Wednesday, June 3, 2015

REVIEW & SWATCHES: Urban Decay NAKED SMOKY Palette


I've got to say, today's review was a definite freak-out-moment product for me. I was completely unprepared for the next sibling from Urban Decay's NAKED clan to have appeared already (If you want a full side by side, here's my comparison of the past 3.) and she's just as lovely as her predecessors. I'm talking about UD's NAKED SMOKY Palette.

Let's let that sink in. An entire smoky palette.

Yes, we've seen some smoky companions in the past like the Smoked Palette but Naked Smoky has every piece you need for the perfect smoky eye including a stellar highlight shade, a few shimmers to make the lid pop, and a plethora of sexy smoky colors so you can create a proper variety of smoky eyes and everyday looks alike.

Now, I'm a bit biased. I always use a darker shadow even on my less-makeup days due to my monolid eyes so I'm constantly on the lookout for browns, grays, and blacks that will go on properly opaque and true to the pan.

Drumroll, please...

THE PACKAGE



Naked Smoky comes in plastic packaging similar to the Electric Palette (my review) but amplified by a beautiful translucent brown case with a smoke print on the cover. It's drool-worthy and looks even sexier in person.


Inside, there is a full-sized mirror as well as 12 eyeshadows and a dual-ended brush.

One side is a blending fluffy brush while the other end is a shorter, more compact pencil brush that is sized well for adding depth to a smoky eye. I prefer this to the dual-ended brush in Naked 3 since I have small lids and need that precise application.



First 4 shadows: Shimmery with hints of glitter/high sheen (highlight & pops of shimmer shades)


Second 4 shadows: Satin with no glitter (1 shimmer, 3 smoky shades)


Last 4 shadows: Buttery mattes (2 smoky shades, 1 transition, 1 highlight shade)


SWATCHES

High / Dirtysweet / Radar / Armor / Slanted / Dagger / Black Market / Smolder / Password / Whiskey / Combust / Thirteen

High
light pinky shimmer with microglitter

Dirtysweet
metallic tan (really pops!)

Radar
warm medium brown (also in Vice 2. I personally like this as a transition shade)

Armor
Glittery silver-taupe (also in Vice)

Slanted
silver-gray satin

Dagger
cool-toned charcoal satin

Black Market
black satin (also in Vice. UGHHHH, I LOVE this black!)

Smolder
deep plum satin

Password
deep lavender-taupe matte

Whiskey
chocolate brown matte (similar shade as one of my fav 24/7 pencils!)

Combust
pale beigey-pink matte (a good transition shade for medium-to-light skintones)

Thirteen
buttery ivory matte (almost satiny. really lovely browbone highlight)

THE LOWDOWN

Overall, I am seriously stoked about the Naked Smoky Palette. It's not overwhelming with glitters (only Armor gave me fallout) and it has a really nice balance of warm and cool shadows that should flatter anyone. The black is as smooth and dark as I'd hope for it to be, and the highlight is a wonderful shade to work with all looks.

Honest to goodness, this is my favorite Naked since the good 'ole Original which worked so well with my warm skintone! I can't wait to play around with the various shades a bit more to see what range of looks I can get, but so far I've been nothing but elated! Let me know if you'd like to see a smoky eye tutorial using the palette. :)

Naked Smoky will be available July 8th on Urbandecay.com while other retailers like Sephora and Ulta will likely come soon thereafter.

Readers, what are your thoughts on the Smoky release? Will you be picking up the Naked Smoky Palette? Share in the comments!

Disclaimer: This post contains product provided by the company's PR for consideration. For more information please see my review policy.  



49 comments:

  1. CANT WAIT!!!!!!!! The packaging is on point!! So stoked!

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  2. The package is extremely gorgeous, I really like it, for sure I think I prefer this one as my Naked 2. But the shadows color aren't my favorites at all, a little bit of too dark for me.
    Thanks for your review / swatch, the very first I saw!

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  3. Ughh, soo drool worthy! Kinda wish there was a matte black, but that black market is pretty stunning! Can't wait to play with this in stores when it comes out! Thanks for sharing !! =)

    www.kfclovesyou.com

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    1. In my experience, this satiny black goes on sooo much smoother than matte black (from any company, not just UD), but I do prefer the visual texture of matte too. Wish science could magically make a buttery matte black!

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    2. I'm sure science will make it happen one day, or it's already out there but yet to be discovered! Haha >.<

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  4. cant wait to have this in my collection! so beautiful :)

    Annie | DrugstoreDreamer

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  5. Definitely would like to see a tutorial, or maybe two, using this palette.
    Also, if you could only pick one, would you choose the original Naked, or this one? I have a similar skin tone to you and I need to pick one.

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    1. If you don't have either, I would recommend the original only because it has a lot of fabulous everyday "safe" shades like golds and coppers for simple looks but it IS missing a really dark black for a smoky look. If you prefer more dramatic looks most days then go for Smoky!

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  6. omg I am too excited about this!! The shades are so gorgeous - need to have my hands on this asap!

    XO
    VanityPear

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  7. Ahhhh another Naked palette! My wallet can't handle this! lol. I think it looks lovely, but I'm personally not going to pick it up; I've got a ton of colors in my collection that are just too similar, so I can't really justify getting a whole other palette. XD

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  8. the colours look amazing !! <3

    Lauren xx | laurlauu

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  9. It looks AMAZING. Tutorial please!!

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  10. I JUST bought Naked 1 and 3 and was lamenting that there are no great purple shades (I have green eyes and love a good purple) and then this announcement rocked my world! Can't wait for the release!

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    1. This palette would be perfect for green eyes! The purple in this palette is gorgeous and I've always said that olive green and purple are the most neutral & wearable of eyeshadow colors out there. ;)

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  11. Tutorial on Youtube Please :) Video Review too :)

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  12. Would love to see a tutorial, or maybe even several? Great review and great pictures, Jen!

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  13. I'm definitely getting this palette! I can't wait! Yes, please do a tutorial... I really like your tutorials and it seems like you haven't done as many recently.

    Thank you for the review and sneak peek into this gorgeous palette!

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  14. Would love to see a tutorial with this palette! :) And aaah can't wait to get my hands on it!

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  15. Thank you for the lovely swatches and review as always, Jen! The mattes look especially beautiful and buttery! Will you be doing a video tutorial with this palette?

    Pauline | Catpacking

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  16. I always love your review swatches on your blog, Jen. I got naked 3 and vice 3 but I think I also need this bad guy :)

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  17. Yes!!! Definitely post a tutorial, I love watching your videos particularly because have monolids that also change depending on my eyelid's "mood". I would also love if you could do like a makeup collection video, it would be awesome if you did one if u had time? 😊❤️ Which pallet would you recommend for dark skin tone? (My skin gets really tan and some colors don't show up on my skin... 😕)

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  18. The packaging is so beautiful! Unfortunately, these are not my colors. I will stay with my Naked 1 and favourite 3 :)

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    1. The colors are very pretty, but I agree with you on this one. I am not into smoky eye looks for me. I always look like I am sick or drained when I use darker colors. Even dark browns are too harsh for me. I would love to have a make up artist maybe try doing a smoky eye look on me. Maybe it is just me that isn't blending the colors enough, but then again, not every look is for every person either.

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    2. 3 is definitely the perfect palette for those who don't like a smoky as much! It was an unexpected favorite of mine. LOVE the pinky, shimmery tones for warming up the eyes!

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  19. This palette looks amazing! Perfect staple shades~

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE

    ~

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  20. This looks awesome! Yes to the tutorials, I have monolids too and use your tutorials frequently! Please keep them coming!

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  21. All the shades look great but my favourite has got to be Dagger. I can't wait to see this palette in person!

    www.n-hyc.com

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  22. Already can't wait to get my hands on this! I have all of the Naked palettes already and I can't not get this too :)
    XO Janina
    http://janinafran.blogspot.ca

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  23. This palette looks amazing! I've always been into the smoky eyeshadow look, so I know this is a must have! can't wait to get my hands on it >:) hahah!

    www.trulyvonne.blogspot.com.au

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  24. Amazing post and swatches look awesome! The excitement for new Naked palette is comparable to excitement when there is new Apple product. I am in love with these shades and packaging looks gorgeus too

    sparklygoddess.blogspot.com

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    1. Ahhh, thank you so much!!! And I am exactly the same way. The new Naked palettes induced a few squeals that even my new iphone didn't get. XD

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  25. The palette looks awesome!! Hopefully Sephora will stock them in soon in Australia otherwise, I might just have to make a trip to the US haha

    Kerri @ Beauty & Things

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  26. The colors are fabulous! Urban Decay's my absolute favorite brand for eyeshadows. I've tried the different shades of brown - Dark Horse, Toasted, YDK, Midnight cowboy, etc. Bought a palette a long time ago, but now switching to buying individual shades instead. But I never seem to be able to finish using my eyeshadow! I can't even tell you have monolids - your eyes look so bright and pretty! Any tips on what colors to use for creating a natural smoky eye?

    sartorialisttoujours.wordpress.com

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    1. My typical smoky eye routine is 1) creamy base like a pencil eyeliner, 2) dark shadow on lid, 3) blending shade to transition to "skin color." As long as you have a good transition shade, any dark color on the lid should work!

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    2. Thanks, Jen. :) In your tutorial, I saw that you use liquid eyeliner as the last step, no? I usually apply eyeshadow then liquid eyeliner as pencil eyeliner tends to smudge for me since I have oily lids. In your opinion, is it redundant to use both pencil and liquid eyeliner? I am thinking of trying the Dior eyeliner you recommended. Also, for someone with fair complexion, how do you think grayish tones would work? I find that brownish tones work better for me since I have fair skin.

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  27. Gorgeous palette! I've been the greatest fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows for the longest time. I used to own an early series of palette (not Naked) but I can never seem to finish using the colors. Now I always buy individual colors instead. I can't tell at all that you have monolids. Your eyes look so refreshed and bright! Do you have any recommendation as to what shades to mix when it comes to creating a natural smoky eye effect?

    https://sartorialisttoujours.wordpress.com/

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  28. Which palette would you recommend for someone with a tan/brown skin tone + dark brown eyes? Thank you ^_^ ♥

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    1. I think any of the Naked Palettes (other than Naked 3 which is more light, shimmery colors) would be great on darker skintones! Naked Smoky will definitely have a lot of deeper shades to really make dark eyes pop!

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  29. That is indeed drool worthy! I wish they would have Sephora at where I live so I don't have to go online to buy it. Hate the overpriced shipping charges!

    Anyway very detailed review Jen :)

    http://sakurasbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  30. Ohhh, so awesome Jen! Thank you for the swatches~

    http://toomanybiases.blogspot.pt

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  31. Amaaazing post!! The swatches look really good :~) It gets me even more excited to try them out! I'll most likely be waiting for online sales, but I'll still be excited no matter how long I wait! ;)

    http://voguehawaiinei.blogspot.com/

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  32. Please help me!! It's emergency..im about to buy naked palette..but in really undecision mood..its really is a tough decision to make..

    I own naked 2 palette..n about to buy my 2nd naked palette..my skin tone is about the same with u..

    So here is my problem..i love the pinky rose color that naked 3 has..but it's just has pinky combination, in other hand naked smoky has richer combination color (blue grey purple also pink)..but i also need some pinky color which naked smoky doesnt have..

    N i just have enough money to buy 1 palette..what shoudl i do? Which palette should i buy? For now my decision is naked smoky..buy still not sure yet T.T

    Please help!!!

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  33. Hi Jen,
    I just watched your video tutorial on Smokey Pallette, and a whole loads of your other videos on eye makeup in order to get information on eye make up brushes. I've been using eye brushes in the Sigma travel kit as you recommended for a few years and I'm looking for more precise brushes now. Your last video on favorite make up brushes was from 2012. Can you let me know the brushes you are currently using for eye make up? The ones in the video. Thanks a lot! Also I want to thank you because your tutorials have changed how someone with monolids like me become confident in photos and at parties!

    C

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  34. Hi Jen
    Can you please share the eye make up brushes that you used in the Smokey palette video? I've been using the Sigma travel kit brushes that you recommended for beginners and also watched your other videos on eye make up to try to get more information. Thank you so much for helping!

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  35. Hi, does anyone know why my naked original and naked 2 palette shadow pots will have little bumps show up? I bought these at sephora and in a drier climate these never showed up, but I moved to Asia and live in the tropics now and just one swipe of the color with my brush and little bumps show up. They are so unsightly and I think makes for uneven color pick up as well. Hope someone has answers.. thanks!

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  36. This was so helpful, thank you!

    Lisa | lisawoodbeauty.com

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