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The latest Urban Decay Naked packaging is sturdy and comes in a smoky, marble effect plastic case. The name is stylishly embossed in silver letters on the front, and there’s also a magnetic closure so it won’t accidentally come undone in your makeup bag. The colours are set in a transparent base, to further set it apart from the previous velvet and metallic cases. The inside of the hinged lid contains a really nicely sized mirror that stays up when on a flat surface.
With a dozen shades, there’s everything you’ll need here to create the perfect smoky eye, with several cooler colours, plus a few neutrals and warmer tones. Nine of which are brand-new, and three (Radar, Armor and Black Market) debuted in earlier Vice collections. Shadows are ordered with four shimmers on the left, satins and then mattes on the right. Darkest shades occupy the middle of the palette, with lighter hues on the sides.
Like all Naked Palettes, it comes with a double-ended brush. The tapered crease brush is great for all over coverage, and the smaller and rounded smudger brush is designed for accents and blending.
You are going to be able to create a look of varied looks. Because many of the colours are so bold, it’s an idea to play around with different combinations to find what works best (and avoid panda-eyes!). If you’re a bit unsure where to start, Urban Decay has also included a guide to creating four signature looks; Smoky Cat, Everyday Smoky, Iconic UD Smoky Eye and Smoky Reality Star. The shadows are grouped into families, but they also suggest combining a light satin or sparkling shade with a medium metallic and dark matte for added dimension and depth.
High is a creamy shimmer with micro-glitter, perfect for highlighting under the brow.
Dirtysweet is a champagne shimmer that really catches the light well.
Radar is a bronze metallic taupe with gorgeous micro-glitter.
Armor is a metallic silver taupe with added sparkle that will work with greys and browns.
Slanted is a light metallic silver with a subtle shimmer.
Dagger is a strikingly dark blue / slate grey with added shimmer.
Black Market is jet black satin and great for intense looks or as a liner.
Smolder is a really rich plum shadow that you’ll get a lot of wear out of, either as shadow or liner.
Password is a cool grey matte that would work in day and transition to nightwear.
Whiskey is a deep milk chocolaty brown matte shadow.
Combust is a soft pink transition shade for daytime looks or highlighting more dramatic eyes.
Thirteen is the twelfth shadow on the palette, but perhaps it lied to get a Facebook account. Almost white, it’d work well as a base or for highlights.
Tip: To get extra mileage from your shadows and to ensure smooth coverage and crease avoidance, I’d highly recommend using Urban Decay’s Eye Shadow Primer Potion (sold seperately) as a base.
Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky Palette is my new go-to for dramatic, smoky eyes. With twelve beautiful shades, there’s wonderful variation for special occasions. Coupled with a great brush, big mirror and the best Naked packaging to date, it’s another must-have.
By Sarah O'Connell on 27th December 2015