Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette: A Review

Feeling hot, hot, hot…


If you haven’t heard about the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette then you must have been living under a rock. Hello! Welcome back! We’re a nation currently obsessed with slogan T-shirts, Love Island and you’re now only allowed to eat food if it looks good in pictures. You also might want to listen up because the beauty world is going a bit nuts for this new release and I’m here to drop the deats…

I managed to get my hands on the Naked Heat Palette when I was in New York because as per usual the U.S have scored it first, however it’s due to drop in the U.K on the 27th July and word on the street is that it will be available on Urban Decay. There’s been various different Naked Palettes released over the years, but this one is piggybacking on the warm shadow trend with 12 colours that lean on the orange/red end of the colour spectrum. There’s a mix of mattes and shimmers (seven mattes and five shimmers to be exact) and it will be £39.50 when it’s released. If you want to see it in action, hear the pros and cons and read a colour-by-colour breakdown then keep on scrolling.


Ounce. A creamy pearliest bone. If I’m honest I can’t see me getting a tonne of use out of this one, although those that enjoy a brow bone or inner corner highlight will I’m sure find use for it.

Chaser. A matte flesh tone with a hint of pink. I didn’t think much of this shade at first, but I’ve been using it as an all-over colour for more complex lid looks or just wearing it on its own and actually it adds a bit of warmth to my lids and does a good job of evening things out.

Sauced. A red-toned matte coffee shade. This is unsurprisingly one of my favourites from the palettes (as it’s most similar to what I usually wear!). I enjoy it buffed into the crease or worn alone on the lid.

Low Blow. A yellow-y baby poop matte. There isn’t an easy way to describe this one, but it’s my favourite and most used so far. It’s a great one for just blending all over the lid and leaving it at that as it creates a natural looking moody shadow.

Lumbre. A golden, rose-gold duo chrome. I don’t have a lot of love for this shade, although it’s pretty the texture is gritty and the finish too metallic for my tastes.

He Devil. A burnt red matte. The texture is probably the least smooth out of the mattes in there, although the colour is a good one for blending with. I personally find it a bit too red, although I’m sure it would look good in capable MUA hands.


Dirty Talk. A high-shine metallic copper. This is my favourite from all the shimmers. There’s something a bit MAC Antiqued about it and the bronze base just makes it an easier one to wear. I have a feeling that Amber on Love Island would be all over this colour.

Scorched. A metallic finished rosy copper. If the palette could lose any colour, I’d say that it would be this one. It’s so similar to Dirty Talk, just with a bit more pink in it and out of the two I much prefer the latter.

Cayenne. A warm chocolate matte. This shade looks good enough to eat. I’ve found it to work best with Dirty Talk, although it blends nicely with the other mattes too.

En Fuego. A deep paprika matte. This shade doesn’t grab me as we start to enter the dark side of the palette, which I just know I’ll get very little use from. It works well, but for the looks that I like to do it won’t be used often; it’s much more suited to dramatic IG makeup, although I might try using it as a liner.

Ashes. A rich aubergine matte. I find this to be powdery which means that it lacks pigment and blendability. Whenever I try to use it, it just makes me look like I have a black eye. PASS.

Embre. A deep plum with a pink metallic duo-chrome. This is such a weird one and definitely one to swatch for yourself because I’m not sure that that description explains it too well. It’s not for me because it’s just a bit too smoky and metallic, however I can appreciate that it’s an extremely unusual shade.



There’s no denying that it’s a pretty looking palette. Aesthetics aside though, the textures perform well; with the mattes being creamy and blend-able and the shimmers giving a serious hit of shine. There’s some kickback when I squish my brush into the colours, but it somehow does a disappearing act and doesn’t end up on the tops of my cheeks. Day-to-day I’ve been wearing the left side of the palette to create a warm-toned matte lid look (have a watch of the video below to see it in action), although I have given the shimmers a test too – Mark said I look like I have sand on my eyelids, which I *think* he meant as a compliment.

There’s a humungous mirror inside, which always gets a thumbs up from me and the palette is functional to use; you can actually fit your brush comfortably into each of the pans and I like that the shade names are printed clearly. In terms of longevity, worn without a primer they don’t last long (although no eyeshadows do on me), however with a layer of the NARS Pro-Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base underneath it wears with minimal creasing all day.



I mean there are much more important things in the world to be irked by, but I can’t help but turn my nose up at the packaging. There’s something a little tacky about it all and it’s not the slimmest palette in the world, although it does improve on previous incarnations for the fact that it’s not made of felt and open and closes firmly. The brush is pretty pants (as with most, if not all, that are included in palettes), and I’d rather that they made the palette smaller than having a spot for it to nestle in.

The other con though concerns the shadows themselves. Lumbre is way too gritty and glittery for me to ever use and I’m not sure that I’ll find a way to utilise En Fuego or Ashes. The line-up as a whole does pull extremely red. This is not a palette for newbies to warm eyeshadows, but those who truly don’t mind things looking orangey and Olsen twin-esque on the lids.

In conclusion, I’m won over. There’s hype around it, but rightly so. I was resistant to fall for it at first because I definitely didn’t need this palette as it’s basically an amalgamation of all of my favourite warm eyeshadow singles that I use daily (MAC Soba, MAC Saddle, Anastasia Beverly Hills Caramel etc etc). However since I bought it I have been experimenting more with my eyeshadow, love how my favourites look on my lids and feel like an Olsen twin whenever I put it on, which is basically what I’m looking for in an eyeshadow palette. I think this one will be hanging around in my daily makeup grabs for a long while. If you fancy picking one up when it launches officially in the U.K on the 27th July, then grab one here and be prepared to sharpen your elbows.

Photos by Lauren Shipley


  • This review is very well done. I want to try it 🙂

    Miki xx

  • Ray

    I’ve watched a couple of reviews online but I love how you’ve described each color. Great post.

  • Tallulah Carter-Kelly

    Love this review! Beautiful swatches as well. I’d love to try this palette but I already own quite a lot of warm toned shadows, and palettes with similar shades in them so I couldn’t justify it. It definitely looks and sounds like it’s worth the hype though!

    Tallulah x

  • Great swatches! I don’t have many red toned eye shadows so I would really love this palette, although not sure how flattering it will be on my very red skin tone! Hmmm…

  • Nimra Imran

    I got this palette when Urban Decay did an early release for UK back in June and I’m in love with it. I love how they included more matte shades rather than shimmers as they normally tend to do so, meaning I can create more everyday matte looks with this. Your review and photography are stunning as always, thank you for such a lovely post! xxx

  • Erin Russell

    These photos don’t feel like yours 🙁 I bought the palette on pre-release in the UK, I did like it, but I didn’t love it. It is missing a gold shade, and I don’t think its a completed palette, like you need more singles to make it work. I sold mine, and I was gutted. I did a full post about why I sold mine. I’m glad you like it – but I agree, it pulls too much on the red side.

  • Love the swatches but the shades are too red on my skintone!

    Angeline x

  • I’m so glad to finally see a fair review that isn’t just ‘omg this is new you NEED it’. i think the palette would be a little too red based for me to get much use out of, because deep oranges/reds really don’t suit my skin tone!

    Steph –

  • As much as I admire these red tones on others, I don’t reach for them on a regular, so buying a whole palette seems a little over the top, no matter how pretty it looks swatched.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • Just as I think they’ve come out with the best palette yet they bring out an even better one!! x

  • Alissa Ho

    I think these shades will definitely amp up an ordinary “neutral eye”! Great post 🙂

  • These photos are amazing! Well done Lauren and Anna!!

  • This palette looks amazing, exactly the kinds of colours I would wear. And you made some really gorgeous pictures.

  • Isabel Ochoa Blasco

    I adore the red background you used for this shoot!

  • I’m watching your video right now whilst reading/commenting! I thought this would be a palette that you would love. You are the queen of the red-shades!
    xoxo Mollie

    • liketoria

      Same!! Haha, listening on one tab, reading on the other. Ugh. Those shades though. Possible perfection?

  • Natasha Wilson

    I want this palette even morrow!! so beaut!

    Tasha x

  • I don’t know what’s more dreamy, the palette itself or your perfect swatches!! haha.

    I’m definitely swayed, love a good Oslen look 🙂

    Heather x |

  • Jess

    Do you think there are any dupes out there for this palette?

    • Hanni

      The Smashbox Cover Shot palette in ABLAZE is really good!

  • I love the pictures!

  • Chloe

    Such a detailed post, thank you! After reading this, I think I’m going to go for it, the shades all look stunning and so wearable!

    Also, that image of the swatches on your arm, is the most stratifying make-up swatch photo I’ve ever seen!

    Great post Anna 🙂 x

  • Honestly I was super excited about the palette, until I saw swatches and the possibilities of looks that the shades offer. In the end the shades are very similar and not as warm as I had hoped, so I’ve decided to pass and not get it. Thank you for detailing all there is to know about the palette though, the swatches are really useful!

    Julia x
    Last Post: Exploring California |

  • Thanks Anna for such a detailed review of this palette. I have been wanting to buy this since it came out but I wasn’t sure. After reading your review and seeing the swatches, I am definitely going ahead to buy it.

  • Lisa Autumn

    I wasn’t too excited about the palette, I LOVE it on you though..

    xx Lisa |

  • Amazing post. Don’t think I’m brave enough for the dark reds so I probs won’t get it. Agreed with the rubbish brushes, what’s the point?

  • Loa

    Hi Anna,
    Love you sticky tape swatches. So sleek 🙂 The colours are not for me. I am more a cool toned girl.
    Can I ask you how did you did the shots of the palette with the red background. Is it photoshopped? It looks very cool 🙂

  • I need this palette in my life!!

  • The photos in this are amazing! Love the red backdrop.

  • This is the first naked palette I’ve craved since the first one. When we get it in Norway (which will probably be next year) this is gonna be mine!

    x Silje

  • Love the warm shades of this palette. Loved the colour combination you used in your video too.
    -Kathryn xx

  • Fantastic photos and review! I really like the look of this palette, but I am going to skip on it – my eyeshadow drawer is full of warm shadows already. I think UD was a little late on the bandwagon, nonetheless I’m sure people will still purchase it to complete their Naked collection.

    Daniela |

  • Sloane Bella

    This is such a great post! I’m still not sure if I want this palate, but every time I look at those swatches I totally want it! In your collection do you have any shades that are dupes/similar to this palate?

  • Jess

    Love you Anna but I don’t think this orange-y, warm eyeshadow looks particularly flattering on your cool skin tone. It looks a little jarring. Perhaps try it with some bronze/ slate grey kohl smudged on your upper and lower lash line and lashings of mascara for the full Olsen look. Whilst I understand this may not coincide with your aesthetic, the solitary matte ‘ sand’ colour over the lids looks a little flat. If you still want your makeup to look undone and minimal, maybe balance out the warmth by going a little more heavy-handed with the bronzer.