The counterfeiters might just have got away with it - if there had actually been a N@ked 4, with 24 shadows.
The fourth original N@ked palette from Urban Decay is the N@ked Smoky, with 12 eyeshadows.
I suppose the counterfeiters must be bemoaning their lack of patience. If they had waited, they could have copied the original design.
Here is the N*ked Smoky eyeshadow palette from Urban Decay, with swatches and my review.
Packaging of Urban Decay N.ked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
This is made of sturdy, translucent brown plastic and has smoke wisps on the front and the back. The magnetic closure has the best finishing we have seen from UD so far.
Inside, you have 12 eyeshadows, a full-length mirror and a double-ended brush. I really like the brush. The wispy smoke features on the brush as well - look closely towards the ends of the ferrules.
You also get a brochure with four eye makeup looks. Nine of these eyeshadows have never been seen before. Despite this being a smoky palette, not everything is silver and grey; there are bronzes, blacks and browns.
Formula, pigmentation and staying power of Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow PaletteFormula-wise, the shades are not very consistent. There was liberal fallout from some of these even when I barely ran a fingertip (short nails now). Combust and Thirteen, two of the paler mattes, tended to powder if I so much as waved in their general direction.
I did not have any trouble getting Radar, Black Market, Dagger and Smolder to show up. And no, Smolder is not a true purple in real life, it is a browny-purple.
Swatches of Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
And you can see glitter from Armor on the edges of the photo, despite my attempts at cleaning up.
Row 2, from left: Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust and Thirteen.
Slanted and Thirteen come out sheer despite packing on the colour.
VerdictI really like Radar, Smolder and Dagger. Armor comes out well on my skintone despite the fallout while Black Market, though nothing new shade-wise, is pigmented. And the packaging is fabulous. But I'm not a fan of Slanted, Thirteen and Combust, while Password is so-so for me. The shadows in this palette are not very consistent, formula-wise.
Surprisingly, I like the greyer shades better than I expected. Grey used to be a no-no for me, but I find myself liking Dagger. Next to Naked 3, this has colours I like. If you are NC37, yellow or olive-toned and worry that these are shades you cannot pull off, rest assured you can.
Question is, do you NEED this palette? If you like these shades, are an Urban Decay collector, want all the Naked palettes, adore the packaging and live for smoky eyes (and don't mind fallout), then go for it.
The Urban Decay Smoky Palette costs $54 in Sephora USA here, and £38 in the UK here, and here. Worldwide shipping is available from the last two links.