I decided to treat myself to an early birthday present and purchased the Urban Decay Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette (aka. the palette of summer) and let me tell you...it's muy caliente! It has received a ton of hype - I myself was heavily influenced by the many, many social media raves - and I totally agree that it is worth the praise. I'm so happy to have added it to my makeup collection.
On an everyday basis I tend to gravitate to purple, mauve and green shadows the most, so it's ironic that I felt so compelled to have this palette. Truth be told, I think the Naked Heat has converted me to a warm tone lover. I am so in awe at how the spicy orange, amber and sienna hues compliment hazel eyes. I feel like any look I create using this stunner makes my peepers pop! It would look absolutely amazing on anyone with baby blue or green eyes.
It's also pretty versatile - great for daytime looks that can easily be transformed to night time looks - with a mixture of neutral, soft shades and a couple of dark tones to create smouldering, sexy looks.
I also own the Naked3 Palette, and while I absolutely love the rose-hued shades, the shadows were not what I hoped they would be. I find myself digging at each pan in an attempt to get any sort of pigmentation, whereas the newest Naked launch is packed full of colour. They do have quite a bit of fall-out, especially when tapping into each shadow with a brush, but (most of them) are super pigmented and blend easily.
I was a little disappointed with the shade En Fuego...which I was also most excited for at first glance. It looks like a beautiful, dark rust or reddish-merlot colour in the pan, but it did not swatch as opaque as I had hoped. It's quite patchy and applies a little more brown than I expected.
All the other colours are absolutely beautiful though! I especially love Ember, which caught my attention even more after swatching it. It is a deep brown with golden reflects and has a super creamy texture, rich in pigment. A little goes a long way with this hottie.
I seem to have a weak spot for all of the shimmers in this palette (just look at them glimmer in the sunlight!) but some of my other favourite shades include Low Blow - a matte camel colour unlike anything I own - and He Devil - a medium reddish-brown.
Eyeshadow colours and swatches left to right: Ounce, Chaser, Sauced, Low Blow,
Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty, Scorch, Cayenne, En Fuego, Ashes and Ember.
It may be the palette of summer, but the "auburn-inspired" shadows are going to be absolutely perfect for fall too! Can't you just see the colours of changing leaves?