Gooood morning lovely people. Today I thought I’d do a quick review of a product you’ve probably never heard of, the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. I lie of course, there must be thousands of reviews out there, but hey ho, I feel like adding another.
Now I realise this palette isn’t quite the Naked palette of the moment. I’m still dreaming about that Naked Heat palette, so there’s no doubt it will be making its way onto my Christmas list. However, despite the autumnal goodness of the Heat palette, I’d say the Smoky edition is way better for party season. It has a beautiful mixture of metallic and matte shades, all with that gorgeous moody hue of winter.
If you’re not a fan of a traditional smokey eye, then I wouldn’t automatically this palette isn’t for you. My go-to look is always a bronze eye. Sometimes I force myself to change it up with a splash of colour or an eyeliner flick, but 9/10 I’ll go straight back to my fail safe shades. The great thing about this palette is that it doesn’t just feature your typical smokey shadows. There’s a complete mixture of tones, from a metallic nude and matte white to delicious navy and sparkling grey.
Like with all UD palettes, the pigmentation of each eye shadow is really great and perfect for layering and blending. With such a varied selection of colours, you can have a lot of fun with this palette and create a whole loada’ different looks. I find it almost encourages you to step outside of your makeup comfort zone. Out of all of the Naked palettes, I would say the ability to create SO many looks, means the Naked Smoky Palette definitely offers the best value for money. I can see myself getting the most use out of High (a shimmering champagne), Dirtysweet (a metallic light brown), Whisky (a rich chocolate brown) and Radar (a rich metallic brown). Okay, so it looks like I love all of the bronze shades – figures!
Something that I always find super impressive about all of the Naked palettes is the brush included. This may sound like a totally naff thing to comment on, but the brushes are soooo good. They’re a far cry from those bloody awful plastic cotton bud things. These beauties are double ended, fluffy and especially designed for the palette they come with. To be honest, I’d happily purchase them as a stand-alone brush, but we won’t tell UD that.