8.10.2012

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette Review and Swatches

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette

Another season, another fabulous collection from the eyeshadow pros at Urban Decay. 

I have to admit, I wasn't too excited about the idea of trying another smokey eye collection. I just can't wear dark, sultry shades very well at all! But my doubts vanished once I unzipped the black vinyl case of the Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette($49). Instead of a simple collection of silvery greys and inky blacks, Urban Decay builds upon the classics by adding rich jewel tones, a deep bronze, and even some pale matte shades to the mix. With these out-of-the-box choices, Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette successfully expands the common conception of smokey eyeshadow.

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette

The Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette includes ten smooth, densely pigmented eyeshadows crafted with Urban Decay's new eyeshadow formula. The palette also comes with a full-size Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion (a blacker-than-black eyeliner that typically costs $19), an Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion mini, and a how-to booket containing instructions for a whopping 23 eyeshadow looks designed by brand co-founder Wende Zomnir.

Let's take a look at the shades. The colors in the left half of the mirrored case include a surprising number of warm-tones. There are matte shades as well as shimmers. These are not traditional smokey eye colors! The shadows in the left side of the palette are extremely versatile and can work well for day or night.

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette
Top:  Kinky, Freestyle, Mushroom
Bottom:  Barlust, Rockstar, Evidence

The right half of the case includes more classically smokey shades. Most of the colors are cool-toned, and there's a basic black-and-silver combo. However, the eye-popping green shade Loaded is anything but basic. This section of shadows seems better suited to the evening than the day.

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette
Top:  Mushroom, Backdoor, Blackout
Bottom:  Evidence, Loaded, Asphalt

I swatched the entire top row of the Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette below. Because of some weird arm twisting I had to do to get adequate lighting, the order of the top row in this photo is flipped from its positions in the palette. It's like looking at the palette from right to left rather than left to right. Confusing, I know!

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Blackout, Backdoor, Mushroom, Freestyle, Kinky
Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
L-to-R:  Blackout, Backdoor, Mushroom, Freestyle, Kinky

Blackout is a matte inky black, Backdoor is a deep matte espresso, Mushroom is a warm pewter shimmer with hints of purple, Freestyle is a light matte peach, and Kinky is a matte vanilla cream that's barely perceptible against my pale arm.

Now for the bottom row of the palette. Again, these shades are swatched in order from right to left:

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Asphalt, Loaded, Evidence, Rockstar, Barlust
Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
L-to-R:  Asphalt, Loaded, Evidence, Rockstar, Barlust

Asphalt is a deep charcoal shimmer, Loaded is an emerald green shimmer, Evidence is a deep cobalt shimmer, Rockstar is a deep eggplant shimmer, and Barlust is a deep golden bronze.

Kinky, Freestyle, Backdoor, Barlust, and Asphalt are all exclusive to the Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette. Mushroom, Rockstar, Evidence, Loaded can be purchased as Eyeshadow Singles ($18), and Blackout is available both as an Eyeshadow Single or in the Urban Decay Naked2 Palette ($50).

Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette Look
Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette Look
Mushroom, Loaded, and Kinky

For an eyeshadow look I like to call "Mermaid in an Oil Spill," I applied Mushroom on my lid and Loaded in the crease. I used Kinky to highlight my browbone and the inner corner of my eye, then blended a bit more of Mushroom between my crease and browbone. I lined my upper and lower lashline with Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion.

Smokey eyes are usually hard for me to pull off, but the Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette makes it easy. This collection includes a wide variety of creative shades along with the basics so you can create an eyeshadow look for every occasion. Plus, the detailed how-to guide is fantastic if you need a little extra help. I definitely recommend the Urban Decay Smoked Eyeshadow Palette for a unique selection of high-quality eyeshadow.


9 comments:

  1. Like the Naked 2 Palette I keep going back and forth on whether I need this one esp since I already have 3 colours in it..but like Naked 2 I will probably end up caving lol.

    Sara xx

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    1. Lol! Which shades do you have already (besides Blackout in N2)?

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  2. oooooo, i like! there is NO way i could pull off such dark colors, but looks fab on you (as usual!).

    -AJ
    FitTravelerAJ.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you! I think you might like this palette (also sold at Sephora):
      https://www.toofaced.com/p-520-natural-eye-neutral-eye-shadow-collection.aspx

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  3. ooohhh, I LOVE this! fyi..your newest follower :) (i'm at www.theredheadedprincess.com)

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    1. Yay I'm glad you like it! I followed through GFC over at The Redheaded Princess too :)

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  4. I love, love Urban Decay eye shadows! I have a few palettes and I'm always checking out more of them :) I love the swatches you did. Those light mattes are great for blending in the edges of the darker colors (on the brow bone etc.) I love Mushroom and RockStar! They even have a palette called Vegan--which you probably already know :) I love the packaging to that palette. Following on GFC.

    Daydreaming Realist

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    1. Urban Decay eyeshadows are so great! I think Rockstar & Mushroom are my favorites from this palette as well.

      They're having an Urban Decay sale over at Hautelook right now btw: http://www.hautelook.com/event/18455urbandecaywb

      Thanks for the follow :)

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