Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette Review
Okay, I know that Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette ($54 for 12 x 0.05 oz) is pretty much all over your blog, Youtube, and insta feeds right now. I wasn’t sure if my review would bring anything new to the table, but I know that every perspective counts.
Before we begin, I want to come clean about something. When this palette initially came out, I looked it up and was left totally underwhelmed. It looked to me like a billion other warm-toned palettes out there and there was nothing even remotely unique about this one. If I made anti-haul posts, this palette would most definitely be on one of those. Then I received a surprise press package from UD, played with the products a little bit, and totally changed my mind, so at least for me this was a case of seeing something online vs actually seeing it in in person.
Long story short: Naked Heat palette is beautiful. I own the 3 original Nakeds, and this one is my favorite. Who woulda thunk, eh?
BONUS: I will be posting a makeup look tomorrow, be sure to check it out too!
Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette (inside look)
Today I will be reviewing the entire collection, but let’s talk about the star product first, which is obviously the palette. Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette includes 12 warm, amber-hued shades that look “insanely flattering on any skin tone”, according to UD. The palette also comes with a fully functional dual-ended brush that I actually used a couple times, and it performed pretty well. A large mirror is another bonus that most of us will appreciate. New plastic packaging with a magnetic clasp is more in line with UD x Gwen palette, if you know what I mean. It’s a thick, bulky brick that isn’t something you just throw in your purse for midday touchups, but I won’t judge if you do.
The shades are as follows, in order they appear in the palette L to R:
- 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)
Urban Decay didn’t disappoint, the quality of almost every eyeshadow in the palette is great. Ashes didn’t want to swatch for a moment there, but once I ruffled up the surface a little bit, it was smooth like the rest of them. The only sketchy pan was El Fuego, which felt drier and stiffer than the others, but nothing a good brush and primer can’t fix. I am also pleasantly surprised that the two lightest shades – Ounce and Chaser – are pretty pigmented and not chalky as light matte colors often tend to be.
I didn’t wear every single shade in the palette, but the ones I did use – which is about half of them – wore well throughout the day with and without any primer underneath. They didn’t crease or create fallout, and best of all – no glitter all over my face, because the shimmery and metallic shades here are considerably thinner than your typical shimmer eyeshadow formula.
Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette (swatches) – I didn’t do extreme closeups because frankly, in real life this is how they come across. Putting them under a microscope is a tad extra IMO.
Is this palette easily dupeable? Definitely. If you already have Too Faced Sweet Peach or another primarily warm-toned palette with similar shades that you’re happy with, then you won’t need this one unless you really want it, although in my opinion, Naked Heat “outpeached” the Sweet Peach. If you own a variety of warm-toned palettes and single pans, you can probably dupe every Naked Heat shade, but having everything in one place is just more convenient. Now, whether to pay $54 for that convenience or not is totally up to you. I’m not going to throw my hands up in the air and tell you that you need this palette in your life.
So what’s the purpose of this palette? Like other reviewers before me, I agree that Urban Decay Naked Heat doesn’t offer much contrast, so most of the tutorials you will see online will look pretty much the same. However, if a brown or bronzed smokey eye is your go-to look, then you will find a lot of lovely shades to work with here. As for me, I am enjoying the palette way more than I thought I would, and actually having it in my hands is what made all the difference. So if you’re still on the fence, just stop by your local Ulta or Sephora and actually look at it in person, because this might change your mind.
Urban Decay Naked Heat 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils in Torch and Alkaline (L to R)
Torch is best described as a muted terracotta, and it’s beautifully creamy and long-lasting even without primer. The pencil glides on easily [no pun intended] and deposits a lot of color in a single swipe, so there’s no need for double runs.
Alkaline is a medium plummy berry shade that looks amazing if you have brown or hazel eyes. The formula is slightly worse than Torch, as it seems to be drier, stiffer, somewhat less pigmented, but just as long-lasting.
Urban Decay Naked Heat Vice Lipstick in Fuel, Scorched, Heat (L to R)
Urban Decay Naked Heat Collection also includes three capsule lipsticks in limited edition packaging, with coppery caps that mirror the theme of the collection. Unfortunately, all 3 of my Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks – Fuel, Scorched, and Heat ($17 for 0.11 oz) – arrived slightly melted, but that didn’t stop me from trying all of them right away.
Fuel is a warm, peachy nude shade that’s perfect for everyday wear. It’s creamy, pigmented, and feels moisturizing on the lips. It also turns slightly matte over time, which adds to the longevity.
Scorched is a warm coppery shimmer that really catches the light on the lips. The formula felt pretty much the same as Fuel: creamy, moisturizing, and pigmented. Metallic lipsticks are a big trend right now, so I really wanted to try it for myself. Alas, I don’t think my lips are full enough to really pull it off, but it was fun trying it out!
Heat is a dark, warm apple red with gold glitter, which surprisingly didn’t feel chunky on the lips, although the bullet suggests otherwise. I didn’t care much for the formula, it was less pigmented than the previous two so I had to make several passes on my lips, which felt too heavy. Also, on the lips Heat will look a lot lighter than in the bullet, so keep that in mind.
More swatches! Top to Bottom: Urban Decay Naked Heat Vice Lipstick Heat, Scorched, Fuel; Urban Decay Naked Heat 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils Alkaline, Torch.
Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette surprised me. I thought I didn’t want or need it, but once it was in my hands, I just couldn’t put it down. It has a lot of the shades that I use every day, and it’s nice to have them all in one place. I love the big mirror and the handy dual-ended brush, but I am not too keen on that chunky plastic packaging. It’s not very purse-friendly, that’s for sure.
The eye pencils are both pretty nice and well-worth checking out if you wear those kinds of shades. They are pigmented, smooth, and long-lasting, in fact it took me a while to remove those swatches!
The lipsticks are a hit and a miss. Fuel is the perfect everyday nude shade, with a really nice creamy formula that will feel like a lip balm throughout the day. Scorched is another winner, if you’re into metallics. I have mixed feelings about Heat. I think it’s a beautiful and very classy color, but at the same time it takes a lot of swipes to build up, and at that point is just feels greasy and heavy. Also if you are attracted to the color in the bullet, you’ll probably be bummed to find out that in reality it’s much lighter.
What are your thoughts on this collection? Do you plan to purchase Urban Decay Naked Heat palette or any other products? Let me know in the comments below!