There’s always a buzz around the latest and greatest new launches from Urban Decay and the Naked Smoky Palette (£38) is no exception. The latest in the cult line of eyeshadow palettes includes a dozen sultry, smoky neutrals, including nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives from past palettes. The shades range from warm bronzes, dimensional grays, rich browns, gorgeous taupes and deep black. There’s everything from mattes to satins to shades with sparkle. This palette has got you covered from day to evening.
As expected, Urban Decay pulled it out of the bag with the sleek packaging and the high quality dual ended makeup brush that’s included within the palette. You also get an easy to follow guide on how to create various different looks which is always handy for the beginner or just if you fancy trying something outside of your comfort zone.
The shade range can be described as follows:
High - champagne shimmer with micro-glitter
Dirtysweet - medium bronze
Radar - metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter
Armor - metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle
Slanted - light metallic gray
Dagger - medium charcoal with micro-shimmer.
Black Market - jet black satin
Smolder - deep plum-taupe
Password – cool taupe matte
Whiskey - rich brown matte
Combust - soft pink-taupe
Thirteen - light beige satin
In my opinion, the pigmentation lives up to what you would expect of an Urban Decay palette and even the matte shades are easy to blend. Always prep your lid with a good eyeshadow primer and the colours will last for hours on end. I really like the variation of colours in this palette and although you guys know I’m not one to wear a really dramatic smoky eye, I do like to dabble with a little sultry smoke for an evening look. My eyes just can’t carry off the heavily lined, kardashian-esque smokey eyes – it tends to make mine look small and tired. I’m a big believer in sticking to what suits you!
I created both a day time look with this palette and also a slightly more smoky look for the evening just to demonstrate the versatility of Naked Smoky.
For the above daytime look I used Thirteen on the brow bone, Dirtysweet all over the lid with High as a highlight on the inner corners. I then used Radar in the crease to add a little depth and dimension, taking it under the eye on the lower outer third of the lash line. I then used a little black liquid eyeliner on the top lash line and softened it with a little Whiskey using a small angled brush. I used a couple of coats of YSL Faux Cils Mascara on the top lashes and a tiny amount to define the lower lash line. I think it creates a lovely groomed makeup look with a little sheen to the lid. I used Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Colour in Sunset Pink for the lips.
For the evening look, I used Thirteen on the brow bone again, then Dirty Sweet mixed with Slanted all over the lid. I used High as the inner corner highlight as well as a little just under the brow. I then applied Dagger in the crease and outer corner and dragged that under the lower lash line. I then used Smoulder to deepen the crease shade and add even more depth. I lined the top lash line with Charlotte Tilbury Rock n Kohl eyeliner in Bedroom Black, smudging with a small angled brush and then softened it a little more with Black Market. I added a couple of coats of YSL Faux Cils mascara on the top and bottom lashes. This gives a lovely subtle smoky eye without making you look overdone or tired. Perfect for anyone with deep set eyes like myself! I topped off the look with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillowtalk and Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Native.
So the question you all really want to know the answer to is…would it be worth buying this palette if I own all of the other Naked palettes already? I’d say if you don’t own Naked 2 then definitely pick this one up. Naked 2 has some more smoky shades in there and you could get by with just that but if you’re a smoky eye junkie and that tends to be your go-to look then pick this little beauty up. It’ll be your new best friend!