Monday, 26 October 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review & Swatches

It's finally time to tell you what I think of the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette* (£38.00). It has been one of the biggest makeup launches (if not the biggest) of the year and everyone seems to be obsessed with it. It sold out in the US within minutes after the launch and it took the UK by storm too! Crazy, right? Well, that's what happens when UD releases a new Naked palette :)

Let's get straight to the point - the palette is AMAZING! It's Urban Decay eyeshadows we're talking about after all - they are insanely good! The formula features Urban Decay's unique Pigment Infusion System, making the shadows super pigmented, almost buttery in consistency and long lasting. Minimal fallout and a dream to blend too. If you've tried UD shadows before, you will know what I mean. I also adore the packaging and I think it's the best from all the Naked palettes released so far. Just look at it - beautiful! 

The SMOKY palette is loaded with stunning neutrals, including nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives from past palettes. There is a mixture of different finishes: from mattes to satins and metallics. All absolutely stunning! The palette comes with a double-ended brush as well - one end for blending, one for smudging. 

The 12 shades from left to right:

High (cream 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)
Thirteen (light beige satin)

I am in love with this palette and I have been using it every time I got a chance to do my makeup. Not as often as I would like to, as I am super busy with Mia, but I am hoping to get more use out of it soon, as all the shades are beautiful and a dream to apply! Now here's hoping UD continues with this type of packaging for future palettes.

Available from feelunique, Debenhams, Selfridges and other stockists.

*PR sample



  1. Thanks for the swatches Sandra & good to hear about your breast-feeding going so well.

  2. Thanks for the swatches Sandra & good to hear that your breastfeeding is going so well.

  3. The color selection is so well thought out and the UD formula is amazing. Sadly, it's very redundant for people with a lot of shadows so I think I'll pass. x

  4. I *shock, horror* don't actually own any of the Naked palettes (I KNOW), but this could well be my first Naked purchase - love a good smoky eye and these shades look lush!

    Milly // Mini Adventures

  5. I own all the Naked palettes except for this one. Based on people's reviews and swatches I really want to try this!

    A Little Dose of Makeup

  6. It seems like a lot of people liked it and I...didn't. For me personally, it was a disappointment. The color selection was great but the quality was nowhere near to the original Naked palette or the previous Nakeds. It's my favorite packaging and the brush is also my favorite out of all the previous palette but some of the shadows were not "UD quality" in my opinion and I had a hard time blending some out even with transition colors and primer.

  7. great palette as usual but I think I still prefer the No2 & 3.

  8. I love this palette, the first one is still my favourite but this one is making a close second x

  9. Looks like a great palette and love the packaging and colors it includes.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  10. I recently picked this up and it is so gorgeous that I almost don't want to touch it. Have you done the Eyeshadow Junkie tag? You should check it out! I have the questions on my blog.


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