The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette ($64 CAD/$54 US) is a palette that includes everything you need to create so many different smoky eye looks, and even some tame ones as well. The packaging for Naked Smoky is my favourite of all the Naked Palettes. The palette has a floating smoke pattern with the lettering in gunmetal foil.
Even the back of the palette is cool. The transparent smoky plastic allows you to see through to the pans and brush within. The magnetic closure palette feels very secure and sturdy.
Open the palette up and you can’t help but be wowed by the assortment of shades in tones of brown, grey, taupe, and black. There is a range of finishes from matte, satin, shimmer, and glitter making this an incredibly versatile palette.
The 12 shades in the palette are:
- High – champagne shimmer with micro-glitter
- Dirtysweet – medium bronze
- Radar – metallic taupe with iridescent micro-glitter
- Armor – metallic silver-taupe with tonal sparkle
- Slanted – light metallic grey
- Dagger – medium charcoal with micro-shimmer
- Black Market – jet-black satin
- Smolder – deep plum-taupe
- Password – cool taupe matte
- Whiskey – rich brown matte
- Combust – soft pink-taupe
- Thirteen – light beige satin
I love the concept of this palette but out of all the Naked palettes released so far I must admit this is my least favourite. Being fair skinned the colour palette in general is just a little harder to pull off on a regular basis. I also felt that overall the shadows just didn’t feel as buttery smooth and creamy as Urban Decay shadows usually do. The other issue I had was with the matte shades included in the palette. I LOVE that the Naked palettes always include coordinating matte shades for use in the crease. With Smoky I just didn’t didn’t feel they were as easy to use as I’ve come to expect with the UD Naked palettes. Password and Whiskey, while still nice and smooth like most Urban Decay mattes, are both quite dark for use on fair skin and I found them to apply a bit patchy. This made them a little trickier to deal with. I like to mix them with Combust on the brush and it makes for easier blending and easier to wear crease shades on fair skin. All pickiness aside I can’t deny I’ve adored all the looks I’ve created using Urban Decay Smoky. I find that the shade and finish variety and colour selection of all the Naked palettes make them a great buy for the money. I love having 12 different shades in one palette that goe from the lightest shade to be used as a base, all the way to deep and dark, along with an assortment of matte shades for use in the crease.
My favorite shades in the palette are Dirtysweet and Radar (these two together make an easy everyday eye look when you aren’t feeling too smoky). I also really love Smolder but I find myself wishing it was a bit more plum on the eye.
Here are a couple of quick, easy looks I’ve created with the Urban Decay Smoky Palette. This first look utilizes Thirteen as a base from crease to brow, a blend of Whiskey and Combust in the crease, Dirtysweet on the lid, a mix of Radar and Whiskey on the outer v, and High on the inner corner.
On this second look I’ve used Thirteen as a base from crease to brow, a blend of Password and Combust in the crease, Slanted on the lid, a mix of Smolder and Black Market on the outer v, and High on the inner corner.
Have you picked up the Urban Decay Smoky palette yet? What are your favorite looks you’ve created with it? What UD Naked palette is your favourite?
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