I have always been a huge fan of Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes because these are known to be of superior quality, excellent blendability and have the most flattering and wearable shades you can imagine. And I was extremely excited to find out that Urban Decay has recently released their new Naked Smoky palette packed with some gorgeous colors!
Urban Decay Naked Smoky ($54.00) is a palette with twelve smoky neutral eye shades, a double-ended brush, and a detailed lookbook with four chic looks.
It is said to be packed with a dozen sultry, smoky neutrals, including nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives from past palettes. As all previous Urban Decay Naked palettes the Smoky one has exactly twelve eyeshadows ranging from very light up to deep colors of different finishes from mattes to satins and shimmers.
It has a beautiful smoke-inspired design on the whole packaging, that is made of plastic unlike the two previous palettes that were made of rose-gold and taupe-bronze tin. But it is not lighter in weight – Smoky palette is actually heavier than the other two. Plastic seems to be the only way to recreate the smoke effect on it. It also has the gun-metal foil on top stating the brand name and the name of the palette.
It has a full-sized mirror inside that can be quite useful on the go. There is also a double-ended brush that comes with the platte. On one side it has a fluffy blending brush and the other side features a much smaller smudging brush. The brush is actually quite nice and of a good quality though you will need more than that to make a nice makeup look with this palette. It is synthetic and has a very nice handle that is also designed to feature the smoky effect on it.
The left part of the palette (we will divide the palette in halves for convenience) has six shades – from left to right: High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted and Dagger.
High is an iridescent light pinky beige shade with peachy undertones and tons of multi colored glitter that gives it a shimmery finish.
Dirtysweet is an intensely pigmented bronzy peach shade with a strong metallic finish.
Radar is a muted taupe bronze shade with sparse gold shimmer and a metallic sheen to it.
Armor is a very pigmented gray-ish taupe shade with lots of silver shimmer and a strong shimmery finish.
Slanted is a medium-toned blue shade with strong grey undertones and finely milled silver shimmer. It has a satin finish with metallic sheen.
Dagger is a dark gray-blue shade with tiniest silver glitter and a satin finish.
The second half of the palette feature other six shades – from left to right: Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust and Thirteen.
Black Market is a blackened grey shade with specks of multicolored glitter and a light satin finish.
Smolder is a rich dark purple shade with strong brown undertones and tons of pink and purple shimmer. It has a shimmery satin finish.
Password is a dark taupe gray shade with strong purple undertones and an almost matte finish.
Whiskey is a neutral-toned dark brown shade with slightly gray undertones and a matte finish.
Combust is a very light peachy-pink shade with slightly gray undertones and a satiny matte finish.
Thirteen is a light pinky white shade with a satin finish.
All of the shades have quite a nice pigmentation and are easily blendable though these are not as creamy as in previous two palettes and matte shades seem to be a tiny bit harder to work with in comparison with satins and glittery ones. The glittery shades are best when applied wet.
I have prepared two make up looks for you. I used all of the eyeshadows on top of the base as I tend to have a bit oilier lids and I prefer my makeup to stay put for at least eight to ten hours.
For the first look I combined some of the glittery shades for more of a festive smoky eye with mattes in the crease.
I used Combust as my crease shade, added Armor with a wet brush for more intensity all over lid and smoked it out with the mix of Dagger and Black Market. I also used a mix of Whiskey and Password on the lower lash line.
For the next look I was using all four matte (or almost matte shades) from the right side: Password, Whiskey, Thirteen and Combust. I put the Thirteen shade all over the lid and highlighted my brow bone with it. I used the Combust in the crease and Password all over the lid as well with Whiskey in the outer corner to smoke out the look a bit.
This palette definitely allows you to create various smoky eye looks – both warm and cool-toned that is a huge plus. This palette differs from previous releases in terms of how creamy the shades were before, but it offers a better diversity of colors and finishes that makes it more universal. There are some shades in this palette that I really like and would reach for very often like shimmery High, beautiful almost gun-metal Armor and deep Black Market. I also really like the Combust as a crease shade and Thirteen as a highlighting shade.
If you are looking for a nice palette for a good smoky eye – this one is to check out. It works nicely with an eyeshadow primer and it offers some really beautiful shades. It is really easy to create a smoky eye look with it as all of the colors go really well together.
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