After actually being able to use and create a look with this palette, I am totally pleased! It’s one thing to spend your dollars on something just to say you have it, but to enjoy it and see value in how you can use it, makes the Urban Decay Smoky a true gem.
I was able to create this look with the shadows Armor, Dagger, Black Market, and High. I always experience fall out with Urban Decay shadows, and this palette was no different. To prevent streaking your makeup with dark shadows, apply foundation and concealer after completing your eye look.
The satin shades were very smooth and easy to work with, but the matte shades were on the dry side. I found that working in small amounts and layering the shadows really made a difference in application. All of the shadows are highly pigmented but you just need to put a little more work into blending, especially with the matte colors.
I was able to use the double-ended brush provided with the palette for blending my crease and smoking out my lower lash line but I used a flat eyeshadow brush to pack color on my lid and tear duct. This is impossible to do with either of the brush ends provided and I think it would have been better suited for the pencil end of the brush to be a flat shader brush.
This is my favorite kind of Smoky look–diffused and well blended without looking crisp or perfect. I also appreciate that this palette offers alternatives to the typical black or brown smoky makeup; this blue is a new fave!
I pulled out all my favorite Urban decay products to complete this look:
UD Afterglow Blush in Rapture | UD Revolution Lipstick in NAKED 2 (topped with a pink Inglot paint pot)| UD 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero | UD Original Primer Potion
Overall, I’m really pleased with this palette’s color choice and quality. There are minor cons, but none that substantially deduct from the value of the palette in my opinion. Check out my initial thoughts of the palette here.
What are some of your favorite Urban Decay products?