So recently Urban Decay released the fifth edition in their Naked Palette range, the mother of all warm-toned eyeshadow palettes and subject of endless Social Media hype.
If your Facebook and Instagram feeds have been anything like mine, it’s been very difficult to avoid the hype around this product, but for good reason; it is probably the most Instagram-able palette ever released. A beautiful combination of shimmers and mattes, I made a beeline for the Urban Decay website on release day and managed to get my hands on one.
What I love about this palette is that it’s both wearable and can be amped up. I’ve been wearing it almost everyday, but I’ve been playing with beautiful looks for nights out and the festival season too.
The packaging is sturdy and has a satisfying magnetic close which means there’s no worry of the palette opening in your makeup bag, plus there’s a nice big mirror inside. Always a bonus.
For an insight into each individual shade, keep scrolling:
Ounce: A pearlescent white, ‘Ounce’ is a great all-over-the-lid shade that is perfect underneath other shimmer shades. This is very creamy and looks great alone too.
Chaser: This shade reminds me of a paler version of ‘Naked’ from the original Naked Palette. Wearable and nude, this is a great shade for adding a touch of definitition without anything too crazy.
Sauced: ‘Sauced’ is a little too peachy for my liking, but if buffed well into the crease it makes a very nice contour shade.
Low Blow: This is one of my favourites from the palette. I love this shade on a day to day basis, and it can be amped up with a touch of ‘Cayenne’ in the crease.
Lumbre: I love this shade, it beautifully applies on top of ‘Ounce’, and is the perfect partner for ‘Dirty Talk’ and ‘Scorched’.
He Devil: This shade is difficult to work with, but the colour is a beautiful, burnt orangey / red, and if you can be bothered to spend the time blending is a real treat.
Dirty Talk: Another top shade of mine, I love using this in the crease on top of ‘Lumbre’, or for something more dramatic it’s gorgeous on top of ‘Ounce’ too.
Scorched: ‘Scorched’ is a dark shimmery pink, if you love your metallics this one’s for you. Pink copper at its best.
Cayenne: I love ‘Cayenne’, blends beautifully with ‘Lumbre’, ‘Dirty Talk’ and ‘Low Blow’. It’s a beautiful orange pepper shade, and is definitely my favourite matte in the palette.
En Feugo: This one’s beautiful but tricky to work with. If used with a matte base such as ‘Chaser’ or ‘Sauced’ it can work well with a fluffy blending brush.
Ashes: A gorgeous shade but a little chalky for my liking. If you’re a fan of your purple shades I’m sure this would blend well with other similar colours.
Ember: For me this is the dark horse of the palette, a gorgeous, sultry shimmer that’s between red and purple. My favourite way of using this is to layer it over ‘Scorched’ and ‘Dirty Talk’.
If you already have warm-toned palettes, such as the Anastasia Modern Renaissance or the Sephora Pro Palette you can probably give this one a miss, but if it’s your first in the vein of ever growing warm eye shadow palettes I’d highly recommend this one.
My only qualms with this palette are that there are a number of mattes that are tricky to work with, but the majority of shades are a delight and the shimmers are creamy but not too chunky.
I don’t think I’ll be getting bored of this one any time soon, you can pick one up here if you’re interested!