In the past two days, swatches and reviews of Urban Decay's new Naked Heat palette have been making the social-media rounds. (Here's a sneak peek from Temptalia and a review from Makeup and Beauty Blog.) Like many people, I can't help feeling that the palette is doubly redundant: it's not only the eighth Urban Decay Naked palette in seven years, but also the 93,458th orangey-red eyeshadow palette since mid-2016. Plus, it shares a weakness with the ABH Modern Renaissance palette: several of the medium-saturation shades look very similar to each other, which will make it difficult to achieve any look that's higher-contrast than a smoky wash of orange. I do like that '80s-throwback packaging, though.
Since I already struggle to use the warmer, bolder colors in Modern Renaissance, I have no plans to buy Naked Heat. However, I can't deny that the shades look beautiful, as do the eye looks I've seen so far. Today I felt inspired to use the orange eyeshadows I already owned, and I was really pleased with the final look! I've fallen out of practice with eyeshadow in the past few months, and this was the first look in a while that I felt proud of.
Orange is much easier for me to wear on my eyes than on my lips, because I can blend out orange shadows and tone them down with browns. Though that hasn't stopped me from plotting to swatch Rituel de Fille's Bloodroot lipstick (reviewed by Kate here) at the earliest possible opportunity...
All but one of the shadows I used in this look came from Modern Renaissance. After applying primer, I used Burnt Orange (a sleeper favorite for me this spring) in the crease, followed by the richer, brighter Realgar in the outer part of the crease and blended out past the outer corner. I used Tempera to buff out the crease colors toward the eyebrow. For a halo-ish effect, I placed Antique Bronze on the inner and outer corners of my lid, with a metallic orange from my theBalm custom palette in the middle, and Antique Bronze again on the lower lashline.
|L-R: Tempera, Burnt Orange, Realgar, Antique Bronze, theBalm #21|
The rest of my face, entirely by chance, was ColourPop: Lunch Money highlighter, Shop eyeshadow as blush, and Blotted Lip in Drip.
And a library-carrel selfie:
I think this look has convinced me that I have quite enough orange eyeshadows to ride out this trend. Now back to refreshing the Guardian's liveblog of the UK election with increasing enthusiasm...