Now let me just set this straight, the overall goal of this post is not to evaluate whether one palette is better than the other. I am strong lover of Urban Decay and especially their palettes. I decided to do this blog post to show the diversity of these two palettes and to create two very different makeup looks. Now this is how I see it (you can either agree or disagree); Naked 1,2 and 3 are sisters whereas Naked Smoky and Naked Heat are very close cousins. I’d also count Naked Basics as a cousin but we are not discussing her today. Now I’m not talking about the type of cousins that you really dislike or barely know; I’m talking best friends since birth type of cousins. Regardless, these two palettes are completely separate from the originals, despite sharing the same name. Therefore, I thought it would be fun to pair these two side by side and create makeup looks using only these palettes on the eyes.
If I am honest, despite being dead set on having to own this palette from the moment it was released, I very rarely use it. It is no secret that I am a matte, neutral girl on a daily basis. Therefore, smoky eyes are only really something I do for special occasions. Even then, the reminder of my earlier teens and looking like I’d been punched in the face every time I attempted a smoky eye always haunts me. As a result, I have never actually used the Naked Smoky to create a smoky eye. Rather, I’ve only used the odd colour to deepen other eye looks. That was until now! For this post, I used every single colour in the palette to create this pretty glamorous smoky eye. I cannot even express how happy I am with how it turned out. If I am honest, I haven’t created a smoky eye for a really long time and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull of something as good I did.
To create this eye look, I started from the right of the palette and made my way to the left. As usual, I used the mattes in the crease and to create the actual ‘smoky’ appearance and then I used the shimmers on the lid. I used ‘High’, ‘Dirtysweet’, ‘Radar’ and ‘Armor’ to create a gradual deepening of the eye. To create the darkness in the outer proportion of my eye I used a mixture of ‘Daggar’, ‘Black Market’ and ‘Smolder’. ‘Password’, ‘Whiskey’, ‘Combust’ and ‘Thirteen’ were used as the base and transition shades. Finally, I used ‘Slanted’ to define my lower lash line.
This palette has been all the rage for the past month and boy I am not surprised. During the past year, there has been a dramatic shift in the beauty world from warm browns to burnt oranges and reds. Naturally, Urban Decay was first on the scene with an entire palette dedicated to these fiery shades. These types of shades are extremely difficult to get right as pigmentation in past has been a dud. Throw back to a year ago when Naked Basics was released and even then their ‘extra bitter’ didn’t quite have the pigmentation payoff as the rest of their shades. The one thing you can really notice with this palette is the clear change in formulation. All the shades are pigmented and creamy and have very little fall out. I have been absolutely loving the burnt orange and red look recently and finally to have shadows that don’t require me to soak my brush in order to get just a little bit of colour, is a major bonus.
Once again I used all of the colours in this palette to create this fiery/ slightly smoky eye. I initially started with ‘Ounce’, ‘Chaser’, ‘Sauced’ and ‘Low Blow’ for the base and transition shades. I then went on to use ‘Lumbre’, ‘Dirty Talk’, ‘Scorched’ and ‘Ember’ to create a gradual deepening of shimmer. To deepen the outer corner and crease, I used ‘Cayenne’, ‘En Fuego’, ‘Ashes’ and ‘He Devil’. ‘He Devil’ was used the most on the outer corner to enhance the deep redness of the eye. Finally, I went back in with ‘Sauced’ to define my lower lash line.
I absolutely love the two looks I created with the palettes and although they are not my typical eye look, I thought both were very wearable. What I love most about these palettes is that you can use them in their entirety to create a bold statement eye or you can pick and choose colours to go more natural.