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12 Apr 2014

Review | Urban Decay Smoked Palette

I have been really into the smoky eye look lately. And not just your basic black smoky eye, but the browns, the grays, the burgundies, the greens, the purples, the pinks (yes, the pinks), in fact practically every colour out there can be smoked out. All you need are the right equipment: a shader brush, a pencil brush and the all important blending brush.

 There are no strict rules in smoky eye makeup, though most women (and men) would veer away and stick to safer eyeshadow looks, and understandably so - smoky eyes can be very very tricky. This is the type of makeup look that really requires time and practice. You can't rush a smoky eye. Well, not unless you're Kate Moss.

I was Sephora the other day and was actually eyeing the Naked 3, but I felt as though I didn't really need it - I already have the 1 and 2 - even if it was made up of entirely different colours, it still felt like overkill having it so I  passed on it. I was just browsing and the Smoked palette caught my eye. A blue, a purple, a green and a shimmery brown in a smoky eyes palette? Sold! When I saw that it came with a full sized 24/7 Glide-on pencil in Perversion ( Urban Decay's blackest eye liner) and a travel sized tube of Primer Potion, I knew I hit jackpot. A full sized 24/7 Glide-on pencil would set you back around 88 dirhams and the entire palette cost 239 dirhams, so all in all it was a pretty good deal.

Onto the colours - Urban Decay shadows are very pigmented, wear very well (even without the Primer potion) and come in the most beautiful shades, with some pretty cool names to boot. I mean, Kinky, Naked, Backdoor (?!), right? Ok, Backdoor may be a bit much but you get my drift.

Kinky - a matte creamy vanilla, perfect as a base or as a general eyewash topped with black eye liner.

Freestyle - a matte nude that is somewhere in between Naked and Buck. Good for blending.

Mushroom - a shimmery brownish gray that reminds me a bit of MAC's Satin Taupe but Mushroom leans more a bit more gray. Perfect just by itself, packing a bit more color on the outer third area and blended out with a bit of Freestyle on the crease.

Backdoor - super dark matte mahogany brown. An awesome crease and outer third colour along with...

Blackout - a matte black. Like Backdoor, it's a perfect crease and outer third colour, these colours are the colours used to smoke out the softer shades. Although of course, you can use this as an all over lid colour but I have not yet been that brave (or that cool).

Barlust - shimmery cocoa brown ( MAC Sable, is that you?). Lovely lid colour, smoke it out with a little Backdoor, black liner and lots and lots of lashes. 

Rockstar - a deep dark shimmery aubergine. One of the three little twists on the smoky eye in this lovely little slice of rock and roll.

Evidence - I am a little apprehensive about the name of this one. I feel as though it doesn't really fit into the the whole rock and roll vibe but hey every rockstar needs a good lawyer right? I digress, like always, forgive me. Anyhow, Evidence is deep midnight blue with a very slight shimmer. 

Loaded - oh how I love thee. This is the colour that I used in my look below. I was watching a Style Confidential video on YouTube that featured Ashley Benson's look for the 2012 Teen Choice Awards and I lusted after her eye makeup. Green smoky eyes? Yes, oh yes. Loaded is forest green interspersed with black shimmer flecks. I'm in love.

Asphalt - a shimmery slate gray. Exactly the colour of asphalt glimmering under the sunlight.

The palette also comes with a little makeup manual showing you the steps on how to recreate Urban Decay's signature smoky eye looks, which is really helpful especially for those who are starting out in the smoky eye department. Such a thoughtful touch on Urban Decay's part. Am I the only one who thinks their illustration model looks like just Kate Moss? :)

followed the "iconic with colour" look but with a few additions. 

Eyes: Freestyle as base all over, lined outer third top and bottom lashline with Perversion, patted Loaded all over the eye but concentrating on the lashline blending it with the eyeliner and used a bit on the lower lashline as well, Barlust on the outer third and blended it all out with Mushroom on the entire crease.

Face: Makeup Forever HD liquid foundation in 140
Cheeks: Tarte Amazonian clay blush and bronzer duo in Power Couple but used only bronzer as contour and NARS Orgasm for blush
Lips: MAC lipliner in Boldly Bare, MAC Blankety lipstick mixed with MAC Flamingo lipstick and topped off with Chanel Rouge Allure Gloss in # 57 Insolence
Brows: Rimmel brow pencil in dark brown
Lashes: L'oreal Telescopic mascara

All in all, I would definitely recommend this palette. The colours apply smoothly, there is a bit of fall out, but that's only when you would prefer to really pack it on but easily remedied ( my little trick is baby powder/loose powder below the eyes while doing your makeup). There are a ton of looks that you could do with this palette, even daytime appropriate smoky eyes. Even without the free full sized liner and eye manual, I would still get this palette. 

Let me know if you love smoky eyes too!

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