So, for the past few weeks I’ve been on the hunt for an all-in-one eyeshadow palette to take on holiday with me. The criteria for said palette included a matte brow bone shade and a nice mix of warm and cool tones. I also wanted it to be from a high end brand, because I want to immerse myself in luxury on our cruise. Self indulgent I know. But, after the year plus of hell the DWP have put me through (emotionally and financially), I figured I’ve earned a little luxury. Then I saw that the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette was being released and my palette criteria went out the window!
For our holiday (cruise to the Norwegian Fjords) I want to pack light, but also have options. After reading Leah from Devoted To Pink’s review of the Tarte Pro Amazonian Clay Palette and seeing her say that she usually takes three palettes on holiday with her, I now feel like it’s totally socially acceptable for me to do the same.
I suspect I’ll be taking the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette (obvs! Just look at those summery shades!), Naked 2 for my cool toned option and possibly Naked 3 as I’ve got quite a few outfits with pink in them that would look beautiful with a rose gold toned eye look like the one in my Rose Gold Eye Look. I’m still deciding on my third palette. But, I’m sure I’ll be sharing the contents of my holiday makeup bag with you in due course.
Urban Decay held a pre-sale on the 12th June. I genuinely thought there were only going to be a handful of palettes available and that they’d have sold out in a matter of minutes. But I have to say, Urban Decay really came through by restocking the palette several times throughout the day. I managed to get mine at about 12:30pm. I received a text from DPD on Thursday evening to say that my order would be delivered on the 16th. Shortly after, I got a confirmation email from Urban Decay.
For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to set my alarm for 7am so that I could be ready for the delivery. Our front doorbell is temperamental and it takes me a while to get to the door. So I need to be in the front room ready. I thought I’d regret this decision the day after, with increased pain and fatigue. But, I hadn’t banked on regretting it as soon as my alarm went off! I hadn’t slept particularly well because of the heat and then the shock of the alarm going off set my PoTS off.
Actually, I didn’t need to get up so early, but I wasn’t to know that. I got a text from DPD at around 9am to say my palette would be delivered between 11:49 and 12:49. This was helpful, as it meant that I was able to plan my day.
Any who, you’re not here for my ramblings about the wheres and the whys. You want to see swatches of the gorgeous warm toned summery shades in the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette.
Shades L to R: Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low Blow, Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty Talk, Scorched, Cayenne, En Fuego, Ashes and Ember
I LOVE Urban Decay’s eyeshadow palettes. I don’t have the Basics palettes yet. But, I have all the others from the Naked line, as well as several of their more colourful palettes. While I’ve only spent an afternoon playing with this palette, I’m confident from my previous experiences of Urban Decay’s palettes that my initial thoughts won’t change over time.
Unfortunately, the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette doesn’t include a matte brow bone shade. So for me, this isn’t a stand alone palette. I was really impressed with how smooth and pigmented the shimmer shades were, as well as the lighter mattes. I didn’t get quite the same feels from the darker matte shades. As you can see from my swatches, they start off beautifully. But, as I’ve moved my finger down my arm the colours loose pigmentation quickly and in some cases become patchy. On the eye, they apply nicely, but you can only work on a small area at a time.
Interestingly, when I created my Terracotta Halo Eye YouTube Video, I found that adding a second layer of eyeshadow not only made the colour more pigmented, but it turned it into a darker shade. I’m not quite sure what kind of witchcraft Urban Decay have implemented to make this happen, but I like it!
I really like the combination of shades included in the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. However, I do agree with Erin from Make Erin Over, who said in her Naked Heat Review and Swatches post that the palette is missing a gold shade. Before playing with my Naked Heat palette, I was glad that Half Baked wasn’t included. It’s a shade I have in SO many Urban Decay palettes and I’m not convinced that it suits me. However, I think it would work really well with these shades. So much so, that I suspect I’ll be pulling it from my Naked Original or Naked 2 (or any of the other palettes I have it in) to use with Naked Heat.
I’ve previously been eying up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, but I’ve been scared to buy it because of the red shades. I really don’t think they would suit me. The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette gives me all the feels I was getting from the ABH Modern Renaissance, but without the fear of red. NB, I’m not comparing these two palettes or saying that there are dupes in the palette. Just that the shades are in a similar area on the colour wheel.
The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette has the same casing as the Naked Smoky palette. If you want to know more about the Naked Smoky palette, you can check out my Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review. The text is slightly raised, which I wasn’t expecting. The colours that have been chosen for the background represent the shades in the palette well. I like this style of casing, but I’m not sure why Urban Decay have so many different palette case styles in their Naked line. I like things to be uniform when they’re in a series but they’re not.
The brush is dual ended. It has a similar rounded brush to the other Naked palettes (except the original Naked). I found the Naked Heat version to feel a little denser than that of Naked 2. The other side of the brush is shorter and thicker than the ones found in Naked 2 and 3. I really like both the brushes, though the rounded brush is denser than I would usually reach for. Both brushes applied my eyeshadow very nicely and felt lovely to use.
The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette costs £39.50 and launches on the 27th July on urbandecay.co.uk. It will be available in stores from the 3rd August.
Will you be buying the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette or did you manage to pick it up in the pre-release? What shade excites you most?
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