I am so stoked about today’s review, I received it as a Christmas present (boyfriend did good, 10 points to David) and it is the only palette I have used since. Even my Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes have taken a back seat and ladies, that is a bigger deal than the Queen stepping down.
I will say, I have always avoided eyeshadow palettes that have a lot of dark shades before this one. I was so worried that I would end up looking like 13-year-old goth Soph or resembling a panda. So I thought, I would use one quiet evening to just play around with the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette and that way I wasn’t in a rush and if it looked terrible I could just wipe it off and start again. And well, I bloody love dark shadows now…
First things first, let address the packaging. It’ sturdy as hell and I reckon wouldn’t break easily. The design is elegant and the marble effect is just so on trend. It looks adorable in your makeup collecting or sitting on your vanity.
It comes with a dual ended brush which, to be honest, is pretty decent. One side is a blending fluffy brush while the other end is a shorter, more compact pencil brush that is sized well for adding depth to a smoky eye. Usually, the brushes inside are shit but this one blends and applies nicely. I used it once when I was away and forgot to pack eyeshadow brushes so had to do the entire look with this brush and it still looked pretty damn epic if I must say so myself.
The palette itself comes with 12 shades, four shimmer shades, four mattes and four satin shades. It also has a massive mirror which is perfect when doing your makeup on the tube. It has everything you need, I tend to use the mattes the most but that’s just my preference. It has a really nice balance of warm and cool shadows that should flatter anyone. The black is as smooth and dark as I'd hope for it to be, and the highlight is a wonderful shade to work with all looks. The pigmentation though is to die for. Urban Decay you have done it again!
In the picture, I am wearing ‘Thirteen’ all over the lid as a base and also as a highlight in the corner of my eye. I’ve run ‘Whiskey’ through my crease (well that sounds so wrong) and then I’ve used ‘Black Market’ to create depth.
Ladies, what are your thoughts on the Smoky palette? Will you be picking up the Naked Smoky Palette? Share in the comments!