with. The brushes are quite small and very dense making blending a chore and getting softer blown out looks quite difficult to achieve. As a travel companion I suppose you can make do with it.
And Now lets get into the beautiful swatches! This palette contains 12 x 1.3g/ 0.5oz of shadows in the browny-red orange family . There are a mixture of mattes, shimmers and metallic colours.
Ounce- is a creamy ivory shimmer. Great for highlighting
Chaser– A soft light nude matte with a hint of pink-
Sauced– Although at first glance looks not very impressive it is a beautiful soft coffee toned beigy-brown matte. A great one for an all over lid look with liner!
Low Blow– A camel brown with a lot of warm caramely undertones
Lumbre– A golden, rose-gold duo chrome, this one has a slight shift to it and out of all the metallics is a little gritty in texture but still workable.
He Devil- Metallic burnt red. This is very pigmented but a little more stiff to the touch in comparison to the other mattes. However with a bit of elbow grease it does blend out.
Dirty Talk– A high shine Metallic coppery-red, very smooth and pigmented.
Scorched– metallic deep rosy-red with gold micro-shimmer. Another soft smooth eyeshadow.
Cayenne– a deep terra-cotta chocolatey matte. This is one of my favourite colours!
En Fuego– A deep burgundy/ paprika matte. This is quite a vibrant and bold colour.
Ashes- A deep aubergine matte. This is a little difficult to work with and quite powdery, it doesn’t translate as well on the lid but is a good one for deepening the outer edge.
Ember– A metallic plummy Bronze? This is a really unique shade with smokey vibes and a great one for a night out!
Overall I love the warm shades in this palette. I do wish (as usual) that there was a matte cream brow bone colour and a matte black to complete the palette. There are a couple of similar shades in this palette that could be exchanged with these. Although some of the formula as mentioned above can be better, overall the palette is beautiful in consistency and pigmentation and wears really well (I use a primer with all my eyeshadows!)
I don’t think that the brush it comes with is really necessary and getting rid of it would reduce the bulkiness of the packaging. I think it still is a stunning palette that doesn’t overshadow or overlap with the other Naked palettes. Some of the colours in this palette like Ember are really unique and a joy to have in my collection!
What is your favourite Urban Decay Naked Palette?
Thank you for reading and I would love to hear your thoughts!
Where can I get my hands on this palette? (RRP £42.00)
Currently on offer at John Lewis for only £39.50
15% off your first order at Fabled By Marie Claire
Keep an eye out for sales at both Feelunique
Lookfantastic (currently have 15- 20% off using code HURRY) as they often have the Naked Palettes on reduce.