I’ve been a fan of Urban Decay for as long as I can remember and have blogged about them before. I have countless UD eyeshadow palettes and remember wearing their colourful eye pencils and glitter liners in my teens during high school.
I’d intended on purchasing the UDNaked Heat*palette when it was first released, but I didn’t know whether it would be too similar to the Violet Voss ‘Holy Grail’ palette (that I already own), so held off until now. In the end I decided I wanted to give it a go anyway. Since I already own UD’s Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Smoky and the Naked Ultimate Basics palette, I felt like it would be a welcome addition. I also decided to treat myself further with two of the brands Vice lipsticks. I’d seen the shade ‘Naked*’ numerous times (thank you Instagram for always showing me products I never knew I needed.. sarcasm) and felt it suited my usual style. I love a pinky-nude lipstick! Whilst I was there and impressed with the reasonable price, I also decided to try one of the three lipstick shades released with the Naked Heat eyeshadow palette. I felt the other two shades weren’t for me, but the shade ‘Fuel*’ really took my eye. These were going to be my first ever Urban Decay lipsticks, so to say I was excited is an understatement.
They arrived a few days later and if i’m totally honest, initially I felt a little let down at the eyeshadow palette. The shades didn’t quite look as bold as I’d seen in photos online (I appreciate filters/edits can alter the colours in images). I hadn’t yet swatched it so I was going purely off the look of them in the palette itself. Having said that, the lipstick shades looked even better than I expected. I didn’t get chance to test them out until the following day, using the Naked Heat* palette and ‘Fuel*’ lipstick to do my make up.
Firstly, I take it back!! The eyeshadow palette is insaneee. It’s so pigmented (I personally always use a primer or concealer first and use Urban Decays All Nighter Setting Spray at the end) and the shimmery shades really pop with the help of MAC Fix+. I used quite a few of the shades as I wanted to test them out, including Chaser, Low Blow, Lumber, Dirty Talk, Scorched, Cayenne and a little bit of En Fuego for good measure, of course. It’s the most unique of the previous Naked palettes in my opinion and shows up very warm on the skin (red tones). Comparing it to my Holy Grail palette, i’d say its definitely similar and you do not need both, but you will want both. The only slight negative I would say is packaging itself is a little cheap. The colour of the packaging is gorgeous but it is on the bulky side. I suppose it would be easy to keep clean which is a plus, as I remember some of my older UD palettes being mirrored and/or velvet – nightmare for fingerprints!
I paired the UD ‘Fuel*’ lipstick with this look at adored it! I was doubtful it would compliment my skin tone but it really worked with the warm tones on my eyes (I think the fact that I’d fake tanned and bronzed my face really helped too). I will definitely go for this lipstick in future when wearing the eyeshadows, the formula is lovely too!
As for the lipstick ‘Naked*’, I didn’t want to pair it with the darker tones from the palette so I wore that on a different day and used some of the lighter shades from the palette for my eyeshdow. I am so happy this lipstick worked for me. I usually go for this type of shade but it’s hard to know whether it’s going to work for you until you try it. For me, it did and I’m impressed with the formula too as it proved long lasting and comfortable to wear. This kind of colour for me is very every day and wearable with any outfit.
So to summarise, I feel like my old friend Urban Decay didn’t disappoint. If you like warm toned eyeshadows, Naked Heat is your BFF! If you are new to it and want to experiment, this might also be for you – although as UD is a little pricey it might be best to get to grips with a more affordable palette first. As for the lipsticks, I am one hundred percent sold and I guarantee I will expand my UD lipstick collection in the future. I cannot wait to play around with them more and see what looks I can come up with.
Have you tried any of the products featured? Is Urban Decay one of your favourites too or do you prefer another brand? I would love to read your comments.
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