I’ve been going on about it for a couple of weeks now, so I thought it was about time to do a review post. I know everyone and their mum has done one of these, but I really wanted to do one too. Plus I need more post inspiration and didn’t know what else to write about :’) I’m not going to go into tons of detail, but I’ve got some swatches and opinions on the shadows, and a couple of ideas for eye looks too. Enjoy!
Of course, the first thing you see is the packaging, which is gorgeous. And so, so, SO much better than the other Naked palettes. I know 2 and 3 aren’t awful, but the Naked Smoky is a full step up. The packaging is plastic but sturdy and well made, with a great magnetic close to keep those shadows safe. The design is so pretty and smoky, perfectly working with the theme of the palette, and it’s slightly see through, which adds to the effect of smokiness. A big thumbs up from me here.
Inside, the palette is just as fantastic. The shades, of course, are gorgeous, but it also comes with a great double-ended brush. I’m not a huge fan of it being double-ended, but both of these brushes are actually totally usable. The smaller end is meant for smudging eyeshadow to get that classic smoky look, which I find great for on the lower lash line, under the eyes, and to do more precise blending at the outer corners. The other end is a classic fluffy eyeshadow brush, which is similar to the ones most Urban Decay palettes include. It’s not the best blending brush I’ve ever used, but it does the job well enough. It’s also got a fantastic big mirror, which everyone knows is a bonus!
[L-R: High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor]
The first four shadows are all shimmers. High is a gorgeous pinky champagne shade, which is fantastic for an inner corner highlight or a pop of shimmer on the lid. Dirtysweet is a dirty gold shade (I don’t think this swatch does it justice to be honest), which is a tamer version of something like Amber Lights from MAC, but because of this it’s so much more versatile. Swatched here, Radar doesn’t have the best pigmentation. However, it is still a super pretty shade, fantastic for a wash of colour over the lid (so similar to MAC’s Woodwinked), and it also works pretty well in the crease for a more shimmery shade. Next is Armor, an oh-so-wearable sparkly silver, which is fantastic in any cool-toned smoky eye.
[L-R: Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder]
On to the super smoky shades now! Slanted is reasonably similar to Armor, but with a slightly more silvery-purple undertone. Dagger is a great dark grey with fantastic blue undertones. It’s also a great option for anyone who’s a bit scared of using pure black in a smoky eye, as this is just a shade lighter. Black Market is a grey-toned black, a staple for any smoky eye, whilst Smolder is actually a deep dark purple shade, although this swatch doesn’t show that too much. This is so great for creating a dark eye look with a twist. One thing you’ll notice about the last 3 shades is that they’ve balled up a bit at the top. The darker shades are more pigmented, but I would say they’re also more powdery. I don’t think this is too detrimental, but it is something that surprised me. I’m so used to Urban Decay eyeshadows being totally top quality, so I didn’t expect this. Overall though, they’re gorgeous shades and you don’t really get fall out when applying, just make sure to tap your brush off first.
[L-R: Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen]
Finally, on to the mattes! I was happy to see these in the new Naked palette, as the others tend to be swamped by glitter. Password and Whiskey are both great crease/transition shades, with Password being the more purple-toned of the two. Whiskey I find is fantastic smudged under the eye. Combust doesn’t swatch fantastically, and I actually find it a difficult shade to work with, but it will always work as a base shade. Thirteen is basically a matte white, great as a base shade, creating an ombre eye, and even as a non-shimmery inner corner highlight.
Overall, this palette is even more usable than I thought it would be. It’s so pretty anyway, and I love a good smoky eye, but actually you can create really wearable, work-suitable looks super quickly, and with only the brush it comes with. A must for smoky eye lovers, but a must for any eyeshadow wearer too!