So yeah, I wasn’t even planning on owning the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette (UK* / Ire*) nor was I excited for it. I wouldn’t go as far as saying I was underwhelmed, I mean it looked like a pretty palette…but also one of so many warm toned eyeshadow palettes on the market right now (most of which I already own!) and it just didn’t really excite me! I would have had a post up about this ages ago had I known what I know now and if I’d bothered to pick it up, play and get it on my eyeballs sooner!
I’ve used most of UD’s Naked Palettes in the past and definitely think they improve the newer the palette. Even though there’s been so much hype (especially on YouTube and social media) for what seems like forever surrounding the first 2 Naked palettes, I was way more in to my MAC shadows along with others to even give them a second glance. I also wasn’t a fan of the sheer amount of samey shimmer shades in them. Similar to the Naked 3 and Naked Smoky actually, but with those I found the textures/ finishes were a bit more varied and the range of shades were just way more appealing/ versatile! I really liked the Naked Basics, Naked2 Basics and Naked Ultimate Basics palettes…great quality mattes in each, pigmented, blendable and great essentials to have as part of your makeup kit however pretty boring as stand alone palettes.
Anyway, along came the recently released Naked Heat palette…I finally gave in, gave it a swatch and it’s safe to say the hype is real and I absolutely should have picked this up before! UD are a bit late to the warm palette party, but I feel like they’ve really upped their game with this one especially in terms of the quality of the shadows themselves. The formula’s definitely been tweaked, the Naked Heat blends like no other UD eyeshadow palette, Naked or otherwise!
Peep that packaging! I’ll hand it to UD, it’s pretty in eye-catching shades of amber and rich red which does give off that Heat vibe. I really like how this is in the similar sturdy, but lightweight plastic packaging to the Naked Smoky…way sleeker and more expensive feeling than the 3 OG Naked palettes. The mirror is a pretty decent one as is the included dual ended synthetic brush, but as I’ve mentioned with other palettes, I personally don’t tend to use either but at least you have the option there. It has the Naked traditional 12 shadows…all new shades, shimmers, mattes and metallics in rich shades of amber, brown, burnt orange and deep red. Let’s take a closer look inside and at the shades…
L – R
➕ Ounce – ivory shimmer
➕ Chaser – light nude matte
➕ Sauced – soft terracotta matte
➕ Low Blow – brown matte
➕ Lumber – copper shimmer with a gold pearl shift
➕ He Devil – burnt red matte
➕ Dirty Talk – metallic burnt red
➕ Scorched – metallic deep red with gold micro shimmer
➕ Cayenne – deep terracotta matte
➕ En Fuego – burgundy matte
➕ Ashes – deep reddish brown matte
➕ Ember – deep metallic copper burgundy
…and here are the swatches!
Another reason I hesitated with this is that there looked to be quite a few shades that were really similar (those 4 middle shades mainly!). They’re obviously from the same shade family and are designed to work together after all, but I feel they are pretty different when swatched and actually applied to your eye. The shades do remind me a lot of the Morphe 35O* and 35OS* but as much as I do really like the Morphe palettes, they’re huge and not exactly compact for travel, so this would be a great more portable alternative. UD is a cruelty free brand so this palette is too, although not Vegan that I’m aware of (please let me know if I’m wrong). Even though I have so many warm palettes and shadows already (I’m sure many of you are the same), I feel the Naked Heat is still a worthy addition to your makeup collection. Even more so if you’re just starting out in makeup or don’t own many warm toned shadows already!
Super smooth shadows and definitely buildable allowing anywhere from quick easy daytime to full smokey glam. Beautifully blendable and layer well over each other and other products (liners etc)…none of the 3 textures in this palette are a miss for me. The mattes are highly pigmented but easy to control, metallics and shimmers give intense colour payoff applied wet or dry…minimal to no fall out with all of these shadows too. I’ve been applying them over my usual UD Primer Potion (I set that with a nude shadow too and do this regardless of the brand of eyeshadow/ palette) and the shades stay on and stay looking vibrant all day. I’m pretty damn impressed Urban Decay! I was kind of over the whole Naked Palette thing, but this one’s very much sparked my interest again! Yes it’s another palette of warm neutrals, but I’m really enjoying using it you can create so many different looks with it. I’ll be posting any looks I do on my Instagram as always so keep an eye out for those, I’ll stick some of my faves so far in bellow. The Urban Decay Naked Heat is a really good one to flatter any eye colour and for all abilities to use/ get the hang of unlike some of the more temperamental palette releases (I see you ABH Subculture!) of the moment, ha ha. Do you own Naked Heat yet and how are you finding it? Let me know in the comments.