Smokey eyes are one of my favorite looks to do, because you can wear them simple and light for an everyday look or make them intense for special events. It’s also a great look for monolids like mine since smokey eyes help open up the eyes and easily give the illusion of dimensions to the eye.
So when Urban Decay came out with their own Smoky eyeshadow palette, I was super excited! Given I already have their original Naked and Naked 2 palettes, I was hesitant to buy yet another UD palette. But when I got a coupon code from Sephora, the first thing I thought about buying was the Smokey palette!
When I opened up the package, I literally sang and danced around the room holding it. 😀 I was even thinking about huggling it to go to sleep, hehe, just kidding (not really).
First, the packaging. It is so much prettier than all the other palettes I have. It comes in a nice box with the same smokey design as the one on the lid. There’s also an instruction card on how to do different smokey eye looks with this palette. The packaging for the palette itself is very sturdy and great for travel. The letters on the cover protrude out a little, so you can glide your fingers over the cover and feel the niceness of the details.
Second, the eyeshadows themselves. Once you open up the lid, you are presented with one of the most beautiful sights in the makeup world. The shades look so gorgeous next to each other, it took me a few days just to convince myself I should start using it instead of staring at them.
The shades are mostly shimmery eyeshadows with a few matte ones in there. Most of the shades are darker tones which makes sense since that’s what you need for a smokey eye.
Finally, the swatches. I find the shades themselves, as all of the other UD palettes, to be really high quality. The shades glides on the skin very easily and shows the colors well.
The first 6 shades:
The second 6 shades:
I’ve been trying to use this palette every day for the past week or so. I still love it as much as when I first got it. But I did find that the lack of lighter eyeshadow shades make it harder to be used as an everyday eyeshadow palette.
For an everyday look, I normally use a lighter and shimmery shade on the top of my eyelids, and a darker shade on the outer corners. This palette doesn’t give you a lot of options for lighter shades, so I’ve had to use other eyeshadows to pair with the deeper shades from this palette.
Other than that, the quality of the shadows are really great. I find they go on the eyes really easily and they don’t crease or have any fallouts.
I used this palette for my company’s holiday party, but I totally forgot to take pictures for my blog. 😦 So when I get time, I’ll do another post with more detailed steps on how to create a party look with this palette.
Have you tried the Naked Smoky palette yet? What’s your go-to eyeshadow palettes?