Autumn Eyeshadow Palettes – Urban Decay Naked Heat Vs The Balm Nude Beach | UK Wedding Blog

Autumn is upon us, and warm toned makeup is suddenly everywhere, so let’s start with some killer shadow palettes. I’ve had the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette a while, and a few people on my instagram asked for some blog thoughts, which I didn’t have a lot of time for over summer, so when Nude Beach arrived from theBalm with some more beautiful warm, autumnal colours, I thought a side by side would be a good way to show you both.

Nude Beach swatches

theBalm Nude Beach – £32

  • 12 colours
  • mix of matte and shimmers
  • with liner/shadow brush
  • cruelty free, talc free
  • magnetic snap case with mirror

Urban Decay Naked Heat – £39.50

  • 12 colours
  • mix of matte and shimmers
  • with blender/buffer double ended brush
  • 12 x 1.3g of shadow
  • durable hard shelled case with mirror

Naked Heat

The colours in these palettes are colours I spent years on counter telling women not to be afraid of which have finally been embraced by consumers. No, reds and pinks will not make you look like you have myxomatosis – these kind of warm undertones are, in fact, perfect to make green and blue eyes really pop {providing they are done right}.

It’s funny because when I’ve been using these, I honestly thought the pigment was comparable – but when I came to do these swatches I wasn’t so sure. Naked Heat is super pigmented, and the pay off is super rich – it has definitely been much more of a success for UD than Naked Smoky {RIP}- when I look at the swatches there’s no doubt that Naked Heat has more pay off that theBalm.

However there’s more variety shade-wise in Nude Beach, with a baby pink, yellow gold, and a few more neutral dark mattes, and the most beautiful vibrant burnt red {Brainiac} as well as some matte warm transition shades. Naked Heat – described as their most “shade driven palette yet” – is a spectrum of red based tones, whether pink, brown, russet or chocolate, and it has to be said, is a real winner for me – smooth, easy to use and easy to pair together, but is a real commitment to warm shades. Both have a great balance of matte to shimmer, and I’m glad to see a demi matte nude/highlight colour in both – something I feel the other Naked palettes and the other Nude Dude palettes lack {and it’s SUCH an essential – no-one wants just a shimmery light tone guys! Matte on the brow bone is so the way forward after the age of 25}.

I think if you are a novice to these kind of tones, Nude Beach is a great {and more affordable} place to start – Naked Heat is beautiful but if you aren’t sold on these shades its more of a commitment money wise and shade wise, with less variety. The pay off is a little better – more so in the blend-ability of the matte shades  – and the hard casing is more robust for transportation, but they are both great palettes I’d be happy to have in my personal stash or in my kit.

Top – theBalm Nude Beach Bottom – Urban Decay Naked Heat

Have you tried either of these?

UD Naked Heat is £39.50 and available from Debenhams here. theBalm Nude Beach is £32 and available from Feel Unique here.

Emily x

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