The Naked Smokey Palette – A Must Have or Not?

Urban Decay Smokey Naked Eyeshadow Smokey Eye Makeup Artist How to Tutorial Aimee J'adore Aimee jadore
Urban Decay Smokey Naked Eyeshadow Smokey Eye Makeup Artist How to Tutorial Aimee J'adore Aimee jadore
Urban Decay Smokey Naked Eyeshadow Smokey Eye Makeup Artist How to Tutorial Aimee J'adore Aimee jadore

Ever since Urban Decay took the makeup world by storm with it’s Naked Palettes (1, 2 and 3, and don’t forget Naked Flushed and Naked Basics), they have finally released the new Naked SMOKEY Palette that I finally got my brushes into.  HERE’S a nitty gritty picky review so you can decide if it’s worth it for you.  (Cool, I’m rhyming, we are off to a great start)

First off, maybe you’d ask, do we really NEED another Urban Decay Naked palette at all?  When Naked 1 came out, it was all the rave because of the easy layout, the great intermixable colors, coming in all sorts of neutral sparkly shades that worked on everyone! Then came along Naked 2 which was also a good range of universal colors, with a few more matte shades yay (which was a complaint for me in Naked 1) and then there was the Naked 3 which fell pretty flat.  Naked 3 was all about the rose gold tones, which look BEAUTIFUL and amazing in the palette, but I felt, honestly, were not very universal.  Some can look downright unattractive on the wrong skin tones, so Naked 3 was a bit of a bummer to me.

BUT NOW! THE NAKED SMOKEY PALETTE! I was super excited to see this one; to see if Urban Decay could give us a palette of amazing smokey eyeshadows, full of depth and be universally flattering once again.  And I was not disappointed.

These shades really are gorgeous – the sparkly lighter shades are from left to right (starting with HIGH – a shimmery champanage to SLANTED – a silvery pewter) and then a deep gray (DAGGER) for those blending moments into a deep rich matte black (BLACK MARKET).  They included a beautiful dark amethyst next (SMOLDER) and then a lighter matte purple gray (PASSWORD) to blend everything into.  See that’s what I love.  They are finally taking in our feedback when we say we want the sparkly color for richness, but then we also need the matte tones for blending.         (Nobody wants sparkles in the crease.  That’s waaaaay too 80’s.)

Then in the final crowning glory, instead of adding a few more random super sparkle shades like they did in Naked 1 and 3, they added 3 more PERFECT matte shades to help with all the blending of your smokey eye.  If you want a seductive brown smokey eye (especially great for us blondes!), you now have this perfect dark brown (WHISKEY) and combine it with the matte peachy brown (COMBUST).  I love to mix dark browns with my black smokey eyes also because it adds so much more depth and beauty.  And lastly they have your most important color of all, in my opinion – a matte cream color, to blend out your inner lids, highlight the brow bone and use it to fix those spots where you just got too excited about over-blending all these awesome dark colors on your lids.  Now you don’t look like a panda bear. You’re welcome.

So all in all, honestly, I know there’s a million smokey eye palettes out there, and I’m definitely one to know (don’t look in my makeup drawers) but this one really stands out from the crowd.  It’s price tag is a bit ouchy ($54 US dollars on Sephora.com) but considering it actually does have everyone a girl wants, you really won’t need another palette again! The pigments are rich and not chalky (a complaint from the Naked Basics palette), the case it comes in is a hard case, my favorite one so far (who else hated those furry cases the earlier Nakeds came in? They got COVERED in makeup and you couldn’t CLEAN THEM OFF), and they have a great range of sparkly vs mattes so that you can really go all in.


Aimee J’Adore pick?  YES.

Worth the price?  Yes, but I sure wish they’d go on sale sometimes.

Pros – You’ll be the belle of the ball with your newly acquired ease of making that sexy smokey eye with these rich pigments and no chalkiness in sight.  The hard case is easy to use, the mirror is large for on the go, and it comes with one of their wonderful double sided brushes for ease of applying.

Cons – You’ll have to hide the receipt from your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/parents because they won’t understand and will be like, You spent how much on EYESHADOWS? Don’t you already have a whole drawer full? They just don’t understand….

4 Mistakes Girls (and Guys!) make when flat-ironing! 1

You know when you go to the salon, and the stylist waves her shiny flat iron around and suddenly your frizzy, crazy hair is touchable, soft, shiny and AMAZING?  I can tell you straight off the bat, why you aren’t able to do this to yourself a home.  Ready? The secrets will be yours…

Numero Uno! Having a great straight look actually starts in the shower. Yep! You heard me! I’m sure you’ll roll your eyes when I talk about the importance of buying salon quality shampoos and conditioners, but my point is not about WHAT you are spending to have these, but on the WHY.  These products have a higher concentration of the pure wonderful ingredients that you need to have healthy shiny hair.  Cheap drugstore products might feel good in your wallet, but you can’t wear your wallet on your head.  (Well if you do, that’s just weird. Stop it.)   Having pure, sulfate free shampoo, with HYDRATING ingredients will smooth the hair cuticle down to help fight frizz from the get-go.  Applying your hydrating conditioner from the mid lengths down (NOT the top of your head! You don’t want an oily scalp do you?) will lock in that smooth cuticle.  One of my favorites is the Pureology Hydra Whip conditioner….it’s like a yummy, fruity whipped topping that your hair literally soaks up in happiness.  Mmmmm… people will be smelling your hair and smiling.

Second!  We do not just towel dry the hair, and then launch into blow drying immediately.  AHHHHHHH!!  Don’t!  DO USE a thermal heat protectant.  This helps with your blow drying, which then helps with your flat ironing. I have some girls tell me they air dry their hair, and then try to flat iron.  Or they blow dry it and then spray on some thermal protector spray and go to town with the flat iron.  This is just asking for more work, more heat, and more damage.  Always, always apply a thermal protectant spray to PROTECT your hair from the heat of blowdrying AND the heat of your flat iron.  My favorite is the Kenra Blow Dry Spray.  Everytime I spray it into a client’s hair – they get all misty eyed and tell me they feel like they are in Hawaii again. I don’t know why, but it makes people think of Hawaii.  It’s just yummy.  PLUS it’s won awards in the hairstyling world for being proven to cut your blow dry time in HALF.  I have seen it happen thousands of times before my very eyes.  So yeah, less time, less heat, less damage. BOOM.

Thirdly – You must blow dry your hair completely!!!  Yes.  It seems counterintuitive that you would apply more heat, to the frizzy (perhaps damaged!) parts of your hair.  But with the thermal protectant on it, you are safe.  If you DON’T dry your hair completely, you know as well as I that as soon as any type of humidity hit the hair cuticle, what does it do? It springs open.  In a nice frizzy mess.  Blowdrying your hair completely will cut down on the passes of the flat iron.  And THIS will save your hair from damage, and really make it look like you went to a professional.

Last but not least – Using the wrong heat setting for your hair! My favorite flat irons are ones with the knobs on them so you can see the temperature settings.  I hate the CHI flat irons because it just has like a little switch. That’s not helping??  Some flat irons just say Fine, Medium and Thick Hair.  Okay, so most of us can get away with using around 350-400 degrees.  Past 400 and you’re needing it for really thick, wavy hair.  Under 350 is for fine, damaged, or blonde hair!  Did you know you can accidently discolor your blonde hair by flat ironing it on too high of a setting?  Yep, you can. It’s called BURNING IT.  Don’t do it. And don’t break it off like that girl in the YouTube Video who tried to show us how to curl your hair.  I just felt so bad for her! Ouch!

By taking small sections, doing one or two passes, you can quickly give yourself a smooth, perfect look by following these rules.  Questions or comments? Post them below, I wanna hear it!

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