When I first read about Urban Decay’s impending release of yet another “Naked”-themed product, I must admit, even I — the self-proclaimed makeup addict (seriously, y’all, please don’t call the producers at My Strange Addiction on me, I’d love to be on TV, but not in that fashion) — rolled my eyes with chagrin and sighed. “Again!? Seriously??” were among my first thoughts, along with several other, possibly R-rated thoughts with the words ‘greedy,’ ‘ballsy,’ and ‘bastards’ tossed in around the thought of the product developers at Urban Decay. However, I did my duty as a beauty blogger and I hustled online to check if it was in available on the Sephora website. As soon as I saw it, I clicked the little (but awfully dangerous) “add to basket” button and checked out. I didn’t expect to like it, and quite frankly, I expected to want and/or feel the need to return it to my local Sephora as soon as it arrived on my doorstep…but then it did and my life changed forever.
Okay, okay, so it wasn’t quite that dramatic, but I have to say, testing and reviewing this product wasn’t quite as cookie cutter as I foresaw. The main thing to state about this eyeshadow palette adorned with 12 eyeshadows is — it’s different. It’s not your run-of-the-mill neutral eyeshadow palette, not by any means. I think that’s why it’s taken me so long to write about it on #BeautyBylaws, because I kept changing my mind on if this product is a ‘must-have’ or not. Well, I’ve definitely decided…which one do you think I landed on!?
Before I get into the verdict of my fun, little makeup trials, let’s first talk about the basics. This sultry addition to the Urban Decay Naked line has twelve cool-toned, darker than you’d expect eyeshadows. As per, the pigmentation and wear of the shades in this palette are exceptional, but I honestly expect that at this point from UD. Some are definitely easier, smoother and longer-wearing than, erhm, others (I’m looking at you, Armor and Password; why you gotta be so patchy!?), but overall, the shadows are their usual buttery texture and do not fade or crease when worn with eyeshadow primer.
What really threw me for a loop with this palette, though, is how dark and smoky (or if you’re basically any other beauty lover in the world, smok-ey ) these eyeshadows are. Urban Decay has done a great job at making this a versatile palette, both suitable for day and evening wear (or even day-to-evening), and for different skin-tones. For once, us women with darker, deeper complexions aren’t being forced to use ashy, bleach-toned ‘neutrals’ due to lack of choice in the palette, but my fair-toned ladies can also rock more than few of these shades, no matter the time of year.
Furthermore, with a nice selection of both super glittery and matte shades, this palette may be one of UD’s most versatile yet. Seriously, I’ve been able to wear the shades in this palette to work (Radar, you’re my fave — neutral, shimmery but never too much!), to fancy dinner parties, to the movies and practically everything in between. I even wore a mega-sultry eye look to a 70’s party I was invited to this summer (photos of said look are coming soon to a #BeautyBylaws near you :P), courtesy of this gorg palette.
BUT — but, unfortunately, there’s never a rainbow without a little rain; the brush that accompanies this palette truly, completely sucks. Let me clarify, it doesn’t suck if you only want to add colour into the crease and/or dramatize your look, but there’s no option for if you want to simply add a shade to your lids and be done with it. I do like the fact that I can add some dimension to my eye look with the left, more round brush and then blend or smoke out the colour with the right, fluffier brush of the pair, however, I think UD could have easily omitted one or the other; there’s just no point to having both.
Overall, I’m impressed with this palette. Though not your typical neutral or, ahem , sorry, Naked palette, this group of lovely shadows does something different for the consumer and therefore breaks the mould — it widens the fairly narrow range that we all know as neutral. These twelve shadows, while they might seem plain or boring on first glance, are actually quite the opposite, proving deep and mysterious when played with a little. I like that — I truly have a soft spot for any makeup item that can coerce me into believing that I simply need it, because, though I’m a makeup lover who finds most cosmetics appealing, I have more eyeshadows than high heaven probably allows and I’m becoming quite stubborn about what stays and what goes. I believe that eyeshadows should not just be pretty to look at, but they should be practical, easy to use and ready-to-wear for whatever occasion. Well, depending on how you see it, the good or bad thing is, Urban Decay’s sensual smoky palette does all of the above, with ease.
So, is it a must-have? Well, who am I to assume you do or do not need something in your life. What I will say, though, is this: chances are, if you’ve fallen prey to any of Urban Decay’s brilliant marketing tactics before, you have colours that could potentially be worn instead of these pretty powerful ones. Not exact dupes, but similar enough that the wise, responsible and financially stable champion that (sometimes) dwells inside of me would not encourage you to waste $64 CAD ($54 USD) on this product. Alas, this unmistakable palette does something that few “naked” palettes before have — and that is, offer true versatility. Therefore, regardless if you have or have not bought a single eyeshadow palette that Urban Decay has released prior to this palette or not, you could probably buy this palette alone and feel as if you have a piece of all of the “Naked’s” currently on the market. Yes, the warmth and simplicity of the first Naked palette, the cool elusiveness of the second and the glamorous, rosy charm of the third are somehow all captured in this one palette. Thus, you could easily save yourself some money and surpass all prior naked debauchery and hop and skip right up to this one. Sure, you might lose out on the light, simple “basic-ness” of the first few, but what those palettes lacked, this dear palette makes up with vigour. And, with a light, pretty and easy-to-carry case, one that’s more glamorous and beautiful than any of the other palettes by half, you’ll both look and feel like a makeup goddess when you use it. And who doesn’t like to feel like that!? #eyemakeuponfleek
So, now it’s your turn, what do you think of this palette? Have you already eagerly checked it out on the Sephora website, anxious to play with it for yourself? Or are you simply “over” the
marketing ploy charm that is Urban Decay Naked (and all it has to offer)? You know what to do… #typeytypey #thecommentsectionwantssomelove ♥
Until next time, lots of ♥ from #BBheadquarters,
*For more information on the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette, visit the Urban Decay website*
ps – let me know in the comments below if you’d like to see a comparison post with the other Naked palettes! 🙂