Every time we think the whole Urban Decay Naked family might be complete, they go and pop out another little gem. This latest one will certainly appeal to anyone who has ever loved to create the classic smoky eye as this time around we have the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette – in all it’s moody smoky glory.
The shades are actually a really interesting blend of shades – with some warmer and cooler tones and the one palette could easily be used for a subtle daytime smoke as well as a more dramatic nighttime one also. It’s a bit too predictable to think it’s all just shades of black and grey, when in fact the warmer tones really help mix things up. Along with the matte shades that are great if you want a modern contoured smoky eye without the shimmer.
Shade wise I feel like the twelve shades can be split into three categories – which is how I swatched them. One, the warmer tones (four on the left), the cooler toned (four in the middle) and the matte shades (four on the right). Of course this isn’t how they ‘must’ be used – there are no rules so you can mix and match as you see fit. But that’s sort of how I see a natural grouping happening.
Above shades from left to right: High: Pale shimmer champagne; Dirtysweet: Pale shimmer gold; Radar: Shimmer brown; Armor: Shimmer taupe.
Above shades from left to right: Slanted: Shimmer mid silver grey; Dagger: Slight shimmer dark grey/black; Black Market: black with hunt of shimmer; Smolder: Deep purple shimmer.
Above shades from left to right: Password: dark grey/taupe matte; Whiskey: matte mid brown; Combust: nude pink mate; Thirteed: matte off white.
Overall I am more excited about the shades in this palette than I honestly expected to be. Whilst I like a smokey eye, I tend to still lean towards the warmer more traditionally ‘Urban Decay Naked’ shades and just dial up the darker shades. So I’d on the surface not be as won over by the smoky offering. But having seen it I’ve seen how it’s actually a good all rounder – with a blend of shades to suit all. It’s almost like there’s a bit of both the two original palettes and a touch of the basics in there too… a winning combo. If you love a smoky eye then no doubt this will be on your wish list immediately.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky * (RRP £38) available online at urbandecay.co.uk from 30th July 2015.
*PR sample or gift.