Today I’m going to be reviewing the highly anticipated Naked Heat Palette. I was really looking forward to this, I think I may have even screamed when I found out that another Naked palette was coming out, it had been two years since the last one so this was very exciting news!
I bought mine from the Urban Decay website for £39.50. After owning Naked 3 and Naked Smoky the price didn’t bother me as I already knew these palettes were good quality and my most used ones.
A few days later it arrived and I was so in love with the packaging.
I think compared to the other Naked palettes I own this packaging is my favourite. It’s a study plastic with a 3D effect, similar to Naked Smoky, and the fiery colours represent exactly the shades inside.
Inside contains 12 warm toned shades. 4 shimmers/metallics and 8 mattes, the colours are beautiful, they compliment each other so well and makes me think of hot, summer days. Like the other palettes it has a large mirror and comes with a double ended brush, but if I’m being completely honest I don’t really like it, the bristles aren’t as soft as I’m used to and both sides are oddly shaped. One end is pointed and I think it’s supposed to be for packing on pigment but it’s too small for that, while the other end is for blending but it isn’t fluffy enough to get a nice blend.
I swatched all the shades on my arm using my finger and I hate to say it but I wasn’t blown away. There was some controversy a while back with pictures of patchy, un-pigmented swatches, and while my ones weren’t as bad as that there were a couple I was disappointed with. All of the shimmer shades were fantastic and I was immediately drawn to ‘Scorched,’ a deep metallic rose. At first the matte shades looked nice enough until I got to the darker end of the palette. ‘En Fuego’ and ‘Ashes’ were so patchy and I struggled getting a swatch of them, in the picture above those two shades have been swatched twice. ‘Ashes’ is definitely the worst one, which is annoying because it would’ve been a perfect colour to darken the outer corners and deepen the crease.
For my first look I used ‘Low Blow,’ the brown matte, for my transition colour and used my Spectrum fluffy brush to blend this. It blended beautifully and has since become one of my favourite colours in the palette. I then took ‘En Fuego’ for the outer corner and the crease and was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t as bad as the swatch, although it took some work to get the pigment on there. Lastly I used ‘Scorched’ all over my lid and OH MY GOD this shade was perfection! I am completely obsessed with this colour.
For my second look I used ‘Ounce’ all over the lid to set the primer. Then used ‘Sauced’ as my transition colour. I attempted to use ‘Ashes’ for the outer corner but it really wasn’t working for me. I used two different Spectrum brushes and the one the palette comes with but nothing was going on, it took a very long time and a lot of gentle patting rather than blending for me to actually see some colour. I then used ‘Ember,’ the deep metallic brown, for the lid and ‘Dirty Talk’ for my lower lash line. I really liked how this turned out, despite my struggle with ‘Ashes,’ and thought it’d be a great look for a night out.
For my last look I used ‘Ounce’ again all over my eye and ‘Low Blow’ for the transition. I then took ‘He Devil’ to deepen the crease and blended it into ‘Low Blow’. I used ‘En Fuego’ for the outer and inner corner of my eye and ‘Scorched’ in the centre of the lid for a halo effect. I tried to use ‘Ashes’ again to just darken the outer and inner corners slightly to make ‘Scorched’ pop a bit more.
Honestly this palette isn’t my favourite. I do like it but I just don’t think I’ll be using it that much. I’ve always loved Urban Decay and their Naked Palettes but this one just didn’t live up to the expectation for me. While I love the shade range it didn’t have the pigmentation I was hoping for, and the two darkest matte shades were the least pigmented of them all which is so disappointing. I also struggled getting 3 looks out of this palette because the colours are very similar, there isn’t a lot of variety or room to be as creative as I wanted and they all sort of blend into one.
It’s not all bad though, those metallic shades are to die for! I don’t have a single fault for those colours, they’re all so stunning and ones I will definitely be using. They are also very easy to apply and blend, with the exception of ‘En Fuego’ and ‘Ashes’ of course, so would be a great palette for beginners. The packaging is definitely the most vibrant out of all the palette’s I own and it’s so photogenic. I also love how these colours make my blue/green eyes pop, so I will most definitely be using this for sultry looks on nights out haha.
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