After my very excited post about the Urban Decay Smoked Eye Pencil Set, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to review its sister product, the Smoked Eyeshadow Palette, which I was given for Christmas. This is a really beautiful palette with lots of darker colours which are perfect for a more interesting smokey eye.
The outside of this palette is matte black, and made of a sort of rubbery material which looks gorgeous and very sleek, but which picks up dirt and dust very easily. You can see the smudges on mine, and I’ve only been using it for three months! The embossing adds a nice touch, while the chunky zip adds that Urban Decay edge to stop this being too pretty-pretty.
Inside, the palette is even prettier, with a lovely big mirror. There are 10 eyeshadows and a full-size 24/7 eye pencil encased in a lilac/grey cardboard with a floral design (I also keep a very small brush in here). While the cardboard is protected by the heavier outer casing, it’s still possible to see some wear and tear, as with all cardboard make up. The busy background makes it a little difficult to read the gold print of the names, so on the top row there are Kinky Freestyle, Mushroom, Backdoor and Blackout, and on the bottom there are Barlust, Rockstar, Evidence, Loaded and Asphalt.
In the above photo, I’ve swatched the colours in palette-order in natural daylight, and in the two shots below I’ve swatched with flash to show just how pigmented these colours are, since they’re a little washed out in the first shot. Kinky and Freestyle, the two matte nude shades are slightly chalky, but the others, which are all shimmers except Backdoor, are the normal silky soft Urban Decay formula. I’m quite glad to see that none of these have crazy amounts of glitter – there’s no shades like Midnight Cowboy Rides Again to drop massive pieces of glitter all over your face!
I usually use Kinky as a highlight and Freestyle as a base or a neutral up to the eyebrow – they aren’t very noticeable, and I don’t really think that they’re anything special, although they make a nice matte daytime look with Backdoor. Mushroom is really a spectacular shadow – it’s a brown-based grey, if that makes any sense, which can read anywhere from taupe to gunmetal on me in different lights. Backdoor is a very warm matte chocolate brown, while Blackout is a nice matte black – not as dark as Perversion, but still very pigmented.
The bottom row is where the really exciting shades are! Barlust is a mid-brown shimmer which looks like the love-child of Mushroom and Backdoor, and is a slightly darker version of Smog, to my eye. Rockstar has appeared in other palettes (I have this already in eyeshadow and eye pencil from the NYC palette) but is well worth having a repeat of – it’s a deep purple which manages to deftly sidestep “bruise style” and works really nicely with a brown liner. Evidence is a shimmery navy blue, although it doesn’t seem as pigmented as the others – it does layer, but this is quite sheer compared to the colour shock I was expecting. Loaded is a gorgeous ivy green leaning slightly teal, which also appeared in the NYC palette. Finally, Asphalt is the perfect deep charcoal grey that I’ve been dreaming of for a smoky eye for a very long time, with a tiny bit of sparkle.
This palette comes with a full-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion, a blacker-than-black shade which isn’t as smudgy as I would like for a smoky eye, but which makes an incredibly dark, noticeable line – I prefer this with a paler eye so that it becomes the focus, and tend to use Zero with these shadows. As with the other 24/7 pencils, this sets very nicely meaning that there’s no panda eyes at the end of the night!
Overall, I absolutely adore this set, and if you are someone who likes jewel tones and smokey eyes, it’s a must-have. It’s very versatile, and the quality is superb as always with Urban Decay, so I’d definitely recommend it: 10/10!
Have you tried any Urban Decay palettes? What do you think of the smoky colours in this one?