The best part about blogging is that I am more in tune to product launches. Before I started Hello Miss Niki, I never really paid attention and just walked around Ulta or Department Stores looking at products, not knowing whether they were new or old. For example, the Naked Palettes...I only knew about the Naked Palette when I started my blog. How does that happen you say? I know it is a terrible thing considering the Naked Palette was (and still is) one of Urban Decay's most popular products! While they have released two Naked Palettes, the first one consisting of more warm neutral tones, and the second consiting of cool neautral ones, Urban Decay has released the Smoked Palette for those who want to be a bit more edgy with their eye makeup looks.
Although I have read some mixed reviews about this palette, I am a huge fan of smokey looks and this palette is right up my alley! I wear smokey looks in the daytime, nightime, Summertime and Fall...to me...it doesn't really matter and I never follow the rules!
The first thing I noticed about this palette was the packaging, which I absolutely love. It came in a lightweight cardboard box that had all of the colors listed on the back. I really like how the name of the product is embossed and ghosted into the packaging. The actual material has the potential to become a bit dirty, but overall it seems to be very durable. The zipper part is quite unique. I cannot think of a palette with a zipper (if anyone knows of one, just let me know because I am curious) and I love the concept! Inside of the palette is a large mirror and a beautiful background design.
This palette includes a mini primer potion, which is perfect for travel and a full sized 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Perversion...my FAVORITE EYELINER EVER!!! This eyeliner is the blackest of black liners and its staying power is pretty powerful! I was a bit surprised that a makeup brush wasn't included, due to th fact that both Naked Palettes had them, but it certainly didn't bother me, as I don't end up using them anyway and put them away for a rainy day.
Another little something that came with the palette, that I thought was really cool was a smokey eye look book. This packet consists of twelve beautiful smokey tutorials with fantastic visuals and tips to help replicate these gorgeous looks!
Okay...now to the eyeshadows. This palette includes 10 neautral, mattes and shimmery toned shades that are perfect to create lovely smokey looks! The quality of these colors are great as they are highly pigmented with little fallout. You may experience SOME fallout with the shimmery shades, but not enough to make me like this palette, or any Urban Decay eyeshadows for that matter, any less. Half of the colors are new while the other half are apart of the permandent collection, so some of you may be familiar with the colors already. I am in love with all the colors, especially Mushroom, even though it is one of the permanent colors. Besides this and the Naked Palettes, I don't have any other Urban Decay eyeshadows, so I never used this one before.
Here are some swatches:
Above From the Left (TOP ROW):
Kinky - NEW Matte Ivory Shade
Freestyle - NEW Matte Light Nude Shade
Mushroom - Shimmery Warm Grey (Permanent Shade)
Backdoor - NEW Matte Dark Brown Shade
Blackout - Matte Black BLACK (Permanent Shade)
Above From the Left (BOTTOM ROW):
Barlust - NEW Metallic Golden Brown Shade
Rockstar - Shimmery Eggplant Shade (Permanent Shade)
Evidence - Shimmery Navy Blue Shade (Permanent Shade)
Loaded - Shimmery Emerald Shade (Permanent Shade)
Asphalt - NEW Metallic Gunmetal Grey Shade
I think the reason I am seeing mixed reviews on this palette is because a lot of the shadows are not new shades. I am sure some people are thinking "ohh...been there, done that..." with this palette, but for people like me who never had the individual Urban Decay shadows, this is a great product to have.
This product is $49.00 and that is certainly a bargain! The eyeliner alone is usually $19.00, so add the small primer, which usually runs $7.00 and 10 shadows, and the actual retail price will run you about $134.00. You truly get alot for your money!
Again, I really am enjoying this palette and cannot wait to have a bit more fun with it in the fall when I can really get away with a smokey daytime look! If you are interested in purchasing this palette, please go to Urban Decay's website to order online, or head to Ulta or an Urban Decay counter in the department store (I believe Macy*s has one).
Have you tried the Urban Decay Smoked Palette? If so, what do you think?
If you haven't tried it, are you interested?