Thursday, 16 August 2012

Urban Decay Smoked Palette: Review & Swatches

Urban Decay's latest 'must have' eyeshadow palette is called 'smoked'. As the name would suggest, it's the smokey eye's answer to the Naked palette... a selection of 10 shades that will allow you to create a whole range of smokey eyes varying from classic black, right through to more vibrant colours including deep aubergine and metallic emerald.

The packaging is similar to that of last Christmas' 'Emergancy' kit: a soft zip-up layer encasing a sturdy cardboard insert. Personally I'm not a fan of either the material or the bulkiness of the palette. I think the packaging for both of the Naked Palettes is much more convenient and user-friendly.

That aside, the shadows themselves are lovely, as you would expect from the brand.

Smooth and very heavily pigmented. Mushroom, Asphalt and Loaded are particularly lovely in formulation. 
The mattes, as always, are slightly less impressive. but still amongst some of the best available on the market. Urban Decay really do nail it when it comes to eyeshadows. There are no super-glittery, fallout-prone shades in this palette either... very impressed.

The palette comes with a full size 24/7 eyeliner in perversion, a deep matte black. I'm a big fan of these eyeliners already and think it's a great addition to this palette. A black eyeliner is an essential ingredient for a good smokey eye after all!

It also comes with a mini-sized primer potion (in the new packaging - horaay!) so that your shadows last all day and a booklet showing you various different looks that can be created using the palette, and step by step instructions for doing them yourself.



All in all, this palette is an absolute gem for those of you who frwuently sport a smokey eye. If it's your go-to eye look then I'd have to say this palette is a must have. It has everything you need for only £35 and would make a fabulous gift.

Having said that, for me personally... I don't think this palette would get much use. I love my neutrals, and for that reason, the Naked and Naked 2 palettes will remain my go-to Urban Decay palettes. Either way, another very impressive release from Urban Decay. They're certainly on a roll at the moment!

You can purchase the Smoked palette now, £35 from Debenhams.
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106 comments

  1. This looks like a great palette but I have to agree, I have so many already that I think I'll give this a pass.
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  2. Gorgeous shades as always, Blackout is such a pure black it's unbelievable!

    Ali xx
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  3. loooks great!

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  4. I am lusting after the mushroom shade! not a big fan of how the packaging looks.
    Is it sturdy or flimsy?

    Nat xxx

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  5. I love this palette and can't wait to get my hands on it :)great review Fleur xx

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  6. I love the look of it, but I would not use it! I too prefer the Naked palettes! <3 :)

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  7. Wow this palette looks absolutely beautiful and has the potential for creating some great evening looks. I still prefer my naked1 though and don't think I'll be spending the £35 for this one...

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  8. Great review Fleur, I also agree that I like my neutrals so much more and wouldn't really get use out of this. Really want to try out the Stila 'In the Light' Palette though :)

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  9. Hey Fleur!
    Looks cool, but like you I already have both the Naked Palettes and mainly wear neutrals. So don't think I'll be splurging on this! Shame really xxxx

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  10. Love UD colors ! They always look great !

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  11. Great review, and the product really does look lovely, I however am also a neutrals kind of gal and therefore this wouldnt get very much use from me. However that being said if I got it as a gift I would be very happy with it.

    Stacie xoxo

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  12. I like the little 'how to' book for us eye shadow application novices! Neutrals are definitely more suited to me though...

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  13. I will buy the Naked 2 before this one. But some of the colors are truly beautiful, so I will probably end up buying this too, eventually :p

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  14. I'll be seeing this on payday! :) And it has the perversion liner I'd been after! :)

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  15. UD never fail to deliver on eyeshadow products! This palette looks/sounds fantasic. I'm not quite sure if I would purchase it though, only because I do already have both Naked & Naked 2 palettes..

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  16. UD never fails to impress, this palette looks great!
    Beauty by T

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  17. great packaging but I also love the neutrals more.


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  18. I love the colours, they look great!
    xx-B

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  19. Oh wow...the shades are beautiful and some pigmented! Another great palette from Urban Decay!

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  20. The colours look great, especially the blue and purple. This might have to go on my Christmas list!

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  21. Thank god they used the new packaging for the mini primer potion. I really didn't like the old packaging..

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  22. Fab review! And your swatches look really good! Mine didn't turn out as well, but my review of the palette is here:

    http://missstylicious.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/urban-decay-smoked-palette-picture-heavy.html

    I have the Naked 2, and use it everyday, but equally love the Smoked palette, purely because I love a heavy smokey eye. If that's not your look I think both the Naked palettes are versatile enough to be used for subtle everyday, and the darker colours, which includes Blackout from this palette, can be used to smoke the eyes out on nights out.

    I think this palette is a nice addition, especially for me, as I wanted the green, purple and blue from this palette, and it worked out cheaper to buy this than them separately, but I don't think it is for everyone unless you want it for a specific smokey look. x

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  23. I've just gone and bought this but haven't tried it yet. Looks fun. x

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  24. lots like a great palette but i have to agree i am more of a neutral girl, plus with the darker shades in the naked palette you can create a smokey eye aswell :)

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  25. This looks great, but I think I'll be sticking to my Naked Palette. I'd fear this would just sit in my drawer gathering dust!

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  26. Did you use some kind of primer for the swatches? They look great!

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  27. I'm not a fan of the bulky packaging either but the eyeshadows look gorgeous! x

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  28. I love the shade mushroom ! , Really like this palette

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  29. This is a gorgeous palette honestly. I own the Naked palette but this would be such a great addition to that!

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  30. wow very pretty colours and the pictures are amazing, all the swatches show up so perfectly! xx
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  31. The colors looks beautiful! I still have to try out the Naked palettes as I've heard such great things about them! :)
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  32. oh wow, the case looks gorgeous and the colors as well - like we expected! x

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  33. Looks AMAZING! May have to purchase this! xxx
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  34. The colours look quite interesting, but I don't think anything will ever beat my beloved Naked Palette x

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  35. this is the most perfect pallet, a big rival to the naked pallets imo x

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  36. Wow, amazing! Think i prefer the look of this to either of the Naked palette's!
    xxx

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  37. That looks amazing, shame I can't really pull off the smokey eye!

    Aimée
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  38. Would love to be able to wear these colours, but i'm the same, more of a neutrals girl! They look like gorgeous shadows though! xx

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  39. I think I'd use the top row of colours religiously but doubt I would get much use out of the bottom row! Think I'll stick to my Naked 2 xx

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  40. I really like this palette as 'smoky eye' is often my go to style. I really like that it comes with a primer and instruction booklet too, such a nice touch
    Daniella x

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  41. i love this palette!!!! so nice!!:D
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  42. Really not a fan of the packaging - far too bulky and not very pretty! And I'm also more of a neutrals girl

    Rachel from www.whatabeauty.co.uk x

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  43. Looks like Urban Decay have done it again! Amazing looking pallet...I've recently gotten into wearing a smokey eye alot more so this may be worth the investment! xx

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  44. swatches look great! urban decay's eye shadows never fail to impress me:)
    xx

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  45. This palette looks perfect, the little look guide reminds me of the ones included in Stila palettes. I'm currently in love with my stila "In the light palette; and i m now definitely tempted to try this and other urban decay shadows as i often read that they are highly comparable (just ud has a hight price tag!) :) Lovely post and i loveee this palette, the swatches look AMAZING!

    sophierosehearts x

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  46. great colours, looks well pigmented!

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  47. Great review my birthday is coming up so I shall be throwing a few hints to my fiance for this lol :) hes already hinted at me what he wants for his!! x

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  48. That palette looks amazing! I love a smokey eye look & these shadows are just so pigmented. Great post :) xx

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  49. I seriously need to try UD palettes xo
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  50. This palette looks amazing!

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  51. I love the look of this... I don't often wear a smokey eye anymore but I love the thought of having a palette full of darker shades for when I do... I love how it contains lots of different colours for different types of smokey eye :)

    Frances xx

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  52. Do I have to choose between the naked and the smokey, or shall I put both of them on my ever growing wish list? Thank you for sharing every single detail! xoxo

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  53. great post and beautiful colors! i agree though, the naked palettes suit me better.
    love reading your blog fleur!

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  54. I love the palette, nice tones and very pigmented! thanks for sharing

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  55. Looks outstanding and so pigmented! Thanks Fleur :)
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  56. Love this palette!!!

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  57. The colours look amazing! and the eyeliner looks like you can work with it easily!

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    xx

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  58. This is such a beautiful looking palette! It's a shame the packaging isn't prettier x

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  59. the pigmintation looks amazing great post fleur! xo

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  60. Oh I saw this online the other day and was intrigued.
    Thanks for the swatches - the pigmentation is amazing. Shame the packaging is kind of ugly though...

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  61. The pigmentation looks amazing. I feel like I would only get any use out of the top row, myself.

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  62. Hey Fleur- I have some motivation for you to maintain your gym routine - I'm guna kick your ASS if you don't cause you were MY motivation to go :-P PS more muffin/healthy unhealthy ideas would be brill cause I've been pretty much living off the banana and cacao ones and I don't want to turn into a banana!! xox

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  63. When I saw the picture from my Reading List, I actually thought the packaging says "Sucka" LOL I quite like the packaging, with Sucka or Smoked :p It looks very handy especially when travelling and the pigmentation looks amazing. it's only unfortunate we don't have urban decay here in HK :(

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  64. It sounds great. Unfortunately UD isn't available in Poland...:(

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  65. Amazing looking palette! :D may have to consider purchasing at some point. Beautiful colours!

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  66. This palette looks really beautiful, but I think I would prefer the Naked one:)

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  67. the color combination is so pretty, you could definitely make some stunning smokey eyes with this palette!

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  68. I would love this! I think I might make a cheeky purchase this weekend! :)

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  69. Love how this has tips and instructions on how to use the palette! I gotta have this!!

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  70. Gorgeous colors but too bad that I am not a fan of smokey looks :(

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  71. Love the colours, and the book looks really usefull to :)

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  72. Lovely colours. I like the blue the best :) xx

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  73. this palette looks amazing! I love their liners and primer potion so those are great added goodies. thanks for sharing the swatches. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ http://www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  74. Oooohhh, lovely colors! Great post Fleur! :) I might get this soon

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  75. Oh man...I cannot resist Urban Decay palettes at the moment and a smokey eye is my favourite look. Ahhhhh.
    Must not go past the Urban Decay counter anytime soon...

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  76. Amazing palette, but I probably wouldn't use it very often. I prefer the naked palette :)


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  77. Love the holiday shades! Im sad about the mattes though ughhh ah well can't win em all can we UD?

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  78. Oh my gosh these colors look sooooo pigmented! They look amazing!

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  79. Wow, the palette looks awesome! I LOVE it!! <3

    Stop by some time:)

    xxx

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  80. wow, just wow. i love everything about this! x

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  81. But should I get this or a Naked Palette... Decisions!

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  82. That sounds like a really good deal for the quality, but I'm loving my Stila In The Light palette right now. I wouldn't need another palette for awhile now because the Stila one is so pigmented I don't need to use too much to get the effect I want.

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  83. Wow, I love the eye palette! The colours are so intense.

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  84. Thats lovely :D Once again I NEED THAT
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  85. I really want this palette! LOVE the colors.

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  86. I'm not a fan of a smokey eye, I'm all for neutrals normally, but this looks like something I might have to get, especially if it has the primer and a liner :) xx

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  87. I'm usually the first in line to buy the latest UD palette but sadly this doesn't stand out to me... Maybe it's because I don't really do smokey eyes!

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  88. Wow! I love this palette! The colours are gorgeous and look super pigmented. Would you say that this is better than the naked palette?

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  89. Love the colours :) xxx

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  90. I really love the palette but it is unfortunate that its hard to get a hold of it here in the Philippines.

    Lots of love.

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  91. Thanks for reviewing this~! I have yet to even purchase the naked palettes but not I want this one too! Oh my wallet XD

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  92. really liking this pallet but I am more of a neutrals girl :) http://www.amazine.com/story/900906

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  93. That is a lovely palette !!!x

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  94. This looks like a good palette. Still not sure if I need it or if I just want it

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  95. I'm kind of the opposite, I think I kind of prefer this packaging

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  96. colours,packaging are nice.I haven't tried anything from urband. This post makes me curious abut this brand.

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  97. Beautiful, but I think I'll pass and stick with my naked palette^^
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  98. That palette looks gorgeous! I hear so many good things about it being so versatile for day and night looks.<3
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