Can be purchased from: https://www.urbandecay.com/naked-smoky/UD550.html
ATTENTION: You can now snag the Urban Decay Naked Smoky eyeshadow palette for half its price (USD $54, now USD $27). The reason being, UD has decided to discontinue this palette. I can no longer find this palette on the Canadian Sephora and Urban Decay websites, but it is still available on the American websites, as well as Ulta (which now ships to Canada)!
Do you need this palette before it disappears? Keep reading to find out.
The Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette comes in a thick magnetic plastic casing, unlike the Naked 2 and 3 packagings which are made from thinner plastic that must be pressed down to close. The silver thin lettering on this packaging is raised and reflective (hence the reflected light in the first photo). The smoky background is protected by a clear plastic cover, which is what makes the entire packaging much thicker and protective.
The bottom of the packaging is made of thinner plastic compared to the lid. It's a transparent grey with a "floating smoke effect", so you can see the pan sizes and the eyeshadow brush holder through the bottom of the casing.
There is a large horizontal mirror inside the palette. It is a good quality mirror, suited for doing eye makeup, but I wish it was a bit taller so I can use it to do my face makeup as well. There are 12 eyeshadow pans, each with 0.05 oz of product.
The 12 eyeshadows in the Naked Smoky palette comes in a variety of finishes - mattes, satins, metallics, and glitter. The quality of these shadows are equivalent to Mac eyeshadows in which they have a harder texture. This makes these shadows have very little to no fall out and kick-up when brushes are dipped into the pans, which I very much appreciate.
Below are swatches of the eyeshadows.
High, Dirtysweet, and Radar swatch so beautifully! In my opinion, Dirtysweet is less pigmented and creamy compared to High and Radar. The texture of High is comparable to an Anastasia Beverly Hills metallic eyeshadow.
Again, these shadows swatch amazingly. Armor has larger chunks of sparkles, so I'd use a glitter glue underneath it. Dagger is a blue-gray shade, a very uncommon eyeshadow shade in my opinion!
These three shades are very unique. Smolder and Black Market have a satin finish, giving these two otherwise ordinary colours a very smoky vibe . I love using Password in my crease to blend. It's a cool taupe-gray shade, perfect for cool smoky eye looks. However, use this shade with caution as bringing it too high up on the crease will make you look like you got punched in the eye.
Lastly, we have two matte shades (Whiskey and Combust) and a satin shade (Thirteen). These are soft matte shades to help blend out the darker shadows on your lids.
PRODUCTS I USE TO PROLONG THE SHADOWS' LONGEVITY:
Mac Fix + (CAD $28)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - Original (CAD $26)
Too Faced Shadow Insurance Glitter Glue Glitter Bonding Eye Shadow Primer (CAD $24)
Too Faced Shadow Insurance (CAD $24)
Urban Decay Naked2 Basics (CAD $36) (I use the second shade from the left to set my eyeshadow primer)
I typically apply the Urban Decay or Too Faced eyeshadow primer from my eyelids to my brow bone and set it with the Urban Decay eyeshadow in the shade Skimp (second shade from the left in the UD Naked2 Basics eyeshadow palette). This step is crucial since I have very oily eyelids. If I don't set the primer, my eyeshadow will crease and my eyeliner and mascara will fade and smudge throughout the day. With these steps, my shadow lasts about 6 hours before the pigmentation fading.
When I use the shimmery eyeshadows, I like to use the Too Faced glitter glue or the Mac Fix + prior to applying those shadows to ensure that there is no fallout and to maximize their pigmentations.
Below are swatches of the shimmer shadows using the dual-ended eyeshadow brush that came with the Urban Decay Naked palette. I used the shader brush to swatch these shadows. The swatch with its name is the original shadow and the swatch below it is the shadow applied with Mac Fix +.
The Urban Decay Naked Smoky eyeshadow palette has a range of beautiful and unique shades, catered towards creating a cooler smoky eye look. If you want to increase the shadows' longevity, using a primer and setting it with any sort of powder is essential.
For USD $27, this palette is definitely worth it, whether you are a beginner in smoky eyes or an advanced eyeshadow lover who's looking for more unique shades to create the perfect smoky eye.
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