Urban Decay Smoky
Urban Decay Smoky

I know that the Urban Decay Smoky palette has been hotly anticipated – and at last, my sample is here! Very frustratingly I wanted to get this published this morning but the sky was so grey there wasn’t enough light to do it justice so I’ve had to wait til now.

So, Urban Decay Smoky contains mattes, satins and sparkles across 12 shades of smoked neutrals.

Urban Decay Smoky
Urban Decay Smoky

The first six are High, Dirtysweet, Radar, Armor, Slanted and Dagger. When I reviewed it over on my Periscope channel this morning, some commenters were asking about drop – Armor is the biggest culprit for this; it seems to be very soft in consistency so I’d advise a tissue under the eye when applying. I didn’t find the other sparkles so ‘droppy’ for some reason, or in fact, any of the other shades.

Urban Decay Smoky
Urban Decay Smoky

The second half contains more in the way of mattes and satins, although I’ll run through the UD description of each one in the swatch picture on its way. So, in this half there is: Black Market, Smolder, Password, Whiskey, Combust and Thirteen.

Urban Decay Smoky
Urban Decay Smoky

This swatch is taken in sunlight (ignore the scratches.. fight with my garden!).

Urban Decay Smoky
Urban Decay Smoky

And this one is in natural day light – no sun. So, Urban Decay describe the shades as: High (champagne shimmer with micro glitter), Dirtysweet (medium bronze), Radar (metallic taupe with iridescen micro glitter), Armor (metallic silver taupe with tonal sparkle), Slanted (light metallic grey), Dagger (medium charcoal with micro-shimmer), Black Market (jet black satin), Smolder (deep plum taupe), Password (cool taupe matte), Whiskey (rich brown matte), Combust (soft pink taupe) and Thirteen (light beige satin).

The palette launches on 28th July at UrbanDecay.co.uk (where they have their own sneak peek so do take a look) for £38.

I love the sleeker packaging (it’s making my other UD palettes look kind of shabby in comparison) and although it’s an odd summer selection, I think I’d wear all of the colours. In terms of formula, I’m not finding it different to previous palettes – I don’t know the textures inside out like some do, so I can’t, other than some drop, find fault with the Urban Decay Smoky.

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