Unless you have in a coma or living under a rock, I'm pretty sure I can guess that you know that the arrival of the newest member of the Urban Decay Naked family- the Naked Smoky palette- is imminent. FINALLY some of you may say as our friends stateside have been tormenting us with the fact that they've been able to purchase this for the last few weeks but nonetheless, the time is nigh for us here on this side of the Atlantic. I've lusted after this since I spied the first pic months back but it was only seeing it yesterday in the flesh during the press preview that really made me oooh over it. You know the drill with Naked palettes now - 12 neutral shades etc etc- but this palette contains nine brand new shades and three exclusive shades in a variety of matte, satin and sparkly shades. The brush provided is impressive- a tapered crease brush on one side and a smoky smudger brush on the other- absolutely perfect for travel. Apart from the colour selection in the palette, which invites you to first get naked and then smoke it out, my absolute favourite feature is the external packaging which pleases me muchly- its robust, sturdy, smoky chic with a cloudy smoke effect and a transparent base. Considering the retro flimsical packaging of the original Urban Decay Naked palette, they have come a long way. This includes a huge mirror in the lid and magnetic closure also to ensure the shadows stay safe.
Now whilst I have not yet tried these on my eyeballs so I cannot attest as to wearability, blendability, longevity etc., I can give you my first impressions. I was not expecting to be as impressed with the colour lineup in the flesh as I was- I'm not really a dark smokey eye kinda gal and prefer something lighter but blendable and this palette delivers on that front. As you'll see from the swatches above, none of the shades are super dark- even the darkest shade Black Market could easily be blended out to a softer smoke- and this ticks my boxes. The layout of the colours in the packaging does disturb my delicate organisational sensitivities as I would prefer the colours to go from lightest to darkest in left to right instead of wedging the 6 darker colours smack bang in the middle of the lighter colours- but this is really a very pedantic complaint innit and I am probably alone in my views! It has the mattes (texture similar to the original Naked palette which I always preferred to the Naked Basics palettes) - shade Thirteen on the far right is particularly standout in terms of pigmentation- the usual soft satin shades, the shimmers and a few colours with a chunkier glitter which seemed to be a smidge grainy when swatched on my arm. Until I try applying this to my face, I will reserve judgement, but I imagine there would be a bit of fallout applying this to the lids as the sparkle is a bit chunky and gritty, similar to YDK from the Naked 2. Overall- and you can see from the swatches above, the colour range is impressive, and if neutrals are your thang, I'm sure you're probably panting at the screen.
So if you like what you see and feel like you could do with a slice of the latest Naked installment in your life, waiting lists have been set up in all the Urban Decay counters in Debenhams nationwide and the Urban Decay counter in House of Fraser Dundrum to give you a chance to pick it up early on before it inevitably goes out of stock for a few weeks at least waiting for next shipment to come in. The palettes are landing next Thursday, 6th August, and Debenhams are accommodating workerbees by opening their doors early at 8am to give people a chance to pick one up on the daily commute. There are over 8,000 names on waiting lists nationwide already and Urban Decay HQ predict that the first batch of these will be sold out completely by the weekend. Forewarned is forearmed so if you are in the market for a new Naked palette, get your name on a waiting list and keep an eye on www.debenhams.ie and it will be €46.
I will of course report back on my overall opinion of the Naked Smoky palette once I have the choice to put it to the test but I can safely say that my interest has been sufficiently piqued and I've got those good vibrations! I loved the original Naked palette and if I lost all my makeup in the morning, it would be the first eyeshadow palette that I would repurchase because it is probably my overall fave (woah there- that's a BIG statement). I really liked Naked 2 and both of the Naked Basics and wasn't so fussed on the colours in Naked 3- but the colour selection in this one has caught my eye since the first time e'er I saw it!
So tell me - are you enticed by the Naked Smoky palette or do you have Naked fatigue at this stage?