Beauty Test Drive: Topshop Smoky Eye Palette

I love a good smoky eye, so when Topshop’s Smoky Eye Palette in Tuxedo arrived at The Frisky office, I was eager to Beauty Test Drive it. While sultry, smoky eyes aren’t for the faint of heart, it makes a big statement when when you’re looking to amp up your sex appeal. For a night on the town, hot date or boudoir shoot (like the one I recently did, where I used this palette!), sexy, smoky eyes are key. For a dramatic look, Topshop’s Tuxedo palette includes four highly pigmented eyeshadows to create a variety of looks: a charcoal black, rich plum, deep purple and shimmery nude. So did it live up to it’s hype?

Price: $44, Nordstrom (part of a Smoky Eye kit!)

Application: There’s nothing I hate more than eyeshadows that don’t spread evenly across the eyelids. So, it brings me great pleasure to let you know that not only did these colors transfer easily onto my makeup brushes, but the powder spread easily over my eyelids with great coverage. You don’t need to keep dabbing your brush in the various colors to achieve a dramatic eye, so really, you’re getting more bang for your buck. Side note: I have very wrinkly eyelids (yes, it’s a thing) and my eyeshadow tends to look creasy, so I usually have to apply several layers of eyeshadow to keep the color even. This shadow is so fine and had such impressive coverage that it didn’t make me feel like I had the eyelids of a 90-year-old. Bonus!

After I applied the quad of colors and blended (which was very easy), I finished my look with a layer of Topshop Kohl eyeliner and mascara. The liner added some extra drama to my lid and finished the smoky effect, and the mascara lifted the lashes without clumping. Both were awesome.

Results: I don’t give myself smoky eye every day, but when I do, I’m using this palette. The colors are great, it’s very compact and perfect for on-the-go. Also, you can use the four eyeshadows individually without blending for more of an everyday, subtle look. The only downside to this palette is that the shadows are so fine, the color was falling off the brushes during application onto my under eye area. The good news is, a dab of makeup remover under the eyes is an easy, quick fix!

Score: 4/5