It's no secret that I love Urban Decay Naked Palettes. I have their other palettes, but I held off as long as I could to add this to my collect since I've heard so many mixed reviews about this Naked Smoky Palette. I got this palette as birthday gift from my best friend, and I wanted to see what this palette was all about.
Swatches (I did NOT use any primer for the swatches)
Double Ended Brush
* Eyes *
- MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
- Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette
- Whiskey as a transition color in the Crease
- Dagger in the Tear Duct and half of the Lid
- Black Market on the other half of the Lid and Outer V
- Blend Black Market on top of the lid
- Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, Lots of Lashes in Blackest Black
* Face *
- Fashion Fair Fast Finish Foundation Stick in Butterscotch/Caramel
- Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Medium
- Maybelline Fit Me Pressed Powder: Soft Honey 315
- BH Cosmetics Floral Blush Duo in Iris (Darker Shade)
* Lips *
- NYX Lip Pencil in Currant
- Milani Lipstick in Black Cherry
I'm glad that I wanted this as birthday gift because honestly I think this palette is amazing and the shadows are gorgeous! In this palette there are matte, shimmer, and metallic shadows. I can truly say that the Naked Smoky is different than the other Naked Palettes, hence the name Smoky. One complaint I noticed that's associated with this palette is lack of pigmentation, but I found this palette very pigmented. I did notice that compared to the other Naked Palettes, this palette does have a tendency to fade throughout the day. Blending was another issue I was concerned about, but I didn't have any issues with blending either. I love how the fallout in this palette is very minimal! The brush that came in the palette is also really nice. I've used the brush once, but applying the eyeshadow was simple, and the brush picks up color well!
I was discussing with my friend Ashley about blending issues we've seen and heard around social media. We came up with the theory that if you have a clean blending brush, it may make blending the eyeshadow easier. It's funny because I happened to have just washed my makeup brushes a day before I used this palette lol. Maybe washing my brushes made all the difference! Another tip Ashley suggested to me included wetting your makeup brush to apply the eyeshadows if you want the colors to pop, especially the metallic colors. I'm going create a metallic FOTD using that tip in a future post! Overall I think that this is a great palette, and I give the Naked Smoky two thumbs up!
Do you own tbe Naked Smoky Palette? If so what are your thoughts?
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