Naked Smoky Palette

Three weeks ago I attended a fabulous event in Urban Decay Waterford where I was introduced to their new products. You can read all about it here. Following the event I was treated to the Naked Smoky palette by a very dear friend. I was excited to receive the palette and I absolutely love it. I never imagine I could love an eyeshadow palette so much. Naked smoky comes in a plastic packaging which has a smoked effect on the case. It looks very luxurious and expensive. When you open it you are greeted by 12 lovely eyeshadows and a full sized mirror and a dual ended brush. One side is a fluffy brush and the other is a slim tapered brush for detail. 

This is a palette with a beautiful array of neutral yet deep eyeshadows that can bring you from night to day so easily. I have yet to see a palette which can create a smokey eye so easily. If you are a little unsure about whether you need this palette or not let me enlighten you further. Let me share a few thoughts and of course swatches with you. 

The palette is now available on all Urban Decay counters provided it is in stock as it is been snapped up everywhere. As you can see it comes presented within a plastic case which features a striking "floating smoke" print. This case is durable yet lightweight(ideal for travel). Unlike the old palettes, the Smoky palette contains a step by step guide for various looks which is easy to follow and a great source of inspiration. I think one of the major selling points of UD Smoky is that it features an equal proportion of warm and cool shades, as well as matte, shimmer and glitter finishes. From first glance it does appear to be a deep nighttime palette but if you look a little closer some of the shades are light and not far from some of the shadows in Naked Basics, 1 or 2. Value wise Smoky offers you the most for your Euro, day , night, sculpted and barely there looks are all achievable with this palette. It really is a safe investment. 

As to be expected the formulation of all twelve shades are good to great. The shadows are well pigmented, easy to apply and blend, soft and long wearing. The brush is a hit, a duo ended soft synthetic brush that has been especially designed to help with blending and smoking out the shadows. I would purchase another of these brushes if possible it is that good.

The 12  shadows in detail: 

High : (champagne/pinky shimmer with microglitter)

Dirtysweet : (medium brown/tan metallic shade, this really pops)

Radar : (metallic taupe/medium brown with micro glitter- excellent as a transition shade)

Armor :  (metallic glittery silver taupe with sparkle -also in Vice)

Slanted : (light metallic grey)

Dagger :  (medium charcoal with micro shimmer)

Black Market :  (jet black satin -also in Vice)

Smolder :  (deep plum sating/taupe)

Password :  (deep lavender matte)

Whiskey :  ( rich chocolate brown matte)

Combust  : ( soft pink/pale beige matte- good transition shade for light skintones)

Thirteen :  (light beige/ivory matte)

First 6 Shadows : Shimmery with hints of glitter/high sheen (highlight & shimmer shades), 1 smoky shade

Last 6 shadows : Buttery mattes ( 4 Smoky shades, 1 transition, 1 highlight shade)

The Smoky Palette will be a sell out, it has a broad range of shades and undertones to allow to cater for all complexions. Overall I am seriously stoked about this, it's not overwhelming and it has a really nice balance of warm and cool shades. This is my favourite Naked since the good ole Original. It retails at €46 and it is a palette you all need. I hope i have eased any nerves or doubts anyone had about using it. Below are some looks I have done using this palette. 

Let me know what you think!

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