I love a good smokey eye when the occasion calls for it. And I like a bit of color, who says smokey eyes have to be black or gray?? Smokey eyes are a technique, and you can use almost any colors you want to create that. But as I have mentioned before, I am a sucker for eyeshadow palettes. I had to go get it because I don't use it as often as my original Naked palette. I find that I reach more for Naked and Naked 2 since I feel I can create more everyday looks with those. But I have been really into the jewel tones that this palette has. My favorite thing about this palette is honestly that 24/7 eye pencil in Perversion that it comes with. It's so pigmented and so black. It's my favorite pencil and I will buy that over and over again. I had always used their 24/7 pencil in Zero and this has replaced that. It's soft and creamy, yet lasts no joke. It's really easy to work with if you want to smudge or even line the water line. I was a little intimidated by this because if you aren't careful, smokey eyes can tend to look a little bruisey. But it comes with an instructional booklet that offers a lot of good blending tips and ideas to keep your look from becoming a nightmare! I love that the colors are super pigmented and they apply smoothly. I was surprised to find with the darker colors that you can apply them as light as you want or as intense as you want. I didn't find that any of the colors where chalky, which was something that I was nervous about with those matte shades of Kinky and Freestyle. I did find that with my skintone, the Kinky shade does absolutely nothing. It doesn't show up. It is something that I apply above my crease though to prevent the darker colors from going blending up too high. So even that isn't as much of a downer than I originally thought. You will however get some fallout with some of those darker metallic shades. If you apply with a light hand and build them up, it's not too bad though. As far as the wear goes, again, with my oily lids, I do use the primer potion which this palette also came with a sample size of. So I don't get any creasing after hours of wear. What I would have liked to see included with this palette is a highlight shade with a slight shimmer like MAC's Naked Lunch which is a favorite of mine for a brow highlight. I have used this a few times for parties and special occasions and I always get tons of compliments when I wear any look from it. Now that I am holding it in my hand to write this review I find that I am asking myself why I don't use it more, because it really can be very versatile. I may never need to repurchase it, but I for the price getting the full size eyeliner and a travel size on the primer potion made the price point make some sense. If I ever have to repurchase it, I would venture to say that I would.
I LOOOOVE this palette. I am a fan of the smokey eye but you can also do more natural looks with it as well. very versatile I love the depth of color and they blend easily to get the color you want. They apply beautifully and the colors are gorgeous. It is one of my favorite palettes I own.
I often don't rock a smoky eye, as I am a simple girl who loves a natural shadow with a dramatic cat liner, but I received Smoked as a birthday present last year (2012). To highlight my green eyes, I often find myself using the Rockstar shade mixed with Mushroom and Asphalt. Other than that, I don't really use the other colors for a "smoky" look, however I do use the browns/creams for a neutral eye!
If you love smokey eye look, you will love this pallette. It comes with a booklet for beginners to learn on how to do smokey eye. Loves the zip up packaging too, makes it easy to bring it for travelling. Others complain that UD eyeshadows tends to have fall outs, for me i use the UDPP and i tap on the brush before i put it on my lids. I dont have fall outs of color that way.
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.