Is the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette worth the hype?
I literally gasped in awe when I first saw the teasers and previews on the fifth installment to the Naked palettes of Urban Decay. I’ve always wanted to get the first and third Naked palettes, which were warm and rose-toned respectively, but I never had enough of an urge (and moneh) to actually purchase. Naked Heat was different - there was something about it that I just couldn't resist!
So I asked my friend (thanks, Micah!) to get me the palette from Sephora at 52USD plus tax, which is roughly converted to around P2,900. That brings the price of each pan cost around almost P250 each! I love the palette's mixture of mattes and shimmers, all in a lovely, warm, red-orange tone. It feels very Korean, and I'm already planning on how to use these colors for a lot of KPOP idol looks!
Ounce is a light champagne color with gold specks of shimmer. It can be packed on to create a lighter inner corner, or diffused to create a bold yet natural-looking highlight. I love using this on my inner corners to brighten my eyes and on my nose to really lift it up.
Chaser is a super light peachy brown which blends with my skin color so well. It kind of looks like face powder IMHO but it’s the smoothest, least powdery, and least patchy matte in the whole palette. It glides like on butter on my lids! It can create a very subtle contour that can be used for an everyday makeup look.
Sauced is more of an orangey peanut butter shade. It’s matte, creamy, and opaque in one swipe. It registers effortlessly beautiful on the eyes.
Low Blow is a more neutral and redder version of Sauced. It’s a bit more powdery and is patchier than the other matte shades, but it can still work well as a contour color for the eyes and nose if you’re going for a heavier makeup look.
Lumbre is a warm marsala with lots of gold sheen. It’s a bit looser than the other glitters, making it more prone to fallouts but it’s still one of my favorite shades!
He Devil is the red brown of my dreams. It’s very opaque in one swipe, and it looks amazing on the outer corner of my eyes.
Dirty Talk is probably my favorite shade from the palette even though it is not "everyday appropriate”. It is a warm red copper with an almost metallic finish. It applies smoothly and opaquely both in swatches and on the eyes. It’s quite a unique color which I looooooove!
Scorched is another favorite. Think of it as a deeper, redder, truer marsala than Lumber. It’s got the same almost metallic finish of Dirty Talk but with slightly larger shimmers than the other shimmer shades. It’ll definitely add a pop of va-va-voom to your everyday look.
Cayenne is a dark brown with orange undertones. It applies a bit patchy and the formula on the pan is a bit drier, leading to a semi-opaque pigmentation on the eyes.
En Fuego is a plummy wine matte shade, which feels and applies quite dry and patchy. It’s also quite difficult to blend due to its stiffer feel. I work it as the eyeliner shade of the palette but it gives me a blurry eye line.
Ashes is a slightly more purple version of En Fuego. It’s also a dry and patchy matte shade, making it very difficult to blend. It’s my least favorite shade, to be honest, so I just use it as a liner guide shade before I apply eyeliner.
Ember is the yummiest bronze with an almost green tone to it. It’s very different from the rest of the palette but it works well to add depth and create a smokier feel. It balances the whole red-orange tones of the palette.
Here is a look I created with the palette. I applied Low Blow all over the lids and down to the sides of my noes as contour. Then, I added He Devil to the outer corner of my eyes, on both on the upper and lower lids. I placed Scorched on the inner third and inner corners of my eyes before blending everything together with a mix of Chaser and Low Blow.
The eyeshadows stay on for at least 4 hours when I'm out and about, and more than 12 hours when I'm just indoors. They do not crease on me but do consider that as monolid, my crease is almost non-existent. Impressively, the shades wear well even without a primer!
Will I recommend this palette? Yes, if you are looking to expand your shadow collection with some warm reds and oranges. However, it's not for people looking for an everyday palette as the shades are quite bold. The quality of the powders are also not consistent but I'm willing to forgive that since the colors I do love perform well.
What do you think of this palette? Do you love the shades as I do? Will you be adding this to your collection as well?