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Urban Decay Naked SMOKY Palette – Is It Worth The Hype?

by Wasifa Ahmad Hasan

Hello readers!

Today I am going to review the newly released Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette. Urban Decay has previously launched Naked, Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Basics and Naked 2 Basics. All of these palettes followed a theme or color scheme. (I am going to talk about that at the end of the article.)

So…..is it worth spending your hard earned money on another Naked palette? Keep on reading to reveal the answer.

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To quote their own words about Naked Smoky palette:

“We packed this palette with a dozen sultry, smoky neutrals, including nine never-before-seen shades and three exclusives from past palettes. Experiment with warm bronzes, dimensional grays, rich browns, gorgeous taupes and deep black. From mattes and satins to shades with sparkle, Naked Smoky has it all. Each shade in Naked Smoky features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.”

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It retails for $54 and can be found here at Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Urban Decay website.



The palette comes in a sturdy plastic, slight translucent box along with 12 eyeshadows, 1 dual ended eyeshadow brush and 1 lookbook with 4 different looks & tutorials. The palette is designed with the idea of smoke and shadows. This brown box feels and looks better than the previous Naked palette boxes. The dual ended brush has a blending side and a pencil side- which is useful while travelling.

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Naked Smoky features 12 shades of warm bronzes, dimensional grays, rich browns, gorgeous taupes and deep black. From mattes and satins to shades with sparkle, this palette leans towards the “neutral” side. 9 of these shades are completely new and the rest 3 shades are from the previous Vice palettes [Radar, Armor, Black Market].

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From start to end, the shadows can be divided into 3 sections according to their finishes: Glittery, Shimmery-Satin and Matte. These swatch pictures are taken both under sunlight and under studio light. All the shades are swatched without any primer or base.


HIGH: Described as “champagne shimmer w/micro-glitter“. I find it as Light warm peachy-pink with fine silver and gold glitters.

DIRTYSWEET: Described as “medium bronze“. I find it Golden bronze

RADAR: Described as “metallic taupe w/iridescent micro-glitter“. I find it as a Cool Bronze with gold shimmers.

ARMOR: Described as “metallic silver-taupe w/tonal sparkle“. I find it as Taupe with silver glitters.

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SLANTED: Described as “light metallic gray“. I find it more as a Shimmery grayish silver.

DAGGER: Described as “medium charcoal w/micro-shimmer“. I find it as a Satin gray.

BLACK MARKET: Described as “jet-black satin“. I find it Shimmery satin black.

SMOLDER: Described as “deep plum-taupe“. I find it as a plummy black.

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PASSWORD: Described as “cool taupe matte“. I find it as a Medium taupe or a cool brown with gray.

WHISKEY: Described as “rich brown matte“.I find it as a medium-dark brown with warm reddish undertone.

COMBUST: Described as “soft pink-taupe“. I find it as a Light peachy beige.

THIRTEEN: Described as “light beige satin“. I find it as an Off-white or muted white with a slight hint of peach.

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1. The packaging is impressive. The box is well-built and good for travel.

2. Nice variety of shimmery, satin and matte shades.

3. Most of the colors (9) are new.

4. The color ranges from light to dark and mostly neutral toned, which can be used on various skin tones and colors.

5. Most of the shadows have nice color payoff and glided on smoothly on my skin.

6. The colors are versatile and can be used for everyday simple looks to full-on glamorous looks.


1. Some of the shadows will create fall-out.

2. The lighter colors will need a primer to show off better.

3. You will need a flatter, firmer shading brush to pack on some of the colors better….(or just use your fingers!).

4. Some of the matte shadows felt a little bit chalky.


Despite its mixed reviews among the top makeup bloggers, I personally like this palette.

Why?– Because it has a variety of bronzes, taupes, grays and browns with different finishes. So when I am in a hurry to get ready, I can pull out this one palette to complete my eye-makeup look.


Naked original- Gold & bronze (warm toned)

Naked 2- Bronze & taupe (cool toned)

Naked 3- Rose gold

Naked Smoky- Mix of Bronze, taupe and greys (mostly neutral toned)

Naked Basics- Neutral to Cooler toned yellow based matte browns

Naked 2 Basics- Neutral to Cooler toned taupe based matte browns

Beauty enthusiasts from all over the world have at least swatched or used one of the palettes from Urban Decay Naked series. Everyone has their favorite Naked palette according to color preference. Each one is more or less different and offers something new to add to your collection, if you are into makeup hoarding collection or beauty blogging. But if you are an occasional makeup wearer or in a budget, I would suggest you to pick this Smoky palette alone or Naked original (warm)/Naked 2 (cool) along with a Basic series.

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Would you like to see color comparison swatches of all of these Naked palettes?

Let me know in the comment box.

I hope you liked this review. Stay tuned for the next post!


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Asmina September 16, 2015 - 10:30 pm

I have the UD Smoked palette.. do you think this is worth getting?

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan September 18, 2015 - 11:34 am

Unfortunately I do not have the smoked palette, but from what I have seen it offers variety of color choices like blue, green, purple. UD Smoky palette offers kind of a “themed” colors for classic smokey eye makeup, if you know what I mean. So it’s upto you if you wanna spend the money on this new one.
Quality wise, I have no doubt; color wise, totally your choice 🙂

Victoria August 4, 2015 - 9:17 pm

I love your detailed post on the Naked Smokey! I just got it in the mail and about to play around with it soon. I love that you also listed out how the different Naked palettes differ from each other – there’s so many of them now! x- Victoria

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan August 5, 2015 - 1:57 pm

Yey! I am so happy for you Victoria.. I am sure you will love playing with this palette 🙂

Farjana Swajoni August 4, 2015 - 12:39 pm

Nice & detailed blogpost. Thnx a bunch for this 🙂

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan August 4, 2015 - 1:08 pm

You are most welcome Farjana! 🙂

Marjorie August 3, 2015 - 12:12 am

I agree with the fall out.. on some of these eye shadows. I thought it was just mine that did that 🙂 great review 🙂 xo

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan August 3, 2015 - 10:21 am

Thank you Marjorie! and yes, the fallout bothers me too, but it can be fixed if I do my concealer last.. 🙂

tara pittman August 2, 2015 - 8:08 pm

I like that it has many colors in one case. That way I can wear a different color each day.

Wasifa Ahmad Hasan August 2, 2015 - 8:18 pm

I agree with you Tara!


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