If you are a long time follower of mine, you will know by now that I am a huge fan of warm-toned eye shadows. To me, it’s as comforting as Mac and Cheese on a cold winters night . . .
I will admit that I lusted after the Naked 3 palette because of the blush-toned theme and this was also the case with the Naked Smoky palette because I love a good smoky eye and this palette gave me biker chick vibes.
Before I discuss anything else, I want to take a moment to appreciate the gorgeousness of the packaging.
It is made of durable plastic. When you give it a once over, it looks like a marble kitchen counter top. But when you look at it, it has a stunning greyish background with swirls of smoke in a brownish/grey hue.
The cover has raised metallic lettering in stunning silver that wants to be pewter when it grows up.
The back of the palette is a semi-transparent brown plastic and the bottom of the pans and the brush can be seen through it J. It’s heavy, solid and has a magnetic closure. While it’s bulkiness doesn’t make it ideal for travelling light, I can look past that for its packaging.
It comes with a full-sized mirror.
The inner frame around the mirror and the hinges of the palette is a beautiful gunmetal shade. Now that I have that ode to the packaging out of my system, let’s get into what’s inside this palette.
The palette comes with a dual-ended brush. It is a bronzy brown in the centre of the brush with pewter ferules.
On one side you have a smudge brush.
On the other, a large fluffy brush that tapers to a point. The brush is sturdy, of great quality and has super soft bristles.
It also comes with a how-to chart that shows how to create different looks using the palette if you are stuck for ideas or are a beginner who doesn’t know where to begin. This is handy but I did prefer when they included primer potion samples in the past with the Naked palettes.
There are 12 shades in the palette: 5 shimmer/metallic shades, 3 satins and 4 mattes. They are arranged side by side in that order in the palette, which I think is cool but not a deal-breaking feature.
While there are four solid warm shades, the rest are cool . . er . . . cool-toned and cool 🙂 The formula feels different than previous Urban Decay releases. I isn’t as creamy and is firmly pressed into the pan. This has its pro and cons, a big pro being that the shimmery shades are less prone to chucks of glitter fallout.
Left to right: First 4 shades
High is frosty peachy champagne. It does have micro fine glitter in an ‘old gold shade’. The texture is smooth, applies and blends easily. However, if you blend to hard, you will get microscopic glitter fallout, the kind only you would notice. It has great staying power.
Dirtysweet is an old gold with pink micro glitter. It is warm-toned with a slight peach shift. It is opaque and blends easily with a soft yet high-impact metallic sheen. It is long wearing and one of the best preforming shades in this palette.
Radar is a mid-tone metallic brown with gold micro glitter. It applies evenly onto the lid but needs to be built up to get the colour true to pan. The more you blend you will find glitter fallout that may annoy you. Even if you pack it on the lid with a hydrating spray like MAC Fix+, it will increase the longevity but as the day goes on, you will find a bit of glitter under the eye. Luckily the glitter is micro fine so it’s not obnoxiously visible.
Armor is a muted metallic grey with silver sparkle. It applies evenly and is opaque. It has a smooth texture and is long wearing.
Slanted is metallic grey with silver sparkle. This shade is not very opaque and the sparkle is quite evident because the top layer is very sheer. It needed to be built up quite a lot to be true to pan. It applied smoothly and evenly but it was very sheer on the lid. Despite the poor colour payoff, it lasted for over 8 and half hours without any fading. This is probably because it was too sheer to notice. In my opinion, this is the worst shade in the palette. Armor and Slanted look very smiliar.
Dagger is charcoal with a blue shift. It was a bit chalky but applied evenly and blended out smoothly. The colour was true to pan and blended without losing opacity. It has a satin finish and lasted a full eight hours without fading, surprising for such a dark shade.
Black Market is deep/blackened charcoal with a satin finish. It went on smoothly, blended fairly well but was prone to fading after about six hours. I would suggest using this over top of a dark shadow or creamy eye pencil to get the maximum colour payoff.
Smolder is a greyish mid-tone purple with slight blue undertones. It has a satin finish. It blended easily and the colour payoff was great. I didn’t notice fading when blending or as time wore on.
Password is matte taupe that blended easily, applied smoothly and was very opaque. Of all the matte shades, this was the best. It didn’t kick up any dust and wasn’t chalky.
Whiskey is the reason I bought this palette because it is a rich, deep brown. It is a cool-toned deep brown with greyish undertones. While the colour payoff was good, it lost some opacity when blending but applied smoothly. It wasn’t the easiest to blend but the texture was dense and it was super-long wearing.
Combust is pale, cool-toned peach. I have no issue with this shade. It had good pigmentation for a light, matte shade, didn’t crumble, wasn’t chalky and applied smoothly and evenly.
Thirteen is white-beige with matte finish and a satin texture. This shade is smooth, applied and blended easily, wasn’t chalky and was densely packed and finely milled. It wasn’t dry and lasted for a solid 8 hours.
The Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette has a great mix of textures and colours. You can get a few warm toned looks but the power lies in its smokability (This is a word on Beauty Bugle now). The deep tones are not harsh. The mattes are good quality and there is a good range of mattes. I love that the shimmer/frosty shades are tightly packed and are not crumbly (Half Baked experiences anyone?)
I love the palette because the texture of these eye shadows, while some have to be built up to get maximum opacity, you don’t need maximum opacity to create sultry, sexy and bombshell looks. If I were to describe the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette in one word, it would be ‘sexy’. You have to be a beauty that loves deep, intense looks. You also need to favour cool-toned shades, which frankly, contrary to popular belief, suits women of colour beautifully. Y’all know I hate boxing dark skinned women like myself. I don’t like being constricted to the gold eye shadow and burgundy lipstick ;rule’ (which does flatter darker skin truthfully but it’s not the be all and end all).
If you are a make up junkie and want to add this to your Urban Decay Naked palette collection, go for it. On a more practical side, you have to ask yourself how far you will to push your makeup boundaries. Some beauties prefer to play it safe and there is ‘ no shade, no shame’ in that.
The truth is, much like the Naked 3 palette, this is a thematic palette, and so this smoky grey, blue and charcoal, deep and darker shades need to appeal to you.
If you want a great mix of warm and cool, the Urban Decay Naked 2 is a better option.
While R850 is a good deal and at the moment, the cheapest full-blown, high-end palette on the SA market at the moment, it’s still R850. But, R850 doesn’t grow on trees and the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette is not sssshhhheeeep! I love books with mystery and I am a sucker for thrillers. I also like glamour, a metallic eye with a nude lip or a more high maintenance classic grey/silver smoky eye paired with a sexy red pout . . . so I am happy with my purchase. However, if you like a mix of soft and sultry, with hints of warm and cool tones, skip this one and get its elder brother, the Naked 2!
Where to buy: Urban Decay store in Sandton City (Another Urban Decay store is set to open in Cape Town. No permanent online store available at the moment.)
However, there is an online pop-up store where you can buy the Naked palettes for a limited period of time. www.urbandecaystore.co.za
Will you be picking this up or will you get another Naked palette that is more ‘wearable’? Will you pick it up to complete your Naked palette collection?
Let me know, down below
Until next time
Stay blessed and beautiful
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