Naked Heat

Being the model blogger that I am – read that with all the sarcasm you can muster – I’m blogging about this palette after it’s launch and two weeks after Urban Decay sent it to me. But we’re finally here, and that’s all that matters, right?

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The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette has had a load of buzz around it thanks to the lovely PR trip they put on to Miami. and well who doesn’t love warm tones? It’s perfect for Summer, and the marketing has me sold already, because I’m a sucker for all that.

The palette is designed to look like vertical blinds looking on to a sunset, and I’m not going to lie I can almost picture myself taking the Naked Heat palette on holiday and sitting out on the balcony to get ready with it. I am that person, and they’ve sold me that whole idea.

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One thing I always like about Urban Decay palettes is that they’re always well made and the Naked Heat is no exception. The mirror inside is a decent size, and stands up on its own so you can do your makeup in it without having to hold the palette up.

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The brush you get with the palette does nothing for me. The brushes with the other Urban Decay palettes are definitely better. This one is dual ended, but both brush ends are too firm – despite one being called a blending brush – to blend the shadows after you’ve placed them.

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So everyone’s saying you *need* this palette. Obviously it’s only makeup, and you don’t *need* it, but it is a good palette if you love warm tones or if you’ve been looking to invest in a palette like this. As far as Naked Palettes go, this is the only one I’d actually recommend. Shocker – I don’t actually like 1, 2 or 3! I always found there were too many shimmer shades, whereas the Naked Heat palette has a good variety of heavy shimmer, satin and mattes to create a variety of complete looks.

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The only two shades that were disappointing to swatch were En Fuego and Ashes. They don’t look very pigmented on my arm, but when you use them in a look they have just the right amount of colour pay off. The shimmers swatch beautifully and they perform really well, especially when they’re patted on with a finger or a dense flat shadow brush.

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The formula in the Naked Heat palette appears to be different (or maybe it’s just me) and the eyeshadows seem much more buttery than other Urban Decay eyeshadows that I’ve tried. I love the Naked Basics palette and the matte shadows in this are much easier to blend.

The Urban Decay Naked Heat palette is £39.50 for 12 eyeshadows and the dual ended brush, and is available on urbandecay.co.uk now.