The beauty world has been rocked this month with news of a new Naked palette from Urban Decay. It’s over a year since the last Naked palette hit shelves and I’ve been eagerly awaiting a follow up. The -aptly named- Naked Heat palette is filled with coppers and amber toned warm shades. At first sight I loved the look of Naked Heat. These colours are some of my favourites to wear and I don’t yet have a palette in this style. I was able to nab one in an early bird release, so read on if you’re wondering if it lives up to the hype.
Buying & Shipping
A limited number of Naked Heat palettes were released earlier this week, on the Urban Decay website. As with previous Naked palettes, it cost £39.50 and qualified for free delivery. The official release date is not listed on the website anymore, but I understand it to be the 30th June.
The palette arrived in this gigantic box. I’m normally not a fan of excessive packaging but it’s a strong box with a magnetic close which I will use for storage.
The packaging is made from plastic and quite heavy. I much prefer this type of casing to the earlier velvet or metal, which I find gets damaged over time. This casing is very similar to that of the Naked Smoky palette. As with the other Naked palettes, there’s a decent mirror inside and a brush was included.
The brush is a double-ended blending brush made with synthetic fibres. I like the Urban Decay brushes which have been included in previous palettes and do use them.
Inner eye highlight and transition shades make up the first four eyeshadows. Followed by the shimmers with four darker depth shades on the end. It’s easy to see how you could create multiple looks with the Naked Heat palette and what would compliment what.
7 Mattes, 6 Shimmers
Unlike it’s predecessors, the Naked Heat palette has more mattes included than shimmery shades. Urban Decay are known for their shimmer eyeshadows so this is an interesting -but welcome- move. Personally I use several mattes per look with just one or two shimmer shades, so this balance will work well for me.
Naked Heat Swatches
I swatched each shade without primer to show the colour payoff and texture. To get a decent result, especially with some of the mattes I did several swipes. After swatching I experimented with the palette -with primer- on my eyes, creating a few looks to test it out. I’ve detailed my thoughts below.
Highlight & Transition Shades
Ounce – This is a pale vanilla shade with finely milled glitter throughout. It’s not a true shimmer, but definitely has a sparkle. Whilst this would work best as an inner eye highlight, it’s quite subtle and I wasn’t blown away by it. I think a slightly darker more gold toned shade would have complimented the others better.
Chaser – Whilst the swatch made this look like a nice warm toned shade, on the eye it was almost unnoticeable. A good shade for my skintone to set primer with and as a base.
Sauced – This shade is a really loved amber toned brown, with great colour payoff.
Low Blow – Another amber toned brown shade which is darker and compliments the first few mattes. If you wanted a more neutral look, these four shades could be worn alone.
Shimmers / Lid Shades
I like to use these kinds of shades on my lid. At first glance, in the pan these eyeshadows look nice but nothing special. However when swatched, you can see how pretty these colours are. They remind me of pigments, in the way the iridescent finely milled glitter catches the light. They’re really buttery in texture and easy to work with.
Lumbre – This is my favourite eyeshadow in the palette. It’s just gorgeous. An almost coral copper shade with gold glitter.
He Devil – Another matte. A warm toned terracotta.
Dirty Talk – A bright copper shimmer.
Scorched – A more bronze toned copper shimmer.
I would use these shades in my outer corner to add depth.
Cayenne – A matte brown shade. This is dryer than the other mattes and slightly harder to work with but does pack on the eye well.
En Fuego – Slightly burgundy, En Fuego like Cayenne was a little harder to work with that other shades.
Ashes – The darkest matte in the palette, Ashes is a rich dark brown.
Ember – Another beautiful shimmer, although very dark.
There was quite a bit of fall out from a lot of the matte shades. Some of the mattes are a little muddy, with the darker shades in the last four pans being especially dry. With that said, they do work well on the eye, definitely better than they appear when swatched. All shades have good colour payoff on the eye.
In conclusion, the Naked Heat palette definitely didn’t disappoint. Although these shades are perhaps more Autumnal than Summery, I know I’ll be wearing this all the time. Whilst some of the transition shades are admittedly quite neutral and similar to other shades I have. However the majority of this palette is unlike anything else I own, which is refreshing.
Will you be buying the Naked Heat palette? I’d love to know what you think of it.