One week later, and the review is done. Looks have been created, shadows have been tested, everything is complete. Now the big question: Is this palette worth the hype? This is a very tricky question, as so many things must be factored into my opinion. I own all three of the other palettes, so I’m using them in comparisons of pigmentations, blending ability, and lasting power. Here are three looks I created, one using the gold/brown shades, one using silver and grey, and another using grey and black.
Look #1: Combust on the lid, Dirtysweet on the outer eye corner, inner eye corner and crease, Radar on the outer eye corner and slightly blended into crease, High used on center of lid, Thirteen on the brow bone and blended into crease, eyes lined with Whiskey.
Look #2: Combust on the eye area as a base, Password and Slanted on the lid, Dagger on the outer eye corner and crease, Armor on the center of the lid, Thirteen on the brow bone and blended into the crease, eyes lined with Black Market.
Look #3: Combust on the eye area as a base, Password on the lid, Dagger on the outer eye corner and crease, Smolder on the outer eye corner, Thirteen used as a brow bone and lid highlight, eyes lined with Black Market.
If I had to rate all the palettes on an overall basis, I’d give Naked an A, Naked 2 an A+, Naked 3 a B+, and Naked Smoky a B, on the verge of a B-. These shadows are very nice for a smoky eye, but there is one glaring problem: a good amount of these shadows are VERY difficult to blend. Some of the darker shades were powdery (Black Market and Dagger), some weren’t as pigmented (Radar and Slanted), and some had fallout (Armor and High). However, with all these problems set aside, I do like this palette. Dirtysweet is absolutely gorgeous, and I’d say my favorite shadow out of all the Naked palettes! Despite having a lot darker colors, the lighter shades make it possible to do a nice everyday look.
If you are trying to decide between Naked Smoky or another Naked palette, go for the other palette. I don’t think this is a necessary palette; but if you have that innate need to complete a collection like myself or are actually interested in this palette, I’d say go for it. Naked Smoky is very nice, it’s just that it’s predecessors are better. Let’s take a look at my favorites and fails:
Favorites: Dirtysweet, a beautiful shimmering golden bronze, very pigmented and blends like a dream. Slanted, a pretty light-metallic grey, lacked some pigmentation but it’s great for shading. Password, a taupe-grey matte, a buttery matte that’s great for great for shading. Whiskey, a deep brown matte, extremely pigmented and great as a liner. Thirteen, a light beige matte, perfect for lightening areas and as a transitioning shade into the brow bone.
Fails: Radar, a sparkling brown, really lacked pigmentation. Armor, a metallic silver-brown with sparkle, really cool shade, but has major fallout problems. Dagger, a medium charcoal with some light shimmer, very pigmented but chalky and difficult to blend. Black Market, a black satin, powdery and difficult to blend. Smolder, a deep plum-taupe, powdery, was expecting more purple, it’s just another gray shade.