Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay's Naked eyeshadows palettes have always garnered quite a bit of fanfare around their launch, but does the Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette live up to that hype? Actually, it does!
With nine new shades and three carried over from previous Urban Decay palettes, the Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette leans toward mostly cool tones in varying finishes of shimmer, micro-glitter, and matte. In addition to the nude and brown hues, there are also deeply pigmented variations of plum, blue, and slate grey, as well as a satin black shade to round out the smoky look. The lighter shades tend to go on more sheer, which makes them great for layering.
Most of the shades have a smooth texture that makes blending a breeze and fallout was practically nonexistent. A couple of the semi-glittery shades do flake a smidge (particularly "Armor"), but we found an eyeshadow primer helped solidify their wear. (We used Urban Decay's Original Primer Potion.)
The included dual-ended brush has a fluffy "crease" brush on one end and a rounded, stubby "smudging" brush with soft, but dense, hairs on the other. Both work well for their intended purpose, and if you're traveling, it's enough to get you by.
Combined these 12 shadows offer versatility for creating various sultry eyeshadow designs as well as softer daytime looks. The richly pigmented shades lend themselves to creating a smoky eye, and if you're into switching up your eyeshadow look on a regular basis, the Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette is a great way to go! Kudos to Urban Decay for creating another great eyeshadow palette
FYI: All of the shades are fragrance-free.
- Versatile mix of colors and finishes to customize day or nighttime looks.
- The richly pigmented shades work great for creating a smoky eye.
- Most shades have a smooth, easy to apply texture that wears well.
- High quality brush included.
- You may experience a bit of fallout with the glittery shades.
We packed this palette with a dozen sultry, smoky neutrals, including nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives from past palettes. Experiment with warm bronzes, dimensional grays, rich browns, gorgeous taupes and deep black. From mattes and satins to shades with sparkle, Naked Smoky has it all!
Urban Decay At-A-Glance
Strengths: Workable options in almost every category; excellent cheek tint; bonanza for anyone who wants lots of shiny eyeshadows; good mattifier;bronzing powder; brow products; makeup brushes.
Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor mascaras; limited foundation shades and some disappointing lip glosses; the products designed to help makeup last longer don't help.
From its unconventional beginnings in 1996 with the debut tagline of "Does Pink Make You Puke?" Urban Decay has been at the forefront of the ongoing trend toward unconventional colors. Their approach to beauty is still rooted in steering clear of the norm, but for those creative, unconventional folks who want the opportunity to express themselves with well-formulated, edgy products, this is the line to look to.
Now representing itself by the decidedly tamer "Beauty with an Edge" slogan, the line still offers several shiny options (which excel by virtue of how well they cling to skin), but the items that really deserve your attention include some of their mascaras, bronzing powder, blush, and brow products. The brush collection is highly recommended and priced on the low end when compared to other department-store lines, and Urban Decay counters (as opposed to Sephora stores, where the line is typically sold) offer helpful literature about how to design a complete makeup look. The colors may be unconventional and more clownish than classy, but their placement advice is right-on.
Shortcomings of this edgy line include the lack of lipsticks and some glittery products that apply terribly. Those who appreciate products that make a statement (though it may not always be one that puts you in your most flattering light) should explore the best of what is offered here, as should those whose makeup concepts occasionally lean toward the adventurous side.
For more information about Urban Decay, call (800) 784-URBAN or visit www.urbandecay.com.
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