You may already know this, but the product I’m reviewing today – the Naked Heat palette by Urban Decay – isn’t really a “new” product anymore. In fact, it was launched in June of last year. So not super old, but not as new as say, the Norvina palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. All of this being said, I just got my hands on Naked Heat last week as a gift from my husband and wanted to write a review for a couple reasons:
- Whenever I am looking for reviews on older products, I like to see content with more recent publish dates, vs the reviews that were done immediately after the product launched. Over time, palettes can get new formulas, new packaging, and overall just more honest reviews because the hype has died down a little.
- I haven’t had the best experiences with other Urban Decay palettes, so since I’ve finally found one I like, I think you deserve to know why.
- Retails for $54
- Can be purchased at Sephora and Ulta
- 12 shades
- Amber-hued neutral color palette (a great Fall-season palette for all skin tones!)
- OUNCE (ivory shimmer)
- CHASER (light nude matte)
- SAUCED (soft terra-cotta matte)
- LOW BLOW (brown matte)
- LUMBRE (copper shimmer w/gold pearl shift)
- HE DEVIL (burnt red matte)
- DIRTY TALK (metallic burnt red)
- SCORCHED (metallic deep red w/gold micro-shimmer)
- CAYENNE (deep terra-cotta matte)
- EN FUEGO (burgundy matte)
- ASHES (deep reddish-brown matte)
- EMBER (deep metallic copper-burgundy)
The Naked Heat palette is a heavy-duty plastic. PLASTIC. How lovely is that? Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy the velvety packaging of my beloved Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes, but the fact that the Naked Heat palette is a high quality, shimmery, sexy plastic that emulates a fiery ember makes my heart beat a little faster. Some people may find the plastic a turn off because if you drop the palette it could break more easily, but I haven’t tend to drop my palettes so it’s not a concern for me specifically.
Inside the palette is your standard accouterments – the pans of eyeshadow, a mirror, and a double-ended brush. Another thing I enjoy about Naked Heat is that the eyeshadow pans are long rectangles, vs squares. I find the shape works well for dragging a brush through the pigment – less back and forth friction means less fallout in the pan.
When my husband surprised me with this palette I was pumped. I mean, what girl isn’t incredibly flattered when their significant other researches what palette you may like best – including finding one with autumn hues – and then goes to Ulta beauty and buys it for her?? Best. Husband. Ever. Okay but I digress. Anywaaaaay – I had heard great things about the Naked Heat palette but I’ll admit I was also a little scared because past experience with Urban Decay palettes left me expecting Naked Heat pigments to be patchy, chalky and difficult to blend. Well let me tell you, I’ve never been so happy to be wrong.
I’ve used every single color in the palette and they are all smooth to blend and consistently pigmented. The lighter shadows are great transition colors (I liked how they provided more than one), the dark colors are rich and buildable and the shimmers are honestly some of the prettiest I have ever seen. I CANNOT stop using the shimmer shade Lumbre. Applied with a damp brush it is just so gorgeous.
Every time I use the Naked Heat palette, the pigments stay all day without creasing or fading. My eye glam looks just as fresh at 6pm as it does when I apply it at 7am, no complaints. I also really like how the shadows (especially the shimmers) don’t flake off throughout the day, leaving behind little sparkles or smudges underneath my eyes.
I am SO pleased with this palette. It has restored my faith in Urban Decay and I may try more of their palettes in the future. Naked Heat is a little bit more on the pricey side – $54 vs $42 for Anastasia Beverly Hills – but to me it’s definitely worth the 12 extra dollars.
Thanks for reading,