If you’ve recently been perusing social media, you’ve likely heard of Urban Decay’s newest palette launch – the Naked Smoky palette. The Naked palettes have such a huge cult following, that when Urban Decay releases info on any new release, the fans go wild. This palette was no different – myself along with thousands of beauty bloggers and addicts out there have been eagerly awaiting its release!
It launched online on July 8th, and has been popping up in different stores since (though it was rumored to not fully launch in stores until July 16th – mid july) I put my name down on a wait list for both Shoppers Drug Mart & Sephora here in my city, and surprisingly Shoppers put it out before Sephora! So naturally, I rushed over there as quickly as I could.
What it is: this brand new palette features 12 smooth & sultry shades to create the perfect smoky eye look. This palette looks much different than the Naked 2 and 3 palettes, with brand new packaging and a diverse variety of shades and textures. It retails for $54-$60.
The Packaging: A definite change from the previous, this new palette is encased in a hard plastic case that appears almost transparent. It’s sleek yet sturdy, with a convenient magnetic closure. I love the smoky design on the casing with the minimalist font – it’s a refreshing change!
It also comes with a double-ended brush. Honestly, I don’t think this is the best brush that they could have included. While it is fluffier than the previous brushes, I find it slightly more difficult to blend than it should be. It’s a nice brush, but definitely not one that could work for every look you plan on creating. It’s also not great for depositing colour – you won’t get the truest colour payoff with this brush. A flat, dense brush will give you more pigmentation.
The shades: It features 9 never before seen shades, along with 3 that were exclusive to previous palettes. Every Naked Palette has a general theme, and while the Smoky initially seems to be cool-inspired, it actually features a great range of cools, neutrals, and a couple warm tones. Most of them are cool-neutral, with a few warm tones (Dirtysweet, Radar, Whiskey.) You’ve got pale highlighting shades, gold, brown, purple, and of course smoky staples like silver, grey-tones, and black.
- “High” – described as a “champagne shimmer with micro-glitter). It’s a pale, sort of peachy slightly warm shade that feels a bit stiff at first, but applies well with the fingers. It would also look really gorgeous over top of a cream shadow.
- “Dirtysweet” – described as a “medium-bronze”. I think it’s a gorgeous bronze – gold, and would be perfect for a gold-toned smokey eye (one of my favourite looks to create!) It’s really smooth and soft, and has more of a metallic finish.
- “Radar” – described as a “metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter.” This appeared in the Vice 2 palette, but seems slightly different. It’s a deeper, warm-toned taupe/brown with gold sparkle. This color seemed quite dry and a tad chalky, and needed to be built up more.
- “Armor” – described as a “metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle.” This also appeared in the Vice palette. I LOVE this colour. It’s a darker, sparkly taupe that seems really pigmented and dense. It felt a bit stiff at first, but definitely improved when applied with fingers. If you use a fluffy brush, the color will appeal thin and you’ll mostly just see sparkle. It works best with a damp flat brush, or fingers.
- “Slanted” – described as a “light metallic grey.” It’s a medium, silvery grey with cooler undertones. This one applies much smoother and nicer than Radar,
- “Dagger” – described as a “medium charcoal with micro-shimmer.” It’s darker grey with cooler undertones. This color was also on the drier side, but did improve when warmed up with fingers.
- “Black Market” – is described as a “jet black satin.” It’s a black with cool undertones. This color was a little disappointing, to be honest. It initially feels chalky and stiff, and has to be built up quite a lot. It’s more of a blue-toned black rather than a true, matte black. It almost appears to have a slight, blue-toned sheen.
- “Smolder” – described as a “deep plum-taupe.” It’s a blackened, purple/plum. This shade is really pretty, and has a smoother texture and application.
- “Password” – described as a “cool taupe matte.” It’s a slightly dark taupe with cooler tones. The texture is really smooth and soft, but applies quite thin. It seems a little chalky at first, but blends out well.
- “Whiskey” – described as a “rich brown matte.” It’s a muted, deep brown with warmer undertones.
- “Combust” – described as a “soft pink-taupe.” This is a muted, sort of dusty pinky-toned beige. This shade is really smooth and soft, and blends very well. I think this would be great as a transition shade for fair skin tones, or as a pink-toned highlight on deeper skin tones.
- “Thirteen” – described as a “light beige satin.” It’s a pale, whitey-beige with a satin/matte finish. The texture is really soft, smooth, blendable, and finely-milled. With this one, the brush picks up quite a lot of pigment so you may get fallout, and it can be a tad messy in the palette.
My thoughts: I love the range of colours in this palette. I’m usually more of a warm/neutrals girl, but something about this palette captured my heart. It’s such a great combination of shimmers and mattes, and I think you could create so many different looks with this. There is definitely a difference in textures from the previous palettes, however I think it depends on how they’re applied. I always prefer to use my fingers when I want more pigmentation. Many seemed quite dry/chalky at first, but after a couple of swatches I noticed they improved significantly. (If you’ve tried the Smashbox Full Exposure palette, it’s sort of similar in the sense that there’s almost a dry protective layer on top, that wears away when you use it!)
Tip: You will definitely want to use a good primer with these shadows, as I found they fade easily with oily eyelids. Using a primer underneath also helps them apply much more smoothly. Some shadows don’t need a primer, but this palette definitely works better with one.
Is it worth the money? Yes, I definitely think so. Even though some of the textures were disappointing at first, it really depends on how you apply them.
So far, my favourite shades are High, Dirtysweet, Armor, Slanted, and Combust.
Stay tuned for makeup looks using this palette!
What are your thoughts on this palette? Is it a hit, or a miss?