Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette | Review & Swatches

nakedsmokyreviewEver Urban Decay’s latest palette was announced in the spring (and released in the summer) I have wanted to get it, however I did go back and forth a few times, trying to decide if it was really something that I needed in my life. Most days, I keep my eye looks pretty natural or on the bronzy side of things. But there are days when I want a little smoke, a little drama and I don’t actually have many palettes in my collection that allow me to do that. I decided last month that I really did need this palette in my life (okay, maybe “need” is an exaggeration), and have enjoyed playing with it the last few weeks.

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(L-R High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smoulder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen)

Compared to Urban Decay’s other Naked palettes (original, Naked2, Naked3, Naked Basics and Naked2 Basics), the Naked Smoky is the most versatile. With 12 exclusive shades ranging in colour, depth and formulation, there is something for everyone. I like to use the matte shades on days when I’m keeping my makeup (or at least my eye makeup) simple, as they are perfect for adding a bit of definition without any effort. For a splash of sparkle, the shimmer shadows are perfect since they have the glimmer without any chunky glitter fall-out. And when I want to make things dramatic, I reach for the satin shades. The satins are very pigmented, and buttery and blend beautifully with the others to create a light, medium or dark smoky eye — whatever I’m in the mood for.

I am really glad that I finally picked this up (and that I didn’t have to pay for it — thank you Shoppers points!), because it is the perfect addition to my palette collection, especially this time of year with Christmas and New Years parties coming up. The colours are rich and pigmented, blend extremely well and have very little fall-out (something that I struggle with in the other Naked palettes, especially the original).

Have you tried the Naked Smoky Palette? What is your favourite Naked palette from Urban Decay?

 

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  • I have a different naked palette and while I love their colours I never seem to have any luck with them showing well all day. It seems like the look I create has faded by lunch time. Any tips for that? I do love this palette, it’s right up my alley!

  • I really love this palette! It’s so gorgeous and so me… I feel like I have a hard time creating many -different- looks with it, but I always love what I create with these shadows!

    • I can see what you mean about making different looks with it, but the shades are so beautiful! I really need to experiment with it more.