Urban Decay has created a new palette for all the smokey eye fans out there! The Smoked palette provides the colors to create a wide range of smokey eye makeup — whether you prefer something more neutral and everyday or very dark and dramatic or colorful and playful! The packaging (shown on the left) comes with the Smoked palette, a how-to booklet, and a travel-size original Eyeshadow Primer Potion. The palette comes in a mirrored case with a zipper closure and has 10 eye shadows plus a full-size 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Perversion” (matte blackest black) inside.
Click on the picture below on the right to get a better view of the swatches! From left to right, TOP ROW: Kinky (matte ivory; exclusive), Freestyle (matte nude; exclusive), Mushroom (shimmery warm pale gray), Backdoor (matte dark brown; exclusive), Blackout (matte blackest black); BOTTOM ROW: Barlust (metallic dark golden brown; exclusive), Rockstar (shimmery deep aubergine purple), Evidence (shimmery deep navy blue), Loaded (metallic deep emerald), and Asphalt (metallic medium-dark gray; exclusive). I swatched these eye shadows on my arm without any primer. If you’d like to see how the Perversion pencil looks like, I used it on my lower waterline in my Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Look 2.
The Get the Look Book that comes with the Smoked palette was a nice surprise — it has step-by-step instructions on how to create 12 different smokey looks using this palette. It’s written by Urban Decay founder Wende Zomnir. She also included some basic tips on how to prep your face for a smokey eye and briefly touches on some techniques on blending and lining. Although I don’t see myself using this book much since I like to come up with my own looks, it was fun to look at the illustrations and read the names of each look (for example, the “red carpet” and the “reality star”). This booklet can be purchased on its own for $9.00 on Urban Decay’s website (or you can just try my step-by-step smokey eye tutorial for free ). Here is one of the looks called “Midnight”:
The Urban Decay Smoked Palette retails for $49.00. I wasn’t sure about getting this palette at first since I already have the “Perversion” pencil and “Evidence” and “Blackout” from the 15th Anniversary palette (and “Blackout” again from the Naked 2 palette). However, I love creating smokey looks, so I decided to add it to my growing collection of Urban Decay palettes. I like that there are more matte colors included (4 out of 10), and I’ve wanted to try “Mushroom” at some point (which is available as a single eye shadow for $18.00). The only drawback is that these eye shadows are not full size (0.03 oz compared to 0.05 oz — both Naked and Naked 2 come with not 10 but 12 full-size eye shadows plus some extras for $50.00 each), so the Smoked palette doesn’t seem to be as good of a value. However, for $49.00 you’re still getting (0.03 oz / 0.05 oz) x 10 eye shadows x $18 = $108 worth of eye shadow (that’s equivalent to 6 full-size eye shadows) + $19.00 for the full-size pencil + (0.13 oz x 0.37 oz) x $20 = ~$7 for the travel-size primer potion (that’s about 35% of a full-size primer) + $9.00 for the Get the Look Book. All in all, you’re getting $143 worth of product, which is not bad at all!
So are you going to get Smoked? Did you already get Smoked? Share your thoughts on the palette by leaving a comment below!