Urban Decay Petite Heat Palette ($29) is a new all matte eyeshadow palette inspired by the original Urban Decay Heat Eyeshadow Palette that launched last Summer. I consider Petite Heat a companion piece to the original palette since I thought it would contain a good deal of transitional shades that the original lacked.
I think most of a agree that the main issue with the Heat Eyeshadow Palette was the fact that many of the colors were gorgeous but also difficult to use together since they didn’t provide much contrast and they ran all together. I consider Petite Heat quite a nice source of shades that will compliment ones in that palette however, there’s not a lot of newness here and some of the prime real estate in the palette is taken over by two lighter highlighting shades.
Let’s take a closer look at my review and swatches below.
Urban Decay Petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette arrives in a small, lightweight rectangle case that contains six shades which weight in at 0.24 oz. It’s neither here nor there but it deserves to be mentioned Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette is the same price but a little larger at 0.30 oz in size.
I liked the palette but didn’t love it. I think it has some great companion shades that will work nicely with the Naked Heat Palette but it doesn’t offer a huge amount of differently or more unique shades that aren’t already available in that palette. Also, the colors aren’t quite the transitional ones I expected or hopes for so in a way it doesn’t add anything to the Heat Eyeshadow Palette that isn’t already there. I also feel like the shades work a lot like the original ones in the fact they don’t contrast well and end up running together. One of the bothersome things about the palette is the fact they include a cream and a bone shade which can be found in any number of other palettes I already own. Granted if you’re traveling light and just want to toss this in your bag and go the addition of those highlighting shades is helpful. However, if you’re a makeup junkie that owns dozens and dozens of palettes you already have literally hundreds of highlighting shades. Aside from that I don’t think this would be a palette I’d travel with solely as there’s not enough variety for me to get a few looks out of the six shades. I feel like I can create one look using a few shades and maybe one or two looks just using shades individually on my lid. It’s just isn’t as functional a palette as I thought it would be.
On that note, I will say you can definitely pair the palette up with other shades in your collection. Below I did a look using shades from the palette but in the last look I just popped a little Dirty Talk from the original Naked Heat Palette on top of the shades and added a hint of shimmer and also just added some nice depth to the look I created.
As for the formula it was fairly good for a matte palette. They texture is firm yet not dry nor chalky with excellent pigmentation and a fairly smooth application. The first three shades are sheerer but visible on my lids none the less. They didn’t crease nor fade on my drier lids without eyeshadow primer.
Urban Decay Petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette isn’t exactly what I was hoping for as I did expect it to be an ideal companion to the Heat Eyeshadow Palette. It also failed a little as an all-in-one lightweight travel palette as I do think you might need more shades than this provides to get a solid few looks while on vacation. Do you need it? I imagine if you like warmer, bolder shades you might wish to indulge but honestly, you’re probably already covered if you own the Naked Heat Palette as that pretty much has everything you need in the warm, fiery range of shades.