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UD Naked Heat vs. e.l.f. Mad for Matte Summer Breeze

March 20, 2018

Warm-toned eyeshadow palettes are not going away any time soon. After the release of the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette last year (and now the Naked Petite Heat) they’ve only seemed to gain in popularity. But not everyone can afford a high-end palette like the UD Naked Heat. So while I was shuffling through my makeup drawers the other day, I re-discovered the e.l.f. Cosmetics Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette in Summer Breeze. It’s mostly warm-toned too, and I couldn’t help but wonder if some of the shades matched those in my beloved Naked Heat palette.

After placing the palettes side-by-side, and swatching the colours next to each other on my arm, it’s obvious that they’re not dupes. The Naked Heat Palette has a few shimmers, while the Mad for Matte Palette is entirely matte (in case the name didn’t give it away). Plus there are definitely differences in the hues. The Naked Heat Palette is much deeper and rich, while the Mad for Matte Palette is a bit more muted.

There are quite a few similarities as well, however! For example…

The first shade in the Mad for Matte Palette is pictured sandwiched between Naked Heat Ounce (left) and Chaser (right). They’re not exactly the same, but they’re all very similar to my skin tone and work great as a base.

Sorry guys…the Mad for Matte shadows do not have any names. Perhaps that’s another downside of the product. But bare with my as I try to describe the colours I’m comparing.

Naked Heat Low Blow (left) and the fifth colour of the Mad for Matte Palette (right). Both make great transition shades!

The reddish-peach (aka. the sixth) colour of the Mad for Matte Palette is pictured sandwiched between Naked Heat Lumber and Dirty Talk. I realize I’m comparing two shimmers to a matte here, but I wanted to show how similar the tones are. It’s these rust shades that have been uber popular and seem to compliment any eye colour…especially green and blue!

Finally, although they’re quite obviously different when looking at both palettes, I had to compare the two purples. Naked Heat Ashes (on the left) is one of my favourites. I can’t get enough of the deep eggplant colour! The purple from the Mad for Matte Palette is brighter, but it’s definitely an interesting pop of colour added to the mix.I will also admit that the formula of the Naked Heat Palette shadows are better. They’re much more creamy and pigmented. The Mad for Matte Palette shadows aren’t bad. But a few of them are patchy and the texture is definitely not as buttery smooth. However…they do wear and blend really well on the lids.

So while they’re not exactly the same, at just $10 (USD), the e.l.f. Mad for Matte Summer Breeze Palette could be a good option for someone who likes the look of warm-toned eyeshadows, but doesn’t want to spend a lot of money. Both palettes are great for creating everyday, no-makeup makeup looks; or sultry, smokey bronze looks perfect for hot summer nights.

Which palette would you gravitate to?


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