Just when you thought your eye shadow palette collection was complete, Urban Decay come along and release Naked Smoky. And you realise you could probably squeeze another one in. *all the heart emoji eyes*
Naked Smoky is the dream palette when it comes to creating a range of smoky eye looks. There are nine brand new shades included, plus three re-issues; with a colour palette that covers everything from shimmering bronze to a smoldering plum.
Full shade list:
High (champagne shimmer w/micro-glitter)
Dirtysweet (medium bronze)
Radar (metallic taupe w/iridescent micro-glitter)
Armor (metallic silver-taupe w/tonal sparkle)
Slanted (light metallic gray)
Dagger (medium charcoal w/micro-shimmer)
Black Market (jet-black satin)
Smolder (deep plum-taupe)
Password (cool taupe matte)
Whiskey (rich brown matte)
Combust (soft pink-taupe)
Thirteen (light beige satin)
I’m a massive fan of Urban Decay’s eye shadow formula; it’s very rarely bettered in my eyes. Like its other Naked counterparts, Naked Smoky definitely delivers in terms of pigmentation. You only need a small amount to get a good wash of colour on the lids and all shades last for a good 10 hours before any fading starts to occur. Other than Thirteen which was a tiny bit chalky, every single shadow applies like a dream. They all blend well together, making it easy to remove any harsh lines in your smoky eye.
Urban Decay have totally switched things up in terms of packaging for this palette, using a thick plastic casing that feels seriously sturdy and yet lightweight enough to carry around in your bag on a daily basis. It’s also so much easier to clean, which is probably a very boring comment, but I hate dusty palettes knocking around in my makeup bag! The double-ended brush is also pretty decent quality, although I’d recommend using a separate, fluffier brush for any blending you want to do.
I am all over Dirtysweet and Radar, typically being a neutrals fan, but I think all of these shadows are really wearable. In the spirit of being more adventurous, I’ve also been using Dagger a lot to help add depth around the crease area and Smolder works really well used along the lower lash line for a more sultry edge.
For me, this is like the slightly more glam, ‘night out’ version of the trusty Naked palettes and I think it will no doubt be another big hit for Urban Decay. It might not be the palette you wear to work every day, but for more intense looks, then this will definitely be your new BFF.
You can buy Naked Smoky now from House of Fraser, priced £38.
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