The Urban Decay Smoky from Urban Decay’s Naked Collection is my ultimate favourite eye shadow palette at the moment, it’s my ‘go-to’ for creating gorgeous, pigmented smokey looks. Its my newest palette and I’ve literally not stopped using this because its just so much fun to play with all the smokey hues. The packaging is lush, the palette comes in a smokey effect, marble style case with a magnetic shutter and I love the way it really fits the whole ‘smokey’ theme that’s going on. The palette contains twelve, cool tone shades, ranging from light to dark, matte to shimmer and also comes with a free eye shadow brush to use with the palette which is really handy. I’m really impressed with the brush in the palette because a lot of the time free brushes in palette’s don’t tend to be very good, but this one is excellent to use. The brush is double ended with a larger sized, soft brush that’s really good for the purpose of applying your eye shadow base and blending. The other end of the brush has a smaller, firmer style brush, that I personally find excellent for adding darker pigments and detail. The large mirror, located on the inside of the lid of the palette is really useful too, it covers the whole length and width of the lid so it’s a really generous size, so great for seeing what your doing up close.
The actual eye shadows in the palette are super pigmented but they are also really build-able. It goes without saying that the darker shadows in the palette are awesome for creating dramatic, eye catching looks for that night out on the town or even a dinner date with the hubby. The thing I actually love about the shadows in this palette though, is that you don’t necessarily have to go for that charcoal, grey, silver tone smokey eye, there’s so much colour choice and every shade has its own unique way of working really well with another. If your going for an elegant day time look, lunch with the girls or your off to a meeting, the lighter hues in the palette really bring out the eyes in a subtle, elegant way. If you want to add some of the darker hues to a day time look, that’s fine too, because as I said earlier the product is build-able, which means you can add as little or as much as you want. I created two fabulous day time smokey eye’s recently using a mixture of light and deeper hues [photo(s): see below].
Urban Decay state their Naked Smoky eye shadow palette includes nine, never before seen shades and three exclusive shades from previous palettes. The twelve smokey, neutral shades in the palette include: High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust and Thirteen.
Left to Right: High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted, Dagger, Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust, Thirteen (this particular shade is really pale so it was difficult to pick up on the photo, but I promise it is there)
The lasting power of the shadow is amazing, I’ll put this on at the start of my day, I’ll go to remove it in the evening before bed and it will still look like it did when it was freshly applied. This easily lasts a twelve hour day and I have not discovered it wearing off at all or even any loss of pigment whatsoever for that matter. I kid you not, this absolutely incredible eye shadow, literally keeps that freshly applied look all through the busiest of days. Absolutely no word of a lie, this palette is the best smokey eye palette that I have ever used to date. I always love having an actual palette over separate eye shadows because it’s so conveniently easy to see your selection right in front of you, all in a single palette and then choose what shades your going to go for. The Naked Smoky palette retails at £39.50 so it is pricey, but in my opinion, totally worth it when you consider the outstanding blendibilty and the colour pay off. This is definitely one for all the Urban Decay Naked fans out there, if you have not yet tried this palette and you love a gorgeous, neutral smokey eye, this is 100% the eye shadow palette of your dreams.
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