So I'm finally doing my take on the already highly criticized Urban Decay Naked Heat palette. I'm sure you've seen beauty influencers either raving about how great this palette is, or how horrible it is. Sooooooo much as been said about this! I swear, this has got to be Urban Decay's most controversial palette that they've released in years! But you know what? Everyone has different tastes and opinions when it comes to makeup. What I absolutely love, you might absolutely hate. So in an effort to give this palette a fair chance, I decided to try it out to see for myself if I like it or not. This palette will be available in-stores and online June 30th but if you were lucky, you were able to snag it on the Sephora mobile app yesterday! 😊
Let's start with the packaging. The packaging is so so soooo beautiful! From the outer box to the actual palette, it's all gorgeous. To be honest, I've never been a fan of the Naked palettes' packaging. It's just so plain and boring! I thought the Naked Smoky was a big upgrade (packaging-wise) from the first three palettes, but the Naked Heat definitely kicks all their flat-palette-y butts! A few things I will admit about the palettes, is that they are perfect for traveling, have nice, big mirrors, and (except for the first Naked palette) they all are very durable and heavy-duty.
Even if you absolutely hate Urban Decay for whatever reason, you KNOW that palette cover is stunning!
The palette includes 12 shades that are 0.05 oz. each and it costs $54 just like the past Naked palettes. If you're thinking that's pretty expensive when compared to Morphe palettes that are usually $18 for 35 shades.. While you may get more shades through companies like that, the packaging absolutely does NOT compare! This palette is so stunningly beautiful, you get a mirror, and you get a brush. I normally don't like the makeup brushes that come with palettes, but Urban Decay's included brushes are actually really great.
Alright, let's get into the shades and see some swatches! I tried something new for my swatches this time. I did one swatch with my finger, and then would swatch the same color again but with a Sigma E55 shading brush. So then you can see what the swatches look like using both methods. Just to be clear here, I would rub my finger on the shade 3 times, and then swipe it ONCE on my arm, while applying pressure. Same goes with the brush, I would swipe the eyeshadow 3 times with the brush, and then would swipe it ONCE on my arm. I did this with every color to make sure these swatches were applied as equally as possible. Also, I didn't use any primers and didn't wet my brush or anything.
**I know this image has different lighting than the rest of the pics. I'm sorry. The sun and the clouds were not in my favor once I started swatching...*
Ounce - Ivory shimmer (this color is probably beautiful on darker skin tones, but not on my pasty self ☹️)
Chaser - Light nude matte
Sauced - Soft terra-cotta matte
Low Blow - Brown matte (ugh.. this shade was sooooo disappointing to swatch 😫)
Lumbre - Copper shimmer with gold pearl shift
He Devil - Burnt red matte (crumbly af 😒)
Dirty Talk - Metallic burnt red (uh.. more like a metallic burnt orange, in my opinion 🙄)
Scorched - Metallic deep red with gold micro-shimmer
Cayenne - Deep terra-cotta matte
En Fuego - Burgundy matte
Ashes - Deep reddish-brown matte (I personally think this should be the description for 'En Fuego' because 'Ashes' looks like a deep brown matte, not reddish)
Ember - Deep metallic copper-burgundy
I know what you're thinking. Patchy. Patchy. PATCHY! A lot of the colors were very crumbly, patchy, and just didn't swatch very well.. BUT the 4 metallic shades were definitely my favorite. They went on so beautifully and looked sooooo stunning! They were like foiled, buttery, perfection. I mean, seriously.. JUST LOOK AT THEM! 😍
So let's be 100,000,000% honest and call a shoe, a shoe. Most of the swatches I've seen for this palette have been horrible! Shoot. Even the swatches I did, were mostly f*****g horrible! But you guys, who gives a flying poop about ugly swatches on your arm, when the shades are actually super pigmented, buttery, and blendable on the one place that actually matters? YOUR EYES! That's right, they may not swatch the best. But to my surprise, as long as you use a creamy base (like the MAC Paint Pot or really any concealer) these eyeshadows go on very pigmented, blend nicely, and stay on for at least 7 hours!
Have similar colors been created? Yup. Can you find cheaper alternatives to these shades? Yup. Could Morphe's 35O palette be a cheaper alternative to this? Yes, definitely. But that does not mean that this palette is crap. I don't want to persuade you NOT to buy it, but I'm not going to lie and tell you that you absolutely need this. If you have the extra money to splurge or like to collect the Naked palettes, get it. If you don't care to have all the palettes and just want products you actually need, skip it. Let me know what you decide in the comments below! If you're interested in it, set your calendars so you can get it on June 30th!
Make sure to look below my signature to view some gorgeous looks that have been created using this palette! Click on the photos to go straight to their Instagram and please hit the follow button if you want to see more of their great looks!