June 3, 2015

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

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The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette ($54) launches on July 8th with 12 delicious shades of Urban Decay Eyeshadow in smoky, sultry shades. Nine of the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette shades are brand new colors so there’s lots of delicious newness packed into this palette.

Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette is definitely a new twist on an old cult favorite. Considering we’ve had over three different variations of the Urban Decay Naked Palette I’d say it was about time for a change up so here we are with twelve smoky shades.

Take a look!

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette brings not only new shades to the table but also plenty of new packaging as well. The palette is a hard heavy plastic design with gunmetal printing and a smoky screen layer on the top with a full size mirror inside. The palette has a tortoiseshell look and feel that quite reminds me of the Bobbi Brown Tortoise Shell Eye Palette that launched a few years back but the main difference being Urban Decay uses a soft smoky taupe coloring for their compact. Also in a change up you’ll find a how to get the look guide inside the box which features tips and tricks for creating a smoky eye as well as four get the look guides with step by step instructions for color placement to create a smoky eye look (look guides include the Iconic UD Smoky Eye, Smoky Reality Star, Smoky Cat, and Everyday Smoky). You also get a double ended crease brush which has a fine point on one side and a blending brush on the other. I, for one, prefer the brush over the 24/7 Glide On Pencil because I feel like I have a lot of eyeliners already and the brush is just handier in my humblest. It has soft brushes and the blending brush seems to have longer bristles than the one we typically get with Naked Palettes. It’s a solid, good quality brush and if you’re traveling with this palette it’s likely all you need for application.

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky

This palette isn’t a traditional smoky eye one to me as it isn’t really dominated by silvers, grays, or blacks which for me are shades that create the quintessential smoked eye in my opinion. It has those shades but it also has warm bronzes, rich browns, taupes, and other colors that can be used to create smoky taupe eye looks, smoky brown ones, and of course, the traditional black smoky eye look. You get a range of matte and satin finishes as well as sparkles

Shades include:
New shades:

  • Smolder Deep plum-taupe (New)
  • Password Cool taupe matte (New)
  • Whiskey Rich brown matte (New)
  • Slanted Light metallic gray (New)
  • Dagger Medium charcoal with micro-shimmer (New)
  • Combust Soft pink-taupe (New)
  • Thirteen Light beige satin (New)
  • High Champagne shimmer with micro-glitter (New)
  • Dirtysweet Medium bronze (New)

Repromted Shades:

  • Radar Metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter (Vice 2)
  • Armor Metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle (Vice)
  • Black Market Jet black satin (Vice)

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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Smolder, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market)

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette swatches

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (High, DirtySweet, Radar, and Armor)

Urban Decay Naked Smoky swatches

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette Swatches (Thirteen, Password, Whiskey, Combust)

The formula feels a little different to me than Naked 1, Naked 2, and Naked 3. The texture on the shadows is a little denser and not as velvety. I also felt the shades were thinner in consistency and considerably less metallic than the past Naked Palette range. Don’t be scared, this is all a good thing as I like this texture since it feels like the shades have a lot less fall out and aren’t as frosty on my eyes. As much as I love the Naked Palettes I find some of the shades are really heavy with a metallic finish that looks frosty on my eyes and lord knows frosty and I do not get along well. I like the thinner, lighter texture on these colors. No chunky glitter here either aside from Armor which did have a fair bit of silver glitter which had a tendency to fall all over my face. Aside from this color none of the other shades had fall out issues. I found the mattes silky but Smolder was a little patchy for me. All in all the shades were easy to apply, easy to blend, and had excellent pigmentation.

The Urban Decay Naked range is a much loved cult favorite but it was getting a little repetitive. The Urban Decay Naked Smoky breaths new life into the collection and gives us a way to get gorgeous smoky, sultry eye looks! This palette will become a must have for those who adore smoky eye looks. It’s an easy to use palette filled with gorgeous Urban Decay Eyeshadows and well worth a purchase when it launches because who doesn’t want to sport a smoky eye from time to time during an evening out?

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The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palettes arrives at urbandecay.com on July 8th at July 12th at Ulta.com and on July 16th at Ulta Stores. I don’t have an exact Sephora or Sephora.com date but hopefully around the same time as Ulta’s launch and later on at Macy’s and beauty.com.

Will you be grabbing the new Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette?

This was provided to me by a brand for review and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post but all opinions are my own.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Christina D.

    I am so jealous that you already have this, have swatched it, and have applied it! I haven’t looked forward to a release in a long time, and this is almost customed tailored to my tastes and preferences. I just love these colors and I like that fact that they aren’t as glittery or frosty as the other Naked palettes. I wish it was mine already!

    • Isabella Muse

      awww come over I share ๐Ÿ˜€ I really love they aren’t frosty. I mean UD isn’t frosty so much it’s metallic but the problem is the heavier velvet texture plus the metallic shimmery bits make them look frosty on me! I like these are thinner with a lot less chunky sparkle and glitter! I wish they had more taupes here but I’m happy all in all because you can create a number of looks even a plum smoky if you want!

      • Angel

        OMG I could not agree more the Nakeds (minus the basics which I love) lookssoooooooo frosty and just bad on me, and the fallout was crazy and the wear time was bad for my very ouly lids. I had to return them. BUT I keep reading that this one is different and the texture sounds like my preferred texture. I think I’m actually excited about this one! Great review!

        • Isabella Muse

          I love the Nakeds don’t get me wrong but yes, they are very very frosty. It’s metallic but to me it just translates as frost, frost, frost. and yes lots of fall out! These are much thinner, much less fall out! I hope you like it Angel! When/if you get it stop back and tell me what you think! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you enjoyed the review ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tracy

    This may be the one to finally pop my UD palette cherry…stay tuned

  • Betsy

    On boy, it looks amazing on your eyes! Which colors did you use for this look? I didn’t think I would want a smokey palette but this looks pretty darn wearable.

    • Isabella Muse

      thanks Betsy. I did the look they had on the guide called Everyday Smoky which uses combust to highlight, armor on the lid, and password blended into the crease. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maria

    These look so pretty. I have to have this palette along with the new Too Faced one. I will be going broke. I said to myself no more palettes. These are so tempting.

    • Lori

      Ditto! I have plenty of palettes, but this one and the new Too Faced palette look too good to pass up! I really need an intervention..!

  • Dora

    The packaging is gorgeous!Greys and silvers are typically not great on me, but I do love the eye look you put together!

  • Linda M

    I think this one will be a good purchase. I’m with you – I don’t like all the glitter! Will be great for travel.

    • Isabella Muse

      glitter is nice, I love it, but yeah sometimes it can be too much!

  • Carolyn

    Agree, very lovely!!!

    I think I’m passed my prime with this palette (the colors that I think rock are the ones I ‘shouldn’t’ wear and the mattes are nice…but too close to other mattes. So, thankfully I can pass but man oh man is it pretty.

    ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for sharing the looks/info/swatchies!

    • Isabella Muse

      I understand! I have too in a way as black/smoky eye looks make my eyes look super tired and puffy! My pleasure Carolyn!

  • Audrey

    Aww…I wish they had a brownish or tan matte blending shade to transition all that sexy smokiness that will be going one!! But…I shall still buy it lol

    • Angel

      I do agree, that is then ne color that I think it’s missing here.

  • Diana

    I’m thinking about getting one. The only Naked palette I have is Basics, so I think I could get good use out of this. But there are so many nice-looking palettes out there that I’m not sure what I’ll get next.

  • Katrina

    Since I love smokey eye looks..I am on this..when Fall and winter hits this is gonna be my best friend ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rachel R.

    Pass, although I do like most of the colors. I just don’t need this. A couple of the matte browns seem patchy, as well. It looks like a nice basic smokey palette, though, for those who need one.

  • Lacy

    I must be living under a rock lately cause I had NO IDEA this was in the works!
    Awesome sauce. Totally looks grab worthy but I just can’t rock a smokey eye often so I’ll have to pass. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Janessa

    I’m so on the fence with this one… And I am a true lover of all things UD… How would you compare it to the original Smoked palette?? Am I alone in wondering if it’s just a revamped version just missing some of the ‘color’?? Help a UD junkie out! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      lacks the color of the original smoked Janessa and obviously more selection here as didn’t the original smoked have only eight shades?

  • Emily

    I hope they also do a run of eyeshadow singles from this palette! I am in LOVE with High already.

  • Carol

    Yep, this will be mine. Smolder is my favorite. I’ve been saving up my Ulta points for awhile and I usually blow them on a UD palette so this must be the one!

  • Elizabeth Moyer

    Even though I have small eyes and can’t pull off a dark smokey eye, these colors still look like a nice range of colors I could still enjoy. I tend to lean towards daytime looks. Do you think these colors would compliment hazels eyes and a porcelain complexion? Thank you for your advice.

    • Isabella Muse

      absolutely Elizabeth! I’m of the mentality anyone can wear any shade they want ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Elizabeth Moyer

        Thank you so much for your response! You have a very good point. Thank you for sharing this information with us. I always look forward to your posts. Have a beautiful day!!!

        • Isabella Muse

          my pleasure Elizabeth! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy it if you indulge! I think taupe would be a lovely smoky color to go with for your coloring ๐Ÿ˜€ Aw thank you! and you as well!

  • Kate

    I m pretty sure i have a dupe for each colour in this palette so i guess i ll pass. Wait…i said no to a new palette??? Whats wrong with me?!?! Hell is about to freeze the end is coming!! I absolutely love the eye makeup u did it looks fantastic on u!

    • Isabella Muse

      I looked out the window and fire is raining down from the sky Kate! TAKE COVER!

  • Angel

    I CANNOT wait for this! I’m so happy you have swatches already..I was going to wait until it was in store but now I’ll probably order as soon as I can!

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! hope you love Angel! I look forward to hearing what you think!

  • Genevieve

    I think this is a good move by UD, but I so wished that they made it a real smoky palette by not having colours like whisky – no need for a rick brown matte at all. Instead a lovely olive colour or a different grey shade would have been better. Slanted looks to be a little harder to swatch than some of the others – beautiful colour though and I love your eye look Isabella.

    • Isabella Muse

      Thanks Genevieve ๐Ÿ™‚ <3! and your suggestions are excellent, I wouldn't mind more smoky taupes/greys!

  • Katherine T.

    Muse, are the swatches over primer or not? Some of the swatches look kind of patchy or sheer to me, was wondering if primer would improve them

    • Isabella Muse

      No primer Katherine! Primer always helps everything! ๐Ÿ˜‰ but in this case it might be because my skin is super dry lately ugh!

  • Melody

    I think this may be one of the most beautiful eye looks I’ve seen on you! I’ll pick up this palette as a reward for landing a new job ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks chica you’re too kind ๐Ÿ™‚ congrats on the new job!

  • Heather

    One year later and I am just getting around to considering this palette, lol! I am glad to hear you liked it. Temptalia made me nervous when she said it seemed to be a ‘cheapening of the UD brand.’ The only thing I would like is maybe more color, like something to pull off a purple smoky eye. But thankfully I do have the Black Palette. I am so on the fence about this one. I will probably get it sometime, but the real question is when. So many other things I want to buy too.

  • Boo

    Something about reading your reviews is really calming!! Haha ๐Ÿ™‚ I recently got this palette for free as a grand opening gift for a new Mecca Maxima store opening in Australia (and I hear it’s now being discontinued!!). I am seriously in love with the shades! I can’t wait for an opportunity to try out one of the darker smoky looks but there are so many different daytime combo’s as well. Thanks for your awesome reviews Muse ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      why thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome! Aw my pleasure! Enjoy the palette! Super you got it free!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cat

    Hmn. It’s on sale for $27 at Sephora right now but I think I’ll pass. Between the Urban Decay Naked 2, some other smaller UD palettes, and the Maybelline UD dupes, I think I’ve got enough colors that look close enough to this one that I don’t need it. And I already know how they apply. I think I was missing what you mentioned in your review… more dark and matte shades to really get that smoky look. Too much of what I own in that department is patchy or glittery.