LAST CHANCE: URBAN DECAY NAKED SMOKY EYESHADOW PALETTE REVIEW

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Hi guys, happy Wednesday! Today, for Beauty Wednesday, I wanted to do a product review AND a little PSA. A little before the Holidays, I heard that a beauty industry favourite was going to be discontinued. I am (obviously) talking about the Urban Decay Naked Smoky eyeshadow palette.

Now just in case you aren’t familiar with the Naked palettes, they’re kind of a big deal. Since the launch of their original Naked palette in 2010 (and its wild success), Urban Decay came out with the Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Smoky, and most recently with the Naked Heat and Naked Cherry palettes. They also exported the concept to create the Naked Skin palette, and some Naked lip glosses and colour correctors, to name only a few. But no matter how many “Naked” products come out, eyeshadow is, and probably forever will be, the most popular of the bunch, and quite a pioneer in its own lane. Let’s just say when most beauty junkies (myself included) hear the word Naked, the original eyeshadow palette pops up in mind.

Which might explain why, earlier last year, when Urban Decay announced they were discontinuing their original Naked palette, everyone freaked out. And here’s the big confession moment: Even though I’m totally obsessed with anything beauty-related AND the super dark smokey eye has kind of been my trademark since 2008, I never owned the original Naked palette. I know, I know… Pause for shocked, sharp intake or air.

You see, in 2010, when the original palette came out, I was almost exclusively a drugstore beauty queen. Exception made of a YSL set I begged my dad to get me for Christmas and a few Dior foundations, my entire makeup arsenal was made up of brands like Rimmel London (thanks to Kate Moss ads), Maybelline and L’Oréal. Also, I feel like it’s important to mention that an entire palette of light to dark eyeshadows in neutral shades would have been pretty useless, because my eyeshadow technique basically consisted of a bright white highlight under the brow bone and in the inner corner, and covering my entire lid with sparkly pitch black eyeshadow, that I would “blend” way above my crease. It was dramatic, it was a statement, and it kinda looked like Taylor Momsen’s signature look, except I only discovered her years later, once I had grown out that makeup phase, thank God!

So fast forward to last December, when I heard Urban Decay was discontinuing their Naked Smoky palette, I knew I had to jump on it. First of all, because they were (and still are) selling them at a whopping $25, and $25 for 12 shades of great quality is a deal I just couldn’t pass up on. But also because I figured, this might be the time to try something I would really enjoy, before it’s too late forever.

I dived into it as soon as I received it, and I have to say, I had a few thought right away. Here they are, in no particular order:

That palette is GREAT for travelling. There are 12 shades, in a variety of colour ranges (light and dark browns and beige, blue-toned greys, a black and a dark aubergine) and finishes. Some shades are matte, some are more sparkly and metallic, and some are just a pearly in-between. Basically, with this palette, you can create a great variety of neutral looks, ranging from subtle to full-on glam. The case is also super sturdy and made out of plastic, without being super heavy, which is super practical to keep your palette in good shape when travelling.

Also, interesting to note, I think this is the first time ever I bought a palette and could see myself using the brush it came with. In fact, I have used it multiple time, and not just with that palette. Now, let’s be clear here, I’m not a brush snob. I can very well apply my eyeshadow with my fingers or a rinky-dinky sponge applicator if I need to, but I usually use a basic set from Sephora’s home brand, nothing super fancy. And if I was traveling and in a pinch, I could very well see myself creating a smokey eye with the double-ended brush included in this palette, no problem!

Now if we’re talking about the shades themselves, I was actually surprised by how soft and creamy they were. They’re not super powdery (which I love) and their texture is more of a creamy, velvety powder, which makes it great for traveling (once again), since it keeps the kickback in the pan to a minimum, and you won’t end up with a palette that looks like it’s been bombarded. This might seem like a detail, but it’s actually an important detail to me, because I hate being covered in powder once I’m done applying my eyeshadow.

The colours also blend beautifully together, and I found them quite easy to use. They aren’t extremely pigmented in one coat, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if you’re trying to create a soft, blended smokey eye look. When I say they aren’t extremely pigmented, I mostly mean they’re buildable, and you can still see some beautiful, rich pigment. The shades aren’t dull or watered down at all, they’re just not 100% in your face.

Overall, I think this is a great palette to have if you’re a fan of the smokey eye. The shadows are high quality and easy to use, and you can create a great variety of looks with just this one palette. If you’re into lots of colourful looks, then this might get a little boring, but I feel like it’s a really great palette to have for the neutral days.

You can still get this palette before it’s gone (for half price) RIGHT HERE. I’m personally excited, because the fact that Urban Decay is discontinuing a bunch of their OG palettes, has to mean they’re making more room for something new and exciting. Their last 2 Naked palettes, the Naked Heat and Naked Cherry palettes, look really amazing to me, and I just can’t wait to see what the brand has in store for us next!

Do you guys have any of the Naked palettes? If so, which one is your favourite? I’m dying to get your take on this!

Love you guys!

Jenny xx