How many times have you promised yourself that you wouldn’t buy whatever newest + hottest product was set to be released? Yeah… that’s exactly what happened with me and the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette. I wanted it but didn’t think I needed it and wasn’t planning on staying up until 3am EST to get my hands on it. But then, as it just so happened to turn out, I was awake when it launched and my sleep deprived brain was all “Yep. Order it right now. ” So I did… and I’m SO happy about it!
Even though I know the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette has been all over the internet I just couldn’t wait to photograph it and share my review and swatches with you all!
Let’s talk packaging, shall we? I think this might be my favorite Naked palette packaging to date. The case is much sleeker than Naked palettes of the past and features a funky smoke design on the front. The palette itself is made up of transparent black plastic with a magnetic closure and, when opened, has an actual hinge which makes opening it (and keeping it open) a breeze. I don’t know about you but I always found keeping past Naked palettes (especially 2 & 3) open while doing my makeup especially frustrating so this hinge makes me VERY happy.
As is to be expected with any other full size Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette the Naked Smoky Palette comes with a full size, double ended brush. With each Naked palette the brush varies ever so slightly and this time around buyers can expect theirs to have a tapered blending brush on one side and a smoky smudge brush on the other making this the ideal brush for creating all those smoky looks this palette is just begging for.
If you love smoky eyes (and really, who doesn’t?) the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette is going to be right up your alley. It is filled with tons of shades to suit all skin tones and eye colors to create everything from soft daytime looks appropriate for the office down to sultry smoky eyes meant for a night out on the town. Nine of the shades are brand new while the remaining three are repeats found only in past Naked palettes.
Out of the twelve shades included in the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette I would consider the first five (High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armour, and Slanted) to fall in the shimmer family, Dagger and Smolder to fall more into the “satin” category, and the remaining five shades (Black Market, Password, Whiskey, Combust, and Thirteen) to be matte.
All of the colors have that smooth, buttery texture that we’ve come to love and expect from Urban Decay and their pigmentation is fantastic across the board. I was a little worried that Thirteen would be a little chalky but it was as stunning as every other shade in the palette. My favorite color, however, would have to be Black Market. I expected the Urban Decay Smoky Palette to have a matte black because, hello, but what I didn’t expect was a matte black that has a slightly smoky navy feel to it. Upon first glance Black Market looks straight up black but if you look at it closely it’s almost a very, very, very deep navy blue/black. Love!
Overall I’m very happy with my 3am impulse buy of the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette and I’d definitely recommend that you check it out if you’re a smoky eye lover like myself… or if you’re just a makeup collector and can’t stand the idea of having an incomplete Naked Palette collection. Because let’s get serious, that’s also a huge reason why I ordered it, haha.
The Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette retails for $54 and can currently be found online at Sephora HERE and Ulta HERE (and at the time of this posting it was still in stock at both stores- woo!). If ordering online isn’t your thing, no worries, you can buy it in-store at Sephora on July 16.
Did you jump on the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette bandwagon? Are you a smoky eye lover? Comment below and let me know!
Until next time 🙂