All it took was one ad. One image showing the fiery warm shadows and the words “Naked palette” and I knew I was going to buy it, without even fully knowing what it was yet. I found out when it was releasing, and while I didn’t stay up all night. I did snatch it up at 9am. What is it? The brand new Urban Decay Naked Heat palette.
It comes in a cardboard slide out box that shows the eyeshadows all broken up.
The back explains in dramatic terms what type of shadows you will find in the palette, and then an image of the brush that comes with it.
The palette itself is hard plastic with a magnetic snap closure, and consists of dark reds, oranges, and yellow with gold font. The top is clear plastic with 3D looking vertical lines that seem to rise up within the clear plastic.
Inside are 12 beautiful eyeshadow shades. Let’s look at each shade up close.
The first shade is Ounce, which is an ivory shimmer. It doesn’t show up well in the photograph, but it is an ivory/eggshell shade with light shimmer. It is excellent for the inner corner and brown bone. The next shade is Chaser, which is a matte nude. It also doesn’t show up well on my skin tone, as it is almost skin color for me. It works great as a base shadow to put all over your eyes. Sauced is the next shade, and it is a light brown matte. You can see this one on my skin. Then there is Low Blow, which is a brown matte with more of a chocolatey warm brown than the others. Both of these colors are great transition shades in the crease.
Lumbre is a shimmering copper/pink color with a gold shift. It works great on the lid. He Devil is a matte burnt red that is versatile enough to work well on the lid or in the crease. Dirty Talk is very similar to He Devil, except it is shimmer rather than matte. Scorched is a burnt red copper with shimmer.
Cayenne is a deep terra cotta matte. En Fuego is a matte burgundy. Ashes is a matte reddish brown, which looks purple to me. Finally, Ember is a dark coppery shimmery shifty color. All of these colors are great for the crease or outer v.
Here is the full spectrum of color, from the darkest to the lightest. As you can see, you get a wide variety of colors that have many uses.
The palette comes with a double ended brush. The site says one end is the crease defining brush, and the other end is a blending brush. I’m not certain which is which, because they are not labeled, but I think the brush on the left above is the blending brush, while the more bullet shaped tapered brush is for the crease. The brushes are versatile enough that you could use them for a lot of different uses, and you could probably create an entire look using just this brush.
Here are two examples of looks that I made with the Naked Heat palette. The one of the left is a smokey eye with burgundy at the lash line, burnt red on the eyelid, and copper in the crease, for a gradient effect where the lash line is the darkest and it gets lighter as it goes up. The look on the right has a rose gold lid and a burgundy crease and lower lash line.
Overall, this palette is of extremely high quality. The shadows are all pigmented, buttery, soft, finely milled, and highly blendable. The palette itself is a solid hard plastic that closes securely and feels really sturdy, and the brush has soft bristles and seems to be made well. Now, should you run and dish out the $54 for this palette? I think what it really comes down to is taste. Do you like these colors? Do you think they would look good with your skin/eye/hair color, and the outfits you wear? If the answer is no, then simply don’t buy it. But if you think these colors are beautiful and would suit you well, I highly recommend the palette.