Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette has joined the rest of my Naked Palettes last week. Since I got the palette along with other Urban Decay goodies (preview, photos) I’ve been “abusing” its eyeshadows almost everyday now. I’m sure many of you own this palette for months now, but since it just entered my life last week and it’s also a new entry here in Romania, I though of expressing my opinion about it anyway. The palette features a dozen sultry, smoky neutrals, nine of them are brand new, while the rest of three are repromotes from past palettes. What I find different about Naked Smoky Palette is that the darkest shades are placed right in the middle of the palette surrounded by the lightest shades. In the other Naked Palettes I have the colors start from lightest to darkest. There’s a good variety of dark smoky shades in this one, mostly matte finish, but there are a few gorgeous taupes and browns along with light colors matching your skin tone.
Where to buy:
Romania – September 2016 exclusively at Sephora in Vitan, Baneasa, Promenada, Feeria, Afi Palace Cotroceni, Magheru and online @sephora.ro
U.S. – Now at Sephora, Nordstrom, Macy’s, ULTA, @urbandecay.com, @beauty.com
UK – Now at House of Fraser, John Lewis, Harvey Nichols
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette ($54.00 / £38.50 / €51.95 / 236.00 Lei for 0.60 oz.) has its eyeshadows arranged by finish and not by colors, starting with the most shimmery and ending with matte finishes.I feel they did a great job with the packaging this time, as in my opinion is the best from all the Naked Palettes. It comes in a heavy, plastic case that is slightly transparent on the back and has a magnetic closure. Inside there are hosted the 12 eye shadows, along with a dual-ended brush and a mirror. The brush is great actually, good quality and definitely can be used for blending, but I wouldn’t see myself relying only on this brush to apply the colors.
Urban Decay High Eyeshadow is officially described as champagne shimmer with micro-glitter. I see it as a very light, golden-peachy-beige with warm undertones a lot of glitter and a high metallic finish. It has a good color payoff, not being dramatically pigmented but it does show pretty good on its own without a primer. It adheres fairly well onto the skin if applied over primer, otherwise you’ll get a fall out during the application, as some of the glittery particles get stuck into the brush. It’s easily blendable and works like a charm on the inner corner of the lid to illuminate and open up the eyes. I had about eight hours wear with this formula.
Urbam Decay Dirtysweet Eyeshadow is officially seen as a medium bronze. I say is a medium golden-brown with yellow undertones and a metallic finish. It has a great color payoff, with a smooth and fine texture, that didn’t feel dry for a second. It’s one of the best eyeshadows of this palette along with Armor and they both have such an amazing and soft texture. It blends easily and has not fall-out during the application. I got a bit over eight hour wear out of it.
Urban Decay Radar Eyeshadow is officially a metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter. It’s a medium brown with yellow undertones and fine gold shimmer that has a frosted sheen. It has a light color payoff, that took me a while to get it noticed when I swatch it on bare skin. It shows more intensity once I applied it over an eyeshadow primer so I totally recommend using one. Quite easily blendable and without any fall out during the application. I admit I would have liked to see more intensity in this color. It wore well for about eight hours before it started to fade.
Urban Decay Armor Eyeshadow is officially described as a metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle. I see it as medium-dark, taupe gray with fine silver shimmer and a frosted finish. It had a good color payoff and had one of the best formulas compared to the other shades in this palette. It had a smooth and fine texture, but a bit prone to crumbling. It is easily blendable and is the kind of eyeshadow that will complement any eye color. I had a bit of fall-out during the application so whenever I use it I prefer to apply loose powder underneath my eyes or to use Shadow Shields to prevent the mess. It wore well for almost nine hours.
Urban Decay Slanted Eyeshadow is officially a light metallic gray. It’s a medium, mute gray with blue undertones and a pearly sheen. It looks light buildable to a medium opacity, with not such a good color payoff. It apply unevenly on the lid and faded considerably when blended. I had around six hours wear with this formula
Urban Decay Dagger Eyeshadow is officially seen as medium charcoal with micro-shimmer. It’s a dark gray with blue undertones and a matte-satin finish. It had a soft, thin texture that felt a bit dry and powdery. It had fall out right from the pan when I swatch it so be careful when you apply it on the lid. It didn’t adhere so well on bare skin so I’d definitely recommend using a primer. It sheer out significantly when I started to blend it out. It gave me almost five hours wear.
Urban Decay Black Market Eyeshadow is officially described as jet black satin. It’s a deep black with cool undertones and a satiny sheen. It had a fairly good pigmentation, felt smooth and thin when swatched but a bit powdery as well. I had fall-out right from the pan so that means to be careful when applying it. An eyeshadow primer could definitely held the color in place and make it adhere better, not to mention it facilitates the application and makes it easier to blend. This one is the darkest shade from the palette so I’d expect a richer pigmentation. I had a bit over six hours wear with this shade.
Urban Decay Smolder Eyeshadow is officially a deep plum-taupe. It’s a dark plummy purple with very subtle warm undertones and a natural sheen. It has a good color payoff with a soft, smooth texture, which felt just a little bit dry. It takes longer than usual to blend this one out so you have to work you magic with a good blending brush. I had almost eight hours wear before it showed signs of fading.
Urban Decay Password Eyeshadow is described as cool taupe matte. It’s a muted, medium taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. The texture is very fine, soft and smooth but feels dry at the same time. It had a very poor color payoff on bare skin so to enhance its pigmented an eyeshadow primer is a must. Once I started blending the color it sheered out quickly. It gave me a bit over six hours wear.
Urban Decay Whiskey Eyeshadow is officially seen as rich brown matte. It’s a muted, medium brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had so-so color payoff, being almost buildable but a medium opacity. It does look so much better patted over UD eyeshadow primer potion. It had a very fine, smooth texture but with some fall-out right from the pan when I swatched the color. I had around six and half hours.
Urban Decay Combust Eyeshadow is described as soft pink-taupe. It’s a light beige with pink undertones and a matte finish. It looks very close to my skin tone as you can also notice from the swatch bellow, but it had a good color payoff. It had a very smooth and soft texture, that adhered well on bare skin. It kicks up a lot of powder once you dip your brush into it so mind your application. It gave me a bit over seven hours wear.
Urban Decay Thirteen Eyeshadow is seen as light beige satin. It’s a white-beige with a soft matte finish. The texture is soft, feels so smooth when swatched but a bit powdery as well. It works like a charm and it’s easily blendable. I like to apply it on my brow bone to brighten up the entire makeup. I had near eight hours wear with this shade.
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