What’s up All! The Urban Decay Naked saga continues with the latest launch of the Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette. There are 12 shades in this palette which costs $49 and they all range from different levels of matte nudes, metallic gold/bronze, intense mauves, and some rich browns. I was a bit surprised at the color scheme of this palette because I expected it to have more reds, plums, and even pinks, instead, the colors fall on the black cherry spectrum which gives that Fall/Winter vibe.
Upon initial testing, I find that each eyeshadow shade has a nice velvety smooth texture that is similar to most Urban Decay Naked palettes released in the past. The shades are easy to blend and there’s very minimal to almost no fallouts. Packaging-wise, it is just like most of the Naked palettes which have a full-size mirror and a double-sided brush, one for blending and one for a more precise application or shading. However, as much as I find the brush to be very pretty and convenient, I couldn’t seem to like the side with the blending end because it’s just too large for my eyes. Also, compared to most Naked palette brushes, especially when compared to the last Naked Heat eyeshadow (swatches HERE), the blending brush size of this Naked Cherry is just a bit too large, so it won’t work for people with small eyes.
This Naked Cherry Palette is long wearing even without any eyeshadow primer used and it also doesn’t smudge. I do have mixed feeling about the shades though, especially the first half with the lighter tones. On my skin, these shades are too light for me and not that pigmented. I think it would work better for those with very fair to very light skin tones. The second half of the palette that has the deeper hues of mauves and browns with some metallics work a lot better for my skin and I think they would suit really for those with medium to deep complexions as well. On the other hand, the shimmers of this palette are just gorgeous, and they range from metallic salmon to metallic gold, bronze, and even metallic dark browns, giving that overall metallic cherry colors. However, as much as I love the metallic shades of this palette, they don’t seem to be well-pigmented since they don’t show much on my lids. I would have to do a wet application of the shimmery/metallic shades in order for them to pop, which I admit is kind of a bummer. The deep shades though are truly pigmented and they’re a lot easier to work with.
My favorite shades of this palette would have to be Bing which is a deep matte mauve pink, followed by Devilish which is a deep plum brown matte, then Young Love which is a metallic mauve. I also love the Drunk Dial (bronze brown), Ambitious (copper brown) and Turn On (golden shimmer) which are so versatile.
Comparing this Naked Cherry eyeshadow palette to the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette, I feel like I kinda prefer the Naked Heat palette more since the shades of that palette seem to fit more with my skin tone. I feel like I could wear any shades of the Naked Heat palette at any time of the day and at any season, but this Naked Cherry will take a bit of work and some getting used to. It’s not because they would make me look bruised (my usual reaction to most reddish/pink/plum eyeshadows), actually, it’s all the contrary. This didn’t make me look like I have hematoma at all, but I just find the lighter shades to be not that pigmented, which I guess is the goal since they’re probably meant for daytime wear, however, the shades just don’t appeal to my skin tone, and the shimmers are totally not pigmented at all no matter how much I tried to layer and build them. On the other hand, the second half portion of this palette is great in terms of pigment, but I can’t go overboard or wear two or three of them together since the color combination can me look like a member of the Addam’s family, lol. The best way to wear this palette is to basically match and blend the dark shades with the lighter ones.
So yeah, I do have mixed feelings about this palette. I wish the ivories and nude shades have more pigments, and I wish the color scheme would have more reds and coppers, but I guess that’s where the Naked Heat palette comes in. So overall, I still think this palette is a keeper and it’s still a must-try for that sultry look this Fall/Winter.
Have you tried this palette already? What d’ya think?
The Urban Decay Naked Cherry eyeshadow palette is currently available at Sephora, Nordstrom, QVC, JCPenney, Macy’s, and Ulta