Sunday, 6 August 2017


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Urban Decay were my first ever real make-up love. Their products are fun and beginner friendly, meaning they're usually one of the brands that most people have some memory of as a teenager or young girl getting into make-up for the first time - they certainly are for me. I remember so vividly, standing in TKMaxx with my aunt as I searched for something to spend my pocket money on at thirteen. I saw the most ridiculously shiny, lipgloss I'd ever seen. I fell in love. My aunt haggled with the sales assistant as it had no price on it, and I think I must have got it for around £7... which to me then, was a whole lot of money. I literally wore it whenever I could and held onto it for years. I kind of wish I still had it! I tried to find a photo, but I'm sure it was a 'Lip Gunk' gloss. Fast forward many years, and the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette was my first ever "expensive" eyeshadow palette. I fell in love; it's interesting to see the Naked palettes continue on so many years later.

The beauty community, naturally, doesn't rave about the Naked palettes as much as they seemed to a few years ago on Youtube and beauty forums like Reddit.. but I'm sure pretty much everyone has one in their drawer at home. I think that is what makes Naked Heat so interesting this time around, it's Urban Decay following the trends when they sort of started the whole "neutral" palette trend... or at least made it extremely popular. Other brands like Morphe have followed suit with these palettes and racked up the cult status in an overbearing manner, kind of like weeds in the garden that never truly go away (because the gardener is being paid to put them there..)

Yes. The shades are very easy to work with and compliment each other well. You can combine these colours a thousand different ways and it'll still look cohesive and pretty! I think that they blend beautifully, and with a spritz of Fix+, the shimmer shades look great in a halo eye look. I love the fact that this palette doesn't feel seasonal; these shades, despite being a "Summer" release will transition well into the Autumn, whereas pinks and blues (for example) can feel a bit limited and spring-esque - think the Kylie Jenner Vacation palette. It's just a bit too Summery..

I will mention that the darker shades don't swatch as well. To gain pigment for my swatch post, I did have to go over a fair few times, but once applied with a brush, I had no issues. But I hate, hate, hate doing posts with swatches, I'm rubbish at them and they are only helpful to give colour reference and show the undertone more clearly. They never indicate quality, as many people think. I definitely hate this trend of "If it doesn't look like a stark matte shade when you swatch it, it must be rubbish" mentality that many people have. How make-up performs when you swatch it is so far removed from how it performs when you gently dab a fluffy blending brush into the colour, so I do tend to avoid the drama between swatching and people going "That looks rubbish" if a swatch isn't perfectly done with tape.

A couple of the eyeshadows are less impressive pigment-wise. Ashes and En Fuego were hard to swatch but did blend out okay, and I have already explained why the whole "SwAtCheS" obsession annoys me... but I am actually grateful for this, as darker colours shouldn't have a crazy high pigment anyway - who wants to darken the crease and end up with a black eye? I can appreciate this palette not being as crazily pigmented as Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance, for example. 

 From Urban Decay's website:
Ounce (
ivory shimmer
Chaser (light nude matte)
Sauced (soft terra-cotta matte)
Low Blow (brown matte)
Lumbre (copper shimmer w/gold pearl shift)
He Devil (burnt red matte)
Dirty Talk (metallic burnt red)
Scorched (metallic deep red w/gold micro-shimmer)
Cayenne (deep terra-cotta matte)
En Fuego (burgundy matte)
Ashes (deep reddish-brown matte)
Ember (deep metallic copper-burgundy)

The Urban Decay Heat palette is a pretty solid release with some nice shades, but it has been overshadowed by the messy (literally) drama surrounding the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette. If I had to pick at this palette, I'd say that the colour scheme makes me feel a little "meh" about this release, because the warm neutral colours have been done a thousand times over now, and it's unusual for someone to not have these shades in their collection - including the shimmers, which leave a lot to be desired in comparison to my beloved Colourpop eyeshadows. I think that they are the one let down with this palette. The mattes are great quality, but shimmers can really take a palette from a 5/5 to a 4/5, as it feels like you're left having to reach for something else in your stash.

Whilst I have a special place in collection and heart for Urban Decay, I can't sit here and tell you that you need this palette.. because truth being told, you probably already 'own' it. If you own the Morphe 35O, NYX Warm Neutrals, or anything insanely warm toned, you don't need this. But you could say that about pretty much any new release, so that's not to say that you shouldn't get it; some people collect stamps, some people collect make-up.

I think that the quality of this palette definitely matches the price tag. If you have eight rather mundane Morphe palettes, consider swapping one out for this gem. It's also one of these brands and collections that we all know and love - the Naked range doesn't disappoint and continues to release exciting products each year!


This product was gifted - however, all opinions remain my own.

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  1. This palette looks really gorgeous

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  2. I hate doing swatches too for blog posts but yours are perfect! Probably some of the best swatches Ive seen on the palette so well done :) I really want to get my hands on this palette but Im on a spending ban :(

    1. Thank you!! I find it quite hard to live up to some peoples perfect swatches sometimes, so I try to avoid doing them. X

  3. I love this palette, it's beautiful!

    xx, The Makeup Feed

  4. Your swatches are amazing!! As much as I adore this palette and I want it, I won't buy it right now as I rarely wear eyeshadow!

    Alice May Snell ♡

  5. Your swatches are great and actually really helpful! It's great that you mentioned the fact that you did go over the shades a few times to get that pigmentation. When I swatched them in Sephora I was actually disappointed with the pigmentation, especially compared to the other Naked palettes (I have the Naked 1 and 3). As pretty as this one is, I won't get it. I still enjoy reading what other people think of it, so thanks for this detailed and honest review!

    Julia x
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    1. Thank you :)

      I think it's good to list pros and cons in reviews, instead of just raving as some people do. x

  6. This palette looks gorgeous! I totally get what you're saying about swatches too. Loved the review, so helpful! xo

  7. The world has gone crazy over this palette. I like the colors and I guess it is a great palette as everybody seems to like it, but it's just fun to watch and read how everybody is struggling to get it and then have different views on it :)
    I totally agree on the swatch drama. I can't do them right and I don't have the lighting for it, so fu*k it :D

    xo Honey - blog Royal Lifestyle - Twitter - Instagram

  8. I am one of those people who has a Naked palette in their make-up collection and I love it so much. I like the colors from the new Naked Heat palette, they are gorgeous and perfect for natural looks.

  9. I was wondering about the Naked Palettes from Urban Decay. I started with very vivid colours with them, I loved their electric blue shades (long time ago) and their lip glosses (I think they had pictures on them at the time lol).

  10. It looks like I need to get me one of these sets!!! I have heard so much about them but you blog has made an impact that I actually want some!

  11. I love the lumbre colour, that would definitely be the one I would choose to wear.

  12. So Gorgeous! I love these shades defo a palette I would use x

  13. These shades look lovely and just what I use.

  14. I have read so many reviews on this palette and I am still obsessed. The mid-tone reds and coppers are just so beautiful! It's like a mini Morphe palette and I love it!

  15. Some of the darker shades look amazing! With this pallette the smokey eyes must be easy peasy :) I always do it with one or two shades that I layer as needed.

  16. well, I'm only new at makeup and so, with much lesser knowledge than most of the people haha , bUT I did buy the Naked 3 Palette earlier this year! It was also my first expensive palette, though I still don't know how to best mix what :D

  17. This looks like the perfect palette for me, these are the shades I absolutely love!
    Don't you think Urban Decay always have the best designed packaging?!

    Love the names of the shades too.. Very different ! x

  18. I have this and utterly love it! its the first palette that I have loved all the colours in

  19. OMG currently hyperventilating, this looks absolutely gorgeous. I have one of their previous palettes and as I have loads left I can't justify another one, but this looks fab.

  20. Oh wow what a fab post. I love how you have done the swatches the picture is so clear. I love the colours I have the original urban decay palette but I think this one would be really good to add to my make up collection. I love the colours. xx


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