Hey guys! Hope everyone is doing well! Today I'm finally getting around to doing my review on the Urban Decay naked Smoky Palette. I got this palette as a birthday present from my fabulous friends way back in October and I have been testing it out ever since.
When I had first heard of the palette, I thought that it would be a palette made solely for dramatic, smoky looks and that it wouldn't really be your go-to nude palette for everyday use. But, when I opened up the palette and had a good look at the colours I was pleasantly surprised to find that there was a wide variety of colours and finishes.
Obviously, this palette is perfect for a smoky eye (I mean, you would hope so with a name like that). If you are a fan of the full glam dramatic eyes, then you may need to consider having this in your arsenal! It has basically every colour you need for a smoky eye, ranging from dark blues, purples, greys, browns and of course a smouldering black to create those dramatic looks, but it also has mid tone colours such as "combust" which I found to be the secret weapon for that perfect blended out look.
The finishes of the shadows go from shimmery (and I mean shimmery) to matte to everything in between. It is mostly the lighter shades that seem to have that high impact shimmer and shine whereas the darker colours go from a muted frost finish to complete matte. The last two shadows in the palette (Combust and Thirteen) are the only light shadows that are matte. I am a fan of the range of finishes in this palette because you really can do completely differently looks using just one product and I'm all about getting as much bang for your buck!
And, in terms of pigmentation, you really do get what you pay for. Urban Decay have always been renowned for their eyeshadows and I have to say, I see why. As you can see from the swatches (the lighter colours didn't come up as well on camera since some are skin tone shades) these shadows are insanely pigmented! They are very buttery and are super bendable. I have found that there can be some fallout especially with the more shimmery ones but nothing a swipe or two with a tissue can't fix. I have gotten into the habit of doing my eyeshadow before foundation recently so it never really is a problem for me anymore. The colours do last on my oily eyes for a good amount of time without using any primer, so that gets a thumbs up from me!
I have to give an honourary mention to the brush too. I wouldn't be one for ever really using the brush or applicator that comes with eyeshadow palettes but this one is the handiest, dandiest brush you ever did see! One side is a crease brush which is perfect for crease work/general all round blending and the other side is a pointed detailer brush which works wonderfully when applying eyeshadow under the lower lash line! Of course, I couldn't not mention the sheer beauty of the case itself and also, you know that magnetic clasp? So satisfying!