So last week was a pretty good week, mainly down to the fact that I got my hands on the brand new Urban Decay Naked Heat palette (omg!) from my local Debenhams store! I’ve been a huge fan of the Naked palette range since they launched seven – yes, SEVEN! – years ago and when I heard about the latest instalment I couldn’t wait for it to launch. I absolutely love red and copper tones as they go really well with my pale complexion and blue eyes, and for me they’re much more wearable than smokey shades.
I wanted to show you the palette up-close and let you know what my first impressions were, starting with the packaging. I think this has one of the most sturdy cases out of the Naked collection and is definitely a huge step up from the first edition of the palette with it’s brown velvet offering circa 2010. It feels well made and pretty good quality, and the snap shut mechanism is much better than previous versions, but I think compared to the likes of the Naked 3 in it’s metal casing, this doesn’t feel quite as premium. But hey, its only a small detail and a matter of personal preference, and we all know its what’s on the inside that counts here! Of course, the palette comes with the full width mirror and includes an eyeshadow brush as standard. Shade-wise, on first look, this is by far my favourite palette from all of the Urban Decay releases as I can see myself getting plenty of use out of more-or-less every single colour. In previous editions, there’s been 3 or 4 colours that I’ve gravitated towards, but the rest of the palette has mostly remained fairly untouched other than when I got a bit more experimental with make up on nights out or for special occasions. This one, however, is going to get plenty of use! Here’s the low down on the shades in the Naked Heat palette:
Ounce (Ivory Shimmer) – This is a lovely milky shade with the slightest shimmer, perfect for highlighting the brow bone and inner corners of the eye. I think I’ll get a lot of use out of this as its the perfect highlight shade on pale skin!
Chaser (Light Nude Matte) – I can see this shade being great for a wash over the whole lid prior to adding a more intense colour. Again, a great shade that I’ll be using a lot for a day-to-day look.
Sauced (Soft Terracotta Matte) – This is a colour that would look beautiful through the crease for a subtle everyday look thanks to its matte finish and versatile shade.
Low Blow (Brown Matte) – Very similar to sauced but a little on the darker side, this would again be great through the crease but I think this one would be more suited to darker skin tones. I’ve tried this one on my eyes and found it was more suited to my outer corners and on the lash line rather than over the lid.
Lumbre (Copper Shimmer with Gold Pearl Shift) – In my opinion, one of the prettiest shades in the whole palette! A super soft pale copper with a beautiful shimmer. Texture-wise, I need to have a proper play with this to see how the glittery texture holds up.
He Devil (Burnt Red Matte) – I think this is my favourite shade in the whole palette! This could be worn alone through the crease and softly blended out, or built up with other colours for a deep copper smokey look.
Dirty Talk (Metallic Burnt Red) – This shade is another beauty with a gorgeous metallic finish, and another I think I’m going to be using a lot. This would be beautiful applied along the lower lash line with a wet brush for metallic liner effect.
Scorched (Metallic Deep Red with Gold Micro-Shimmer) Kind of like a shimmery version of He Devil, this is a lovely shade but if any are going to produce any fall-down on to the cheeks or cause any irritation, I think this could be one of them! We shall see.
Cayenne (Deep Terracotta Matte) – This is lovely, don’t get me wrong, but I’m not sure I’ll get too much use from this shade as its probably a little too dark brown for me. The paler brown mattes are much more wearable on my skin tone.
En Fuego (Burgundy Matte) – I absolutely love this one, though I think it will be much more suited to the Winter months when a plum/burgundy smokey look would be far easier to pull off! Again, a lovely shade for the lash line to give the illusion of a soft liner.
Ashes (Deep Reddish-Brown Matte) – In the same way as En Fuego, I’m not sure I’d use this one much throughout the year as for me its a shade I’d associate more with Winter and Christmas for a deep, dramatic make up look. The copper tones are definitely more my thing, and this for me doesn’t really seem to fit with the theme.
Ember (Deep Metallic Copper-Burgundy) – This shade is beautiful and the perfect tone for me when it comes to creating a subtle yet smoked out look with a touch of shimmer. This will help to tone reds down whilst still keeping a copper tint.
Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette – Debenhams
I can’t wait to get stuck in with this palette and have a proper play with each of the shades. More often than not, I’ll be reaching for the matte shades but there are definitely a few metallics and shimmers that I’m going to be trying out as they’re just so stunning!
Overall, as far as first impressions go, I’m really impressed and so happy I picked this up. There’s a hell of a lot of hype surrounding this release, which always makes me a little apprehensive about the product, but I think the hype is well deserved. This is hands down my favourite from the Urban Decay Naked collection and I’m so pleased they have created something that is full of my favourite eyeshadow shades.
Let me know if you’ve managed to get hold of the palette and if you’ve reviewed it yet. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it too!
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