Ah yes, the much anticipated Urban Decay Naked palette. I have maintained for a very long time that the Urban Decay Naked palettes aren’t all they’ve been hyped up to be. When asked what the best neutral and versatile palette is (especially for medium to darker skin tones) I always recommend the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette over any of the Naked palettes as the warmer tones, inclusion of darker shades, pops of colour and creamy pale shades can take you from day to night and is easier to work with. *and breathe* That was a long sentence.
HOWEVER THIS THANG CAME ALONG
If we take a look at the Naked journey:
Naked 1 Warmer neutral, nude tones with some darker colours to smoke.
Naked 2 Very range to Naked 1 without the cooler, smokier colours as in 1. Some nice shimmers.
Naked 3 A change to the previous two but the shades themselves don’t differentiate themselves enough on my skin tone.
Naked Basics A really smart, travel-sized version of the Naked palettes.
Naked Ultimate Basics Just a conglomeration of all the above (you can see my review here).
Naked Smoky I purchased this palette and never used it…. I am more into lighter, brighter shadows so I really don’t know why I got this!
Over the past couple of years, we have seen the popularity of warm orange, copper and brick red tones soar. There was the always-out-of-stock Morphe 36O, Violet Voss Holy Grail, Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance, Kat Von D Shade and Light and much more!
So it’s no surprise Urban Decay has come out with one that’s on fiyaah! (Can you tell I love me some warm tones?) “But why?” I hear you ask? Warm tones suit my skin tone and bring out the golden brightness in my skin. You can also never go wrong with them, regardless of season. However, cool tones (especially dark ones) may not suit the warmer months. This doesn’t mean I follow these seasonal rulings – where what you want, when you want.
Unlike the Naked 3, the Naked Heat palette has clear, distinct shade variation. It starts with a light shade and works its way up into the nude tones, a brown, shimmers then into the deeper crease colours with some purple and ends on a shimmer. All the shades needed to create a complete eye look can be found in this palette. There are enough shimmers to act as lid toppers and inner eye highlights, enough mattes to blend out with or even do a full matte eye look and some darker colours for night outs.
The mattes are beautiful to blend out and the shimmers are opaque – both applied with a finger or a brush.
The palette has a cohesive array of shades. You can create a super simple eye with a swipe of pigmented shimmer or work with mattes for a simple day look.
Here are two very different eye looks I made with this palette (using no shades from any other).
What do you think of this palette?