URBAN DECAY dropped a bombshell on the beauty world not long ago by launching their newest “Naked” palette, part of the uber-popular Naked series of palettes, ironically, meant to be neutral or flesh-toned. It’s called the Urban Decay Naked HEAT palette, and it’s on fire.
As the popularity of Naked 1 and 2 began to soar, however, the brand expanded the range to include much more than just flesh-toned pretties. Naked 3 was a rosey themed palette at the height of r0se-gold fever. Naked Smoky came out of left field, and to my knowledge was far from as huge a success as its predecessors.
And now, UD has capitalized once more on the beauty theme of the moment: warm, firey copper toned eyeshadow looks, with the launch of Naked HEAT.
Urban Decay Naked HEAT palette includes a very nice range of warm-toned browns, ivories, coppers, metallics, mattes, and plums. In fact, it’s one of the most well-balanced thematic palettes I’ve seen since the original Naked 1 palette (which is my favorite). The mattes are buttery, and creamy, as you would expect for an eyeshadow palette that will cost you over $50 USD.
The stand out, and by far most surprising favorite in this palette are actually the shimmers. The metallic shadows are creamy, buttery, only ever-so-slightly flaky, and when packed on with a flat shader brush or your finger, lend a surprising amount of wet-looking metal on the lid that is so extraordinary for a powder eyeshadow formula.
I’m super impressed by the transition shades Low Blow and Sauced, and enjoy gravitating toward He Devil and Cayenne on normal days. For night, I can pick up Scorched or Dirty Talk with my MAC 237 brush, and for a full-on smokey brown with beautiful flecks of purple (great for blue eyes), I’m absolutely over the moon for Ember.
Is the palette worth it? I say yes, but then again I’ve been a beauty-obsessed nut for quite some time now, and I’ve been known to spend over $120 on a single eyeshadow palette–cough–Natasha Denona–cough…