Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette review

Today I’m talking about the fourth installment of the Urban Decay Naked eyeshadow palette line. Unfortunately it’s being discontinued soon, but I thought it was still worth sharing my thoughts on the Naked Smoky.


As usual, let’s talk about packaging first! Unlike the other Naked palettes and their tin packaging, this one comes in a hard plastic. The words ‘Naked Urban Decay Smoky’ are written across the front in raised silver lettering, and the background image looks like a puff of smoke.


Inside you get 12 cool-toned eyeshadows (four shimmers, four satins, last four mattes), one double-sided brush, as well as a good quality mirror. This inside design is the same across the Naked line, except the Smoky has a see-through base.


High is a light champagne shade with a shimmer finish. It’s a perfect brow and inner corner highlight. Dirtysweet is a pale bronze-gold colour, and has a shimmer finish. This looks incredible all over the lid and applies super smoothly!


Radar is a darker bronze shade with a shimmer finish. I’d use this in the crease to intensify a more “natural” smoky eye, or all over the lid for a grungy look. Armor is a medium-grey shade with a shimmer-glittery finish. I’d describe it as being a glitter-infused eyeshadow, as the glitters are more apparent when swatched. It didn’t apply as smoothly as the other shimmers though.


High, Dirtysweet, Radar and Armor swatches

Slanted is a light grey-blue shade with a shimmery satin finish. It looks like it belongs with the previous four shimmers, thanks to the beautiful sparkle it gives off. Dagger is a medium blue-grey satin shadow. We’re really hitting smoky territory in this section of the palette.


Black Market is a charcoal grey shade with a true satin finish. Unfortunately this one was a little patchy, but still applied fairly well to the skin. Smolder is a interesting purple-grey shade with a satin finish. Depending on the type of lighting, it leans more purple or grey in colour.


Slanted, Dagger, Black Market and Smolder swatches

Password is a dusty-grey colour with a matte finish. It was patchy when swatched and had fairly weak pigmentation compared to how it looked in the pan. It also pairs nicely with Armor or Slanted. Whiskey is a mid-tone brown shade with a matte finish. It’s perfect for deepening the crease and pairs perfectly with Radar.


Combust is a light skin-toned shade with a matte finish. It works well as a transition shade for my fair skin, and pairs well with High. Thirteen is a bone colour with a satin-matte finish. It would work as an all over base shade for those with fair/light skin tones.


Password, Whiskey, Combust and Thirteen swatches

The eyeshadow brush isn’t the best quality brush I’ve ever used, but it suffices as a back up option if I’m desperate. I found the longer, fluffier side worked for blending out the shadows (especially in the crease area), as well as for applying colour to the lid. I found the shorter, denser side was rough on the eye area, and really only good for applying a build up of colour.


This palette retails for $83 AUD, however I would never have paid that much for it. I did however line up at 4am for it, so maybe that makes me even crazier for getting it!


What’s your favourite Urban Decay palette? Let me hear your opinion in the comments below!

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