The elusive Naked Smoky palette has been causing fans to go wild, and its slow release and hard to find nature has been the ultimate tease. But it is finally here and it is a thing of beauty.
First of all I’ll chat a bit about the new and highly sought after palette before showing you a day-time bronze smoky eye and a jazzed up sultry night-time look!
Like its sisters, the palette has 12 pans of the softest, most pigmented eye shadows known to womankind. The actual packaging is above and beyond any of the previous Naked palettes, with a magnetic fastening and a stunning smoked glass artwork – a huge improvement to the felt finish of the Naked Original (looked dirty after one use) and the plastic clip fastening of the Naked 2 and Naked 3 (had to click both sides down, not bad just a tad annoying). It does feel slightly chunkier than the others yet when I placed it next to my Naked 3 palette you can see it is the same size, however the corners are not rounded and the packaging is heavier. I’m not complaining, it adds to the feeling of luxury.
The palette boasts four mattes, six metallics and and two micro-glitter shades. Naked Original had warm-toned neutrals, Naked 2 cool-toned neutrals and Naked 3 rose-gold toned neutrals, however Naked Smoky has a complete mix! With pale matte shades perfect for a good base, browns and bronzes for everyday, and dark greys, a light grey, a black and purple for the ultimate classic smoky eye. Perfection!
The glitter shades thankfully refrain from being ‘frosty’, however Smoulder can be a bit patchy and tricky to blend. There’s always one, isn’t there? I just dampen my brush and use it as a solid colour or a liner. The rest are easily-blended, with great colour pay-off and no fallout.
It also comes with a full-sized mirror and a pretty amazing brush for on-the-go application. The brush has a small rounded smudge end perfect for lining with and a larger fluffy brush for all-over application. However, the larger brush is also tapered which really got me excited. I usually ignore the brushes that come free with palettes and reach for my Zoeva Luxe Petit Crease brush, yet this one is a slightly larger version of it. Therefore blending and crease-work may actually be achieved with some degree of success!
It’s hard to pick, but my favourites have to be… Dirtysweet for a lovely light burnished-gold look and Armour as it takes me out of my brown/gold/neutral comfort zone by introducing me to a very gorgeous and very wearable silver eye.
(L-R) High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armour, Slanted, Dagger
(L-R) Black Market, Smoulder, Password, Whiskey, Combat, Thirteen
Day Time Look
I started off with a pop of High in my inner corner then Dirtysweet from there towards the centre of the lid. Next I used Radar from the centre of the lid towards the outside and through the crease. Remember to BLEND BLEND BLEND so it looks seamless. I should probably state now that for both these looks I have just used the brush that came with the set – spray it with a brush cleaning spray or swirl onto a baby wipe in between colours to stop them mixing! Then I took Whiskey and lightly smudged it under my eye instead of a pencil eyeliner. Finally, I added a very small cat-eye flick because I am liquid eyeliner addict, but if you prefer to go without during the day you could opt for a little more Whiskey along the top of your lashes for a subtler effect.
Night Time Look
First, I applied Thirteen liberally all over the eyelid right up to the brow bone. Taking High, I dabbed it into the inner corner again to open up my eyes, then under my eyebrows to lift them and keep this area nice and bright to avoid ‘panda eyes’. Next I used the gorgeous Armour all over the lid, blended out into Dagger as it gets towards the outside edge of my eye, giving a lovely blue-grey tonal effect. I didn’t actually use liquid eyeliner with this look (SHOCKER!) but went for an Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eyeliner Pencil, in the colour Perversion. The formulation of this is perfect, it goes on so creamy and is easy to blend but when it sets it is set for life… or until the end of the day. Another bonus is that it makes a good base for a dark eye shadow, so the next step was to take Black Market on the stubby rounded end of the brush and go along the top of my lash line before flicking it out slightly at the end. I then circled the black shadow up towards the crease so it created a rounded C-shaped shadow effect, a little mix-up from the usual swept out smoky eye. Then I went back to Dagger and smudged it under my eyes, I wanted this area dark but not too black. Finally, I popped on some Tanya Burr Everyday Flutter False Lashes and my Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. Ta-daaah!
The massive hype surrounding this palette has been completely and utterly justified in my opinion. This is my favourite eye shadow palette to date, and I love its versatility. If you are looking one yourself it is now available online and in stores and costs £38, however despite launching way back on July 8th they are still tricky to find and are pretty much constantly sold out everywhere. If you live in the UK my advice is to try the Debenhams website! Quick!
Until next time,