You may have noticed that there’s a new palette in town. Though the hype is dying down a bit, there has been a lot of talk about the new Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. This is the latest offering in Urban Decay’s infamous “Naked” line of supposedly neutral palettes, and I must say that I’m losing any sense of what significance there even is to the designation. This flamin’ hot palette takes neutrals to the pinky-orange side. Pinky-orange neutrals? I guess that’s a thing these days. Lol! Semi-mocking aside, you can create wearable looks with this palette, but it’s not going to be for everybody. I’m guessing if you’re not going to like it, you already know it…and are probably not reading this review! But before I give away the store, let’s talk about the palette some more.
Let’s address the warm elephant in the room first. This is a warm-toned palette filled with pinkish, orangeish, reddish shadows with a few deeper brownish shadows in shades of rust orange, burnt red, smoked plum and roasted coffee. Unlike most of the previous Naked palettes, the Naked Heat has a surprising selection of matte shades. There are seven out of the twelve! Also, Urban Decay kept the sparkles to a minimum this time as well (thank god!). There’s maybe one shadow that I’ve had a bit of trouble with some minor glittery fallout when using – “Scorched.” The depth of options from light to deep is good, though I do wish there was at least one more lighter shimmery shade in there. Most of the shimmers live in what I would consider the mid-tone range. My main complaint with the shades in this palette is that it is hard to create a wide range of distinctly different looks with the shadows. You can create different looks, but it’s almost more due to application technique than the shades chosen. However, I still consider this one of the best in the “traditional” Naked lineup! Why, you may ask? Well, keep on going!
Let’s start a bit with the packaging. I really love the newest casings for first, the Naked Smoky and now, the Naked Heat. The outer casing is hard plastic with a good, strong magnetic closure. Inside is a decent mirror that runs the width and length of the palette (opposite the shadows of course), as well as a double-ended brush that I haven’t tried yet. They’re usually quite good so I’m sure this brush is no different. The mirror is perfectly shaped and sized for focusing on the eyes and, of course, the brush is great for shadow application. If the brush isn’t your thing and you’re on the go, throw an eye pencil in that slot! Overall it’s just a good, sturdy palette that I would feel pretty comfortable throwing into a suitcase without concern that it will somehow break, shatter, end up smushed, or come open while traveling.
Another phenomenal packaging aspect is the outer box! I will admit that I am a box saver (my original Naked palette still looks brand new because I keep it in its box…yes, I have issues!), but this box is actually pretty brilliant. Yes, it’s just plain old cardboard. It has pretty images and fancy embossing, gold foil…it’s fancy. But try to open it. Where’s the end flap? Why…there’s no end flap? It slides open! Like a matchbox! A bit much? Maybe, but oh my god did that sell me! Lol! Seriously, that is almost the most genius touch ever! And then, remove the palette from it’s glorious little home and you’ll see a line of increasingly scorched matches. Freakin’ brilliant! Whoever came up with everything about this packaging, I love you! LOL! Ok. Back to the more important stuff!
The quality of these shadows is fantastic. I’ve always been a fan of Urban Decay shadows (who are we kidding? I’ve always been a rabid fan of Urban Decay!), but there’s something about the formulation of the shadows in this particular palette that seems much improved over prior releases. The mattes in particular are beautiful! Probably not the absolute best shadows I’ve ever used (that honor goes to Natasha Denona if you’re curious), but they are really, really good. They have a beautiful buttery texture that just blends so easily. Actually, there is one exception to the superior bendability and that’s the purplish shade, “Ashes.” It is a bit harder to blend so you end up with a slightly patchy application without a bit more work. It’s fixable, but worth a mention. You will get some powder kick-up when dipping into the powders and I definitely recommend tapping your brush a bit before applying to the eyes to avoid fallout. I feel like most easily blended shadows are soft in this way and it doesn’t bother me. I’m always tapping my brush off anyway and it’s a simple step. As far as the shimmers, they are nicely pigmented, apply well (though using your finger will give the most intensity), stay put on the skin and are all-around just good. Great? Perhaps not, but they hold their own in this price range at least. I do wish some of the shades were a bit more metallic, but again applying with your finger or spritzing your brush with water can help with intensity. All in all, the quality of the shadows in the Naked Heat Palette is fantastic!
As far as some of my favorite shades? I absolutely love the satiny cream highlighting shade, “Ounce.” I find it has just the right level of pigment (at least to highlight on my skin tone) as well as the perfect amount of subtle sheen without going over the top into shimmery disco ball territory. The shade “Lumbre” is absolutely stunning, though I have no idea how to pronounce it! It is a gorgeous peachy-orange with a gold shift. It’s really beautiful and looks great on the eyes – it would be beautiful on blue eyes…actually the whole palette would be, but obviously it will work on any eye color. I almost always find myself using the shades “Sauced,” “Cayenne” and “En Fuego” no matter what I’m doing. The only shade I take issue with is “Scorched” thanks to its hidden glitter that I found traveled onto my cheeks. The shade “Dirty Talk” is so similar on the eyes that I doubt you’d notice a difference, it just doesn’t have the micro-sparkle. All the shades are good, but those are the ones I’m drawn to over and over and over again.
My final verdict on the Naked Heat Palette? I feel like I shouldn’t love it, but I do! I’m not going to lie and say it’s the most flattering tone on the eyes. It’s not. It is pretty, but it’s not the most natural, easy to wear family of shades. There’s just something about it that I find inspiring…and perhaps even better, I find it exciting! I also greatly appreciate that you actually can create a full eye look without needing any other shades here. There are light, medium and dark tones in satin, shimmer, subtle glitter and matte finishes. I will admit that this is not the most daytime friendly palette. That doesn’t bother me, and you absolutely can come up with good daytime looks. It’s just better for fun and/or smoky looks. I also want to give Urban Decay some credit for not over-hyping this palette before it was even close to a release date. It almost came out of nowhere, and that was so much more exciting than these over-publicized launches that saturate Instagram these days (ahrm. I may be talking to you Too Faced who has already leaked their Holiday collection!?!). So is this a palette that everyone needs to run out and purchase? Absolutely not (none really are, but you know what I mean I hope)! But if the colors and finishes appeal to you, I highly recommend it!
Like all Urban Decay Naked Palettes, the Naked Heat retails for $54 US and contains 12 never before released shades (1.3g/0.05oz per shade). It is available wherever Urban Decay products are sold and is not a limited edition palette!
Let me know your thoughts about the Naked Heat. Do you have it? Do you want it? Am I missing anything in this review that you’d like to know? Are you having a bad day (keep going, it will get better)? Let us know in the comments…unless it’s unnecessary and nasty, LOL!