Omg! How insane is it that we’re nearing the end of 2018? This has been one of the best years of my life and I’m sure some of you can guess why. Lol! Yup! It’s because I got married to the love of my life. Our wedding day was my dream wedding and a day I’d give anything to relive again.
Today’s post is long overdue and I’m quite excited to finally publish it. As you can tell by the heading, today I’m sharing my thoughts on the Urban Decay Naked Heat. This palette launched on the 12th of August 2017 at Menlyn mall in Pretoria South Africa. There was so much buzz around this palette because let’s be serious this is a warm-toned lovers dream. Am I right or am I right? I obviously had to have it and I recall continuously throwing subtle hints at hubby dearest hoping he would do the right thing, lol, and it worked. My love literally went to the Menlyn store and purchased this beauty as a “surprise” gift. Who doesn’t love being surprised with makeup??
I started a series called the “Naked Edition” sometime last year where I reviewed all the Urban Decay Naked palettes in my collection. If you’re interested in reading my thoughts on those then just search “Naked Edition” and those posts will pop up.
Urban Decay Naked Heat
This beautiful palette includes 12 eyeshadows with a mixture of shimmers and mattes varying from warm neutrals, warmer, more orange tones to red-based hues.
Can we just take a moment to appreciate this stunning packaging? These eyeshadows are encased in this sturdy acrylic smooth packaging with the words Naked Heat embossed on the front. It also has a decently sized mirror, which is always a plus. The colour theme is an eye-catching mix of oranges, reds and dark browns. It has a special effect to make it appear as if you are looking into some sort of heating mechanism (Hence the name Naked “Heat”). How cool? Like all the other Naked palettes this one also comes with a double ended brush, one side is a small tapered brush that perfect for precise work and the other side is a larger fluffy blending brush.
Eyeshadows and Pigmentation
The 12 shades in this palette consist of 1 shimmer shade, 1 satin/matte, 3 metallic and the other 7 are mattes. It has a nice balance of mattes and shimmers, transitions shades, lid and outer corner shades. So if you’re someone who prefers matte shadows and want your eyes to look ablaze with fire, then this palette is your perfect fit.
- Ounce (ivory shimmer)
- Chaser (light nude matte)
- Sauced (soft terra-cotta matte)
- Low Blow (brown matte)
- Lumbre (copper shimmer with gold pearl shift)
- He Devil (burnt red matte)
- Dirty Talk (metallic burnt red
- Scorched (deep red metallic with gold micro-shimmer)
- Cayenne (deep Terra-cotta matte)
- En Fuego (burgundy matte)
- Ashes (deep reddish-brown matte)
- Ember (deep metallic copper-burgundy
As you can tell from my swatches, some of these don’t show up extremely vividly. However, I think they’ve intentionally formulated them this way. I’ve had zero issues when it comes to building and blending these shadows, so they really are easy to work with.
If you generally prefer softer, almost buttery feeling shadows like the ABH shadows, then these might not feel as soft to you at first swipe. But here’s the reason why this is actually a good thing, these shadows essentially have no fallout because of this, which is what I’m looking for when working with such vibrant tones.
The shades that have really stood out for me are:
Sauced: a great transition shade. I find myself using this shade with almost every look.
Cayenne: a great shades for a stunning rosy depth.
Dirty talk and Scorched: these are breathtakingly beautiful. Extremely pigmented and look absolutely beautiful on the lids.
The shades I’m not too fond of:
Chaser: I hardly reach for this shade as I feel like the shade ounce, being the lightest shade in the palette, is perfect for the inner corners as well as the brow bone.
Lumbre: I don’t know why but I just didn’t get the desired effect with this shade. It’s just not pigmented enough for my liking. I tried using Mac fix plus to try and give it more oomph but I still wasn’t satisfied with the way it looked on the eye. It’s just a little lacklustre.
The Naked Heat is definitely one for a warm-toned eyeshadow lover. If you like your warm neutrals, your coppers, browns and burgundy shades then this will be the palette for you.
I get that this palette was probably designed for a coherent look but I feel like some of the shadows look very similar on the eyes. I can’t tell some of the mattes apart once they’ve been applied on the lid. I also feel like it needs a much darker shade than ashes, especially for those sultry looks as well a lighter rose gold hue shade but one that packs a punch.
Overall, I think this is a stunning palette and if you don’t own anything similar then you would definitely appreciate this baby more.
I have unfortunately not given it as much love as I thought I would.
Do you own this beauty? Would you consider adding it to your collection?