Yes, I know this came out a few months ago. However, I never reviewed it. I did want to review it in time for the holidays because I think this would make a great holiday gift for those who love smoky eyes and who love Urban Decay eye shadow. The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette is one of their finest palettes. In this palette are 12 of the most beautiful smoky eyeshadows that give the loveliest smoky looks. I used this palette consistently for a month. I was that happy with it. In fact, I created so many looks with it that I almost did not want to stop using it. It is an incredible palette. Smoky eyes are really in for winter.
The 12 eyeshadows that come in the palette are as follows: High (champagne shimmer w/micro-glitter), Dirtysweet (medium bronze), Radar (metallic taupe w/iridescent micro-glitter), Armor (metallic silver-taupe w/tonal sparkle), Slanted (light metallic gray), Dagger (medium charcoal w/micro-shimmer), Black Market (jet-black satin), Smolder (deep plum-taupe), Password (cool taupe matte), Whiskey (rich brown matte), Combust (soft pink-taupe) and Thirteen (light beige satin). The shadows have Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System, so they are definitely extremely pigmented. They also have very little fallout. There is some, as happens with all eyeshadows and it tends to be with the darkest colors. That stinks because it is harder to deal with. The palette also comes with a double ended eyeshadow brush, that is of very good quality.
Here are swatches of the shadows so you can see how pigmented they are, Combust and Thirteen are on the end at the right and barely show up on my light, pale skin (especially Thirteen):
In the photos above I am wearing shadows from the Naked Smoky palette. First, in the photo on the left I am wearing Password in the crease then Dagger below that to deepen the crease and on the outer 1/3 of the upper lid. Then I used Black Market to line the lower lid. Combust in on the upper lid and Dirtysweet under the brow. In the second from the left, I am wearing then the second from the right I am wearing Smolder in the crease and Black Market just under that to transition. Black Market is used on the upper lid in the outer corner and also on the lower lid. Slanted is on the upper lid. Thirteen is under the brow. In the photo that is the second from the right I am wearing Slanted/Dagger mixed together in the crease. Smolder is on the lid and lining the lower lid. Under the brow I am wearing Dirtysweet. In the photo on the right I am wearing Whiskey in the crease, Black Market underneath to deepen the crease, and on the outer 1/3 of the upper lid and lined under eye, Radar on lid and High under the brow.
What is so nice about this palette is that all of the shadows are pigmented, even the lighter ones. They all have little fallout and they look fabulous on, no matter what the combination. There are only a couple of matte shades in the palette, but I think that is good. I think that the satin ones are better. And Black Market is not too dark but is a satin shade so it has depth, not just like a plain matte shade. When you do a smoky eye you want to have some depth to the shades, you want the colors to blend well together and these do that. Matte shades have a tendency not to blend so well but these do. Even the matte shades. All of these blend very well and they are smoking hot. All are very blendable shadows. They look gorgeous on any skin tone, whether it be someone as pale as I am to someone with a very dark complexion. That is the great thing about this palette.
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette retails for $54.00 and is available online at www.urbandecay.com, www.sephora,com, www.ulta.com, www.beauty.com, www.macys.com, and SEPHORA, Ulta and Macy’s stores.
Until Next Time~
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