The Urban Decay Naked range is constantly expanding, and it always seems to be the range which gets beauty adorers worldwide excited the most. What started with the perfect everyday neutral eyeshadow palette has turned into a huge phenomenon with eyeshadow palettes big and small, foundations, beauty balms and concealers, cheek palettes with everything you need for blush, bronze and highlight, lip-glosses and finishing powders. Undoubtedly one of the most famous beauty ranges out there, in everyone's makeup collection, on everyone's wishlist.
The latest Naked product to join the range and one which has been cropping up on quite a few blogs and Instagram accounts lately with mandatory swooning comments, is the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette, but is it really worth all the hype it's getting?
Naked Smoky features 12 eyeshadows with a variety of finishes perfect for creating everything from day appropriate looks to night-time sultry eyes and everything in-between. Urban Decay have described Smoky as a palette loaded with all the essentials for a neutral smoky eye, but I don't think that does this palette justice - sure, you can do a neutral smoky eye, but you can also effortlessly create a soft neutral eye and a really dark and bold smoky eye, too. It features a fantastic range of shades and finishes and the looks you could create are endless, a great palette to experiment with for anyone from a makeup obsessive to those just getting into beauty who wants an easy palette to get them started.
Just like the other Naked palettes, you'll find a fabulously handy dual-ended eyeshadow brush in the palette with one end being a Tapered Crease Brush, the other a Smoky Smudger Brush. The only Urban Decay makeup brushes in my collection are ones which have come with the palettes and I use them all often - I find them very easy to work with, great for travelling as you can just pop them back in the palette if it's made it's way into your travel makeup bag and I love that it's a multi-purpose brush by being dual-ended. The palette also includes a very handy full-size compact mirror which is fantastic for on-the-go and travelling. Unlike the other Naked palettes, Naked Smoky has a magnetic close and personally, I much prefer this design to the usual clip-close of the previous palettes in the range.
Each shade within the palette features the fabulous Urban Decay Pigment Infusion System, with 9 shades completely new to Urban Decay with this palette, the remaining 3 being shades which have been exclusive shades in previous Naked palettes.
High is a cream with a very pretty shimmer finish with a touch of micro-glitter. This one is particularly lovely as an inner-corner shade as it has a wonderful eye-opening touch.
Dirtysweet is a pale bronze with shimmer finish that I think makes a lovely change from Half Baked which is an extremely popular shade that featured in both Naked and Naked 2. It has a slightly subtle rosy undertone which is very pretty, a lovely statement shade in the palette.
Radar is a pale metallic sandstone taupe with iridescent and very fine micro-glitter. Radar would work particularly well as a wash of colour over the lid and is my favourite shade for teaming with others in the palette, whether going for a day or night time smoky eye.
Armor is a metallic silver-taupe with a stand-out sparkle finish which I prefer to apply with my ring finger dabbed over the centre of my lid for a touch of sparkle that isn't too intense.
Slanted is a light metallic grey and is more typical to the type of shade you'd expect to see in a smoky themed eyeshadow palette. It's not my favourite shade in the palette, in fact probably my least favourite, but a lovely shade none-the-less that is a pretty essential shade in a smoky palette.
Dagger is a lovely medium charcoal with micro-shimmer (practically non-existent micro-shimmer, actually) and a slight deep blue undertone. Definitely one of my favourite shades in the palette as it just works so well with the theme, blended through the crease and used as a liner on the lower lash line. It's a real beauty!
Black Market is a jet-black with satin finish with is actually extremely easy to work with for a black, particularly as a liner shade.
Smolder is a stunning deep plum with taupe undertones, not quite as intense as I expected it to be when in the pan - I expected more of a bright purple streak to it - but incredibly beautiful all the same. I can see Smolder being a very popular crease shade, especially for those who aren't quite as confident going for real dark shades.
Password is a cool taupe with a matte finish, another one which works lovely when blended through the crease or used as a softer liner shade. For me Password is one of the shades which perfectly fits the bill of a Smoky palette whilst still being a touch more unique than the shades you'd spot in your usual smoky palette.
Whiskey is a super versatile matte rich brown, definitely up there as one of the more wearable shades in the palette and probably the most easy to work with shades when it comes to more day-time appropriate looks, brilliant worked through the crease.
Combust is a pale pink with slight taupe undertones and one of my favourite shades for a wash of colour over the lids as it's just perfect. It's very soft and neutral; on paler complexions it'd probably look more rosy but against my olive skin it actually works perfectly to neutralise skin-tone on my lids.
Thirteen is a light beige with satin finish, again just like Combust very lovely for a wash of colour over the lid and also great for a base shade to make the other shades stand-out, not that they need it - all being incredibly pigmented with brilliant colour pay-off.
Each shade, regardless of finish, has a really dreamy formula. Buttery soft powders with no fallout whatsoever, intensely pigmented as Urban Decay shadows have become famous for. They are all very easy to work with, applying well and blending beautifully and super easily. The longevity is pretty darn impressive, with no worry over smudging or creasing throughout the day, especially when teamed with a good eyeshadow primer such as the Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion. Overall in design of the palette, the variety of shades included and the overall high quality of the shadows, I think this could be one of my favourite Urban Decay releases yet. I think it completely stands out not only from the other Naked palettes, but from smoky themed shadow palettes in general, having a more wearable and easy to work with selection of shades.
Do I think Naked Smoky is worth the hype? Oh yes, I definitely do!
Available at www.urbandecay.co.uk, £38.
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