Urban Decay | Naked Smoky

UD Naked Smoky opener

Urban Decay does naked so, so well.

Welcoming the latest iteration to their iconic eyeshadow palettes, is Naked Smoky – the edgier and somewhat grown-up counterpart to the rest of the Naked clan. Still staying well within the mantra of wearable shades, this grouping features 9 never-before-seen hues as well as 3 exclusives from past palettes, along with a dual-ended brush for application, but let’s face it: it’s really all about these colours, wouldn’t you agree?

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Urban Decay | Naked Smoky

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Urban Decay | Naked Smoky

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Naked Smoky (CAN $64.00) | You had me at Naked…or maybe it was Smoky? Starting from the case which features a pattern of swirling smoke plumes in a transparent base with Naked Smoky written in raised gunmetal lettering, it also holds a full-size mirror on the inner lid and snaps firmly closed, the better to keep its precious cargo safe & snug. The 12 shades are a mix of high-impact metallics, shimmers, as well as mattes – ranging from neutral to deep and which offer a wide range of looks that can be created. The dual-ended brush that comes with the palette is useful when you’re on the go, although I personally prefer using my own brushes instead. Quality with all shades is outstanding, with some displaying higher pigmentation than others (such as the deeper colours, naturally) and even the more shimmery hues don’t have the usual fall-down of similar past UD shades (although I still recommend patting instead of brushing these on – just in case). The texture on all is buttery smooth and offers excellent blendability, while wear time will obviously depend on your application method and colour selection, although all appear to last beautifully until removed, in particular when worn over primer.

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Urban Decay | Naked Smoky with included dual-ended brush

 

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Urban Decay | Naked Smoky

UD Naked Smoky swatches 1

Urban Decay | Naked Smoky swatches (in sunlight)

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Urban Decay | Naked Smoky swatches (alternate light)

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Urban Decay | Naked Smoky

 

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1st Quadrant:

  • High – champagne, shimmer with micro-glitter
  • Dirty sweet – oyster/light bronze, satin shimmer
  • Radar – taupe, metallic/iridescent and with micro-glitter
  • Armor – silver/taupe, metallic tonal + sparkle

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Urban Decay | Naked Smoky (1st Quadrant swatches)

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Urban Decay | Naked Smoky (1st Quadrant swatches, alternate light)

 

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2nd Quadrant:

  • Slanted – steel/grey, metallic
  • Dagger – charcoal/blue-grey, subtle micro-shimmer
  • Black Market – jet black, satin (slight iridescence)
  • Smolder – dark amethyst, shimmer

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Urban Decay | Naked Smoky (2nd Quadrant swatches)

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Urban Decay | Naked Smoky (2nd Quadrant swatches, alternate light)

 

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3rd Quadrant:

  • Password – deep mauve/taupe, matte
  • Whiskey – cool brown, satin matte
  • Combust – nude pink, matte
  • Thirteen – bone, satin matte

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Urban Decay | Naked Smoky (3rd Quadrant swatches)

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Urban Decay | Naked Smoky (3rd Quadrant swatches, alternate light)

 

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Urban Decay | Naked medley

 

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There have been many comparisons posted online of all the Urban Decay Naked palettes, and since I don’t want to bore you more detailed breakdowns, I’ve opted to simply show visuals of all 4 palettes without swatches. I do believe that the photos speak for themselves!

 

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Urban Decay | Naked, Naked 1, Naked 2, Naked 3 & Naked Smoky

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Urban Decay | Naked, Naked 1, Naked 2, Naked 3 & Naked Smoky

 

From the original Naked palette that went on to spawn a trend (as well as numerous look-a-likes), Urban Decay has reinvented the genre with the release of this deeper and more jewel-toned grouping of shades. Personally, I think this one is probably their best yet, as it offers many more combinations than any of the previous palettes do, as well as suitable for a broad range of tastes and complexions. In a nutshell: the Naked Smoky palette is a total winner and must-have. With Christmas around the corner, THIS would make one helluva gift for that beauty-lover on your list (hint, hint).

The Naked Smoky palette is available through all Sephora, and sephora.com stores across Canada (as well as select Shopper’s Drug Mart location). Find more information via www.urbandecay.ca

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Press sample kindly provided by Urban Decay for my unbiased consideration

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