Sunday, 4 March 2018

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette - The Perfect Palette for Smokey Eyes?

If there's one thing we can all agree on, it's how iconic Urban Decay's Naked palettes are. I feel like it's basically a right of passage into the beauty world, to get your hands on one of these. I actually purchased my first palette (Urban Decay Naked 2) when I was about 19, so was pretty late to the game by today's beauty standards! But I was over the moon, and like everyone else, obsessed with the beautiful golden shade, Half Baked.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette - Review & Swatches - The Best Palette for Creating a Smokey Eye Look

Then last Christmas, I was lucky enough to be gifted Urban Decay's Smoky palette from my Mum (shoutout to her for feeding my palette addiction). A daring combination of dramatic shades, the Smoky palette is definitely way overdue on my blogging to-do list.

With dark brown hair that people often mistake for black and pale skin (particularly during the winter months where the sun at!?) my colourings were never really such that suited a smokey eye. I looked more like I was going through an emo phase, instead of attaining the edgy-glam look I longed for. In truth, it was probably down to my amature application of the shades, opting for the harsh black colours and heavy liner I saw everyone using in my teens. But since learning how to properly apply and blend out my shadows, a smokey eye has become my night out staple.

A spectrum of dusky shades, ranging from soft browns and greys, through to contrasting charcoals and nudes, it would be crime if the aptly named Smoky palette didn't incorporate everything needed to create the perfect eyeshadow look (my swatches below really don't do them justice).

The shades are as follows: 

Black Market

For me, the star of the palette has to be DirtySweet, it's like a warmer, honey version of Half Baked and just so gorgeous. In fact the glittery shades in any Naked palette never disappoint. I've had compliments even at the hairdressers when I was looking like a drowned rat in the sink about DirtySweet. So that'll give you some indication of the glowing power of these shadows!

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette - Review & Swatches - The Best Palette for Creating a Smokey Eye Look

The matte shades don't set my world on fire because I'm personally all about the shimmer, but are a must when creating contrasting highlights, and transitioning on the creases. Every shade is wonderfully pigmented, and like my previous Naked 2 palette, doesn't budge once on. Because there's the perfect balance of matte and shimmer shades in both dramatic and subtle hues, this palette is great for taking away on weekends or for travel because it has a mix of shades for all occasions - a must when you're limited to hand luggage!

I have to take a moment to congratulate Urban Decay on the packaging of this palette too. Though the palette may be plastic, you could never think it looked cheap. The gorgeous smoked effect on the lid is so chic and classy, and reminds me of a cool-tone tortoise shell effect. Very glamorous on my dressing table.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette - Review & Swatches - The Best Palette for Creating a Smokey Eye Look

If you're after a palette specifically designed for creating a smokey eye look, then obviously this should be one of the first ones you consider. It's also a great all-rounder for anyone beginning to get into makeup, or just travelling around a lot, because of the versatile mix of shades. For me the main attraction of this palette, is the combination of warm and cool tones, whereas with Naked 1, 2 and 3, you've got to choose between which you'd prefer - just something to think about if you're stuck trying to choose just one!

Do you have a favourite Urban Decay palette? Let me know below!

Until next time..

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