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It’s been a minute since the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette was released, but I am not one to always jump on the bandwagon immediately for products (well, unless it’s Charlotte Tilbury). But after having 50/50 success with Urban Decay’s Naked palettes in the past, I was wary of Miss Heat. Then I swatched her at Ulta and she stayed on my mind for a solid two weeks, so I knew it was time to splurge. Thank goodness for Ulta’s reward program/cash back. Anyways, let’s get into the pros, cons and two looks I created in my Urban Decay Naked Heat review and tutorial for brown eyes (although green and blue eyes are not discriminated against)…
As I mentioned, I’ve been hit and miss on Urban Decay Naked palettes. I jumped on the train for the original Naked palette when it first launched because there was nothing else like it on the market. After a few months of finding it ‘meh,’ (I think it was due to too many shimmer shades), I gave it away (years later, I DID repurchase the OG Naked and I like it a bit more now. Who knew?). Later on when Naked2 came out, I thought I would prefer the more taupe tones and definitely got a little more use out of 2, but still not IN LOVE. Then Naked3 came out and it just didn’t look pretty against my blonde hair, so I passed it to my little sister who is a brunette. That palette looks stunning on deep brunettes! Then the basics hit. I have Basics2 and it’s OKAY. When Naked Smokey came out, that was just TOTALLY not my style, so I passed.
You’re probably wondering, “Why the hell is this girl even bothering with Heat then?” Well, the swatches in store. There’s something about this Naked Heat palette ($54) that seems a bit different from the rest. Maybe it’s because it has a ton more matte shades… I’m not sure. But I needed to try it out.
Clearly, I feel the Naked Heat palette swatches nicely. I’m not going to sit here and show you swatches because there are thousands already on the interwebs and my swatches aren’t much different. More importantly though, is these seem to blend nicer on my eyes than previous Nakeds.
I love that there are way more matte shades. This makes it easier to do a complete look using ONLY this palette and it also makes it easier to do more natural, everyday looks (especially if you focus on the shades on the left side of the palette).
The brush in the palette is useable! I always found the Naked palette brushes were useless. Although they’re very nice quality, they’re very stiff for shadow. I prefer them more for concealer or cream product application on the lids, but the style of brush in the Heat palette works really well – especially smoking out the lower lash line.
Ironically enough, I DO wish there was just 1 more shimmer shade in HEAT. I’m thinking a more pale shade than Lumbre. Ounce has SOME sheen to it, but a light gold/champagne shade would be perfect. However, this isn’t REALLY a deal breaker. You can mix Lumbre and Ounce for a similar shade.
The biggest con for me with Naked Heat is the lack of diverse looks that are able to be created. Since the palette falls SO warm and has no black shadow for true depth, unless I simply use the three lightest shades for an everyday look and the three darkest for a super plum look, the shades in the middle all end up creating – pretty, but – similar FIERY looks. Make sense?
I personally find myself reaching for the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette more than the others when I first got them. I’ve owned this for over a month now, and I like it because they blend nice on my lids and it’s something a little different from your standard neutral eyeshadow. Although I wish I could get a bit more diversity out of the palette, I own 23423 other eyeshadows to get my fix 😉
Yes, there are a lot of warm-toned palettes on the market these days, but I feel that HEAT is a bit more HOT than the others. There are more reds and oranges and Urban Decay kills it with unique shimmer/duochrome finishes like Scorched (used in my shimmer tutorial) and Ember (a stunning purple, red-flecked shimmer brown).
I give this palette 2 thumbs up and think it would look beautiful on all eye colors.
In these two looks, I wanted to show a traditional, shimmer eye against an all matte look.
On the lower lashes, use Low Blow using the pointy side of the brush in the palette. Go over Low Blow using Cayenne even closer to the lash line. Finish with En Fuego on the outer half of the lower lashes.
OTHER FACE DETAILS:
Foundation – Tan Honey | Concealer – Medium | Brows – Shade 03 | Upper Liner | Lower Liner | Lashes | Bronzer | Blush – Estee Lauder Brazen Bronze (disc.), similar here | Highlight – Everglow | Lips – Stone
On the lower lashes for the matte look, use Sauced and He Devil mixed with the pointy tip of the brush that comes in the palette. To get the liner on the upper lash line to look purple/aubergine, line with a gel liner and then use the same liner brush and press Ashes along top – lightly diffusing the line.
OTHER FACE DETAILS:
Foundation – Tan Honey | Concealer – Light Medium | Brows – Shade 03 | Upper Gel Liner | Lower Liner | Lashes | Bronzer | Blush – Estee Lauder Brazen Bronze (disc.), similar here | Highlight – Champagne Pop | Lips – Pure Hollywood
Have you tried Naked Heat? What are your thoughts? If you found this review/tutorial helpful, please share with a friend or Pin It to Pinterest! I really appreciate the support.
Also, feel free to check out an older, but very popular post on 5 every day looks using the OG Naked Palette!