Hey beauties, Today I wanted to do a quick review for you guys on the Urban Decay Naked smoky palette. First I want to disclose that I purchased this palette and I do love urban decay as a brand I have many products that I use daily by them but this won’t be one of them.
Let’s start by saying I am a bit of an eye shadow snob in some ways because I have some amazing palettes that are on the pricey side but perform phenomenally so your opinion may differ from mine. I know from reading other reviews and people asking me to review this that a lot of you like this palette. Also, I did receive the palette with the color combust that was broken.
This palette in true urban decay standard has great packaging which is very sturdy and well thought out. in the smoky palette, you get 12 shadows which is a mixture of shimmers and mattes. You also get a great blending double-ended brush which just might be my favorite part of this palette.
The color range is good, I enjoy palettes that have both day and nighttime shades to add versatility. Now, let’s talk about the good things, the negative, and the ugly, too. The first area of issues is talc, a lot of shadows and powders do contain talc as a personal preference it’s not my fav but in this industry, it’s somewhat unavoidable. One thing I did like is that inside the box they do give you 4 look inspirations for those who are looking to try something new I think this is a great touch. On to the color, as I said I enjoyed the range of colors but getting that level of pigment is not an easy task.
The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review
The bad and the ugly, I am not a fan of the level of pigment in this palette I find you have to layer and build the colors and this takes more time than I care for. I don’t like that the colors that look dark in the palette end up being a lot lighter when worn which doesn’t give the desired effect in my opinion. I think this palette is ok for your average makeup lover but as a professional, this is not something I like or would purchase again. I was very disappointed in this palette because I have had love affairs with other shadow palettes from urban decay. I found the mattes to be extremely chalky and no matter which primer I used I could not get the color payout I was looking for.
The Urban Decay Smoky palette is reasonably priced in my opinion ($66 CDN ). As far as many of their other palettes are concerned but this one I think is overpriced for the payoff you are getting. All in all, I give this palette a 5 out of 10. I love the packaging and the colors but this one no matter how pretty just doesn’t deliver. I’ve listed my pros and cons below.
- Great looking palette
- Love the brush that comes with it
- Makeup inspiration booklet
- Color range
- Price ($66 CDN or USD 54)
- Wear ability
- Takes a lot of building to get color pay off
- Broken when I got it
As I said this palette is fine for the average beauty lover but for my taste and what I look at professionally this palette did nothing for me. I was excited to try it and I was very disappointed when I did. As I stated before I love the brand and many other products they have been my favourites but this one just doesn’t even feel like urban decay in my opinion. The only colors I did find work were high, dirty sweet, slanted, and dagger. I hope this review has helped you guys and stay tuned for my final holiday look this week and my upcoming Giveaway!!