A couple of weeks ago I joined Urban Decay on a trip to Reunion Island for the launch of their new Naked Heat collection. Between parties and flight schedules, however, I only actually got a chance to play with the new launches back in South Africa. So I decided to create a first impressions video where I try the goodies for the first time.
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The Naked Heat Palette
Naked Heat got started with the obsession around the colour Riff, one of the original eyeshadows. It shows off a range of terracotta, clay and copper shades that are perfect for the summer season, and that can be used to heat up your everyday shadow look.
I really love the collection of shades. You have a nice blend of matte, semi-matte and shimmery options so you can play with day and evening looks. I’ve enjoyed creating a day look using Ounce as highlighter, Sauced in the crease and outer corners, and Ashes along the lower lash. And for the evenings you have so many punchy shades to work with.
I would have liked a bright pure gold as a contrasting shade to really lift the final look, so I will probably be using one from my other Naked palettes when I’m creating an evening eye.
In terms of quality, this palette delivers on what you’d expect from Urban Decay. The formulations are buttery and easy to blend, and the pigment is stunning.
Vice Lipsticks – Limited Edition
The collection also includes three limited edition Vice lipstics: a creamy nude and two metalized copper shades. The nude shade Fuel is perhaps a bit warm for my skin tone but it is really growing on me. I just love the solid colour and buttery quality.
As for the metalized lipsticks, they are pretty retro but also really fun – and metallic lips are becoming quite a trend in the beauty scene.
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24/7 Glide-On Eyeliners
Included in the collection are two 24/7 Glide-On eyeliners, in a burnt purple/aubergine shade called Alkaline and a terracotta nude called Torch. These 24/7 liners really deliver on pigment quality and they have a beautiful creamy consistency that applies like a dream. And once they’ve dried they don’t budge.
From the two shades I would probably go for Alkaline. It works well as a defining colour against the rest of the palette shades and can be used to amplify shadows like En Fuego and Ashes.
Naked Heat will launch in South Africa on 12 August at their Menlyn store, and on 19 August with the first Cape Town store at the V&A Waterfront.
One lucky 9Lives reader will win an Urban Decay hamper worth over R1000 including the new Naked Heat eyeshadow palette and a 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner. To enter, tell me about your favourite summer destination: Mauritius? Margate? South Coast? Where will you be wearing your new Heat shades? Pop your entries in the comments below or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The winner will be announced on 18 August. Hurry hurry!