Smoke It Out! Maybelline The Smokes Palette Review and Makeup Look

In Eye Makeup, Maybelline, Palettes by Angie Canning

Although nudes are more up my ally, I gave The Smokes a try and this is what happened…

Sometimes stepping a bit outside your comfort zone in makeup is refreshing.  It’s no secret I love my nude and natural palettes but lately I’ve been mixing it up as I’ve been making my way through the very affordable, eye palettes from Maybelline.  If you missed my review of The BrightsThe Nudesor The Blushed Nudes you can catch those posts here, but let’s turn up the heat a little and check out  Maybelline The Smokes palette that will pretty much meet all your smokey eye desires, I can guarantee!

The Smokes palette was released quite some time ago from Maybelline, so it isn’t anything new, but when Walgreens was having a BOGO half off sale a couple months back I figured I would give it a try.


Maybelline The Smokes Palette


As with all of the larger Maybelline palettes, The Smokes includes 12 shades with a variety of shimmer, matte, matte/glitter and satin finishes.

The overall tone of the palette is neutral to cool, so I think it would work well with many skintones.  The majority of the shades are mid-tonal to dark, which makes sense because it is a smokey palette.

Of the twelve shadows there are four true matte shades, three that seem to be more of a satin finish, one matte/glitter shade and four shimmers. The shadows can be combined for a plum, dark blue, dark brown, charcoal or black smokey eye.

In working with the palette I found the quality of the shimmers to be consistent as with the other Maybelline palettes. They are very smooth to apply and build up, can be used wet for an ultra-metallic finish, and they do not leave fallout behind on the cheeks.  I wear an eye base on my lids to prolong any eye shadow because of my oily lids and these shadows last all day with no fading.



Maybelline The Smokes swatched – row 1


Maybelline The Smokes swatched – row 2

The Smokes palette is beautiful quality, with the shimmers performing the best.  The matte with glitter does have to be applied delicately, but this is to be expected with a glitter shadow.  The mattes are decently pigmented, blend easily and pick up well with a synthetic brush. I do wish there was a lighter matte transition color included in the palette for my light skintone but I used a light hand with the cool brown shade in the crease and I think it worked quiet well. If you have The Nudes palette there are transition shades that would work beautifully with The Smokes.

Overall, I think you would need to love a good smokey eye to get a lot of use out of this palette, however, if you have yet to explore going ultra smokey and you want a palette with this many options that won’t break the bank then go for it!  You won’t have to deal with the fallout I typically see from other smokey palettes or overly intense shadows which can sometimes be hard for a beginner to use.  If you are an expert at eye shadow and you already own these shades then you may not see this as a must-have, but I can already tell you that I’ve been using a few that remind me of the amazing metallic shimmer finish I usually get from Urban Decay shadows (and love!) but this palette delivers it without all of the fallout, making it a definite must in my book!

Blue + Silver Smoke Makeup Look

Now normally cooler toned and deep smokey shadows are something I reserve for lining my upper lashline or only using in the outer corners to keep the overall look light, but I figured I could use a little sultry smokey in my life and now here we are!


On the lips: Maybelline Colorsensational Matte Lipstick in Lust for Blush around the outside of the lips with Maybelline Colorsensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick in Blushing Bud on the inside of the lips.



What do you think of  Maybelline The Smokes Palette?  Do you own it?  Will you pick it up?  Let me know!
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