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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review

Today is the day, the day in which the eagerly awaited Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette goes online for sale within the UK. A beautiful array of deep yet neutral eyeshadows that will easily take you from day to night with ease, all encased within a visually stunning case. No other palette out there in my opinion quite makes creating a smoky eye as easy as this does. If you are on the fence (and I don't blame you, the Naked launches have been thick and fast) about the newest Urban Decay launch, or simply need a little more persuasion let me share a few thoughts on Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette and of course swatches too.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review

So yes Urban Decay Naked Smoky is now on sale via Urban Decay, it will then go on counter the 1st of August within the UK should you want to see it in person before coming to a decision. As you can see Naked Smoky comes presented within a plastic case that features a rather visually striking "floating smoke" print, I find it embodies both the theme and shades of this palette wonderfully. In my opinion this is the best Urban Decay Naked packaging to date; the case is durable yet lightweight (ideal for travel as is the brush), as an added bonus it contains not only a large full sized mirror but also a duo ended blending brush. The concept of the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette is of course to allow the creation of smoky, vampy eye make up not only achievable from one kit but easy. Unlike past Naked launches, Smoky contains a step by step guide for various looks, which is easy to follow and a great source of inspiration.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review

In my opinion one of the major selling points of Urban Decay Smoky is that it features an equal proportion of warm and cool shades, as well as matte, shimmer and glitter finishes. Initially this does appear to be a deep, evening ready kit but if you look closer a good few of the shades are light and not all that far removed from either of the Naked Basics Palettes nor Naked 1 or 2. In terms of value I would say that Smoky offers the most bang for your buck; day, night, sculpted and barely there eye looks are more than achievable with this palette - I consider it to be a do all, suit all array of eyeshadows and the one I would see as the safe investment.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review

As to be expected the formulation of all twelve shades within Urban Decay Smoky are good to great - the shadows are well pigmented on the whole (a few mattes are a little chalky), easy to apply and blend, soft (there is a little fall out, especially with the matte shades but I find that is the norm with all brands) and long wearing, more so if teamed with a primer. Surprisingly the brush included within the palette is a surprise hit, a duo ended soft, synthetic brush that has been especially designed to help with blending and of course smoking out the eyeshadows. I would happily purchase the brush as a standalone product - it is the good!

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review

The twelve shades within Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette are:

- High (champagne shimmer w/micro-glitter)
- Dirtysweet (medium bronze)
- Radar (metallic taupe w/iridescent micro-glitter)
- Armor (metallic silver-taupe w/tonal sparkle)
- Slanted (light metallic grey)
- Dagger (medium charcoal w/micro-shimmer)
- Black Market (jet-black satin)
- Smolder (deep plum-taupe)
- Password (cool taupe matte)
- Whiskey (rich brown matte)
- Combust (soft pink-taupe)
- Thirteen (light beige satin)

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review

As you may have noticed most of the shades are not re-promotes from previous Urban Decay Naked Palettes; rather Smoky contains nine never seen before eyeshadow shades and three palette exclusives too! The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette will undoubtedly be a sell out but in this instance I do feel it merits the success - as said above the broad range of shades and undertones allow this to cater to just about every complexion, age and eye make-up needs for that matter.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review

Now over to you; will you be purchasing this in the coming days or have you grown tired of the Naked franchise? Do you think there is room for a Naked 5 palette, if so what route would you like it to take? I'd love a jumbo, all matte palette but then again I am fairly boring when it comes to eyeshadow.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette £38 via Urban Decay - link.

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40 comments:

  1. Initially I wasn't all that excited for this palette. But whilst I've been awaiting it's release, I've fallen in love with the idea of getting my brush stuck in! I'm going to a UD event in covent garden next week so will be picking up the palette then. I can't wait!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  2. Omg I thought I wanted the first naked palette but I think I want this one now! All the colours are so perfect. Thank you for the swatches!

    Halestones // Starlight

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  3. Ahhh so pretty! :o

    Dorky-and-weird.blogspot.com

    Xoxo Jessy

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  4. Don't get the hype of the Naked palettes so continue to not get the hype with this one too. But you know me, I'm always going to prefer colour over neutrals. I got the UD Electric palette recently and I LOVE that one. Just a shame that the brand is now owned by L'Oreal.

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  5. I was not very excited about the palette until I swatched it the other day, I love that they put a good few matte shades in this one :)

    Alex | Pink Elephant Blog.

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  6. I too excited about this. I'm going to a launch event at my local Debenhams to get some tutorials on looks etc next week and I cannot wait! The only Naked palette I don't have is the first one but I'm not all that bothered as I get so much use out of all of the others (2,3 naked basics 1 & 2 and on the run.. can you say UD addict?!). I need it now!

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    1. Oh my gosh you need the first one! I have the same as you and I have gotten so much use out of Naked. It is my favourite of the them all. Haven't opened smoky yet so I dont know about that but I love it so much!!!

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    2. Oh my gosh you need the first one! I have the same as you and I have gotten so much use out of Naked. It is my favourite of the them all. Haven't opened smoky yet so I dont know about that but I love it so much!!!

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  7. So pretty! I really want to have it as soon as it will launch here in Germany.

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  8. I'm so excited to pick up this palette, it looks absolutely stunning!

    xo, Liz
    http://lipstickandconfetti.com

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  9. I second a jumbo all matte palette! I'm not going to buy this because it just doesn't have enough matte shades for me! It really is beautiful though and I love the packaging!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  10. I personally can not wait for this palette to be in my possession. It's totally up my street and the shade selection is just beautiful!

    Heather, PorcelainBeauty xx

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  11. Smoky palette will be my next purchase!!!! Everytime i see a new naked i'm really excited and i do the countdown!!!
    Ps your photos are beautiful!!

    G Line Make Up

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  12. Really reallllyyyy smokey but wow, the packaging is gorgeous!

    www.angerawrs.co.uk

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  13. Great post! I haven't tried ANY UD yet, but I think I will give it a go..
    I would love you to take a look at my blog too.... :)

    foolsuk.com

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  14. The shades are so pretty! I love the brush that comes with it too x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

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  15. I love the look of the shimmers, especially 'high'! And the packaging is so perfect x

    Zandra // AZTEC DOLL

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  16. I definitely was on the fence when I first heard about this coming out like do I need another from Urban Decay but the more I see this online the more I want and think it has a real difference from the others. Glad they have new shades in them will now be getting this!

    www.MyBeautySleuth.com

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  17. Amazing review and photos! I'll probably be the last person on the planet to own this palette :( xo

    Klaudia // klaudiam96.blogspot.com

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  18. This really appeals to me - for some reason I didn't think I'd like it but I do! The cool tones are so pretty.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

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  19. WOWOWOWOW the shadows look amazingly pigmented, loving the blues purples and greys!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  20. This palette looks so pretty, can't wait until I finally get an opportunity to buy it. I can already tell I am going to love it!

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  21. Love the look of this palette I'm so keep to have it! I've always found the UD matte shades very chalky too.

    Check out my latest post <3
    http://www.abigailalicex.com

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  22. It's a gorgeous palette, I love the design of the packaging!

    BlogbyAnja

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  23. This palette is so beautiful, I can't wait to order one! I've heard so many positive things about the Naked palettes - especially this one.

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  24. so pretty xx
    www.sparklethiscity.blogspot.com

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  25. This palette looks stunning!
    Love,
    Melle

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  26. Honestly, I love this idea and I definitely want to try this product out! I've been waiting so long for it to be available in the UK and these swatches make me want it even more! x

    http://whiteshirtchic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  27. I can't wait to give this a try. I have been getting into these sort of shades recently and I think they would look great in the A/W x

    www.pintsizedbeauty.com

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  28. I've never but any of the Naked palettes but they're ALWAYS on my wish list. I might just take the plunge because everyone always raves about them. Also, the brush that comes with this looks incredible!
    Michelle x
    michellegleaves.com

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  29. If I'm not mistaken, several of the shades are repeats from Vice palettes. I can't remember what other blogger mentioned this, it could have been Temptalia or Phyrra. Just somethin to keep in mind for those who have many UD palettes besides just the Naked line.

    I do still really love the selection in this, though. Your swatches are gorgeous.

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  30. Wow, so nice look, I want to have a try.
    http://www.usineok.com

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  31. While I am not a big smokey eye wearer, especially in the blacks and greys department, I really do love the look of this palette! It would be a dream for anyone who really doest love that look. x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  32. I haven't been that excited about this palette but reading this has made me see it in a different light, a fab overal palette and I agree with the brush! Xx
    Whispers From Angels

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  33. I love this palette! I wear a smoky eye everyday and love purple tones so I can't wait to get my hands on one :)xx

    Lissy | lissyslife.com

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  34. I really want to try this palette, I want to branch out and try out some smoky eye looks. Loved this post, very informative.

    Lee | www.wonderringg.blogspot.co.uk

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  35. I have so many UD palettes and just can't invest in another though the shades are so beautiful! xxx

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  36. I'm not sure the shades are quite right for me at the moment as they are a little dark but the palette is nonetheless beautiful. Can I ask where you got your long matches from? I've been looking for some for a while and haven't been able to find any.
    Megan x
    London Callings

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  37. I think the tones in this look too dark for me personally, but your swatches are beautiful!

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  38. I totally agree on the all matte palette!!! I am loving matte shades right now! I have just bought this palette and am so excited to try out the 4 matte shades! Beats the two in the last naked palette!!!

    www.keepcalmandblogoff.com/

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