I don't need it but I bought it regardless. Another trivial case of Need vs. Want. Ladies and gents, makeup addicts and hoarders, everyone say hi to Smoky, the 4th Naked from Urban Decay.
The most attractive from the series packaging-wise, Naked Smoky retails for $54 and is a tad heftier than its older siblings. It comes in a magnetic plastic case with similar landscape mirror and double-ended eyeshadow brush to boot. The wordings are embossed in silver/gunmetal; overall you can tell that Urban Decay spent considerable time and creativity in terms of product development.
|one side is crease/blending brush, the other is smudge brush|
So are the shades similar to earlier releases? Close but no dupes in my opinion. The hues are definitely darker, which is somewhat an antithesis to the whole Naked concept. If you love dramatic more than wearable nudes, this is the palette to pick, that is if you don't mind slight imperfections.
The shades are arranged in terms of finish (left to right): 4 glittery, 4 satin, 4 matte. Here are swatches (on un-primed arm) and descriptions for your better judgement:
High is champagne micro-glitter
DirtySweet is bronze micro-glitter (tad lighter than Smog Naked 1)
Radar is tan micro-glitter
Armor is silver taupe glitter
Slanted is gray satin
Dagger is charcoal satin
Black Market is jet black satin
Smolder is eggplant plum satin
Password is taupe matte
Whiskey is brown matte
Combust is pinkish nude matte
Thirteen is light beige matte
So I mentioned slight imperfections. Similar to prior Nakeds, this palette ain't all that jazz. Armor's glitters scatter without remorse. A quick solution is to apply it wet to reduce the incidence. Thirteen is powdery and Black Market is a tad harder to blend.
Want vs. Need. It's for you to decide. Want if you're collecting, Need if you're feeling smoky! For my makeup below, I used Armor (wet) on lids, Smolder on crease, Dagger and Slanted for transition, Thirteen on eyebrow arch, Whiskey on eyebrows, Dagger and Slanted on lower lash line, DirtySweet on inner eye corner. Over eye primer, wear time sans fade and smudge is about ten hours.
will you pick this up? want or need?