NEW Urban Decay Naked Smoky eyeshadow palette: The One We’ve All Been Waiting For

Never before as an eyeshadow series caused so much hysteria and anticipation amongst usually sane women. The Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palettes have become an absolute cult product, with each new edition causing chaos online as we all rush to spend our cash. I’m a big fan of Urban Decay’s eyeshadows anyway (their super soft and blendable formulas offer a serious hit of pigment,) but there’s something quite special about a palette bursting with colours you can actually wear on a daily basis. Although bright blue tones and pink-tinted coppers are all well and good in theory, I mostly find myself sticking to the same shades and using up only one or two pans from each season’s latest collection. That’s where the Naked palettes differ and why they’ve become such a huge success; each eyeshadow colour included is absolutely wearable and suited to every complexion, look, age or need. This July they’re expanding their repertoire once again with a twist on the Naked palettes that have come before: this time it’s smoky!

Packed with a dozen sultry, smoky neutrals (including nine
never-before-seen shades and three exclusives,) the Naked Smoky palette
is loaded with all the essentials for the perfect neutral smoky eye. Basically this sums all the shades I ever use – day or night, summer or winter. If you only buy one eyeshadow palette this whole year, then this should be it. Naked Smoky provides you with all the colour combinations and textures you could ever want (including matte, shimmering and metallic,) packed in one super sleek and elegant case. From the understated ‘base’ tones, right through to the super dark shades to line the eye and create the ultimate smoke, these twelve eyeshadows are simply fabulous.

Urban Decay add a sprinkle of magic into every shade they produce, and this palette is no exception. Each shade is super soft, blendable, buildable, long-lasting and crease-free; you can wear the tones alone with a slick of mascara, or layer them up for a look that smoulders. For me, other palettes often feel intimidating, but the way the shades are broken down make Naked Smoky something I want to get stuck into straight away. The double-ended brush that’s included is also a dream; I’ve kept hold of previous Urban Decay eyeshadow brushes long after the palette has been disregarded, as they’re so brilliant and buffing and blending into the eye. The longer end is great at applying your base colours and subtly blending, while the shorter and more compact end is the secret to a flawless smoky eye: it holds a serious amount of eyeshadow without flaking, helping you to really work the colour around the lash line.

There’s nothing particularly revolutionary about this new palette, but it ticks all the boxes for me. It’s beautiful, contains all the shades I’ll ever need, features one of the best eyeshadow brushes I’ve used, plus the quality of the pigment is second to none. After a long time of resisting it, it’s safe to say I’m finally a Naked convert…

Are you excited for this new addition to the Urban Decay Naked portfolio?

The Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette is available online at urbandecay.co.uk from 30th July, priced £38.00. It will inevitably roll out to department stores thereafter. 






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24 Comments

  1. Emily Knott
    July 15, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    I like the look of this palette. But like you said, it's not revolutionary. I'm sure I will buy it at some point, but I think I will wait a little after it's initial release. http://www.britishbeautyaddict.com

  2. Agata Michalewska
    July 15, 2015 / 12:41 pm

    Looks amazing! I've always wanted one, and I might just splurge on this one when it comes out…Photography & Ink

  3. Kirsty Effortlessly Excessive
    July 15, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    I'm really not sold on this palette. It's far too cool-toned for my liking and I'd get very little use out of it. It's great to see that they've brought out something a bit different to the other naked palettes though, I'm sure there will be lots of people going mad for this but I won't be parting with my pennies! xxxKirsty – Effortlessly Excessive

    • Hayley Carr
      July 20, 2015 / 9:35 am

      I guess it's the kind of tones that are your personal preference – I love all the shades, but from feedback I've had it's very 50/50

  4. Gill McLaughlin
    July 15, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    I like it but I don't love it. There are more shades in there that I probably wouldn't wear than I would so one I probably wouldn't purchase unless it ever went on sale xgillmclaughlin.com

  5. Philippa
    July 15, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    This looks so nice!Philippa – ByPhilippa

  6. Emmys Beauty Cave
    July 15, 2015 / 2:37 pm

    The palette does look gorgeous but i prefer more bronzey tones rather than the black and grey shades xEmma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  7. Ciara Pollock
    July 15, 2015 / 3:17 pm

    It looks like such a gorgeous palette, those colours are fabulous!Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

  8. emmalcm
    July 15, 2015 / 3:51 pm

    I think this is something I will pick up at some point but I'm not going to rush out to buy it when it gets released because as you say, there's nothing particularly unique about it. I have other eye shadows that are pretty much the same shades. It looks like a good quality basic to have for evening make up though-I tend to go for smoky eyes for going out at night, Em xhttp://themusingsofem.blogspot.co.uk/http://themusingsofem.blogspot.co.uk/

  9. Sara Fleming
    July 15, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    I've been trying to convince myself that I don't need it, but it looks so pretty!Sara – She Who Is Short

  10. abigailalicex
    July 15, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Beautiful! I love the packaging of this palette. Can't wait to try it out I'm sure it won't be long before it's in my collection.Check out my latest post over on..http://www.abigailalicex.com

    • Hayley Carr
      July 20, 2015 / 9:36 am

      Packaging shouldn't play a part – but it so does! It's definitely prettier than the other Naked palettes.

  11. Holly Olivia
    July 15, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    Wow! This would be beautiful in the colder months! xhollyolivia12.blogspot.co.uk

  12. Tamzin Swann
    July 15, 2015 / 10:27 pm

    This looks soo much better than the originals! Really want to get this one, love the colours xwww.throughneweyesx.com

  13. Anonymous
    July 15, 2015 / 11:23 pm

    I've heard so many mixed reviews of this. Temptalia was pretty down on it. I love the packaging and colours and look forward to seeing it in real life, but I know it's going to get duped loads and the Naked dupes do me, so if the dupes of this are as good as the original, then…

    • Hayley Carr
      July 20, 2015 / 9:36 am

      I think dupes will only get you so far tbh – and I love a dupe – as it's the texture and quality of the UD eyeshadows that are worth the price point.

  14. Pam Scalfi
    July 16, 2015 / 8:37 am

    i cant wait for this to come out!Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  15. PintSizedBeauty
    July 16, 2015 / 10:09 am

    It does look like a gorgeous palette. I don't think Urban Decay could ever disappoint me personally xwww.pintsizedbeauty.com

  16. Alessia
    July 16, 2015 / 2:55 pm

    Lucky you! In all the shops I've checked for it, it was already sold out. I'm quite interested in it, because I've never indulged myself to a Naked palette (how could you resist? you'll be thinking…)

  17. Mandy S
    July 16, 2015 / 7:18 pm

    I love the original Naked palette and I think I'll love this too! I'm so glad it has warmer shades in the palette. xfarfromperfectionxo.blogspot.com

  18. chloe logan
    July 22, 2015 / 7:37 am

    Never had a naked palette so I think it's this one i will splurge on!Chloe // chloexlogan.blogspot.co.uk x

  19. sampan_27
    July 28, 2015 / 1:08 pm

    Ooh this isn't as dark as I expected it to be! I was definitely with everyone saying "How will Naked work with smokey?!" But I see what they've done here! Cannot wait to see it on, as it seems like it is the perfect set of colours for me :)haveyouseenhowshespeaks.blogspot.co.uk

  20. Hannah Freeman
    August 12, 2015 / 9:44 pm

    I'm thinking of investing in an Urban Decay palette – but I'm not a fan of grey shades, so thinking of going for the original palette or number 3. I'm fair skinned, blue / grey eyes, dark blonde with yellow undertone to my skin. Which palette would you reccomend for my skin tone? Thanks. Really appreciate your advice. Love your frank reviews. Hannah

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