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21 May 2016

Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette Review + Swatches

I am a huge fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows. They provide great pigmentation and have a huge variety in shades, plus they have great staying power. For my 15th birthday my parents surprised me with this palette, a gift which I am so grateful for. For months now I have been trying to master the perfect smokey eye and I think this palette will be my key to success.

It's no word of a lie that the Urban Decay Naked palettes are expensive, they retail at the price of £38 and for many, that figure is enough to put you off purchasing one for a lifetime. However, there is a reason why they are such popular products...

Urban Decay have created nine new shades for this palette plus three exclusives from past products. There is a range differing from satins, mattes and shimmers which will easily help you create the perfect eye look. As always, the eyeshadows are great quality and blend perfectly onto the lid. They have amazing pigmentation and are super smooth. When wearing an eye primer, typically the NYX hd eyeshadow base, the shadows seem to last up to 10-12 hours which I think is exceptional and makes the £38 splurge worth it.

The packaging of this product is by far my favourite from UD. The case features a stylish floating smoke effect with the name 'Naked Smoky' in metal foil letters and the eyeshadow pans are set in a cool transparent base. And here is my favourite part, the case has a magnetic closure which immediately takes packaging rating up to a 10/10 for me! There is also a full-sized mirror on the inside lid making it great for travelling purposes. It is definitely the most classy and the most sophisticated palette from Urban Decay. I love it!

The palette also comes with an exclusive double-ended brush which makes applying the eyeshadows so much easier even though I have many other brushes that will do the trick just fine. On one end of the brush you have a Tapered Crease Brush that I like to use for blending out the shades in order to achieve the 'smoky' effect and on the other end you have a Smudger Brush which I also like to use to blend colours but in a more precise manner.

Above are swatches of each shade from left to right of the palette.

Let me know what your favourite Urban Decay palette is!

Keep smiling :)
Love Abbey xx

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