This little beauty of a palette is a gift from the Urban Decay gods! It's absolutely my go-to for when I go out and need a sultry, smoldering, sexy eye. Or a "slutty" eye as one of my friends so delicately put it, haha!
I'm an avid fan of UD's Naked palette and I found myself using it a lot for when I go out. But, sadly, the Naked palette only can go so far with smoky looks. Voila! As if the magicians at Urban Decay were listening to me, out comes Smoked! While I'm a seasoned veteran when it comes to application and blending, I still found the look book to be informative and helpful. For newbies, I'd say start slow. Use the booklet for tips, it's almost obsessively detailed step-by-step instructions. The very back also has some awesome explanations on terms and application techniques.
The colors are wonderful. The neutrals are a dream for brow bone color and base. The matte brown and black are phenomenal crease colors. They blend beautifully. I'm more of a neutrals fan, so I haven't used the jewel tones as much. But I will say that Rockstar is a gorgeous purple that will look amazing on brown and green eyes! I was really disappointed with how Loaded applied to my lid, though. I had to wet my brush to get the deep green tone (and I was using UD's shadow brush, which is a great densely packed brush for shadows). Haven't used Evidence yet but then again I'm not a big blue fan. Might be nice as a liner? Asphalt is great on its own, same with Backdoor. The 24/7 liner is wonderful to use on the waterline, but I prefer my gel liner pot to line my top lid. I feel that the 24/7 liner gets too heavy. The primer is always top notch for UD as well.
But, like some users said, UD has a bad reputation for having bad fall-out with its shadows. I don't know why they haven't reformulated their shadows because I feel like UD is becoming notorious for this! Just have a large, fluffy brush handy to swipe away anything on your cheeks. But, overall, whether you're a newbie or a seasoned pro, if you love that smoky look, you'll love Smoked.
As someone who uses a lot of black and smokey looks I knew I just had to get this palette. The colours are really gorgeous and I love the bonus eye primer and eyeliner included in the package. Definitely a palette worth having in one's collection!
love the packaging of this and the amazing quality of the shadows. urban decay really nail it when it comes to eyeshadows. 'evidence' is the only colour that let's me down though, it just doesn't seem to pick up and it can be really patchy. i don't wear blues though so i'm not that upset. I love the matte dark brown 'backdoor', I use it on my brows as it is the exact same colour as my hairs.
really like this palette, makes a change from the neutral naked palettes out there. love the little booklet that comes with it with guides for creating different looks, very inspiring for beginners and experienced makeup people alike!
Amazing palette. Colors are deep and dark. Even the gemstone colored ones go on your eye with a deep dark finish. It is my first eyeshadow palette ever, and definitely a worthy investment! I love coming up with shadow combos everyday! Very long lasting and smooth to apply. This has changed my life and I am so incredibly happy with it.
1. the variety of "black-undertone" colors make it easier to create variety of Smokey-eye makeup
2. The color last long and did not smudge easily
1. the color tend to fall down to the cheek, hence may make the application to be a little bit messy. To overcome, tap the color from your shadow brush before applying it onto the lid.
While this palette is not one I would ever recommend for simple or neutral looks, I do have to say all of the colors are beautiful and of great quality, and for that, this palette is a very fine supplement to any eyeshadow collection. Loaded, Evidence, and Mushroom are among my favorite eyeshadow colors of all time.
excellent palette, exquisite looks, useful booklet - UD has done it again:)!
This is a very good pallet! You can create both an elaborate smokey eye or a very natural everyday look.the key is applying with the perfect brushes. Very very pigmented!
I love this palette! Great for creating smokey eyes but versatile enough to tone it down to create everyday looks. It comes with a handy make-up guide that features several drawings with directions on how to create different looks using the different eyeshadows.
The colors are rich and buttery and very easy to blend. One thing I would have loved is for them to have included a shimmery base color since the 2 base colors are both somewhat matte. The rest of the shades are more metallic. It also comes with a 24/7 pencil in Perversion which has very good staying power, as well as a mini size of the Primer Potion which can come in handy during travelling. So far, I've created a couple of looks using different shadow combinations and I have gotten compliments to each and every one. The packaging is somewhat bulky in the sense that it's not a flat palette but it's compact enough and secure in its little zippered pouch. Over-all another great palette from Urban Decay!