Happy Canada Day weekend to my fellow Canadians, and 4th of July/Independence Day weekend to readers in the U.S.! Today, I’m reviewing the most recent Naked palette released by Urban Decay.
I owned the Naked II palette before the release of this palette. The Naked II is perfect for subtle everyday looks. The Naked Smoky delivers bolder shades for the perfect smoky-eye. These 12 eyeshadows are deep yet neutral.
The shadows themselves come encased in plastic. A translucent casing with a smoke-print cover amplifies the casing. Inside the case is a full-length mirror, the 12 shadows and a dual ended synthetic brush. The design of this brush helps with blending and smoking out the eyeshadows.
The shadows are in three categories:
The first four shadows are shimmery, with hints of glitter. The first shade in the palette, HIGH, is a light-pink with micro glitters. Dirtysweet is a bronze-tan shade with micro glitter. The third shade, RADAR, is a warm brown. ARMOUR, a metallic silver-taupe, rounds out this section of shadows.
Each of the middle shadows are matte, with no shimmer. Slanted is a metallic-grey. The sixth shade, DAGGER, is a medium charcoal. The shade BLACK MARKET is a pure matte black. The final shade in this section, SMOLDER, is a deep plum-taupe.
The last shadows in the palette are pure mattes. PASSWORD is a cool-taupe shade. The shade WHISKEY is a matte brown. COMBUST is a soft pink, close to the shade HIGH, but without shimmer. The final shade in the palette, THIRTEEN, is a light-beige/white.
Below are swatches of the eyeshadows:
From left to right: High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armour, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, and Thirteen.
When applied to the lid, each of these shadows yields a different colour pay-off. The glittery shades have a slightly dry texture, but are still highly-pigmented. Despite this, shades like HIGH and RADAR stayed on my lids for a number of hours before fading or flaking. Though ARMOUR is a glitter shade, but darker, it wore longer than the previous shadows. The glittery shades are more translucent. The matte shades are richer in colour, and have longer staying-power. To help with this, Urban Decay sells an eyeshadow primer potion, available for $26 from Sephora’s official website.
This is my favourite Naked palette. The 12 shadows are versatile for any type of look – whether it’s a smoky eye for a night out, or a more subtle look. While each of its predecessors has smoky eyeshadows among them, I enjoy that this entire palette is devoted to smoky eyeshadow.
A nice feature in this palette is the look-book insert. This insert contains a how-to guide for creating four different smoky-eye looks.