All it took was one ad. One image showing the fiery warm shadows and the words “Naked palette” and I knew I was going to buy it, without even fully knowing what it was yet. I found out when it was releasing, and while I didn’t stay up all night. I did snatch it up at 9am. What is it? The brand new Urban Decay Naked Heat palette.
Urban Decay Naked Heat
First off, the palette comes in a cardboard slide out box that shows the eyeshadows all broken up. What is it with all the brands showing eyeshadow all broken up? To me, a broken eyeshadow is oen of the worst things ever, but we all love to see it on our packaging.
The back explains in dramatic terms what type of shadows you will find in the palette, and then an image of the brush that comes with it.
The palette itself is hard plastic with a magnetic snap closure, and consists of dark reds, oranges, and yellow with gold font. It reminds me of a real Miami vibe. The top is clear plastic with 3D looking vertical lines that seem to rise up within the clear plastic.It’s a really cool looking palette. The sides and back of the palette are a copper color.
Inside are 12 beautiful eye shadow shades, ranging from really light and neutral shades, all the way up to smoldering burgundies and coppers. There are a good mix of matte and shimmer shades, as well. Let’s look at each shade up close.
Urban decay naked heat swatches
First of all, the shade on the far left is Ounce, which is an ivory shimmer. It doesn’t show up well in the photograph, but it is an ivory/eggshell shade with light shimmer. It is excellent for the inner corner and brow bone. The next shade is Chaser, which is a matte nude. It also doesn’t show up well on my skin tone, as it is almost skin color for me. It works great as a base shadow to put all over your eyes. Sauced is the next shade, and it is a light brown matte. You can see this one on my skin. Then there is Low Blow, which is a brown matte with more of a chocolatey warm brown than the others. Both of these colors are great transition shades in the crease.
The next row contains Lumbre (pronounced Loom-Bray), which is a shimmering copper/pink color with a gold shift. It works great on the lid. He Devil is a matte burnt red that is versatile enough to work well on the lid or in the crease. Dirty Talk is very similar to He Devil, except it is shimmer rather than matte. Scorched is a burnt red copper with shimmer.It is similar to Dirty Talk but has more pink and gold tones.
Finally, we get to the deep smoldering shades. These are all great for the crease, the outer v, or a smokey look. Cayenne is a deep terra cotta matte. En Fuego is a matte burgundy. Ashes is a matte reddish brown, which looks purple to me. Finally, Ember is a dark coppery shimmery color that has a shift to it. All of these colors have great pigmentation and blend well.
Here is the full spectrum of color, from the darkest to the lightest. As you can see, you get a wide variety of colors that have many uses.
urban decay naked heat brush
Additionally, the palette comes with a double ended brush. The site says one end is the crease defining brush, and the other end is a blending brush. I’m not certain which is which, because they are not labeled, but I think the brush on the right above is the blending brush, while the more bullet shaped tapered brush is for the crease. The brushes are versatile enough that you could use them for a lot of different uses, and you could probably create an entire look using just this brush.Therefore, I think it’s a good addition to the palette.
Here is an example of a look that I made with the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette.
Overall, this palette is of extremely high quality. The shadows are all pigmented, buttery, soft, finely milled, and highly blendable. The palette itself is a solid hard plastic that closes securely and feels really sturdy, and the brush has soft bristles and seems to be made well. Now, should you run and dish out the $54 for this Urban Decay Naked Heat palette? I think what it really comes down to is taste. Do you like these colors? Do you think they would look good with your skin/eye/hair color, and the outfits you wear? If the answer is no, then simply don’t buy it. But if you think these colors are beautiful and would suit you well, I highly recommend the palette.
The only downside is that I’m finding that I kind of make the same look over and over again, because all the colors are so similar that it’s difficult to achieve lots of unique looks. Perhaps I could mix in some of my other eyeshadow palettes and just use one or two of the Naked Heat colors as a pop of smoldering red.