Here’s my UD Naked Smoky Palette review! It is not a surprise that I’m a huge fan of Urban Decay, but not many people know I actually am not a big fan of the UD naked 1 and naked 2 palettes. I do like some of the eyeshadows in the palette, but the naked 1 and naked 2 weren’t always my favorite. However, when they released their UD Naked 3 palette, I was head over heels for that palette. I absolutely adore Naked 3, particularly because I am obsessed with anything Rose Gold tones.
I did not plan to buy the UD Naked Smoky, in fact, I thought it was just another hype. However, since I do not own the naked 1 and 2 palettes any longer, I thought why not give this Naked Smoky a try. No harm done, and I thought if I didn’t like it, I can just return it anyways. So, I bought the UD Naked Smoky palette from Sephora, and 3 days later it arrived at my mailbox.
When I took the palette out of the box, I was already impressed with the packaging. Then, the rest is history. I am in love with this palette! Yes, you can get other nude palettes with similar shades for a lesser price. However, the quality of this UD Naked Smoky is far more superior than any other eyeshadows, and much better than the other 3 naked palettes. Keep reading to find out why I love this palette!
What is UD Naked Smoky Palette?
“Sweep on popular smoky eye looks with Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky. Packed with all the essentials needed to create the perfect neutral smoky eye, it offers an array of shades, a double-ended brush, and a detailed lookbook that breaks down four amazing ways to nail any smoky look. The eye shadow pans offer a smoky, transparent base, the magnetic closure on the case prevents shadow from spilling your bag, and the full-size mirror makes it easy to get a sultry look whenever the urge strikes.”
The case is gorgeous. It’s much better than UD Naked 1 and Naked 2. Much sturdier plastic packaging, and it looks luxurious with a cool smoke effect. It actually has a latch to close the palette, similar to the tin packaging from Naked 3. It’s not some flimsy magnetic clasp like the Naked 1. Gorgeous packaging!
The palette comes with a dual-ended brush, and an instructional booklet, which contains 4 looks you can follow. I’ve done the Iconic UD Smoky Eye look in my previous tutorial, so please check it out! I’ve also done a slightly less smoky look using this palette in my MAC D for Danger post.
Shades & Finish
The UD Naked Smoky Eye palette comes with 12 eyeshadows
- High – champagne (shimmer micro-glitter)
- Dirtysweet – medium bronze (shimmer)
- Radar – metallic taupe (iridescent micro-glitter)
- Armor – metallic silver-taupe (tonal sparkle)
- Slanted – light metallic gray (shimmer)
- Dagger – medium charcoal (micro-shimmer)
- Black Market – jet-black (satin)
- Smolder – deep plum-taupe (satin)
- Password – cool taupe (matte)
- Whiskey – rich brown (matte)
- Combust – soft pink-taupe (matte)
- Thirteen – light beige (satin)
Pigmentation & Blendability
The eyeshadows are very pigmented, even if you don’t apply eyeshadow base/primer, the shades are still pretty amazing. However, if you apply a base/primer, the colors are even more vibrant. On the swatches picture, I applied Urban Decay Primer Potion (original) as a base since I always wear my eyeshadow with primer anyways.
There are 3 shades that are quite similar to the other Naked palettes – Dirtysweet, Dagger, and Smolder. Dirtysweet is quite similar to Half-Baked (Naked 1) but with less sparkle fallout. Dagger is very similar to Gunmetal (Naked 1), but with less shimmer. Smolder is similar to Hustle (Naked 1) but cooler in undertone.
CA$64 from Sephora Canada, for 12 x 0.05oz.
- Gorgeous packaging
- High pigment pay-off
- Easy to blend
- Less fallout than the other eyeshadows from other Naked palettes
- Wide range of textures
- Wearable shades – can create day to night look
- Beautiful shades that fits almost everyone
- Some shades are very similar to other Naked palettes.