I just got back from the glorious Adirondack mountains and feel absolutely recharged and zen. Now it’s time to finally write on this little old blog again with the much anticipated review of the URBAN DECAY NAKED SMOKY palette, the newest in the collection. I purchased this guy right when it came out and have been using it for the past couple weeks. I really wanted to test this product out before I reviewed it to give it a solid, balanced chance.
SO HERE’S WHAT I LOVE:
Urban decay is probably the most mainstream high-end beauty company around. Ask any 15 yr. old girl, and she might not of heard of Laura Mercier, but I guarentee she has probably heard or URBAN DECAY. I have owned every U.D palette, the first one I owned in high school and I can honestly say it helped start my obsession with high-end goods.
This palette is the definition of versatile. There are 12 amazingly blendable shades, both shimmer and matte (see below). You can use any combination of shades to create various looks from vampy, smoky eyes to natural, shimmery nude eyes. With each purchase, you also get a great little guide book for beginners that give you some ideas on what combinations work well if you’re not accustomed to such a thing.
This is a great representation of each shade, directly from the URBAN DECAY site:
What you see is what you get:
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).
These shades are nicely pigmented are truly work with every eye color. I’m planning on doing multiple looks off this palette in future blog posts, but for now, here is a simple swatch of the shadows:
Also, can we talk about the packaging? It’s GORGEOUS. Packaging, though not the MOST important, really does add to the overall product- they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover, but COME ON, we all do. Bad packaging automatically makes me like a product a little less.
SO… IS THERE ANYTHING I DON’T LIKE?
Well, not outwardly, but I will say between all 4 palettes in the NAKED URBAN DECAY collection, no one shadow sticks out as being drastically different. I’d say if you already have one or two of the U.D eyeshadow kits, you don’t necessarily need this one. All in all though, I truly do recommend this product if your’e looking for a change-up from the every day palette that only has a couple smoked- out shades available.
Like I said before, I’m looking to do many looks using this gem, so stay tuned! For now though, I’ll write to you lovelies later.