Right off the bat I will say that the packaging is gorgeous. I was surprised at just how pretty it is in person with the floating smokey effect is, and the magnet closure is nice and strong and secure. The mirror spans the entire width of the lid, which folds all the way back if needed, but stands up on its own as well. Well done, Urban Decay!
|Wearing Thirteen on the brow bone, Combust as a transition, Password mixed with Dagger in the crease, High patted on the lid, Black Market along the lash lines, and 24/7 Pencil in Sabbath in the waterline and tightline.|
The palette has a strong blue-grey theme for half the shadows, which again had me concerned (blue isn’t something I work with often unless navy liner, which I adore) but I am happy to report that these are all really wearable, dare I say sophisticated blues. With a dark charcoal-navy, a steel grey-blue and muted bluish plum as the deepest shades in the palette, and a warmer blued grey satin, I really think there is something for everyone. I decided to try out the blue based shadows in the palette for the look shown here, and am thrilled with how incredibly green my eyes look!
For those who don’t love blue, there is some fabulous neutrals in here, after all this is one of Urban Decay’s money makers! I am so happy to see that Dirty Sweet is a gorgeous pigmented rose gold (where Naked 3 dropped the ball for me) and Radar a nice mid tone bronze. These shades both carry some warmth which keeps the palette from being too cool toned.
As one might expect, the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette comes with a double ended brush – and this one is decent! I am actually really enjoying the shorter pencil brush end, which is very soft and integral to a smokey look. The other end is a larger blending brush, which I find a bit stiffer than I’d like for applying colour, but works really well for that last final blend step that gives your look that airbrushed finish.
So I guess what I am getting to, is that Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky Palette is a win for me, which is a surprise and I love when products totally blow my expectations out of the water! I really couldn’t find a dud pigment or application wise, which has me thinking this is one of the better ‘Naked’ palettes since the original first dropped!
Have you tried this palette yet? What do you think about the shade selection?