Saturday, 22 August 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
I've been eagerly awaiting the release of this Smoky Palette from Urban Decay. I am a big fan of UD shadows in general. I have the previous three Naked palettes, as well as a couple of individual shadows. So of course as soon as this palette was released I just had to have it! Check out my review of the Naked 3 palette here.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
The palette itself is made of  sturdy quite weighty acrylic, which has a smoky effect to it. It has a secure magnetic closure, a large mirror in the lid - and also comes with a double ended synthetic brush, with a blending brush at one end and a smudger brush at the other. It's not the most amazing brush I've ever used, but it does the job.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Eyeshadow Brush
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Eyeshadow Brush
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Eyeshadow Brush
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Eyeshadow Brush
This smoky palette, as the name suggests, contains twelve smoky neutral shades - nine of which are brand new shadows and three re-promoted shades which are exclusive to this palette. The idea behind this palette is that you have all the shades in one place to create any smoky eye look you like. .

When I think 'smoky eye' I tend to think of grey, slivers and blacks. However I love the fact that this palette not only offers you these shades but a whole host of brown bronzes and taupes too. Which means you can create any type of smoky look you want. There is also a leaflet included with the palette to show you how to achieve four different smoky looks.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Eyeshadow Brush
This palette not only has a great shade range, but the shadows also have a variety of finishes-everything from glittery shades, metallics, mattes, as well as subtle sheen finishes too.

High -This is a pink toned champagne metallic shade with micro-glitter particles through it.
It also has quite a smooth soft blendable texture.
DirtySweet- This is a metallic gold shade it is by far my favourite shadow in the palette - it is extremely soft, buttery smooth, applies evenly and blends out beautifully.
Radar -This is a metallic bronze shade with micro-glitter particles through it. It has decent yet buildable pigmentation, it does feel slightly drier then the previous two shades.
Armor- This is a metallic sliver, slightly taupe shade with large silver glitter particles through it. It has quite smooth texture, it does feel slightly dry but goes on evenly and has decent buildable pigmentation.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (from left) High, DirtySweet, Radar, Armor
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (from left) High, DirtySweet, Radar, Armor
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (swatches from left) High, DirtySweet, Radar, Armor
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (swatches from left) High, DirtySweet, Radar, Armor
Slanted -This is a blue toned metallic grey shade. It has quite a dry formula and again has decent buildable pigmentation.
Dagger -This is matte charcoal grey shade with a slight blue undertone to it. It also has micro-glitter particles through it, is very pigmented and has quite a smooth yet slightly dry texture.
Black Market -This is a black shade with a slight satin sheen to it. It has a very similar texture to Dagger - very pigmented, blendable and buildable with a smooth slightly dry texture.
Smolder- This is a matte cool toned plum shade. Like Black Market and Dagger, it also has a smooth but slightly dry texture, and again is very pigmented, blendable and buildable.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (from left) Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (from left) Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (swatches from left) Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (swatches from left) Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder
Password- This is a cool toned light matte grey shade, it blends out to become a very subtle hint of a shadow - and again has a smooth yet slightly dry feeling to it.
Whiskey- This is matte cool toned brown shade, it blends out beautifully and is very buildable. And again has a smooth slightly dry texture.
Combust- This is a matte soft pink beige shade, and yet again has  a soft smooth yet dry texture.
Thirteen -This is a pale beige almost matte shade (it has a very slight sheen), and again has a really soft, smooth yet dry texture.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (from left) Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (from left) Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (swatches from left) Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (swatches from left) Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen
I have to say when I first swatched the palette, I was a little disappointed as for the most part the shadows felt drier than your usual Urban Decay Shadows. However I need not have worried, I have experienced very little/no fall out even with the darker colours (once I tap any excess off the brush before applying). The pigmentation is really nice, they're incredibly blendable and buildable - you can blend them out to just a hint of colour, or build the colour up for a more intense look. This is not to say they aren't pigmented because they are. It just means the formula allows you to have greater control enabling you to achieve the look you want.  I am also really impressed with the wear time of these shadows - after about 7 hours hours they start to fade (with no primer), and it was 10+ hours before they started to show signs of wear (with primer) the shadows were still in place after 12 hours!

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Applied
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Applied
Pictured above I'm wearing Thirteen all over the lid, Whiskey in my crease, Smolder in the outer corner and through the outer half of crease. Combust is slightly above the crease to blend out the edges of Whiskey and Smolder, I then placed Radar on the lid with a small amount of DirtySweet over it with High to highlight the inner corner.
Also, Check out the look to created with the Naked 3 palette here.

I think this palette is so versatile I would highly recommend it if  you like Smoky neutral shades. The shade range is impressive, and the formula of the shadows is incredible. It's definitely worth investing in. Link!

I'd love to know if you've tried this palette, and what you think of it.
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I hope you enjoyed the post and found it useful!
LL

3 comments:

  1. I really need to get this, it is so perfect for me. I love the look you created with it. :)

    Daniella | Freshly Pressed Beauty

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  2. Fab review of the UD palette The application of the colours is also great

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