Thank goodness for being able to schedule posts because I'll tell you all a little something, I haven't blogged in over a week! I just wrapped up two 13 hour work days and I am struggling to organize myself for the next week since my Christmas tree is still up and needs to come down like NOW. In true Jayne fashion, I have had this look completed for awhile, but decided to space out all the smoky eyes I was doing over the holidays since they were all starting to look the same!
You will notice that though I own every Urban Decay Naked palette, I have never actually reviewed one until today. The Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette* ($64.00 CDN) is a dramatic eye lovers' heaven. While I use the original Naked palette the most, the Smoky Palette provides you with multiple smoky eye options from dramatic brown to grey to black.
The packaging is very solid with swirls of smoke floating throughout the acrylic-feeling case. This is definitely a far cry from the velvet outer layer of Naked 1.
Every shade swatched perfectly in true Urban Decay fashion. When someone asked me what Urban Decay was known for, I immediately answered "eyeshadows". They really know how to make a buttery and pigmented shadow.
There are more matte than shimmery shades in this palette to create different shades of "smoke". I don't think I own a palette with THIS many matte shades in one place!
I never know where to begin with a fresh new eye shadow palette so I decided to go with one of the suggested UD looks included with the palette - The Iconic UD Smoky Eye.
Dior Diorskin Star Studio Makeup in #021
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder in #1 Fair
Urban Decay Brow Beater in Dark*
Urban Decay Brow Tamer in Clear*
Apply UD Eyeshadow Primer Potion all over the lid and under eye.
Apply the shade Combust from crease to browbone.
Apply the shade Thirteen to browbone and blend with Combust.
Using a matte black eyeliner, like UD Perversion 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, line the upper and lower lash lines and smudge with a smudger brush. We are creating "smoke" here.
Apply the shade Smolder all over the lid and crease blending up and outward as well as over top Perversion.
Blend Password onto the edge of Smolder and into the crease as well as lower lash line.
Highlight inner corner with the shade High.Apply your favourite mascara. I used Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch*.
Apply Esqido False Lashes in "Oh So Sweet"*.
Sephora + Pantone Universe Shimmering Marsala Cheek Trio
UD Naked Lipgloss in Rule 34
Final verdict: This is such a pretty palette, but I definitely don't pull it out as often as the Nakeds. It's not like you wouldn't be able to create smoky eyes with the Naked palettes, but if you find yourself wishing for darker shades to give your eyeshadow looks more depth and drama while wanting to hang on to a few neutral shades, I would certainly look into this palette!