Review: Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Just when you thought you’d had your fill of Naked palettes, Urban Decay decided to launch a new iteration of the palette that started the nude shadow palette trend. Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette ($54) is the palette for those more inclined to more dramatic looks, but it can still be used in an everyday capacity, given the mix of light and mid-tone neutrals with a boosted selection of darker shades.

The color payoff from the shadows is substantial, which you can see in our swatches. When swatching these shadows, we found the level of eyeshadow quality we’ve come to expect from Urban Decay, as the textures were virtually creamy given that they are powder formulations. There was a bit of shadow fallout, mostly with matte shades, which is fairly common amongst matte eyeshadows across the board. The accompanying double-ended eyeshadow brush is best used for creating a smokey eye given that it features a smudge brush and tapered crease brush, which are less geared towards daily shadow application.

When doing any kind of smokey eye, it’s standard practice in our books to keep a tissue or shadow shield of some kind on the undereye area to prevent fallout from spoiling the rest of your face and that’s no different with this set of shadows.

The palette is currently up on sephora.com with a note saying it will be available in stores July 12th—we recommend signing up for e-mail notifications to be the first to know when it becomes available online (who knows, it might be a bit sooner)! What do you think of this shadow palette? Will you be picking up it up when it launches? Let us know in the comments!

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