As you may have seen in my Beauty Products Wishlist blog post, I had the Urban Decay Heat Palette at the very top of my list – now that I finally have it, I thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to share my first impressions now I can try it out and play around with it! Yes, I may be a little late to the party buying and trying this palette, but I’m just glad I’ve joined the Urban Decay Heat party now!
Urban Decay have well and truly upped their game since the Naked 2 Palette! Starting with the outer packaging, the design is the same as the other Naked Palettes showing off the shades that are inside. I’m in love with the colour theme, obviously it’s warm oranges and browns for the ‘heat’ effect, but it makes the palette look so expensive. Then the inner packaging takes it up another notch with some gorgeous burning roses and burning matches, clearly so much thought has been put into this design. I take the impression that they’ve tried to make the front of the palette look three-dimensional with a kind of flame ombré background and damn it’s working – it looks incredible!
The shades are mostly gorgeous warm colours – obviously – with plenty of burnt oranges, burgundy and glitter shades. The only downfall I found while swatching the shades is that ‘Ounce’ is particularly light and blends in with my skin tone so as a whole this wouldn’t be a very effective shade, although I do have hope as I feel like it might have good potential as a highlighter in the inner corners.
My favourite shades from this palette have to be ‘Dirty Talk’ and ‘Scorched’ they’ve got the perfect mix between glitter and warmth. Although I have to say I’m equally excite to use the matte shades ‘He Devil’, ‘Cayenne’ and ‘En Fuego’ since the majority of Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette were glittery shades and I’d love to do a matte eye.
Obviously some of the shades are a lot more pigmented than others, I found it to be typically the glittery ones that are stronger. But having swatched them all, the only ones I found to lack pigmentation were the two lighter shades ‘Ounce’ and ‘Chaser’. I think this is where I’d overlap and use an alternative palette to go in with any lighter shades, but other than that pigmentation wise Urban Decay have done an amazing job.
Style Potential: (5/5)
Since there are eight matte shades, it’d be great to use this palette for an every day look, you don’t ideally want to turn up to work with disco eyes (well I guess that depends where you work – but I definitely don’t). ‘Chaser’, ‘Sauced’ and ‘Low Blow’ would be the best for a more natural warm eye and I can’t wait to try it out, I imagine it’d be great come the Autumn months! I feel like ‘Ember’ may be quite hard to style, for me personally since I’m not overly adventurous with eyeshadow shades yet and it’d literally look like I’ve been punched in the eyes. If it was styled properly, I feel like it could be the perfect shade for a night out!
As much as this palette throws Autumnal vibes at me I can also imagine it’d be a great summer wear while on a beachy holiday with a tan, 100% already decided I’m taking it to Mexico with me! I’ve always found oranges always look great with blue eyes, it really makes the blue stand and look gorgeous! I’m talking from a blue-eyed perspective but I imagine it’d work well and do the same for those with brown eyes.
The palette definitely excels in this criteria, primer or no primer the shades are extremely durable, whether you be on a night out or sat at home all day! I’m mentioning how pigmented they are again, but because they are, it means they last so so much longer, evidently the darker shades more so but it’s still impressive!
Value for money: (3.5/5)
I got the palette for £32.90 at Duty Free compared to £39.50 in stores which was instantly a selling point because it was such a bargain! I understand this seems like quite a lot of money for a make up palette, but that’s the kind of prices you pay for a high-end product. As much as you’d expect the product to be amazing quality for the price, that’s not always the case. Luckily, you can definitely tell this palette it’s a quality product with the gorgeous packaging and highly pigmented shades.
For a short while I was indecisive over the Large Naked Heat Palette and the Petite Heat Palette, but was quickly put off when I realised you only get 6 shades for £26. I understand the convenience of the palette is the selling point, but convenience wasn’t the reason I wanted it, instead £39.50 for 12 colours seemed like the better offer.
Being a cheapskate and a poor student I do still think £30+ for an eyeshadow palette is rather expensive, but you’ve got to treat yourself every now and then, right?!
Disclaimer: Obviously, opinions are individual and this is only my view of the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette.