Every edition of Urban Decay’s Naked palette takes the beauty community by storm, so perhaps it’s not all that surprising that the latest one made all beauty junkies go crazy too. What is interesting this time, however, is that unlike previous palettes that focus on wearable nude and taupe shades, the latest palette to join the Urban Decay Naked family is one that helps you achieve just about any smoky eyes look. Enter the Urban Decay Naked Smoky.
This was already launched in the other parts of the world and is finally coming to Singapore on 20 August. Buzzfeed previously did a story about it.
What’s the hype?
The palette comes with a look book that breaks down the steps to achieving sultry smoky eyes that usually seem complicated to get right. The palette comes with 12 shades (including nine never-before-seen shades) from matte to shimmer texture that are highly-blendable and is equipped with an exclusive high-quality double-ended brush that is designed for seamless blending.
The case is also gorgeous. It features a floating smoke effect that looks different on every palette (yes, this means that your palette is unique!) and has a magnetic closure so it will always be tightly shut while in your makeup bag, and you’ll never have any mishaps with it. On top of this, the full size mirror also adds tons of convenience to the experience.
Does it live up to the hype?
I was extremely excited when I got hold of one palette before the rest of Singapore. The palette looks beautiful (the kind that would make any beauty junkie smile to herself just staring at it). Swatching it for an Instagram post, I notice that most of them are highly-pigmented and have velvety textures that you know are going to apply beautifully on the eyelids.
I tried the colours on my eyelids. I used Combust as the shade to highlight my brow bones, and notice how seamless it blends into my skin tone. I like how it makes that area appear more rosy, but is very natural-looking. However, this effect probably won’t be the same for someone with a darker skin tone. I used High as my base colour and absolutely love the subtle shimmer and how light reflects from it. This is a very versatile base colour for almost any look, and is pretty even on its own. The darker shade I used to “smoke” the look is Armor.
The photos above should give you an idea of how the light reflects off these eyeshadow at different angles.
These rather neutral shimmer shadows on the palette offers very easy-to-use colours that are good for everyday wear. I like that it gives more option than the glamorous and sultry smoky eye looks that are usually more suitable for evening events. A lot of these colours can definitely been worn in the day, as you can tell from the look that I created.
This is definitely the palette to go for if 1. You have collected all other Naked palettes and absolutely need this in your life 2. You are looking for a palette that has colours that you can use to create both day and night looks 3. You want highly-pigmented eyeshadows to create strong looks that are still very wearable.
The Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette retails at SGD83 and will be available at Sephora stores from 20 August.