Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette – Review and Swatches on Dark Skin

The original Urban Decay Naked Palette was my first high-end palette purchase; the line holds a special place in my heart. But recently, I’ve discovered better shadows that don’t crease on me and have little fallout – I’m looking at you, Melt and Viseart. The UD Naked formula needed an update, and with Naked Heat, Urban Decay delivered.

At first glance, the shade range is gorgeous, on-trend (warm tones aren’t going anywhere) and so POC-friendly. I think this is the only palette that has more than one possible transition shade for my skin tone, which is wonderful. And on the subject of transition shades, this palette has more mattes than shimmers, which is a Naked Palette first (Basics aside). All good things in my books.

Then there’s the formula. It reminds me so much of the ABH formula in the Modern Renaissance palette: so creamy that they’re a little crumbly in the pan, but that they deliver some serious pigmentation and blendability.

What I love about both the shade selection and formula is that there are no duds. Usually the Naked Palettes have a few shades I don’t use, be they chunky shimmers with glitter throughout, or chalky off-white mattes. I can confindently say that I have and will use every shade – even the very lightest ones, which work nicely as a browbone highlight when blended out.

Some of my favourite shades are Ember, Ashes, En Fuego, and He Devil. Sauced gets an honourable mention because I use it to set my primer before every look I do with this palette.

Overall, it’s an improvement on previous Naked Palettes (especially the muddy mess that is Naked Smokey – yikes) and if UD’s formula stays this way, I’d say a step in the right direction!

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