In 2011 when the first generation of the Urban Decay Naked palette was born, no one (not even Urban Decay) could have seen this coming. Now just 4 years and 3 generations later, smokey eyeshadow wearers and neutral makeup lovers everywhere rejoice! The Naked 4 (Naked Smoky… did UD make a typo booboo?!) has arrived.
In the Smoky palette, Urban Decay does an impressive job of maintaining the neutral integrity of the Naked line while simultaneously revolutionizing a traditional smokey eye by incorporating a nearly even balance of warm and cool tones (and shimmery nudes). Which begs the question, “can’t I just use my Naked 1 or Naked 2 and still get the same smokey results?”
The answer, of course, is a resounding, “duh.”
Think of the Naked Smoky as the hybrid-neutral-smokey-love-child of the Naked 1 and 2; it’s not an exact dupe of one over the other… but it’s pretty damn close.
The fucking packaging. It blows my mind. Kiss those cheap ass flimsy plastic inserts of the Naked 1, 2 and 3 goodbye my friends because this palette is made up of the sturdiest, most ritzy feeling acrylic I’ve ever held in my pointy-nailed hands, and I love it. I hope to God we see more packaging like this from ALL brands in the future.
QUALITY OF THE EYESHADOW:
SHIMMER: Concerning the quality of the shadows themselves, I’m happy to report that the shimmers in this palette (yes, even that chunky ass silver shade “Armor”) are typical A+ UD quality.
MATTE: As for the mattes, they’re not nearly as pigmented or as buttery as what you might find in the Pulp Fiction palette for example, but they are manageable.
It’s all downhill from here, my friends. At the end of the day, I don’t give a shit about packaging when it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right my bitches? Is it okay that I call you my bitches? I feel like we have that kind of relationship.
Here are my issues:
- 6/12 of the these shadows look unique in the palette… until you attempt to apply them, and then they all blend into each-other and create one big muddy mess.
- I would have liked to have seen a matte shade in-between “Whiskey” and “Combust” for the purpose of a pale girls crease needs.
- Smolder looks black when applied in conjunction with ANY eyeshadow in this palette. Which pisses me off. If I wanted a palette that was all black and brown, I’d order any palette. EVER.
- Am I the only person who feels like “Smoky” is a typo that was meant to be “Smokey”?
- If you look closely, some jackass at the jackass factory named my “Smolder” “Smoldep”. I know what you’re thinking, and no I didn’t buy this from a cracked out bum on MLK and 52nd… I bought it at Macy’s. Fuck you for questioning my integrity. Just kidding, I love you, please don’t leave me!
- I don’t hate this palette, I just think if you already own the 1 or 2 it’s not necessary. And if you are looking to buy your first Naked palette, the 1 or 2 would be more wearable and/or have better quality.
- P.S. It’s your money, do whatever the fuck you want with it.
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1 PALETTE, 3 LOOKS
To give you an idea of what this palette is capable of, I’ve actually worn 3 different variations in my last 3 YouTube videos. Look #1 is my favorite of the 3, but one I truly believe you could replicate with the original Naked or the Naked 2. Look #2 was created using just 3 shades (the last 3 matte shades in the palette), but again I feel this is something you could easily replicate with ANY matte eyeshadows. Finally, look #3 is an example of what happens when you try to use Smolder and Armor on the lid. Can you tell which is where? I didn’t think so.
There are a shit ton of tutorials using this palette on YouTube right now, but if anyone would be interested in a GRWM just ask. Particularly, I think it would be super cool to create a look with the Smoky on one eye and the Naked 2 on the other and see if you can tell the difference!