Unless you've been hiding under a rock, you will know that Urban Decay's newest addition to their Naked palette range; Naked Heat, is being released this Thursday (July 27th) on Urbandecay.co.uk and on August 3rd in stores. I was lucky enough to nab one in the pre-release last month but held off publishing a review until now because I wanted to give it a decent try and also because there were so many "reviews" within a day of it being released (seriously, how can you review something you've owned for less than 24 hours - first impressions, yes but full review - no!) that I was almost over it before I received it, as it was all over social media. Because of that, I put it away for around 10 days before I started using it because I wanted to give it a fair trial and at that point, the hype had died down! I'm glad I did this because I could look at it with fresh, unbiased eyes.
Packaging: The case is sturdy, heavy plastic in vibrant shades of burnt orange to reflect the colours within the palette. It has come a long way from the original Naked palette whose packaging I hated because it gathered so much fuzz and fluff. Inside the lid is a decent sized mirror, which is the size of the entire lid.
As with all of the other Naked palettes, there are 12 shadows inside. The problem I had with some of the other Naked palettes, is that a lot of the shadows look similar in the pan but even more so on the lid so really I felt like I had 5/6 shadows rather than the full 12. The Naked Ultimate Basics palette is the exception to this - that is one of my all time favourite palettes. There is a dual ended brush included, which I have seen some people rave about - for me, it's pretty good but not as good as my usual brushes, so I wouldn't rave about it but I can work with it.
The shadows are all (obviously!) warm toned in varying shades of burnt orange and copper and in a mix of mattes and shimmers. I have a LOT of eyeshadows (they're my weakness) and thought that I had pretty much all warm tones covered with what I already owned but I was wrong because, apart from one other palette, these shades are not easily duped within my pretty large collection.
The shadows themselves are extremely pigmented, very creamy in texture (even the mattes), extremely blendable and long-lasting with minimal kickback in pan but no falldown on the face. All shades are very wearable and if the pinks in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette scared you, but you like warm tones on your eyes then you will like this palette. Conversely, if the shades in this palette are all too samey for you, then the Modern Renaissance palette or Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette will give you similar warm tones but with more variation between shades and for half the price in the case of the Zoeva palette.
I tried to find dupes for the shades in the palette but although I have a lot of shadows that look similar in the pan, when swatched it was difficult to find dupes. The closest I have is Violet Voss Holy Grail palette, but I wouldn't exactly call it a dupe as it actually costs more (£45 as opposed to £39.50), however for that £45, you get 20 shades rather than 12 and a lot more of each shadow, with a bit more shade variation in the palette. If you already own the Violet Voss palette, you probably don't need the Naked Heat palette but die hard Urban Decay fans will want it anyway.
At £39.50, this is not the cheapest palette but it is pretty standard for a 12 shadow palette with good quality shadows. Urban Decay fans will not be disappointed. Warm toned shadow fans will not be disappointed and furthermore, this will make an excellent addition to the collection of any fan of warm tones on the eyes. Personally, I love it because these kind of shades make my green eyes pop so I know that I will get a lot of use out of this palette.
Available here on Thursday - will you be buying it? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
All products are bought by me, unless otherwise stated. Opinion is always my own.