Monday, September 5, 2011

Makeup Monday: Smokeout







Urban Decay recently sent me their new Book of Shadows (IV), so I obviously had to play around with it. If you follow me on twitter, you might remember me tweeting a preview pic of the pretty butterfly packaging. Now, I want you to keep in mind two important things about me: I judge books by their cover and I'm a sucker for gimmicks. Read on.

Many of the colors in this palette are more subdued, though Urban Decay is well known for their vibrant colors. They're still really pigmented, though, and if you (like me) do not own the Naked Palette (you should - and so should I), this is a nice change from the usual brights. Pair this with the 15th anniversary palette that I used here and here and you're pretty much covered on all fronts. I'd say this is especially ideal for beginners because it has five tutorials, sixteen eyeshadows that aren't intimidating, primer potion, mascara and liquid liner.

The palette comes with a QR coded tutorial card, mini speaker and a setup for your phone (so you can watch your tutorials and do your makeup at the same time). I've read a few comments and reviews from people who thought this packaging was gimmicky. Well, maybe - but gimmicks are the besssssst. You're talking to a girl who lives for infomercials and is occasionally known to purchase weird things like Bumpits and Shake Weights in the middle of the night. Plus, I actually think this is quite handy. I had no issues scanning the QR codes and the tutorials were clear and helpful. I even decided to forgo my usual step by step tutorial and follow theirs. I chose the Smokeout tutorial, because much like my gimmicks, I'm also a sucker for a smokey eye. Watch the Urban Decay tutorial here to see how I got this look. Note: I didn't use their gloss - I patted on a teeny bit of Bobbi Brown's lipstick in Rose and then a little Burt's Bees. More photos after the jump!










58 comments:

  1. I always attempt to do a smokey eye look but it has never turned out to my liking. I'm going to see if I can try out this tutorial! Thanks for sharing!

    Cup of Fashion

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  2. I have wanted to give Urban Decay a try, maybe I will with this palette. I like the neutral smokey eye look, perfect for day and night.

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  3. i like these colors. i normally dont wear eye shadow, but i am tempted to try this out!

    TTFN

    Lexy♥

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  4. Gorgeous! Definitely going to try it!

    XoXo
    Plami

    http://fashion-thrill.blogspot.com/

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  5. You always look so beautiful!

    http://www.momfashionworld.blogspot.com/

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  6. You are amazing with make up! You always make the most stunning makeups. Love you for that!

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    xx Brigita

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  7. Amazing look! I love Urban Decay shadows! They're so pigmented!

    struckbywonder.blogspot.com

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  8. I wish I was that good at using make-up!
    x
    http://givemetruthloveandfreedom.blogspot.com/

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  9. your eyes always look so incredible, but even from just reading the description i become so intimidated. i love a bold color, shadow or liner, whichever, but easiest is always best for me.

    lately, i have taken to blues and greens and purples, and i must say, you have convinced me to come back to more natural pigments.

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  10. This is an absolutely gorgeous look. Especially in the context of the blouse/dress you're wearing.

    I was searching for that lip color and noticed there are a few Bobbi Brown's in Rose something rather, though only one that's simply 'Rose.' So I want to double check with you that's the one you're sporting. It looked like Rose Petal was the closest match but maybe the fact you patted the color on lends that effect. Thanks in advance!

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  11. Amazing , Ure a makeup artist :D

    Bisou :x

    Doudinou <3

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  12. Gorgeous! Love the smokey eye. Thanks for sharing!

    Enjoy your labor day!
    Lauren
    mildmediumhot.blogspot.com

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  13. You do the best smokey eye! That palette looks really nice.

    ♥ Gina Michele
    CrochetClouds.com

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  14. Girl you are sooo pretty! That's an amazing job on the eyeshadow. I love it.
    Shasie of Live Life in Style

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  15. how precious and soft! Love your eyebrow shading as well...Go Urban!

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  16. I am really loving this palette. I definitely want to pick it up! Your makeup looks amazing!

    http://the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  17. your hair looks real good like that! i always love a smokey eye!

    tzeyien89.blogspot.com xxx

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  18. Your eyes look so sultry and sexy.
    I would love to try that palette, I liked it since the first day I saw it at facebook page. But I guess I'll not buy it because it's a bit expensive. I like the eyshadow, I don't need the rest of non make-up things hehehe.
    You are so beautiful Keiko. Kisses.

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  19. Stunning!

    xoxo,

    colormenana.blogspot.com

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  20. I love this look - smoky, but not too severe!

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  21. I love the mix of bronze and black...the smokey eye is a wonderful look for you, it really complements your skin and hair :)

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  22. So pretty! I've been debating about picking up this palette. I just picked up the 15 Anniversary Palette so I'm trying to resist this.. but I might just give in.

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  23. You have the exact same eye color as Natalie Portman. Maybe try a Natalie Portman-inspired eye look? All of her makeup always makes that brown in her iris stand out like crazy. Like this one

    http://thisislavie.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/natalievmag62cover_clv_04.jpg

    or this

    http://rockinthatbling.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/v-magazine-62-natalie-portman-by-mario-testinofashiongonerogue6.jpg

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  24. You have awesome eyebrows. Thanks for sharing the Urban Decay tutorial. I'm not a big eyeshadow/makeup person, but I think if I were to play around enough I would be. Thanks!

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  25. I am SUCH A FAN of this look on you. I am a huge fan of the smokey eye but I can't get it to work on me... Maybe I will go watch this tutorial. I have a million eyeshadow palates so I can just use similar colors. Thanks for linking!

    Unrelated to your makeup... I love your hair down. I love your lips! They look so good.

    Courtney
    I Can Be Many Things

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  26. I love this look - and the lips are a perfect complementary shade!

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  27. Ah, I LOVE this palette! & this eye makeup on you looks gorgeous! Can you please do a neutral smokey eye tutorial? :)

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  28. I love this look too!
    p.s. I thought that you said that your website would be up by the end of August! I'd rather see your stuff instead of you being a spokesperson for someone else.

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  29. I've been meaning to try out the Naked Palette as well, but this is definitely a lovely alternative. You look flawless and smoldering hot.

    ♥, Jamie
    www.TheFancyTeacup.com

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  30. omg Keiko! I am in love with your new hair color. I love this "gimmicky" packaging as well! I think it is awesome for them to use technology to help newbie makeup wearers. Awesome post!

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  31. Adrienne: That was the plan, but the web designer and I had a little miscommunication. He's not done yet, but it's getting there!
    p.s. I'm wearing one of Postlapsaria's new(ish) lace tops in these photos:)

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  32. Joanna: It's just "rose" - I couldn't figure out how to link to the actual shade. The true color is shown in these photos: http://www.keikolynn.com/2011/09/looks-just-like-sun.html

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  33. Gorgeous! Your makeup is always so perfect. I have a hard time doing a good smokey eye - if I'm not reallllly careful it looks like I got punched in the face. Thx for the tutorials!

    Erin

    http://daydreamsinaction.blogspot.com

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  34. smoking hot! i saw this product in the ulta ad, & i was drooling. what does that say about me, that make-up makes me drool. please tell me you were kidding about the shake weights, & & the bump its. ;)

    http://honeybeelane.blogspot.com/

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  35. So so gorgeous and totally making me want to buy this product. I do own the Naked Palette and I must say, it's pretty awesome.

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  36. I love the smoky look, and this is just the right amount of smoke!
    Tikkitiboo + Ahka Vintage

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  37. Wow, really pretty! I always prefer to keep it simple... just a bit of eyeliner, some lipstick or lipchap and some concealer if needed, but I find it so intriguing when people doll themselves up. I love it! Hopefully I'll have something fancy to go to and be able to use one of the many Makeup Monday tutorials that I've bookmarked!

    x
    culinarilychallenged.blogspot.com

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  38. really pretty make up! I am your new follower!

    come check out my blog about inspiration!

    definitelyanna.blogspot.com

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  39. Love your makeup posts, Keiko :) I suck at applying eyeshadow but I swear you make it seem so easy. Even though I just got my hands on the Naked palette, I'm gonna look out for this palette!

    x

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  40. You have done great smokey eyes ♥♥

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  41. i love your blog and you have such a great sense of style!

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  42. AMAZING! Definitely have to get that palette! :D

    Have a Good Day!

    David

    VirtuallyStunning.blogspot.com

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  43. i love that this particular smoky look is on the more subtle side and not too overpowering. very beautiful!

    xo jeanette
    simplychicforcheap.wordpress.com

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  44. I LOVE this smokey eye look! Are you half Japanese?
    So am I :)
    xo,
    www.aminuteinthelifeofmaria.blogspot.com

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  45. so pretty. love the lip color


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  46. looove this look. hope to see more:)

    love,
    rosecandle11.blogspot.com

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  47. Love your eye make up! :)

    Kaye (http://thestyleflux.blogspot.com)

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  48. I am SUCH a sucker for gimmicks.

    I want.

    I want, I want, I want.

    Gimme.

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  49. WOW I LOVE THE SPARKLY ONE! i AM GOING TO FOR SURE KEEP READING YOUR BLOG! PLEASE CHECK MINE OUT i JUST STARTED IT!

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  50. Well you are absolutely gorgeous. I have a couple of Urban Decay shadow's and they are both very vibrant so it's nice to see a change in the colors! The bronze and graphite colors look lovely on you.

    Delaney
    xx

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  51. Love it! That palette looks great! I'm actually looking for new makeup from Urban Decay!

    www.pamelacurrie.com

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