Although I said I wouldn’t give into the hype and purchase another of the Urban Decay Naked palettes should they ever release another one, I am bloody glad I went back on my promise to myself. When news hit earlier this month of the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette being released, the fifth now in the original Naked series, I took one look at the images and my heart skipped a beat or two; no palette has ever screamed “you need me” more than this one did. The warm auburn hues of the entire palette just spoke to me in a way that no other has and with a beautiful mixture of shimmers, satins and mattes, how could it not be the perfect palette for me?
As I’m never one to be around for the release of these kinds of sought-after products I never expected to get my hands on this beauty so early. With the launch date penned in for the end of July (the 27th to be exact) I didn’t pin my hopes on getting this palette until the hype around it had settled a bit and could maybe pick it up around September. With the palette’s predecessor the Naked Smoky palette not coming into my possession until a good few months after it’s release, I just didn’t want to get any big ideas about having this one first. That was until I was scrolling through Twitter on Tuesday morning and saw that a few of my blogger friends had managed to pick this up; it had gone on sale in a cheeky presale that wasn’t advertised to the masses! I immediately jumped onto the Urban Decay UK site to see that they had sold out and was gutted to have missed out. Jump forward half an hour and those cheeky sons of guns had done it again, this time I’d seen the tweets within seconds and raced back on to claim my prize. A few clicks and taps of entering my details later and a beautiful confirmation email of my purchase pinged into my email inbox. Somehow, I’d managed the impossible, a whole month and a half before it’s due release.
A very short two days later and I’m now sitting in bed, staring at the gorgeous colours in front of me and I have to say: It’s even more stunning in person. With the Naked Smoky not really being my cup of tea, I was pleasantly surprised that the Naked Heat palette was what dreams are made of. The burnt oranges, bronze tones and even the few purplish shades are so much better than the press images give them credit for and the nude shades just compliment this palette so perfectly. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more in love with a palette.
When it comes to the shadows this palette has to offer, in my opinion, we’ve been treated big time and especially with the four gorgeous shimmers. Not normally a gal all about the shimmery lid, these shadows literally had me gobsmacked when I swatched them for the first time. As you can see from my more detailed swatches below of Lumbre, Dirty Talk, Scorched and Ember they’ve left nothing to the imagination when it comes to pigmentation and even these photos don’t really do them justice. They have an almost foiled finish to them and look absolutely stunning when applied to the eyes – I can tell that these are going to be the shades that I reach for the most and that I will most definitely be rocking the warm toned smokey eye this summer! And as far as their formula goes, they couldn’t be any more delicious; they’re so buttery and apply really well to the eyelid with minimal effort and use of product. All in all, I’m the most impressed by these shades and for a girl who usually shies away from overly shimmery shades due to their fall out potential and overall messy nature, I must say I’ve been turned by these. Well done Urban Decay, well done – you’ve most definitely upped your game with these ones.
As for the other eight shades I was a little less impressed with their pigmentation when swatched as they took a lot more work to achieve their sample than the shimmers did, but with colours this gorgeous and a little eyeshadow primer they’re definitely something I can work with. Starting off with a couple of nude/beige shades this palette then progresses through the deep-warm spectrum all the way through your burnt auburns to your deep plums and it couldn’t be any more up my street. When I initially saw this bad boy being advertised on the Urban Decay Instagram page I knew I had to have it and seeing it in person and having a little play with it today, I couldn’t stand by my initial thoughts more – This palette is me. The matte shades are all kinds of beautiful and even though they need a little more product to produce the desired pigment than the shimmers do, they blend extremely well and are easily buildable for whatever level of intensity you’re looking for.
I love the diversity of each and every shade and in turn the diversity of the whole palette, it’s (in my opinion) the best that they’ve released and as a girl who’d lost faith in the Naked palette series, I’m so glad Urban Decay whipped this one out of their sleeves. I’ll be holding this one tight to my chest for the foreseeable future and you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be experimenting with the Naked Heat palette lots over this Summer.
Will you be getting your hands on this palette when it’s released? What are your thoughts on the warmer shades?
BekyLou, Beauty, Fashion, Fitness and Lifestyle Blog based in the South West and London.
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