I know, I’m a little late with reviewing the new Naked Heat Palette, but not without good reason. At first, I wasn’t going to review it at all because EVERY beauty blogger out there has already done a review, and how many reviews does one product need? Or so I thought. After checking out this Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette, I was sold. It IS that beautiful, as you will soon see!
Urban Decay has fiiiinally released a new eyeshadow palette. I say finally because it’s been two years since they last released a palette. This is a long time for us makeup junkies who can’t get enough of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palettes. The new palette joins the family of the Naked range with this one being the fifth palette released to date. It is called Heat due to its 12 beautiful, hot, smokin’ colours and honestly, I am totally smitten. The colours were made to suit all skin tones and judging from the image above, this is something that they have managed to achieve with flying colours;)
I’ll start with the packaging. You don’t need to read the words on the packaging to get a feel for the palette, it’s really self-explanatory. It oozes ‘heat’ from every fibre of the design. I love how the swatches of the colours are on the cover, it fits in perfectly with the whole theme. Inside the palette, there is a mirror and a double-ended brush that comes with it. One end is for blending and the other is a detailed crease brush. These are both lovely features and always make the product more attractive and useful. Although let’s be honest, how many of us really use the brushes that come with eyeshadow palettes? They’re a nice feature but the shades are the deal here!
On to the exciting part- the colours! They really speak for themselves, each one is more beautiful than the next. It’s no wonder that everyone has been going crazy over this palette. It has 12 shadows that range from a pink-toned nude to coppery brown, with shades of brick and plenty of shimmers in between.
From left to right the colours are- Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low Blow, Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty Talk, Scorched, Cayenne, En Fuego, Ashes and Ember. There are 7 matte colours, 2 shimmer colours and 3 metallic colours.
I have hazel eyes and these colours would complement them perfectly, although this palette would look fabulous with blue eyes too. All the colours are beautiful so it’s hard to pick which one I love the most but Scorched and En Fuego are very high up. I love the red and gold combo, it’s really stunning and looks gorgeous when wearing it. Each colour can be worn alone and it will still look breathtaking. If you want a smokey eye this palette is an all-in-one ideal palette for that.
All the shades are buildable, easy to blend and stay really well without smudging.
Like everything in life this palette too has some negative(ish) factors. The shadows are a bit drier than the other Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes. The other palettes have a creamier consistency to them, which makes them slightly easier to apply.
As a side point, I always recommend using a primer before applying eyeshadow, but with this palette, I would say it’s a must in order to get the best results. My 2 favourite eye primers are the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and the MAC Prep + Prime. I can’t live without these 2 primers, I use the Urban Decay one every day, and the MAC one for special occasions. The reason is, the MAC primer is really strong so I really only need it when I’m wearing full-on eyeshadow. Which I only do for special occasions!
Another thing that a lot of people mentioned is that they found the palette doesn’t have enough variety. The colours all blend into each other and the general wow factor is missing. Personally, I love the colours they may not be loud but they’re dazzling enough for me! If you want a dramatic, bright, shocking look, this is not the palette for you. This palette is deep, steamy, smokey and sizzling. The colours are perfect for hot summer nights and they match the changing leaves of autumn. It’s true, the colours are all similar in the big picture, but it’s a neutral palette so it’s to be expected. I think this palette has a perfect combination of colours.
Urban Decay founder Wende Zomnir told Allure, “I’ve never been able to say this about a Naked palette, but this is the first Naked palette that satisfies both my need for neutrals and my craving for rich, sexy color”. I think that sums up the palette pretty well!
Am I a fan? Oh yes. I am totally sold. This palette is everything one could want from a neutral palette, and it’s the perfect palette to create a smokey eye look. The colours are truly beautiful with a stunning range to them. They are also highly pigmented and look bedazzled on. Aside from how it looks, the palette is the high quality you would expect from Urban Decay. The shades are easy to blend, super soft and there’s little fallout.
There are so many different looks that can be created from this palette alone that I can see it fast becoming my go-to palette for all occasions. To sum up this Urban Decay eyeshadow palette in a few words, l would say obsessive, quality, hot, smokey, dazzling, beautiful, oh and the list can go on and on and on…
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