When it comes to makeup, my all time favourite product is a good eyeshadow palette. In my opinion, nothing can beat a palette full of beautiful eyeshadows waiting to be used and blended to your hearts content. The amount of looks you’re able to achieve with a good palette is limitless and that’s probably why I’m a full-blown eyeshadow palette addict – and proud! So it will probably come to no surprise that today’s post is dedicated to the eyeshadow palette that I am loving right now, by one of my all time favourite brands, Urban Decay. And the palette I’m talking about? None other than the Naked Heat palette.
Consider me well and truly a member of the hype because I am obsessed with the new Urban Decay Naked Heat palette and I ain’t even sorry. Twelve shades of warm-toned and buttery soft eyeshadows? I think I’m in love. I should imagine that the blogosphere is going to be drowning in posts all about this palette, so I thought I’d jump in quickly with my take on this seasons most sought after beauty product.
Beauty lovers all around the world have adored the best selling Naked collection that Urban decay launched, and the sixth palette in the series, the Naked Heat, surpasses all expectations. It’s just so pretty!
I cannot tell you how excited I am to be writing this. As soon as I saw the pictures of the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette a few weeks ago, I knew I had to have it. Not just because I’m a slave to every eyeshadow palette that Urban Decay release, but also because the colours in the palette are totally stunning and right up my street. Warm tones are my thang.
The pre-release caused myself and many other beauty addicts a lot of stress last week, mostly down to the fact that it sold out in minutes the first time around. Luckily for me, within about half an hour of the first batch selling out, Urban Decay restocked. Which meant that most people trying to get hold of it, succeeded. And for those of you who didn’t, it officially launches online in the UK on July 27th.
The palette has 12 new shades inside which make for a striking edit of sunset-inspired colours. Taking an amber-hued slant this time around, it offers up a medley of browns, coppers, butterscotches, reds and siennas in its line-up. Warmer and richer, it provides a varied assortment of neutrals to experiment with in the summer months.
Finish-wise, the palette follows in the footsteps of its predecessors courtesy of its choice of shimmers and mattes designed to be used alone or to be layered on top of one another. From the matte red En Fuego to the glistening bronze Ember, cream-coloured Chaser to burnt orange He Devil, there is something to suit both day and night. The variation of colours is perfect because there is a good mix of matte and shimmer finishes, meaning this palette has everything you need to create sultry daytime looks, intense smoky night-time looks and everything in between. I counted 8 mattes and 4 shimmers, which works quite well because as I’ve been playing around with these, I believe that Urban Decay have nailed the finish ratio. It’s not shimmer overkill and the mattes are all subtly different, too.
HOW IT MEASURES UP
Providing the high colour payoff that the series has become famous for, the shadows brush on smoothly and layer very well with mattes and shimmers mixing with ease for creating extra depth and dimension.
So these are the shades:
Ounce – Very pale ivory (matte)
Chaser – Light nude (matte)
Sauced – Soft terra-cotta (matte)
Low Blow – Pale latte/brown shade (matte)
Lumbre – Copper w/gold pearl shift (shimmer)
He Devil – Burnt red (matte)
Dirty Talk – Metallic burnt red (shimmer)
Scorched – Metallic deep red w/ gold micro-shimmer (shimmer)
Cayenne – Deep terra-cotta (matte)
En Fuego – Burgundy/warm muted purple (matte)
Ashes – Deep reddish/brown (matte)
Ember – Deep metallic copper-burgundy (shimmer)
Despite its more fiery assortment of shades, the colours were actually much more wearable than I expected. While Naked palettes 1 & 2 are more universal in their appeal, this latest incarnation serves as a quick and easy way to step out of your eye look comfort zone. A little less niche than the rose-hued Naked 3, its distinct point of difference lies in the warmer twist it gives traditional neutrals. I would place it alongside the likes of my trusty Naked Smoky in terms of finish, effect and shade range – but it’s just that little bit more interesting.
Whether this palette is for a sizzling summer’s day or a balmy evening, to create a warm smoky eye or to add a tropical wash of colour, it makes for an easy yet effective way to add a quick pop of colour to your new season look. Plus, it’s golden vertical blind inspired box with a gorgeous two-toned sky poking through is certain to carry that summer feel good feeling well into the winter months too.
Have you ordered this for yourself – or do you intend to next month? What do you think of it?