Somehow, I managed to get the new Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat palette four weeks before its UK general release (22nd March). Of course, this means I just had to review it, in the hopes that it can help some people decide whether to splurge their cash on the new addition to the Naked collection or whether to save it for a better palette.
Splurge is definitely the right word, because this tiny palette is £26, which works out at around £4.33 per shade. There’s six shades – five matte and one demi-matte – whereas the full-size Naked Heat (and other Naked palettes) have 12 shades which works out at around £3.30 per shade. Considering you also get a free double-ended brush with the bigger palettes, it does work out better value for money to invest in those at £39.50 each. Each pan contains 1.3g in both types of palettes.
The palette feels sturdy and the packaging is gorgeous; there’s even a good-sized mirror inside. The palette is around 2 inches by 3.5inches in size, so handy for chucking in your handbag, makeup bag or suitcase for travelling.
Each of the shades are new rather than repeats from its sister palette, but they are inspired by the Naked Heat, meaning it has a very similar feel. There’s 3 neutrals and 3 warmer tones – a highlight shade called Inhale, then five mattes called Vibrate, Hot Spell, Wild Thing, Heist and Strike. There have been a few reviews saying the new shades are basically identical to the ones in the Naked Heat (minus Wild Thing) so unless you collect the Urban Decay Naked palettes or purely want a smaller Heat for travel, I don’t think it’s necessary to buy both!
The swatches aren’t one-swipe-wonders, but they aren’t not pigmented, they just needed a little more building up. They feel so soft under my finger except for the shade Strike which feels slightly dry. Not in a bad way, but just slightly different in texture. Wild Thing and Heist were the softest and crumbled slightly under my fingers, so they will probably cause fall-out when used on the eyes if the excess isn’t tapped off.
I decided to go for a halo eye, using MAC Select Cover Up Concealer to carve out the spotlight and a BareMinerals loose pigment on top of that. I actually used every single shade in the palette in this look – Inhale on the inner corners and brow bone, Vibrate as a transition, Hot Spell and Heist in the crease, Strike on the inner and outer corners and Wild Thing on the lower lashline.
The shadows were easy to blend and apply. There wasn’t any major issues I found except that the shade Vibrate was very sheer needed a lot of building up before it was visible on the skin. The shade Strike looked like it might be patchy but once blended out it looked fine.
My final thoughts on this palette may seem quite negative, but I don’t feel let down or regret about purchasing, I just wish a couple of things would change.
The shade Vibrate, to me, is pointless. It doesn’t add anything to the palette; you have to go over it with Hot Spell anyway and it could be replaced with something better and more useful. It’s also a shade – and even Hot Spell too – that would be useless for deeper skin.
The Petite Heat is definitely overpriced; I would be happier to spend £20 on the palette rather than £26. It doesn’t feel like it’s worth the extra £6, even with free delivery! The quality is there, the shadows work really well, but there isn’t enough variation in the shades for it to be nearing £30.
The Petite Heat will be launching on March 22nd in the UK – will you be picking it up?