Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Review: Urban Decay Smoked Palette

Urban Decay’s fairly new Smoked palette, is sure to be a hit just like the popular Naked palettes. Smoked has a home in your collection if you love a smoky eye look. I prefer to buy as many of my Urban Decay shadows in palettes as I can because it’s usually a much better deal. An individual shadow is $18 while the Smoked palette was $49 and has ten full-sized shadows in it (making each shadow $4.90 not including the mini original Primer Potion and full-sized 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion that it comes with). While some of the shades aren’t as pigmented as most shadows by Urban Decay, they’re still gorgeous enough to be worth the time it takes to build the color.

The first shade, Kinky, is a matte, milky white color that’s on the lightly pigmented side. The second shade, Freestyle, is a matte flesh-toned color that’s perfect for a base. The third shade, Mushroom, is an almost metallic grey-taupe that I adore. The fourth shade, Backdoor, is a matte chocolate brown that was less impressive for me. The fifth shade, Blackout, is a matte black that’s perfect for setting your liner. The sixth shade, Barlust, is a beautiful shimmery bronze that reminds me of Smog (seen in the Naked palette, etc.). The seventh shade, Rockstar, is a deep, shimmery purple that would complement any eye color. The eighth shade, Evidence, is a shimmery midnight-blue that reminds me of OPI’s Into the Night. This was one of the lesser pigmented shades, but well worth the effort to build it up. The ninth shade, Loaded, is a gorgeous, dark, shimmery emerald color. The tenth shade, Asphalt, is a shimmery charcoal that almost touches black. Lastly, the 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion is one of the creamiest and most pigmented liners I’ve ever seen. With one swipe, it’s the blackest of blacks. The swatches below are on bare skin without a primer.

The set also came with a twenty-nine page booklet with very detailed instructions on several different looks and other good information for any beginner. On my nails below (if you're wondering) is a Sally Hansen base coat, two coats of Wet n Wild Mega Last in Deadly Dose, and two coats of Sinful Colors All About You.