Every time there’s new Urban Decay Naked launch, the internet looses its mind. Seconds later there are thousands of YouTube tutorials and reviews all singing it’s praises. The looks tends to be Instagram style make up, which if I’m being honest, normally puts me off. So too does the hype. That’s why I surprised myself by buying the Urban decay Naked Heat Palette last year. I’m a cool toned kind of girl, who prefers a more natural looking make up, so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it and how much use I’ve got out of it since.
The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette comes with 12 shades, ranging from a cream to a blackened bronze with warm toned browns, reds and purples in-between. There are four shimmer shades and eight matte shades, which I think is a great balance for an everyday palette.
My most used shades are the first four. I’m a lazy beauty girl and like to reach for shadows that create a simple eye look first thing. Ounce is a great base shade for making you eyes pop. It’s a gold toned cream colour that blends well with the rest of the palette. Chaser is also a great base shade, it’s a really pale creamy brown shade, it also looks good as a one colour subtle smoky eye. Sauced is a warm toned mid-brown shade the looks great through the crease. As does Low Blow a warm toned almost muddy colour. It’s a great one for a single colour smoky eye too.
All of the shades are buttery soft and highly pigmented, which is why a light hand is needed for a more subtle look. Even En Fuego, the darkest red shade can look subtle with a light hand and a bit of blending. I find using a fluffy eyeshadow brush that isn’t too dense helps to make the colour more subtle too.
So how have I been wearing it?
When I’m on auto-pilot first thing, I always reach for Chaser all over the eye with Low Blow smoked out in the crease. It’s a really subtle everyday look that helps to make my eyes pop. (This is the look in the pictures where I’m wearing black.) I love taking a bit of Low Blow of it underneath my lower lash line to tie the look together. This combination isn’t too ‘in your face’ warm toned, so I can wear it with a red, nude or pink lip.
If I have a little more time in the morning I’ll apply Chaser all over the lid and smoke the crease out with He Devil. This gives a warmer red toned look, not as subtle as he first but it’s still nothing too drastic! (See pink wall photo.) I always pair this with a nude lip as I’m not sure that I can pull of red eyes and lips.
You’ll notice that in all of the photos that I wear eyeliner and a super black mascara. It’s a trick I’ve been using to make sure it doesn’t look like I have an eye infection. I always use a really light hand if I place the crease colour on the lower lash line too. There’s something about adding black that breaks the colour away from the eye. As you can see I have hooded eyes so the addition of the liner helps define them too.
All in all I love my Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. I’ve been so surprised at how much it suits my really pale skin tone. I’d always used cool toned shades before as I thought anything too warm would make me look ill! It turns out that it’s a nice way of adding a subtle colour pop without being too out there as well. I’ve got so much use out of this palette and I can see myself reaching for it a lot in the summer. There’s a little part of me that regrets purchasing it though. Urban Decay recently announced that they’re coming out with a mini version, which contains my favourite and most used shades. But you never know, perhaps I’ll head out out soon and go for a bolder eye look!
Are you an Urban Decay Naked Heat fan?
The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette is £39.50 from Debenhams.