Thursday, September 17, 2015

Urban Decay Smoked Eye Shadow Palette-Review, Photos, Swatches+Look

Company/Brand Claim: This palette is no more available on the website or at Sephora, therefore I could not find the brand claim.

Result: I finally had a chance to grab one of Urban Decay's finest offerings, The Smoked eye shadow palette, which has an extended version out now namely, The Smoky Palette. But I was most interested in this one after the Naked 2.
It comes in a cardboard box with all the necessary details mentioned. The palette itself is a zippered wristlet which looks pretty funky. Inside are 10 eye shadows of which 4 are matte and the rest are shimmer shades. The palette also comes with a full size 24/7 Glide-On eye pencil in the shade Perversion and an original travel size primer potion. It comes with a built in mirror. Sadly mine broke during shipment. Lets talk about the colors.

Kinky: The first shade in the palette, this one is a basic ivory. This is more of a highlighting shade and can be worn in the inner corner of the eye and under the eye brow.

Freestyle: This is a peachy nude. Works as a base and transition shade.

Mushroom: Is a medium grayish silver.

Backdoor: This is a dark oak brown and my favorite shade from the palette.

Blackout: The basic carbon black. Absolutely beautiful.

Barlust: A shimmery dark brown.

Rockstar: A deep purple perfect for party makeup and bridal looks.

Evidence: A deep blue that can be coordinated with darker blues to create stunning looks.

Loaded: An emerald green also great for wedding makeup looks.

Asphalt: The last of the bunch is a gunmetal silver with an ash like color.

The first thing I noticed is that all the shades are quite pigmented except for Evidence and Asphalt, which takes a few swipes to get a good blue. Even kinky and freestyle are quite visible if applied without a primer. The matte shades are a bit powdery but they don't have a lot of fallout. The texture is nice and smooth and the mattes blend more easily than the shimmers. Eye makeup lightens after a few hours if done without a primer. The palette also comes with a look book created by the brand which contains sultry makeup looks to try.

Cons: Mattes are powdery, some shades are not as pigmented

Urban Decay Smoked Eye Shadow Palette has a new version namely, The Smoky Palette.

Rating: 4.5/5

Take it:

If you're looking for a good quality eye shadow palette
You're into smokey eyes
You like the shades
You're into bold eye makeup
You find it affordable over rest of the UD palettes

Leave it:

You don't like smokey eyes
You find it expensive
You don't like the color range

Price: Rs. 3500/- (price may vary)

Available at: 

UAE: Select instagram sellers

Pakistan: Select Facebook pages. I got mine from Makeup 4 u.

International: -

Conclusion: Overall, it's a beautiful palette which offers quite a lot for the price. I may not have to look for another palette for smokey eyes. Recommended? Yes.

Urban Decay Smoked Eye Shadow Palette
Urban Decay Smoked Eye Shadow Palette
Urban Decay Smoked Eye Shadow Palette
Urban Decay Smoked Eye Shadow Palette swatches
Kinky, Freestyle, Mushroom, Backdoor, Blackout
Urban Decay Smoked Eye Shadow Palette swatches
Barlust, Rockstar, Evidence, Loaded, Asphalt
I also created this look with the palette. Hope you like it.

Kiran Imtiaz Author

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  1. The packaging is so cute, and the shades too... loved your look! xx

    Love XoxoX

  2. This palette has gorgeous shades. Love the smokey eye look you created using these...

  3. This palette has such nice shades, perfect for smokey eyes. Great review.

  4. woww yaar this is really beautiful

  5. Oh mY kiran ! This one looks such a complete package !! love the looks you have put together !

  6. Gorgeous colors!! And your eye makeup is just lovely! <3 <3

  7. Great colors for smokey eyes though I believe it would have been better if they skipped kinky or freestyle and added a plum as it just looks great it a smokey eye. Great review <3

  8. I really love my MUA dupe of this palette so I can imagine how much you love the original :)