Does Urban Decay's Naked Heat Palette Work with Cool Skintones?

An eye of the day with Urban Decay's Naked Heat Palette.

I knew very warm tones probably weren't for me. But I got sucked into the hype of the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette—and the beautiful looks that others were creating with it. A Sephora coupon code sealed the deal. It would be mine.

And you know what? I didn't love it. First I tried a simple look with some of the terracotta shades. And every time I looked in the mirror, I just saw ORANGE. *shiver* Then I tried to mix it up with this look (inspired by this look), focusing on the purple, which I blended over some purple eyeliner for depth. It was better. Purples and bronzes look great with my eye colour.

But the rest of my cool-toned complexion? Not so much. At least in my opinion. In this look, my eyes pop, but my skin just doesn't look as healthy as it usually does.

Compare it to this look, for example.

Ultimately, I returned the Naked Heat Palette because I didn't love it. At this point in my collection, there's no point keeping things around that I won't reach eagerly for.

The lesson? Don't just choose eyeshadow based on your eye colour. Choose eyeshadow based on your overall colouring. Are you warm-toned (more golden skin) or cool-toned (more pinky skin)? If you're cool-toned like me, you'll probably look your best in greys and cool browns. I wear lots of different colours because I like trying different things. But without fail, I get the most compliments when I wear greys, purples and taupes.

What do you think, lovelies? Am I nuts? Or would I look best if I stuck to cooler tones? (I refuse to entertain the word should in makeup. There is no should. Wear what you love. And if it doesn't work out the way you hoped, wash it off!)

Have you learned any makeup lessons lately? Or do you scorn the "rules"? Let me know in the comments!

Disclosure: The product featured in this post was purchased by Eyeshadow Addict.