Today’s post starts with a confession: I was not crazy excited for the much hyped Urban Decay Naked Cherry palette when the first images dropped. I saw it as a second, slightly cooler toned version of Naked Heat, which although being probably the best quality UD Naked palettes yet, was too same-y in shades to keep me engaged once the new-ness of it wore off.
So yes, I was apprehensive, but spoiler alert: I was wrong. Let’s find out why.
A beautifully packaged palette boasting 12 eye shadows arranged from light to deep, with a mix of 5 shimmers and 7 mattes, and a dual ended brush with a blending side and a fingertip end: no surprises there. The brush is a lot better than the one featured in the Naked Heat palette, that’s for sure.
But I noticed something else when I got to see the palette in real life. Are you thinking along the same lines as I am?
et me clarify myself: this palette is actually a lot more versatile than I had expected based on the press photos, and definitely more versatile than Naked Heat. If you look closely, you see that the shades fall apart in three categories: neutrals, soft pinks and smokey purples. Or to simplify things: neutrals and pinks. In the Naked Heat palette, almost every shade ended up swatching orange-y, which greatly reduced the range of looks I was able to create with it.
Naked Cherry has learned from its predecessor’s mistakes and is actually a proper addition to the Urban Decay Naked palette line, allowing you to create anything from a soft look for the office, to a more fun, bright look, to deep, sultry smokey eyes. But how does it swatch?
Pretty darn good if you ask me. Yes, some of the mattes are a little dry/dusty, but Urban Decay palettes are meant to be worn with their Primer Potion which solves that issue so honestly, I don’t expect anything different.