Urban Decay Smoky Palette

When I first started getting into makeup in a big way, one brand captured my heart and imagination above all others. I still to this day have my Urban Decay Book of Shadows stashed away under my bed and it’s a love affair built to last…

…The Book of Shadows housed 16 shaddows, 2 liners and a primer and was a perfect mix of glamour and attitude. It’s where I first discovered shades such as ‘Baked’ and ‘Scandal’, colours that I still love to use today.

I never picked up any of the Naked palettes (something that I need to change) but when I was asked to compile a wishlist of products from which my Christmas & birthday presents would be picked out from I popped on the Naked Smoky Palette as it looked right up my street.

Let’s start with the packaging and the marble-esque lid, embossed with the iconic Naked name. This hard case is perfect if you’re travelling around as you don’t need to worry about damaging it and it looks gorgeous sitting there on the bathroom shelf. 

Inside you will find a fantastic mirror the size of the lid, perfect for those occasions where you need to touch up on the go (the slim design makes it handbag friendly), a handy tapered crease/ smudge brush and 12 highly pigmented shadows from which you can create your very own smoky look.

Starting with what I use as the base shades (working right to left in the palette); Thirteen and Combust. Thirteen is a very pale, matte grey white that opens up the eyes and highlights the brow bone whilst Combust is a matte oatmeal shade that looks just as lovely when worn alone as it does when combined to make my favourite ‘Everyday Smoky’ look. 

The only other two matte shades in the palette are Whiskey, an auburny brown and Password, a grey brown, which can be used to soften smoky looks or line for depth and definition.

The remaining eight shades are all metallic shadows (Smolder, Black Market, Dagger, Slanted, Armor, Radar, Dirtysweet & High) and when used with the matte shades, and together they create some of the most stunning eye effects. My favourites are High, a Champagne Pink that makes you look wide awake when used on the inner corners, Dirtysweet which could give Baked a run for it’s money and Slanted a steel grey that brings smoky eyes to life.

I am absolutely in love with this palette and have used everyday since Christmas and never worn the same look twice, there are so many options and you can add different liners to change things up too. I use the Nars Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Primer underneath and find that the colours don’t budge, smudge or fade even when worn all day and night!

Are you a Smoky or Naked fan?

Let me know below and I’ll catch up with you again soon, until then though x

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