Worth the Hype? Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

Anyone who follows makeup releases would have seen this baby mentioned on their timeline somewhere; it has been absolutely EVERYWHERE! I love Urban Decay products, and the pigmentation of their eye-shadows are one of my favourites alongside Makeup Geek, so I wanted desperately to try this out and see if it meets the high expectations I have of their existing products.

Arriving just in time for the long summer months, this palette consists of 12 brand new shades in a mixture of smoky browns, sizzling reds and sultry purples.  With a selection of matte and shimmer shades, the colours are perfect for a hot summer night but also lend themselves to the falling leaves and burnt oranges/reds of Autumn, too.

First things first; aesthetically, this palette is stunning. The mirrored front is a throwback to 80’s oranges and reds, whilst the geometric lines mimic a matchbox. As with all the Urban Decay palettes, they feel very well made and weighty, with a large mirror perfect for travelling. And whilst this isn’t the most compact compact (it’s definitely a lot bulkier than their other palettes), it does feel well made and would protect the shadows from damage. There definitely isn’t anything ‘naked’ or subtle about this palette, but it’s nice to see the traditional Naked range step outside its comfort zone.

At first glance the shades seem to tick all the boxes; gorgeous warm toned red, browns and purples which seems to be everyone’s favourite shades. The pigmentation is incredible; the mattes are creamy and easily blended, whilst the shimmer shades pack a punch with minimal fallout. The formulas seem to be pretty consistent with Urban Decay’s other formulations, and the colour is long-lasting on the lids.

Ounce: A creamy pearl colour, matte. Not a shade I tend to use other than to highlight the brow bone, but always handy to have in a palette for the inner corner, too.

Chaser: A matte flesh tone. A perfect colour for an all-over lid or to warm up the crease slightly for minimal makeup looks.

Sauced: Red toned coffee shade, matte. The colour I always long for in a palette! A perfect crease and under eye colour, this is the one I’ve been using most often.

Low Blow: A deeper coffee tone, matte. Another favourite of mine. Great for creating a bit of definition in the crease, or for an all over slightly moody makeup look.

Lumbre: A gold/rose gold duo chrome. Looks beautiful on the skin, and blends very well for a subtle flush of colour.

He Devil: A burnt red matte. A great colour for blending or on the outer edge to darken, although it is quite similar to Cayenne.

Dirty Talk: A coppery metallic. Talk about pigmentation! This burnt copper is my favourite shimmer shade in the palette, and looks gorgeous on the eye.

Scorched: A rosy copper. Very similar to dirty talk, but not as pigmented. Great to blend, but maybe should have been replaced for a cooler, deep-toned matte brown instead.

Cayenne: Warm chocolate matte. Blends nicely into the crease and lower lid, and compliments all the shadows in the palette.

En Fuego: A brown/purple matte. Great shadow to add a little drama to a smoky eye, but nothing to rave about. Looks great when used as a liner.

Ashes: An aubergine purple matte. Not as pigmented on the skin as some of the others. I’m disappointed this isn’t a burgundy wine colour. Probably the weakest shadow in the palette.

Ember: A purple-brown duo chrome. A gorgeous smoky colour to use in the outer part of the lid.

The shadow range is great, with there being plenty of shadows I can use through the crease unlike the other Naked palettes. I would have preferred a really dark brown or black over some of the purple shades, but overall there’s plenty to create a dark smoky look should you want to. Those who may be new to warm tones may want to avoid as the looks you can create are rather red and bold, but those who are more experienced or who just love experimenting will enjoy the mix of shades.

The brush is alright; it’s possibly an improvement on some of the other UD brushes that come with palettes, but still only alright. I’d still rather they made the shadows larger or the palette smaller, and scrap the brush altogether.

In conclusion, I like it. I’m won over. The hype is real with this palette. I love the mix of shadows and the fact they are all warm-toned, I love the crease shades that are here as I could travel with this and not need anything else, and I love the pigmentation of the shadows. As always there is a lack of darker colours, but there is enough to create a dramatic eye. I can see this one coming away on holiday with me over the summer.

Urban Decay Heat palette can be brought via the Urban Decay website and Debenhams, for £39.50.


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