Happy Saturday people :) Hello weekend !! <enter unicorn emoji here> I'm coming to you with a palette, I was not supposed to buy as I foolishly thought, the colour scheme won't suit me !! Enter ladies from UD counter in Selfridges Birmingham... I honestly can't go there without walking out with something. If you follow me on Instagram(if not what are you doing??? check me out here lol), you've seen that in the end I ordered it from Feel Unique as it was out of stock at my local counter :) I gave it a good test and I come to you with my thoughts on Urban Decay Smoky.
One of the most exciting launches for Urban Decay this year. We have waited a long time since Naked 3 !! As with any UD palette, colour scheme is a lot different from the last. Naked 3 brought us pinks and purples and now Smoky gives us a perfect smoky eye goodness. When I saw pictures or seen the swatches I wasn't that interested. I wasn't sure if I want to spend £38.00 on a palette, I just couldn't see myself using. I was wrong (thank god lol).
I love UD palettes packaging but this one may be my favourite. Made from high quality plastic in grey tones, it suits the colour scheme perfectly. It is the most gorgeous looking palette I own to date. I really like the magnetic lid !! I love the floating smoke like lid, I think it's perfectly marketed with its design.
For the first time, we are introduced to the new double ended blending brush. It's smaller on one end making it a pretty good lower lid blending brush, and larger and fluffier on the other side. For the first time I am not hating on the brush, as I found previous design and quality of the brush lacking to say the least. It's not Zoeva or Sigma, but it does the job pretty well.
Eyeshadows are soft to touch, almost creamy. Pigmentation is excellent on all shadows except for one. High isn't as pigmented as the others and I experienced a lot of fall out. Little fallout is unfortunately experienced with few shades but the pigmentation wins it for me! I mean just look at the swatches <in love>. The staying power is pretty good, 6 hours without the primer or up to 16 hours with properly primed lid. I think I prefer the formula to previous Naked palettes. Shadows are mostly very easy to blend and they're a real pleasure to work with.
As the name suggest, UD Smoky is a perfect choice for both daytime and evening smoky eyes. Most shadows are cool toned but there are few more neutral gems. I am personally in love with Combust, which makes a perfect crease transition shade for someone as pale as me with pink undertones. Shall we compare the shades now? Oh go on... :)
High is a champagne/rose gold shimmer with micro-glitter
Dirtysweet is a copper bronze
Radar is a metallic taupe with micro-glitter
Armor is a metallic silver with sparkle
Slanted is a light metallic grey
Dagger is a medium charcoal with micro-shimmer
Black Market is a jet-black satin
Smolder is a deep plum-taupe
Password a cool taupe matte
Whiskey a rich brown matte
Combust is a soft pink matte
Thirteen is a light beige satin
I have tested this palette for nearly 2 weeks now and if I wasn't testing other new palettes as well, I would be using it every day. Watch out for an evening smoky eye look soon :) I didn't expect to love this palette as much as I do. I was never too much into the whole cool toned smoky eye, mainly opting for warm brown shades. It surprised me to love it so much and I'm glad I have it in my collection.
What are your thoughts on Urban Decay Naked Smoky? Have you taken the plunge and treated yourself or maybe it's on your Christmas wish list? Sound off in the comments below :)
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