Summer is almost over, Thank God! It’s a bad season for makeup, especially if you live in the Middle East. With the coming of autumn and then winter, it’s time to experiment with some deep dark smoldering makeup. My infatuation with Urban Decay continues. They just can’t seem to do anything wrong, especially where eye makeup concerns. After their Naked palettes, the next spot should rightly go to the Urban Decay Smoked palette.
This is a stunning palette of ten eyeshadows featuring smokey blues, purples, greens and the classic browns and blacks. In all honesty I was not impressed by this palette when I saw it first, but when I saw some youtube videos featuring eye looks from it, I thought that here is an instrument to help me with smokey looks that I have always craved for, but could not achieve.
What Urban Decay has to say about their palette
(The Biggest Thing Since Naked!)
Perfect for creating dramatic smoky eyes the UD way. Smoked is the smoldering answer to our top-rated Naked Palettes, and just as versatile. A true range of shades (Neutral mattes! Shimmering jewel tones!) for a range of smoky looks.
It is a zippered black case with a sleek look. It has Smoked embossed on the top and inside features a decent sized mirror.
It comes with a travel sized primer potion, a black colored Glide On Eyeliner in Perversion. As I have said previously that an eye primer is very necessary to increase the longevity of eyedshadows’ staying power, bring out its true color and there is no better product than UD’s Primer Potion. Perversion is a true black creamy eyeliner, has great staying power and doesn’t smudge once it’s set.
The palette also comes with a very helpful Look Book featuring twelve looks created with the help of this palette. Super helpful for us ladies who need a push to their imagination when it comes to creating eye looks. This book has some really good tips on using these shades, the eyeliner as well. As Urban Decay calls it
a beautifully illustrated, step-by-step guide to 12 smoky eye looks, written by Urban Decay founder Wende Zomnir. Both smoky-eye pros and shadow newbies will benefit from this detailed guide to looks from “iconic” to “smoldering” to “reality star”.
And now we come to the palette itself, which encases ten awesomely wicked colors, ranging from neutral mattes to shimmery jewel toned shades for a variety of smokey eye looks.
The ten eyeshadows and how I would describe their color
Kinky is a pale beige with a matte finish, good for highlighting under the browbone and inner corners of the eye.
Freestyle is a peach with some brown undertones to it. It’s also matte in texture. Great for an overall lid color or giving some depth to the crease.
Mushroom is a greyish brown and one of the best taupe shades I have come across. Shimmery and soft to touch.
Backdoor is a blackish brown with matte finish.
Blackout is a deep dark black with matte finish.
Barlust is a shimmery brown with red undertones. Very soft to touch and gives a metallic look.
Rockstar is a dark smoky purple also with red undertones. Also very smooth and soft.
Evidence is a navy blue but with a metallic finish.
Loaded is a blackish green with some teal color in it.
Asphalt is a dark grey with silver shimmer.
My favorite shades are Mushroom, Barlust and Rockstar. They are so rich and highly pigmented. In fact all the colors have good payoff, but Backdoor and Blackout are a bit powdery and slightly patchy. They retain the quality that Urban Decay’s eyeshadows are well known for. Mushroom, Blackout, Rockstar, Evidence and Loaded are permanent shades in the UD’s range. Kinky, Freestyle, Barlust, Backdoor and Asphalt are exclusive shades to this palette.
Here are the swatches of all the shades, applied over UD Primer Potion.
Swatches of top row
Swatches of bottom row
Weight and Ingredients as listed on the UD website
Fill Weight: EYESHADOW: 10 x 0.8g e 10 x 0.03 US oz; EYE PENCIL: 1.2g e 0.04 US oz; PRIMER POTION: 3.7ml e 0.13 US fl oz
KINKY / FREESTYLE / BACKDOOR:
Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.
BARLUST / ROCKSTAR / EVIDENCE:
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Zinc Stearate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid.
Talc, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Boron Nitride.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Talc, Zinc Stearate, PTFE, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Tin Oxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite.
All Shades May Contain:
CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77288 (Chromium Oxide Greens), CI 77742 (Manganese Violet), CI 77007 (Ultramarines).
Isododecane, Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG/PPG-19/19 Dimethicone, Synthetic Wax, Hydrogenated Polydicyclopentadiene, Nylon-12, C20-40 Alcohols, Perfluorononyl Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Diisostearate/Polyhydroxystearate/Sebacate, Polyethelene, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopherol.
CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77510 (Ferric Ferrocyanide), CI 77266 (Black 2).
Isododecane, Talc, Cyclopentasiloxane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Trihydroxystearin, Polyethylene, Triethylhexanoin, Sorbitan Sesquioleate,Isopropyl Lanolate.
It’s priced at Sephora here for AED 236 and on the UD website for approx. $50
Now, I’m sure you must be expecting an eye look from this palette, which I usually do with all my posts concerning eyeshadow palettes. But this time, I plan to really convince you how great and versatile this palette is and I will be posting a few looks from this palette in my upcoming posts, so stay tuned. They are going to be sexy and smoldering (hopefully!) LOL
Is it a Hit? If dark colors and sexy smokey looks are your thing, than don’t even miss this palette. It’s expensive but the quality is worth it. And even if you’re not an expert, the Look Book can definitely guide you along the right path.
Is it a Miss? Soft, neutral lovers may find this palette too intimidating, but it’s not so scary once you get to know it. Trust me, it converted me to a dark eyeshadow lover.
So, did you guys love this UD palette. Do you think it worth drooling over? Let me know your views. And if you’re partially convinced than come back to check the eye looks I create with it, and hopefully I will interest you guys to try it out yourself.