Monday, June 26, 2017

Product Review -- Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

I'm not going to be coy about this -- I am pretty much head over heels in love with the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette.

So if you're looking for a post that talks you out of buying it, you're probably going to want to skip this one.

I know that there's been a lot of hype surrounding this, and warm, reddish-toned shadow palettes are really nothing new, but this one delivers in a pretty big way -- and is so beautiful that there was no way I could resist it.

It's definitely my favorite addition to the Naked collection since the Naked 2 Palette (and that's saying something because I've liked pretty much all of the Naked Palettes...)

The palette comes in a long rectangular compact that's made of sturdy plastic and has a pretty amber, red, and gold toned design. There is a good sized mirror inside that stays open without propping it up, so you could do your makeup in it if you were traveling.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
The palette also comes with a double-ended brush like all of the Naked Palettes. One end has a large flat shader brush, while the other end features a tapered crease style brush.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette brush
Inside, the palettes contains 12 shadows. The shades include: Ounce, a shimmery ivory; Chaser, a matte light nude; Sauced, a matte light terra cotta; Low Blow, a mid-tone matte brown; Lumbre, a shimmery copper; He Devil, a matte burnt red; Dirty Talk, a metallic burnt red; Scorched, a metallic deep red; Cayenne, a matte deep terra cotta; En Fuego, a matte burgundy; Ashes, a matte deep reddish brown; and Ember, a metallic copper burgundy.

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette 
I know that there was some controversy about the first swatches of this palette that showed up online, but in my experience, these are some of the best Urban Decay shadows that have come out in palette in a long time.

They are all extremely pigmented, smooth, and creamy. All the shadows blend well, including the mattes, which makes the palette easy to work with.

From l. to r.: Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low Blow

From l. to r.: Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty Talk, Scorched
From l. to r.: Cayenne, En Fueuo, Ashes, Ember
In particular, I'm obsessed with Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty Talk, Scorched, and En Fuego, though I've used all of the shades since I got it and I haven't been disappointed with a single one.

All that said, you have to really be into the color palette going on here for the Naked Heat to be worth it too.

More so than any other Naked Palette, this one contains all variations of a couple of shades -- copper and terracotta -- so if you aren't a fan, the palette is probably going to be a pretty huge disappointment.

Most of the shades are also mid-tone or darker, so if you have fair skin like me, the palette provides pretty bold looks. When I do looks exclusively from the palette, they're all fairly dramatic -- I've worn them during the day so it's not like they're totally out there but the contrast between the shades and my skin is pretty intense.

For softer, more subtle looks, I usually pull shadows out of the Naked Heat just for the crease or outer corner and use lighter shades from elsewhere to finish off the look.

If you have a medium or darker skin, though, I imagine that this palette will not only be stunning on you but pretty versatile too.

Bottom line?

If you love these kind of copper-y, reddish tones for your eyes, you'll love this palette.

If these kinds of shades don't float your eyeshadow boat, you'll be okay with passing.

Personally, I plan on rocking this bad boy all summer... and well into the fall.

The palette retails for $54, and is available at Urban Decay, Sephora, and Ulta.

Have you tried the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette? Which shades are your favorite?

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