Ever since I swatched the 'Smoked' Palette in Sephora
I knew that the only shadow I'd buy it for
was Loaded, so instead of shelling out the
$49 I just bought this eye shadow in it's single
form. (Honestly, so many of the shades in Smoked
have been released in other palettes I have
and/or are duped by shades I own already.)
I have mixed feelings about this purchase for
my complete review and swatches follow the jump.
First, why I was in lust with this product:
|Look at this gorgeousness!|
The color in the pan is stunning! A peacock blue
with green shift, it shines to beautifully in the light.
But when it isn't under direct sunlight?
|So, SO black!|
I really dislike that. I wish it didn't have as much of a
black base to it. Plus the application is not as smooth
as the shadows that made me fall in love with Urban
Decay. If you see my pinkie in the picture above, I
accidentally touched the pan and that's how patchy
it adheres. This kind of eye shadow definitely needs a
black base to really bring it out.
Usage is hard for me. I don't have much occasion
to really rock a smokey green eye, especially
because this color would need
lighter hues in the same color family (which
I have a lack of) to really pull together a cohesive
look. What I end up using it for is either to
pat it on top of a black base on the lower
or upper lash line for a pop of color.
Below is a EOTD where I did just that
|Just a hint of that peacock blue!|
Overall I wish I had thought through
more how much usage I would actually
get out of this product. But for people who rock
the smokey eye more often than I, they may
fall in love with this because it does work
well as long as it's given a good base to work
with. I would give this product a B because
of the application issues when worn