Urban Decay seem to continually bring out cult palettes that the beauty world goes crazy for. We had the Naked palette, Naked take two and now we have something a little more seasonal to enjoy. The ‘Smoked’ palette from Urban Decay is basically a darker, yet still a makeup staple, version of its Naked sister. The shades within the palette cover every kind of look you’d want to create, from a subtle brown smokey eye, to a stronger charcoal result and even a green or purple rockstar eye. As always, the eyeshadows are presented in a durable and cute pack that makes it easy to work from one pan. I love the fact this isn’t a card box too, meaning the set is much more protected and you don’t have to worry about it getting tatty. Not only does it contain 10 eyeshadows, but it also a black 24/7 liner and a sample size of the cult classic Primer Potion – everything needed to create a brilliant smoked eye that lasts all day (and all night.)
I adore the Urban Decay eyeshadows because they’re so pigmented and blend beautifully, even without a base. They don’t smudge or budge throughout the day, nor do they fade into a much paler shade after a few hours in the office. You can easily build up colour using a circular brush and blend outwards to create a stronger look into the evening. The great thing about all these eyeshadows is also that the colours really complement eachother – they must have very similar base shades or something, but you can easily mix a blue with a mushroom or even a green with a black. I can’t sing the praises of these eyeshadows enough, especially as I got numerous complements at works when I used the palette to create subtle smokey ‘daytime’ eyes this week. The eyeliner really helps to bring the look together too, and the accompanying ‘how to’ book gives step-by-step instructions to help you step ourside the box and get creative with your eye makeup.
The set is £35.00, but I totally think it’s a bargain. For that price you get 10 eyeshadows, an eyeliner, a sample of Primer Potion, a ‘how to’ guide and a pretty palette to carry it all in. Individually all these products would set you back at least £100, so by using that reasoning you really should go ahead and treat yourself! If you only buy one product this coming payday then make it an Urban Decay smoked palette – definitely my choice for taking us into Autumn/Winter.
Available from Look Fantastic and other online retailers for £35.00