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making faces :: hot stuff, comin' through

hot fun in the autumn time
i don't even know what to say about the weather. the end of september saw temperatures at a scalding 36c/ 97f outside. this is especially annoying because we've had a moderate summer. most days it rained a little in the morning, the temperatures didn't creep into the 30s too often and there wasn't the normal stretch of a few weeks when it felt like we were living on the sun. now, we've receded into more normal fall weather, although it's still on the warm side for mid-october. that climate change thing is a bitch.

trying to think of something positive in the situation, it does put me in a perfect frame of mind to write about urban decay's naked heat palette. it's the latest in what appears to be an endless series of warm neutral and red eyeshadow palettes that have followed in the footsteps of anastasia's modern renaissance. [which i ultimately decided i didn't need after doing a thorough search of my considerable stash.] i do think that it's time for cosmetic companies to find another idea, perhaps jewel tones, or a spectrum of greens for spring, or... well, anything. the rich neutrals and red/ berry pops of colour are lovely, but i think we have enough options at this point.

having passed on the progenitor of this year's march of the warm palettes, i was a little surprised that i immediately jumped on board for naked heat. ultimately, it came down to the fact that the burnt oranges and reds were quite unlike shades that i have, and some of the shades looked quite difficult to replicate. i've been playing around with it multiple times a week for a couple of months now, and while i might not like the heat of summer we're getting, i most certainly like the heat that urban decay is bringing.

as with all the naked palettes, there are twelve shades that divide fairly neatly into three groups of four. the first cluster in naked heat is made up of warm-toned light and medium neutrals.

l to r :: oune, chaser, sauced, low blow

they're the workhorse shades, the ones that seem the least exciting [especially when viewed on their own], but the ones that you'll turn to the most often. in fact, they are quite unique, at least in my collection, because their amber undertones are not something that's often used. having swatched [and opted not to buy... yet] the modern renaissance palette, i'd say that these are even more distinctive than the warm orange tones in that palette.

ounce is a slightly peachy-toned neutral that works as either a satiny lid colour or a brow highlight.

chaser is a medium deep beige with warm undertones that is great either on its own or to blend the other shades.

sauced is a medium-light caramel that's more pigmented than it looks in the pan.

low blow is a russet shade that's extremely pigmented- use less than you think you need!

the second cluster are the "dazzling" mid-tone shades.

l to r :: lumbre, he-devil, dirty talk, scorched

lumbre is... i almost don't know how to describe it... it's a red-gold base with a pinky gold shimmer and it is just breathtaking. i've never seen anything like it before and believe me, i have a big collection to search. it's stunning when applied, too, because its complexity is quite visible.

he devil is the one mid-toned shade with a matte finish. it's a burnt red that's surprisingly wearable, although i think it might be tricky to pull off on its own. tonnes of pigment in this one.

dirty talk is a deep red-copper with a frost finish, darker than a lot of shades that i'd otherwise compare it to [e.g., mac coppering]

scorched is another copper shade, but it's pinker than dirty talk.

and finally, we have the darker shades. the reviews that i've read of the palette, these are the shades that people seem to have struggled with, and after trying them, i have to say... i don't get it. with one possible exception, these all performed beautifully for me, both on application and in terms of lasting power.

l to r :: cayenne, en fuego, ashes, ember

cayenne is a deep browned red, about the colour of paprika, with a matte finish.

en fuego is a rich rosewood with a matte finish. this is the shade that others have said was the most problematic. the first time i tried the palette, i applied this one first and then spent five minutes trying to tamp down the colour because it was so incredibly pigmented. it doesn't swatch that well, but for me, the performance was stellar.

ashes is a deep brown-red matte that's amazing for defining the crease or as a liner.

ember made me gasp out loud when i swatched it- it's such a multi-dimensional shade with coppery overtones on a black coffee base. unfortunately, it's a little difficult to get its complexity to show on the eye. i really had to pack it on for it to be as wonderful as it looks when swatched.

of course, i've a few looks to share with you, a few of many that i've tried thus far. i can't put this palette down.





this is the look that i first tried, with en fuego on the outside of the lids and in the crease. once i got the pigment under control, i patted he-devil over the lid and ashes in the outer corners and in the crease. i softened the edges with sauced and placed ounce along the brow bone, then finished things by patting lumbre on the very centre of my lids.

i'm also wearing heat, a beautiful rusty red that's one of three lipsticks released as part of the naked heat launch.




this is a look with the lower-key matte and satin shades. i applied chaser all over the lid, with low blow and sauced through the crease. ounce is the highlight, and i'm wearing bite porcini lipstick. who would think such a warm palette could pull so perfectly neutral?




here's a more colourful look featuring the mid-tone frosted shades. lumbre is over the inner two-thirds of the mobile lid, with dirty talk on the outer third. i blended scorched into the crease and used ounce as a highlight. the lipstick is guerlain madame batifole.




this is a super-simple look with ounce applied all over the upper lid, up to the brow bone, with sauced and low blow in the crease. the lipstick is guerlain bee. this is the sort of thing that works almost anywhere, but still has a bit of colour, rather than just a symphony of neutrals




finally, we have a look where i managed to get ember to live up to its full potential. this involved some doing, let me tell you, but once applied, it did last through a hot day like a champ. i blended ashes and cayenne around the edges to softeni'm wearing anastasia lip gloss in date night on my lips, a formula that was a real disappointment. it faded and bled like crazy on me. although it looks fine in these photos, they were taken mere minutes after application over pixi's translucent lip liner.

the bottom line? this is the best urban decay palette since naked 3, and one of the best palettes anyone has released in the last few years. i'm almost at a loss for words to describe how good it is. yes, there are four thousand warm-toned palettes available right now, but i've looked at them, and this one is the pick of the litter. it's funny, because the colours here look less diverse than in a lot of the other modern renaissance inspired fare, but they're so incredibly versatile! urban decay may not have been the earliest to market with this colour range, but i feel like they've outpaced the competition. invest now and thank me later. 

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