Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review and Makeup Look

Let’s Get A Little Bit Smoky – Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Review and Makeup Look

In Eye Makeup, Makeup Looks, Urban Decay by Angie Canning

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It’s no secret that Urban Decay’s next bare-it-all venture takes us into all things sultry with the NAKED Smoky Palette released a couple of months ago.  This is the brand’s 4th addition to the NAKED palette lineup which aims at delivering all the shadows I need for all of those neutral/natural makeup looks my heart desires.  If you missed my comparison swatch post you can click here to see how this palette stacks up to the others, but for today let’s take a closer look at the palette that has been my go-to for over a month now for day and night- yes it is that versatile!  While at first I was scared that I had just purchased a palette I would only use for achieving a nighttime smoky eye it is incredibly easy to get daytime and night time looks out of this palette.  Let’s have a look:

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

The NAKED Smoky Palette from Urban Decay includes 12 eyeshadows – 9 original to this palette shades and 3 shades that are exclusives to other palettes.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

Unlike the other NAKED palettes, the NAKED Smoky palette is made of thick plastic/acrylic with a metallic and smoke design.

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette

L to R: High (champagne shimmer micro-glitter), Dirtysweet (medium bronze), Radar (metallic taupe iridescent micro-glitter), Armor (metallic silver-taupe tonal sparkle), Slanted (light metallic gray), Dagger (medium charcoal micro-shimmer), Black Market (jet-black satin), Smolder (deep plum-taupe), Password (cool taupe matte), Whiskey (rich brown matte), Combust (soft pink-taupe), Thirteen (light beige satin)

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette Brush

A dual-ended synthetic brush is also included with this palette.


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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Swatches

Swatches L to R: High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Swatches

Swatches L to R: Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen


I will be the first to admit I wasn’t completely convinced upon first glance of the NAKED Smoky Palette that she and I would become friends.  I’m not one for smoky looks for day to day just because I tend to be drawn to a ‘barely there’ makeup look when I’m in a makeup rush, but I was excited nonetheless and of course had to give her a try.  Of the twelve shadows included in the palette 9 are exclusive to the palette while 3 are shades from other palettes.  At first look the palette almost seems lackluster because the tones are grays, browns and blacks but UD mixed up the textures in the palette to include a mix of glittery shades, satin and matte to create multidimensional smoky looks.

If you are an experienced UD shadow user you know some of the glittery shades have fallout (it’s just normal) but with that said this palette isn’t too bad overall.  If I had to choose a glitter-offender in this bunch it is probably going to be Dirtysweet or Armor, but by tapping off my brush I really didn’t have major issues.  The last four shades in the palette are mattes (Black Market could pass for a semi-matte) and all have excellent pigmentation.  They can kick back a bit of powder in the pan when working with it so I tap off the excess before working with it on the eyes.  For my complexion there is only one “transition” shade or light crease shade I can use in the palette – Combust which is a pale cool-toned shade that actually has to be built up quite a bit to show up on my skintone.  The only matte highlight shade is Thirteen which is a pale beige that gives the right amount of pop on the browbone.

Slanted and Dagger are probably my least used shades at this point, but they are lovely to incorporate into a charcoal smoky eye.

Let’s take a look at two of the many looks I’ve created so far with NAKED Smoky:

On the Eyes: Smoky
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Makeup Look - Purple Smoke
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Makeup Look - Purple Smoke

This being a smoky palette naturally I’ve got to get a little smoky!  With this look I wanted to incorporate the gorgeous plum shade Smolder because of it’s unique brighter purple reflect when you build it up.  To enhance the metallic sheen I used MAC Fix+ to dampen my brush and patted on Smolder until I was satisfied with the depth.  I also used: Combust to blend, Password in the crease, High in the inner corner and Thirteen as a brow highlight.  To make the bottom lashline a little more smoked out without going overboard (since I was going bold on the lips and cheeks too) I used a mixture of Armor and Password.

  • Cheeks: Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Obsessed (reviewed here)
  • Lips: Urban Decay High-Color Lipgloss in Bittersweet (reviewed here)

On the Eyes: Neutral Everyday
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Natural Look
Urban Decay Naked Smoky Natural Look

Remember how I said this is a very versatile palette?  This my friends is a look I’ve been slapping on left and right over the past month and I love it!  Sticking to the lighter shades in the palette I love a simple and fresh look that is very daytime appropriate and is super simple too.  Combust to darken the crease.  Thirteen as a brow highlight.  High on the inner 1/3 of the top lid, Dirtysweet in the middle and Radar on the outer 1/3.  Sometimes I like to use Whiskey to darken the crease a little more, and in this look I also used it on a damp angled brush as a soft brown eyeliner.

  • Cheeks: Urban Decay Afterglow Blush in Kinky used as a soft peach bronzer to give my complexion a little color.  On the cheeks I went with a pop of red using the shade Quiver.  I love this cheek combo!  (see reviews here)
  • Lips: Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipstick in Sheer Streak (reviewed here)

Overall I have been very pleased with Urban Decay’s Naked Smoky Palette.  I love the color selections that enable me to create brown to black to purple to charcoal smoky looks as well as natural every day looks.  I daresay this palette is vying for the number two spot in my NAKED favorites of all time!

What do you think of the Urban Decay NAKED Smoky Palette?  Have you purchased it?  Will you?  Let me know your thoughts below!
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$54 US 0.05 oz (x12) | Available online and in store at sephora.commacys.comnordstrom.com, and urbandecay.com

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