It's no secret that I have a penchant for eye shadow palettes, I probably have far too many for one person to get through but I can never resist getting a new one, especially when there are so many pretty new releases coming out and when my other half goes and surprises me with a new eye shadow palette and one to giveaway on my blog, well, who am I to refuse - that's love right there people!
I'm a huge fan of the W7 range of eye shadow palettes and this new Up in Smoke palette is no exception. The W7 palettes always have a nod to the Urban Decay Naked palettes and with UD's upcoming Smoky palette release, W7 of course, had to release something special also. Now I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of smoky eye makeup, I just don't think it suit me and makes my eyes look tiny but as the Up in Smoke palette has some lighter shades for a bit of a twist, I like mixing the lighter and darker shades to create a more wearable look.
Up in Smoke offers twelve gorgeous shadows, all of which are shimmer bar the one darkest matte shade. The colours range from the almost white, appropriately named All White to pink, champagne, darker purple and various shades of grey. I like that the lighter shades have fun and happy sounding names whilst the grey and darker shades have quite gritty names, I thought this was a nice touch.
All White: A shimmery almost white shade which pearlescent finish, so perfect for highlighting the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye.
Bunny: A peachy coloured shimmer shade with a pearlescent finish. This is quite light but the finish would make it a lovely addition to the eyelids as part of a smoky look.
NYC: A beautiful mid-toned pink shade with gold undertones - I guess you could call this rose gold? It's so stunning and I love how it can look either pink or gold depending on how the light hits it. This shadow also has a pearlescent finish.
Jive: A champagne coloured shadow with silver undertones. Again this is a nice shade for creating a lighter smoky look. This shade also has a pearlescent finish.
Cement: A light silver shade with a slight metallic look.
Thunder: A darker silver shade with dark grey undertones. This shade also has a metallic look to it.
Meteor: A very dark grey shade with silver glitter throughout. This would be a perfect shades for nights out, who can resist a hint of sparkle?
Carbon: A mid-toned grey shade which has a slight hint of dark purple. This is a gorgeous shade and it kind of reminds me of oil, really pretty for smoky eyes.
Diesel: A slightly darker grey shade with a more intense purple throughout. This shade really is like diesel and again is so pretty, I love the undertone of purple, I think that makes it a lot more wearable than just plain dark grey.
Arty: A dark purple shade with plum and pink coloured undertones which again make it a lot more wearable than just a simple dark purple would be.
X Factor: A dark silver shade with hints of grey. This is a really pretty shade for a smoky look and is perfect for nights out along with Meteor.
Coal: A very dark grey almost black shade with a matte finish. This is the kind of shade that I could never wear as I think it's far too dark for my eyes but it's a perfect shade for those who love the dramatic smoky eye look.
Considering that this palette was only €10 or two from the W7 range for €15 I think it's extremely good value. I think the shades within it are beautiful and I love the fact that they aren't all typical dark (and unwearable for me) dramatic shadows. My favourite shades from within the palette are NYC, Carbon and Diesel and I shall be wearing these three a lot.
As I stated at the beginning of this post, Jacek actually picked up another Up in Smoke palette for me to giveaway to one lucky blog reader, nice of him right? To be in with a chance of winning a W7 In the Buff palette of your very own all you have to do is enter via the Rafflecopter below. This giveaway is open worldwide and will end on July 1st. Best of luck to all who enter!