I was gifted the lovely Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette for Christmas and although I am a little late to the party I thought I'd give it a review anyways! I've had my eyes on it for awhile so I am very excited to finally have it! I am a big fan of the Naked Basics palettes by Urban Decay as they're my go to everyday palettes so this is perfect for me when I want to smoke up my look!
First of all I love the packaging, it's so appealing and I especially love that the palette case itself is slightly translucent which really helps to amplify the smoky effect. It reminds me a bit of marble which I can't lie, I am slightly obsessed with.
I am pretty happy with the choice of colours as I always use a Naked Basics palette for the base of my looks, so having the last two shades is really nice. I also enjoy that there is a mix of shimmer and matte colours to really create a broad palette.
Here are some swatches straight from the palette with no base, just on my skin. Some did require more layers than others but I almost appreciate that they need to be build up as sometimes smoky eyes can get a little out of hand and this way you can blend to your hearts content and still end up with something that doesn't look like a black eye. The swatches here are opposite from the palette, it's just how I chose to apply them to my arm, so the last shade in the palette is actually first and as you can see (or not really see) it's almost not even visible as it's so translucent.
Honestly, I love a palette that has a brush in it because that means I have one less thing to forget when I'm packing. For the price of the palette I really appreciate the brush being in there too, technically two brushes really as it's double sided. The bigger side is a tapered crease brush and the smaller side is a smoky smudger brush, it's also cruelty free.
I do wish that some of the weaker eyeshadow colours were more opaque because Urban Decay is a high end brand and I do expect more from them but overall I am pretty satisfied with the palette as a whole!