As I mentioned in my Sephora VIB Haul post last week, the Hubs snuck the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette into my basket. On first blush I was going to take it out because $54 is a lot of money to spend! However, after thinking about it I decided to keep it in because a nice splurge every once in awhile is nice plus I knew I would be able to review it for the blog. So here is my first review of an Urban Decay Palette, around it’s actual release time, the Naked Smoky Palette.
I have to say out of all of the Urban Decay palette’s the Naked Smoky is by far my favorite. The smoke on the top that makes the words look like they are just hovering there is perfect and it’s even better on the back of the palette! Seriously, once you take the brush out of the holder inside the back is done in such a way that you can see the smoke in that section and it just makes it even more amazing.
Speaking of the brush! I know a lot of people just like to toss the Naked Palette brushes to the side in favor of the eye brushes that they use on a normal basis. This has never been the case for me, I actually like and incorporate the Naked brushes into my regular brushes and the Naked Smoky brush will be no different. While I love the big fluffy end I’m absolutely in love with the small fluffy end, it’ll be great for really intensifying a smoky eye look which is what the Naked Smoky palette is all about. I also love that it’s branded for the Naked Smoky palette and it has little swirls of smoke, that this picture just does not do justice to, on the center handle.
Enough about the palette and brush, let’s see swatches!
Starting at the top we have High a champagne shimmer micro-glitter shadow, DirtySweet a medium bronze shadow, and Radar a metallic taupe micro-glitter shadow that was in the Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette. All three were very soft, almost a little to soft actually. High was also patchy while Radar had some mega fallout, you can actually see some of it still on my hand, while DirtySweet was just amazing!
Starting at the top we have Armor a metallic silver-taupe shadow that was in the Urban Decay Vice Palette, Slanted a light metallic gray shadow, and Dagger a medium charcoal micro-shimmer shadow. For this trio, Armor was just as soft as the other three and had just about as much fallout as Radar. Slanted was slightly patchy but Dagger was beautiful!
Starting at the top we have Black Market a jet-black satin shadow that was also in the Urban Decay Vice Palette, Smolder a deep plum-taupe shadow, and Password a cool taupe matte shadow. For the most part all three of these were excellent but Password was a bit muddy.
Starting at the top we have Whiskey a rich brown matte shadow, Combust a soft pink-taupe shadow, and Thirteen a light beige satin shadow. These three shades are probably my favorite in the whole palette! I could seriously make a look with just these three shades, love them!
So that is the Naked Smoky. Please note that while it seems like I am bashing the palette I am absolutely not. I say that the shadows are “soft” or have “fallout” because as a buyer you need to know these things? Why? Well if you’re a person who likes to dig into shadows instead of lightly dusting your brush across them you need to know that you might want to use a little less pressure with these. Also, if you’re a person who does your foundation before your eye makeup then you may want to invest in some shadow shields when/if using the shadows that have fallout. This is by no means a bad palette, as a matter of fact it’s one of my favorite Urban Decay palettes, I just wanted you the buyer to be prepared when purchasing.