Leslie here, and THE HEAT IS ON! I was able to snag the new Naked Heat Palette during their limited early access through urbandecay.com, so I am here today with swatches, thoughts, ETCETERA. I had a total of zero second thoughts when I saw this was going to be a thing, so it had a LOT to live up to. Let’s get into it!
Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette, $54.
This palette is in the same type of format as most other Naked palettes- a strip of 12 shadows all based around a color theme. This palette will launch June 30th at urbandecay.com, July 10th online at Sephora & Ulta, and then finally in stores July 13th. This all may change, but that’s the last update I see!
The packaging is just like the Naked Smoky- hard, boxy plastic, which I prefer to the cardboard and metal earlier versions of the Naked palettes.
This palette features 12 all new shades, with a semi new (?) formula. Every shade in Naked Heat features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives each shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.
This palette also offers more matte shades than we are used to seeing in Naked palettes. Out of 12 shades, 7 are matte.
OUNCE (ivory shimmer)
CHASER (light nude matte)
SAUCED (soft terra-cotta matte)
LOW BLOW (brown matte)
LUMBRE (copper shimmer w/gold pearl shift)
HE DEVIL (burnt red matte)
DIRTY TALK (metallic burnt red)
SCORCHED (metallic deep red w/gold micro-shimmer)
CAYENNE (deep terra-cotta matte)
EN FUEGO (burgundy matte)
ASHES (deep reddish-brown matte)
EMBER (deep metallic copper-burgundy)
But out of the 7 mattes…3 are kind of disappointing. And only disappointing because the other mattes in the palette are SO GOOD. Chaser, Sauced, Low Blow, & He Devil are buttery, smooth, and pigmented AF. Cayenne, En Fuego, & Ashes just seem less buttery, the surface in the pan a little scratchy, and swatching Ashes just doesn’t compare to everything else. I know, I know, purples are hard, blah blah blah.
The shimmers though! I love all the shimmers in this palette, and Lumbre is one of the prettiest shades I’ve ever seen. It’s pink, it’s coral, it’s orange, it’s red, it’s pearly. I have been using it nonstop all over the lid to finish off my eye. Scorched has been beautiful smudged on my lower lash line, and it stays all day there.
I started to look through my collection for dupes, and while there are a few repeats- even within the Urban Decay world (for example Ounce is almost identical to Skimp & Blow, both previous UD shades.)
But I didn’t get all the way through the palette- so let me know if you’d like to see a post of dupes for each shade!
I am a fan of most UD shadows, they are some of the best quality eyeshadows I have ever used. This palette is no different. They are pigmented and blend very easily. I will say, this formula is a bit dustier than previous UD shades I have used, and there is quite a bit more fall out. You can see just in the pan all the excess that is kicked up after dipping your brush in.
With and without a primer – the vibrancy of the shades kind of faded throughout my day. I was totally not expecting that and was kind of bummed! I guess this IS supposed to be a neutral palette still, but just ‘scorched’. But I expected super bright, firey eyes all day.
I LIKE it… There are definitely some repeat of shades throughout my collection, but then there are those that are like nothing I own (Lumbre!). There is a bit of fallout with these, and I do wish there was a really punchy orange or something like Realgar from Modern Renaissance. As I use it more, I will have to update on variety of looks!