Though I’m not confident in many statements when it comes to beauty, I feel pretty safe in saying that warm eyeshadows are not going anywhere anytime soon. I think this is because they’re a great balance between playing it safe vs. making a statement; as they’re brown-based but with hints of colour, to add an element of “jazz.” Another appealing quality of warm eyeshadows is that they suit everyone – from fair to deep skin tones, and equally blue, green and brown eyes. You really can’t go wrong.
And although most of us need another eyeshadow palette like a hole in the head, Urban Decay’s Naked Heat, is really the Holy Grail of warm eyeshadows. From it’s so-tacky-it’s-great, ‘80s style packaging, to its perfect range of tones, to the balance between mattes and shimmers, it’s basically a feat of engineering.
Like all Naked palettes, it has twelve shades, ranging from light to dark, in their iconic rectangular pans. The shades are, in my view, incredibly well selected to maximise look options. The palette strikes a perfect balance between stunning multi-dimensional shimmers and good, solid, useful mattes.
Everything that should be matte in a palette is. From a good base shade like Chaser, and transitional shades like Sauced, Low Blow and He Devil, to more statement colours like Cayenne and En Fuego; topped off with a perfect deepening shade like Ashes.
But, where this palette truly shines, is in its shimmers. Call me an idiot magpie, but these are just so pretty. Lumbre is a gorgeous, slightly more statement take on a coppery rose gold, Dirty Talk and Scorched give perfect shimmery orange vibes, Ember is a smokier, warm bronze, while Ounce, perhaps the unsung hero of the palette, is a milky peach which offers such fine shimmer, as to look almost like a glossy eye – minus the mess.
Urban Decay’s eyeshadow formulas are consistently some of my favourites, and this palette does not disappoint. The mattes have a creamy, even pigment, but are just powdery enough that they pick up easily on a brush, and blend effortlessly. They can be applied with a finger to give an opaque, almost foiled effect, but also blend out beautifully for a lazy girl’s one shadow look.
For those who enjoy spending time on a perfectly crafted and blended warm eye, this palette is an ideal tool kit. But what I truly favour it for is as an incredibly quick and easy way to turn a basic look into something, quite literally, hot. Using just a couple (or even one) of these shades will make your eyes pop. It’s “making an effort” for the time pressed, plus hot girl vibes. What’s not to love?