You’ve probably already seen it ALL over Instagram, YouTube and your favorite blogs but I’m here to give you an honest review of the Naked Heat eyeshadow palette. I bought this palette with my own money (hey Urban Decay, can I get on your PR list? lol) so I’m here to lay it all out – the good, the bad and the ugly! This is actually my first Urban Decay Naked palette (gasp!) so I was thrilled to give it a try. To make it easy, here are the pros and cons.
Naked Heat Palette Pros:
- It blends BEAUTIFULLY – This is one of the easiest palettes I’ve ever worked with when it comes to blending. You would think the reds and oranges would be tough to blend out but noooope. Even on my fair skin, they blend wonderfully.
- It’s easy to create looks because everything goes together – This palette is SO cohesive. They’ve done such a great job creating shades that are easy to work with, I think this is a great palette for beginners because the shades can be mixed and matched just about any way you want.
- The shades are trendy – Warm eyeshadows are ALL the rage right now so if you want to jump on the bandwagon, this palette is an easy way to do it!
- There are lots of matte shades – I have hooded eyes so matte shadows are my friend. I hate it when a palette has too many shimmers and this one is mostly matte with just a few shimmers.
- The packaging – From the box to the actual palette itself, the packaging here is perfection. If I’m paying $54 for one palette the packaging better be on point and this palette didn’t disappoint.
- The shadows are really pigmented – Even the lighter colors are suuuuper pigmented, which is always a plus.
- It’s just easy – I know this is kind of just rehashing what I said above, but it really is just EASY to work with. The other day, I tried to do a spotlight eye and honestly it didn’t turn out that great but it still looked WAY better than it would have with other shadows. They just look SO nice on the eye.
Naked Heat Palette Cons:
- The price point – Phew, this palette is not cheap (in my opinion). Granted, it’s in line with most other high end palettes so if you’re already buying high end products you’re probably not too bothered by it. If you tend to buy drugstore or less expensive indie brands (like me), it’s a bit of a stretch.
- The brush isn’t that great – I love the brush that came with the Urban Decay Vice 4 palette so I thought this one would be similar but it kind of sucks. With shades like this, you really need a brush that can blend like crazy and this one just doesn’t do the trick. Most people already have a blending brush they love, but for $54 I was hoping for a better brush to be included.
- I wish there was a shimmer that’s lighter – This might just be me, but I do wish one of the shimmers was lighter. My skin is super fair so all of the shimmers read pretty dark on me. That being said, sometimes I’ll just pat one of my powder highlighters on top of the shimmer to make it a bit lighter so you can make it work pretty easily.
Should you buy it?
I mean, that’s what you want to know, right? Well the answer is…it depends.
You should buy the Naked Heat eyeshadow palette if…..
- You have the budget. It’s $54 so make sure you have the money to spend!
- You looooove playing with warm eyeshadows and don’t already have a lot in your makeup kit.
- You like just using one palette to create a look.
You should not buy the Naked Heat eyeshadow palette if….
- You don’t like spending much money on makeup.
- You don’t want to have to buy a blending brush to go with it.
- You already have a lot of different warm shadows.
- You don’t experiment with makeup often or you tend to just wear neutrals. If so, don’t spend your money on something you won’t use much!
(Sorry this photo isn’t the best quality but I wanted to include another look I created with this palette!)
Are there any dupes for the Naked Heat Palette?
Ready for a budget friendly alternative? Again, I still love the Naked Heat palette (and will probably reach for it often) but if you’re on a budget I would grab the Pixi itsjudytime palette (available here). It’s $24 for 12 shadows and you can definitely create some similar looks using this palette! I love the formula too, they’re nice and buttery and give off that warm vibe. The variety of shades is not as broad as the Naked Heat but it’s a great option for less than half the price.
- Have you tried the Naked Heat palette? (or any other Naked palettes?)
- Are you loving the warm eyeshadow trend like I am?