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Get a Golden Hour Glow with the Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette

Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette Swatches

Get a Golden Hour Glow with the Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette

Hey friends, I wanted to bring you my Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette Swatches as soon as possible since it’s available now. If you’re in love with the Golden Hour (as many photographers I know are), you’ll love this palette. Thanks to Urban Decay for sending me this palette!

If you’re unfamiliar with the Golden Hour, wikipedia says ‘it’s the period of time shortly after or before sunset, during which daylight is softer than when the sun is high in this sky. The opposite period during twilight is Blue Hour, just before sunrise or after sunset, when indirect sunlight is evenly diffused.’ I’m definitely more of a Blue Hour type of girl.


Where to Buy
Urban Decay, Ulta, Sephora

Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette Video

Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette

Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette

I love the golden packaging for the Naked Honey palette. The design is gorgeous. I also love the nomenclature for the colors.

As always, I’m a fan of the Urban Decay makeup brushes. I like the double ended brushes that come in these palettes and I do use them regularly.

Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette Swatches

In case you don’t know, I swatch on primer. These swatches are on Urban Decay Original Primer Potion.

taken in direct sunlight
Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette swatches on pale skin
taken indoors under daylight bulbs
Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette swatches on porcelain skin
taken outdoors in indirect sunlight
Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette swatches on fair skin
taken in direct sunlight

Row 1 – Sting, Hive, Sweet, Amber, Golden, Honey
Row 2 – Drip, Keeper, Swarm, HBIC, Flyby, Queen

Naked Honey Palette Color Descriptions

  • Flyby (ivory satin)
  • Sweet (neutral beige matte)
  • Swarm (soft mustard matte)
  • Amber (metallic copper shimmer)
  • Keeper (mustard brown matte)
  • Golden (rich gold shimmer)
  • Honey (intense gold metallic)
  • Queen (golden brown shimmer)
  • Hive (warm brown matte)
  • Drip (warm reddish-brown matte)
  • HBIC (rosy bronze shimmer)
  • Sting (deep warm brown matte)

Naked Honey Palette Thoughts

Bearing in mind that I am not a neutrals person and not the target demographic for this palette, let me tell you my thoughts on it. If you are into golds and mustard yellow, UD Naked Honey IS the palette for you. I personally like golds (though I prefer silver to gold), and find the shimmer shades in this palette to be stunning. It looked so boring in promo photos to me that I was pleasantly surprised to fall in love with the intense shimmers.

Like all Naked palettes, there’s too many similar neutrals for my personal taste. Sting and Hive are so close in tone to me I would never need both. But conversely, having so many colors all in the same color family makes blending a snap. All of these warm neutral mattes make this palette work safe in a snap. For me to create a really glam look with this palette, I’d still need to bring in a black or a deeper color than Sting or Queen.

Honey, Golden, Amber, Queen and HBIC are the stars of the Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette. They’re utterly gorgeous. I can’t help but feel like Urban Decay could have really taken this palette to the next level by having one or two subtle gold duochromes in here, like a gold with a green shift or a gold with a blue shift.

What eyeshadow combos do you see with this palette? Would you like to see a tutorial with it? Let me know here or in the PhyrraNyx Facebook Group.



  • I had absolutely no interest in this palette until I stumbled across it in Sephora and randomly decided to swatch the tester. I snapped up this palette quickly after that and checked out with it in no time! I’ve been enjoying it far more than I thought I would!

  • I love the gold shimmers in this palette, but some of them do look pretty close in shade to each other. An olive/gold one would have been more interesting in the mix.
    It is good to see UD moving away from reds/oranges and pinks though.
    My big disappointment with this palette is the number of matte shades that are very similar and have orangey/mustard undertones that just don’t work for my complexion. I feel like there isn’t enough genuine variety in the shades.
    I was really keen to see this one, but feel that, like you Phyrra, UD dropped the ball on this and could have easily have taken it to the next level.

  • While I’m happy to see a neutral palette that isn’t loaded with orange and red shadows, I have enough of those to last me a lifetime! i am not sure about this one, yet. Part of me wants it for those glorious golds and the fawncy packaging. I need to mull it over a bit longer. It will still be around, should I chose to grab it, sometime in the future.

  • It swatches beautifully and is a nice neutral palette…but I was a little disappointed in the color selection for it being a “honey” themed palette

  • When I first saw this palette on Trendmood, I was definitely going to buy it. However, after seeing your swatches, I’m glad I held off. The shade “honey” seemed like a beautiful golden duochrome with a green shift in the official swatches. When I saw your swatches, I’ve seen 11 shades of brown with a pop of yellow. It just shows how deceptive makeup companies are with their swatches. Being a neutral palette lover, I find this palette to be a snooze fest. Thank you for saving me from buying another useless palette.

  • I’d only wear the shimmers and metallics in this palette. The rest are too warm for me. I know I’d be excited to have it but I’ll wait for a sale since I wouldn’t get full use out of it. Your swatches are so helpful.

  • Excellent review. I’m probably going to pass on this palette because mustard yellow is not my thing, and I agree that the differences among several of the shades are too subtle. I like the concept of a honey palette, but I don’t think I need a full size palette of those shades.

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