Sometimes a palette drops that makes you giddy inside and for me that palette is Urban Decay’s Naked Cherry palette. I didn’t even think I was into pinky toned shadows until this arrived, but my God is it stunning.
Whilst us beauty junkies were still reeling over the news that Urban Decay have discontinued the original Naked palette (RIP), rumours were starting to swirl that there was a new addition to the Naked family on the way. Some sketchy looking photos from Thailand were appearing on the internet, and I started to get excited. Once Urban Decay confirmed that Naked Cherry was real, the excitement was almost at a fever pitch for me.
I’m lucky enough to sometimes get sent Urban Decay releases for PR purposes, but it’s never guaranteed, so when I saw that there was a 48 hour pre-sale, I ordered without even thinking about it. At £42.00, it is on the pricey side, but I think Urban Decay do some of the best palettes going so it is money well spent. Whilst the palette is available to purchase in America, it isn’t fully launched over here yet, so I’m glad I saw the pre-sale as I couldn’t have waited much longer to get my little paws on this beauty.
As with the other Naked palettes, Naked Cherry consists of 12 shades, all of which are new, a double ended brush and a decent sized mirror. When you think of cherries, you think of reds, but this is more on the pink side of the spectrum with some neutrals thrown in for good measure. There are soft ivories and rose golds and then darker, more intense fuchsias and black cherry shades.
It is a lot more versatile than I had been expecting as you can go very soft and feminine or have some fun on the farther end of the palette and vamp it up. There is a good mix of mattes and shimmers and the pigmentation is so good. When I swatched them on my arm, some of the lighter shades weren’t showing up too well, but as soon as I applied them to my eyes, I was seriously impressed with both the pigmentation and the colour payoff.
One of the main things that I love about the Naked family is the formula of the shadows. These are soft, velvety, smooth and blend out perfectly. There was no muddiness when I blended the shades and the staying power is exceptional. Whenever I test out a new palette I don’t use eyeshadow primer or setting spray as I want to see how well they perform on their own. With Naked Cherry, my eyeshadow looked as flawless at the end of the night as it did when I applied it earlier in the day.
The palette is housed in a hard-plastic case in a pretty crimson colour. On the front there’s a gorgeous cherry design going from light to dark with the name emblazoned across the width of the lid. Inside, there’s a good quality mirror that is the same size as the palette, as well as a pretty decent double-ended brush designed for both precision application and seamless blending.
HOT SPOT – ivory matte
CAUTION – soft neutral beige matte
BANG BANG – shimmering pink with gold shift & micro sparkle
FEELZ – soft dusty rose matte
JUICY – soft warm peach
TURN ON – pale metallic rose shimmer
AMBITIOUS – metallic rose copper
BING – deep mauve matte
DEVILISH – reddish plum matte
YOUNG LOVE – metallic cranberry
DRUNK DIAL – deep metallic burgundy
PRIVACY – deep brown plum matte
This is, in my opinion, one of the best Naked palettes that Urban Decay have done. Even if you’re worried that it might be a bit too pink for you, there are enough neutral shades to either tone it down or smoke it out. I am quite pale and the shades all showed up well on me and I can see this getting a lot of use over the next few months.
The rest of the Cherry collection looks amazing too, with my particular favourite that I’m dying to try being a cherry scented All-Nighter. How amazing does that sound?!
If you have any doubts over whether you need this palette, then don’t. The simple truth is that you do need it – everyone does.