If you’re looking for the perfect, sexy, sultry eyeshadow palette to heat things up this summer, look no further!
I’ve been obsessed with these two palettes, so much so that I’ve used one (or the other) every single day for months now.
I’ve always loved bronzey, coppery, orangey, reddish eyeshadow. I love how these colours have the power to add a sultry streak and enhance the depth and colour in green and blue eyes and make brown eyes come alive.
These shades also work so well with different skin tones. So, whether you’re a pale skinned or dark skinned girl, you can make an impact with either one of these palettes.
In case you’re wondering, yes they are similar, but they are also different! So, today, I wanted to tell you why I love each one and you can decide which one is better suited for you.
Before we begin though, just take a look at these palettes in all their colour glory.
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Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette
By now you’ve probably seen tons of swatches and read heaps of reviews on the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. When I first got mine, it knocked my beloved Naked 3 Palette right off its throne. Before I even held it in my hand, I knew those colours would be perfect, and they are!
I particularly love the mid to right section; Lumbre, He Devil, Dirty Talk, Scorched, Cayenne, En Fuego and Ashes as they are very much my kinda colours. Embre is also a great shade for intensifying el natural looks and the first four (Ounce, Chaser, Sauced and Low Blow) are great transition and brow highlight shades, so all in all the palette is perfection for every day looks.
I love that you can go with a simple colour pop, create a an effortless everyday look, or go really intense and bold for a night time affair.
The pigmentation and payoff of all the shades is wonderful. They go on effortlessly and blend so well. I actually think that the blend-ability of this palette is better than my Naked 3 Palette. Don’t ask me why!
All in all you get 12 shades, with a combination of matte and shimmery textures, plus then a wonderful dual sided makeup brush.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Urban Decay palettes always come with a high quality brush! A brush you’ll likely use on repeat, both with this palette and other shadows in your collection.
This time around, the Naked Heat brush is my fave because I love the slightly more dome shaped end, which is such a great tool to achieve colour saturated outer corners and also great for blending the crease.
As much as I love and adore this palette, I wouldn’t say the shades are ground breaking, which I think is what a lot of people expect from Urban Decay. But, quite honestly who cares if “these types of colours” have been seen before! The important thing is, do they appeal to you and would you use them?
In my case, the answer is absolutely YES. I don’t think there’s a single shade that I haven’t dipped my brush into, which is always a good sign.
Obvs I have my favourites, as you can probably tell by the state of the middle section, but it’s definitely a palette I would recommend to anyone who wants to turn up the heat with their choice of eye shadow.
NYX Professional Ultimate Palette #3 Warm Neutrals
This palette is another absolute winner and it comes in at a more affordable price than the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette. Are they the same you ask? Not exactly, but the shades are very, very similar.
So, if you’re on a tight budget then the NYX Professional Warm Neutrals Palette is a good option.
I was actually quite surprised with this one. I didn’t expect it to be that good!
Granted, I don’t have much experience with NYX Professional Cosmetics personally, but after trying and testing this palette, I’m in love!
The shadows are soft and so easy to work with. The colours come out rich and saturated and they last.
For R369 you get 16 wonderful shadows to play with, and they are all neatly compacted into a very travel friendly palette. It’s really a no-fuss-shadow-only-palette as it’s just the shadows, no mirror, no brush, no fancy packaging and branding, but the shadows are the star and they are worthy of praise.
I’ve used most of the shades (which are also a mix of shimmery and matt textures), but the bottom two rows of reds and orange tones spoke to my soul!
While the Naked Heat Palette has more deep and sultry shades (which I personally tend to go for), the NYX Professional Warm Neutrals Palette has a bigger variety of “safe” shades. By safe, I’m talking about the top two rows, which consists of your everyday basics, and then with the bottom row, you get the option to wear something bolder should you choose to do so.
Do you need them both?
Of course not, unless you’re a total makeup junkie like me, then it’s totally justifiable.
In fact, I’ve already justified why I need both and it’s simple… Urban Decay palettes are collectors items, and if you’ve got Naked 1, 2, 3 etc, then your collection cannot be called a collection without the addition of Naked Heat.
Besides that, Naked Heat is a hot, hot, hot palette, and as I mentioned above I’m drawn to it for the richer, deeper hues in the shade lineup. That, plus the awesome brush and the scorching hot packaging!
The reason I need the NYX Professional Warm Neutrals palette as well is also justified for me! Although the top row is a little too safe for me, this palette is perfect for travel, since it has the “safe” shades, and my favourite orangey-red tones too, I can practically just travel with this palette and my shadow selection is set!
The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette doesn’t travel so well for me. I mean, you could take it along on holiday no problem, but it’s big, it’s bulky and it doesn’t fit in my travel makeup bag. The NYX palette is nice and compact and it fits into my makeup bag quite easily. Plus if I broke my Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette, I would be very upset, not so much with the NYX Palette, as I would just stick the pans into one of my Z Palettes.