Well Urban Decay are sneaky buggers aren’t they! There was absolutely no hint that they were bringing out the fifth palette in the Naked series, until social media was awash with some very excited makeup addicts. Even more exciting was the fact that they were planning on a UK Flash Sale, where they were to release 9000 units on June 12th. I wasn’t going to get it. I had no intention of getting it, and I thought to myself ‘I can wait until general sale’. Could I buggery. By half past 11, I had one confirmation email in my inbox and I was £39.50 lighter. Today, is the day and the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette finally goes on general sale for the masses at Urban Decay as well as online stockists, with a release date for in stores as the 3rd August. In preparation for today, most Urban Decay stands that I have seen has a sneak peak of the palette in store, and I’m sure you’ve seen it across the internet to decide whether you’ll be picking one up. I’ve included full swatches and a run down of shades and performance from my point of view. Enjoy!
As with the Naked Smokey palette, the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette is presented in a plastic palette. As much as I love the metal tins of Naked 2 and 3, the plastic outers are a lot more substantial. As usual, a large mirror is found inside as well as the signature Naked dual ended makeup brush; one end for blending, the other a great shape for smudging. Although I don’t keep the cardboard outers, I must say how much I liked how the palette was packed. Not a traditional box, but one where the palette slid out gracefully. The one thing I didn’t see in the palette box was a step by step guide. I’m not sure if I’ve misplaced mine or it wasn’t there in the first place, however I do tend to chuck them in the bin anyway!
The palette itself is made up of twelve shades, including mattes and shimmers in an array of warm toned orange, red and brown hues. I’m looking at this palette as an addition to my other palettes and not as an entire look in a box, but more about this later. With the usual lighter shades merging into soft browns, then making way to some beautifully pigmented shimmers, it’s a very beautiful palette to look at. I always do my swatches with my finger and take a small amount of product on my fingertip and swipe across my arm. I always make sure you can see the shades properly and which ones aren’t as high performing as others. As usual, the lightest shade barely shows on my skin tone, but it makes a great shade for evening out skin colour on the lid.
Ounce – light golden beige with pearl shimmer
Chaser – light peachy brown matte
Sauced – medium orange brown matte
Low Blow – medium brown matte with orange undertones
Lumbre – medium red coral with pearl shimmer
He Devil – reddish brown matte
Dirty Talk – medium dark copper brown with red undertones
Scorched – dark brown with red undertones and a metallic red finish
Cayenne – muted dark terracotta with matte finish
En Fuego – reddish plum brown
Ashes – purple plum with brown undertones, matte finish
Ember – plum bronze with olive tones, frosted metallic finish
I found that the shadows as a whole to be quite well performing. They seem to be slightly drier than previous palettes but the pigmentation was far superior. I found that after swatching, my arms had staining from them, and although I didn’t see this on my lids because I wear a primer, the shades I have used have been very buildable and very easy to blend. I did struggle with 3 of them, and getting a good blend was somewhat difficult. Ashes, in particular as one of the tough ones. It blends out very chalky and sheer, which isn’t great if you were to use it as a defining shade. Low Blow and He Devil, although very beautiful, also gave me some issues on my arm swatches but they did seem to be rectified when used over the top of primer.
I have been trying to remain fair when it comes to the Urban Decay Naked Heat, as obviously there has been a huge surge of posts and Instagram images, some positive and some negative. I’ve been really looking at the pro’s and con’s of the palette and I do think I have struck a happy medium in my thoughts. I don’t own the Violet Voss Holy Grail Palette which everyone seems to be comparing this palette to, however I do have the Morphe 35O. When it comes to warm orange and red toned palettes, it isn’t a unique palette and the shades aren’t disimilar from those found in other palettes.
The reason I haven’t been looking at the Naked Heat as a look in a box is that it is missing some shades to make it more cohesive. Like many others have said, a warm gold or even a brighter orange or bright red to give some variation. It isn’t difficult to reach for another palette to add those extra shades, but I do get where people are coming from saying that it may hinder things when travelling etc. The first time I sat down to try out the shadows, I was slightly stumped as to which colour options to put together. I felt like whatever look I did, it would either be a very muted eye or a very heavy smoky eye. The more I looked at it and the more I put swatches on my hand to create a mood board, I’ve found quite a good few combinations. I’m actually obsessed with the look that Nikki Tutorials did on her YT channel, and I want to recreate that soon.
For me, personally, I would have bought this palette regardless. The shades are everything that I go for. It’s not unique, it’s not a palette that you can’t buy from anywhere else, but it has the quality that I love from Urban Decay. The buttery soft shadows, the heavily pigmented shades and the shimmer and metallic colours that can be used wet or dry to create a huge impact. I couldn’t even compare it to the Morphe 35O like other people have done, as I don’t class them as being in the same league. The lack of a gold shade to me is irrelevant. I have enough palettes and single shadows to be able to work around that. I do feel that if you aren’t a warm orange shadow wearer, that you will get stuck in creating looks. I’m finding it to be more artistic than other palettes, and it needs some thought to be able to really show the shades off to their full potential otherwise you’ll end up using the same shades at the end of the palette.
The official launch is today and I’m predicting that the hype is going to take over and it’s going to be a massive success. After all, everyone loves a new Urban Decay palette, and is now officially classed as a collection. I’m tucking mine all snug next to the previous versions and I want to be able to show you some gorgeous eye looks over the next few weeks.
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