Are you sick of hearing about the newest addition to the Urban Decay Naked family, Naked Heat, yet? Considering that half of my Twitter feed has been reviewing it, I wouldn’t be surprised if you are. I absolutely love Urban Decay and they’re one of the brands that I’ve been a fan of since the beginning, so I tend to get caught up in the inevitable flurry of social media excitement whenever they announce a new release. The previous addition, Naked Smoky, is my ultimate favourite palette (which they’ve announced that they’re discontinuing and have thus broken my heart) so I was really looking forward to seeing what they’d bring out next.
When Naked Heat was first announced I wasn’t all that fussed, if anything I was a little bit disappointed. Warm shades do not suit my Casper The Ghost complexion, and as soon as I saw it I was having flashbacks to the time I tried to wear an orangey-red eyeshadow to school and spent the day being asked if I had an eye infection. Ugh, high school. Anyway, failing teenage experimentation aside, I just wasn’t sold on Naked Heat at first glance. The first run of preorders came and went, with the palette selling out in minutes, but my bank card stayed firmly put in my purse. Then, one day, I opened the door the the familiar pink packet that I associate with Urban Decay, and there it was. The Naked Heat palette. All for me. Yup, I was part of that blanket send out, and I was kind of shocked to be included, to be honest.
If you hadn’t already guessed, I wasn’t really planning on buying this palette, but when I opened it and saw the beautiful, buttery shades in real life I thought it was going to prove my doubts wrong.
Naked Heat has the classic Naked palette packaging, a long, slim palette with a range of 12 matte and shimmer shades alongside a double ended brush. In a similar vein to Naked Smoky, the palette is housed in a sturdy plastic casing with a magnetic closure. I love that it has a huge mirror in the top, which makes it handy to take out and about. It is quite chunky but it’s not obscenely huge, which also helps on the portability factor. I’m not a huge fan of the design on the top, which is supposedly created to look like the view of a sunset through blinds, or some other random imagery like that, but it is in keeping with the overall aesthetics of the shade range.
Like other Urban Decay eyeshadows, the actual formula is a real strength of this palette. I find Urban Decay shadows to be some of the best, as they’re creamy and blendable but definitely not lacking in pigment. Some of the matte shades can be a tad dusty, but nothing more than I’d expect from matte shadows in the first place. I know I can rely on Urban Decay formulas, and Naked Heat is no different.
But even that beautiful formula doesn’t detract from the fact that I just do not like this palette. Why? The shades. I’m not into warm eyes, they do not suit me no matter how hard I try, and instead of feeling like a sultry Olsen sister I instead end up looking like I have a nasty case of conjunctivitis. I thought I could make this work, but for me, the shades in this palette are all way too warm. I don’t think there’s enough variety in the underlying tones and colours here, which is fair enough as it’s obviously intended to be a warm palette, but I would have loved to see some deep golds in there too. I think if it had included some gold shades it would have been much more wearable for me.
I feel like I’m one of the only people who isn’t raving about this palette, I mean even Naked-hater Lis has been loving Naked Heat, but it just wasn’t meant to be for me. Hey, I was never going to love everything that Urban Decay brings out, so me not liking one of their numerous palettes isn’t the end of the world. I am still planning on picking up some of the earlier palettes, because the original Naked palette has been calling my name for a while now and I’m not one to resist temptation when it comes to beauty products.
Not to fear though, I have passed this palette on to my friend Katie who also writes a blog sometimes and is my go-to gal when it comes to chatting makeup. I know that she’ll treat it like it was her first born child, so it’s in safe hands. She also posts her bangin’ makeup looks on Instagram on the regular so go follow her if makeup is your cup of tea. She better bloody read this post and see how nice I’m being.
So yeah, despite the hype, Naked Heat was not for me. The quality is top notch, as to be expected from Urban Decay, but the shades simply did not float my boat. If you do enjoy a warm toned eye, then it is definitely worth checking out, because it’s hard to judge based on pictures alone.