Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette; Is it worth your money?


This review has been long pending. I put off getting this palette for ages! When it first came out, I really wanted it. But after sleeping on it some I thought I would never use it. I never really do a smokey eye.

I recently, as in about a month or so ago, caved. I needed $30 more dollars to hit platinum at Ulta for 2017, so I decided to go ahead and grab this palette. I really like being platinum at Ulta, so I had to keep my standing!


I like this packaging. It has a smokey pattern on the front and is made of substantial plastic with a magnetic closure. The mirror is large and great for using while on the go. My only realy gripe with the packaging is how thick it is. But, it isn’t an eye sore at all so I don’t mind it having to be displayed.

Add on:

With this palette, as with all the other naked palettes, comes a brush. I love the brushes that come with these palettes and actually used the brush from the smokey palette for the look I will be showing you.

Info from the site:

This palette is $54, standard for the Urban Decay palettes.

“The case and brush feature a cool floating smoke effect, with “Naked Smoky” in gunmetal foil. To add to the mysterious vibe, we set the shadow pans in a smoky transparent base. The magnetic closure on the case prevents shadow mishaps in your bag, and the full-size mirror makes it easy to get Naked whenever the urge strikes.
Fill Weight: Eyeshadows: 12 x 1.3 g POIDS NET/NET WT. 12 x 0.05 oz”

You can pick it up, HERE!

The Shadows:


I am going to include the shade descriptions from UD’s website. I am literally the worst person when it comes to describing shades.

High (champagne shimmer w/micro-glitter), Dirtysweet (medium bronze), Radar (metallic taupe w/iridescent micro-glitter), Armor (metallic silver-taupe w/tonal sparkle), Slanted (light metallic gray), Dagger (medium charcoal w/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 Eye Look:


Perusual, I want to apologize for the picture quality, life is hard and so is finding a cheap and good camera.

  • I primed my eyes for this look with the UD primer potion (original). It seemed fitting.
  • I set that with the shade “combust” using a fluffy brush.
  • I then used the brush included with the palette and buffed “password” into the crease.
  • I then used a flat shader brush and placed “slanted” over most of my lid omitting the outer and very inner parts of my eye.
  • I then placed the shade “black market” on the outer part of my eye and buffed it up into my crease.
  • For the inner corner of my eye I went in with “armor” to add a bit of shine.
  • To smoke out the shadows a bit I took the shade “whiskey” and used the brush included in the palette again and buffed my crease out some more.
  • For my brow bone and very inner corner I used “thirteen” to lighten it all up.
  • Under my eye I used the pencil side of the brush included in the palette, and applied “black market” under my lower lash line.
  • I then used “combust” to soften that up and smoke it out.


I used the Kat Von D liner in “trooper”, The Tartest mascara in “black”, and the ELF crayon liner in “nude”.


I am literally in love with this palette. Ever since I have gotten it I have been reaching for it constantly. I have actually really started to love smokey eye looks! It also has a few great shades that you can use to do super simple natural looks as well. Over all it is an all in one, besides bright colors, palette that I think you can really benefit from rather you do smokey eyes a lot or not. I also think it is a fantastic fall palette for some one who isn’t in the how overly warm fall eye looks tend to be. Throwing “whiskey” in there is what I think really makes it beneficial for fall. “combust” and “thirteen” are also great shades to have on hand. I believe you always need a great nude and a great white shade!

I hope you loved this post! What do you think of the Naked Smokey palette? What Smokey palettes, quads, duos, etc.. do you love? Comment below! Want more B&T? Read this! You can also find me on Instagram and Snap Chat as manda_janette

XoXo Manda

Kat Von D Serpentina Palette!


Y’all I caved.. I told myself I wasn’t going to get this palette, because I wouldn’t use it much. I couldn’t not get it though, it is just too beautiful!! Every part of it!

This palette retails for $45 on the Sephora website, I think this is a fantastic price for an eye shadow palette.

I want to start off by talking about the packaging. I am in love with the design, isn’t it beautiful! It is right up my alley! The packaging is really bulky, which I usually hate, but I am displaying this in my little beauty room, so in this case it doesn’t bother me that much. It does come with a pigment in it, causing it to have to be bulky.


Look at how jewel toned and perfect these shades are!!! The first and last shades are both matte, the remaining shades and the pigment are super metallic. Obviously looking at this palette you can tell you aren’t going to be getting any neutral, everyday look with these shades. If you are into the pops of color, or just using tons of color in general you will love this palette!


All the shades are crazy pigmented. Even the mattes. The matte purple is probably my least favorite shadow in this palette, it is just a little more patchy than the other shades. But, that is fine I have my holy grail matte purple “Daphane” by Nars.

I look at these shades and just think “holidays”. Especially NYE and Christmas, I dig it!

I do not have a look for you today, but I do have a few in the works that I will be posting and doing pictorials for.

I do not think the is a palette you MUST have, it obviously isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But, if you like colorful looks, I really think this is a fantastic palette for you to pick up. I know I am let down by colorful shades a lot, this palette didn’t stray me wrong. All the shades pack a punch and all the shades apply beautifully!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this post! What looks would you like to see with this palette? What are your favorite colorful eye shadows?

XoXo Manda

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony. *Win or Waste?*


Hello Interweb!

Ipsy recently had an offer on the Meet Matt(e) Trimony palette, for only $22! It is usually $42 on the Balms website. They do tend to have a lot of sales and discount codes, so it is easy to find it at least a little it discounted.

I have decided to do this Win or Waste a bit differently. I am going to list all of my thoughts on this palette through bullet points. It is an easier way for me to organize my thoughts, sense they don’t always fit into a specific category like I try to make them to.

  • The packaging is adorable. It has a retro looking picture of a man on the front, a small one on the back, and it light and navy blue. I like blue. On the back of the palette is also a little section that looks like a dating profile. Has height, job, etc. It is the kind of thing that I am going to keep displayed.



  • The palette has 9 large pans of matte shadows. The net weight is 0.756 OZ. The shades are all really pretty, I especially love the matte plum and burgundy, I don’t have any others like it!
  • Are the names of the shades not hilarious!? They all have people names!! I really enjoy that, makes me giggle.
  • The shades are all matte, no shimmer or satin at all.


  • Here are all of the shades swatched in order. They are all very pigmented, but the darker shades do have quite  bit of fall out. The feel buttery to the had and go on the lid nicely. They blend out pretty easily, but if you blend too much the lighter shades just disappear.
  • SO, is it a Win, or is it a Waste? For the $22 I payed, yes it is a win! Buttttt, I wouldn’t buy it full price. The burgundy and plum are different than anything else I own, but the other shades are not.
  • If you want a good matte palette I highly suggest the Kat Von D shade and light eye large palette and the quads. In fact, if I end up getting the quads in “Rust” and “Plum”, I will probably pass this palette on to someone else.  Kind of disappointed, considering one of my favorite Youtuber’s EmilyNoel83 raves about The Balm products quite often. Oh well, when some lose some!!

What are your favorite matte shadows? Have and requests? any Any post ideas? Please, let me know!

XoXo Manda

*Win or Waste* Carli Bybel Palette

I recently hauled the Carli Bybel Palette , and I have finally tried it out! This palette is $14.50 and comes with 14 different shades! This palette has been all over the place, because Carli is another beautiful You Tuber! I have heard a lot of mixed review, if you are interested in what I have to say and a day time plum look I created with this palette, keep reading! Continue reading “*Win or Waste* Carli Bybel Palette”