I absolutely love the look of the smoky eye, but I admit – I’m terrible at it. It is truly a technique that I need to master! Sick of lusting after Kim Kardashian’s perfect smoky eyes, I decided to buy this palette the minute Sephora made it available. On July 16th, it was finally released in Canada, and I went and purchased it first thing with the rest of the makeup-obsessed!
Well, I love it. It is fantastic! The palette is comprised of 12 different shades, most of which are lighter than black. For the look below, I used Smolder from the lash line to the crease, Black Market and Dagger in the crease, Dirtysweet on the brow bone and High to outline under the eyebrow. I also used Black Market to outline my bottom eyelid.
For eyeliner, I used Chanel Waterproof Eyeliner in Noir Intense both on the lash line, tight-lined along the outer corner of the top eyelid and along my waterline. I love this particular eyeliner as it stays put and is great for smoky eye looks. If your eyes water at all, this eyeliner does not run or fade. To top everything off, I used a few coats of Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara on both top and bottom lashes (another product I highly recommend – the growth formula actually works).
I am extremely happy with this palette! The colours are highly pigmented, true to what you see in the pan, blend really well, and it has a nice range of colours for all skin tones. At $64 CAD, it is a great buy – especially for 12 different eyeshadows.
What I especially liked about the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette is that it comes with a great double-ended brush! One side is a fluffy blending brush and the other side is nice, little smudging brush. Both brushes are made of synthetic fibres and seem to be of good quality. Secondly, this palette comes with a handy guide with steps for creating four different smoky eye looks: the Iconic UD Smoky Eye (smoky eye using dark brown tones), the Smoky Reality Star (Kim Kardashian-esque), the Smoky Cat (light bronzy and gold smoky eye with winged liner) and the Everyday Smoky Eye (day look).
Overall, I highly recommend this product! Here is my Youtube video below featuring the look I created with this palette: