Rocking it out with Honeybee Garden’s Smokey Eye Palette

The Honeybee Gardens Rock the Smokey Eye palette comes with four shades that are perfect in creating the basic smokey eye look. To be honest, I didn’t know what to do at first. I had never tried creating or wearing a smokey eye look before. But the very basic selection of colors made it surprisingly easy — of course with the help of a few¬†YouTube¬†tutorials, ha!

It’s been my lifelong dream to see myself with smokey eyes on and snap a couple of pictures for keepsake. I don’t really wear make-up often so a makeup style that is so iconic — something I grew up seeing on models in fashion magazines — was a huge milestone for me.

My Thoughts? I’ll Probably Skip “Nirvana”

What I appreciated the most about this palette, besides the simplicity of colors, was that the pigments were all ‘pressed’ which meant that they weren’t messy and I could carry the palette around conveniently. Although they glide smoothly on the skin, they don’t contain silicones which I try to avoid using especially around my eye area. Each color was highly pigmented, especially the darker ones.

The only letdown was probably “Nirvana” or the white eye shadow which was too crumbly. It didn’t really make any difference as you can see from my swatches below. The brush was decent enough for a quick retouch. But I used my own EcoTools eye makeup brush set for easier blending.

Toss or Keep?
Keep! Although I’m not sure whether I’ll be buying this eye shadow palette again OR if I’ll even get to use it up, it was fun playing with it. I don’t have a lot of opportunities to be so bold with my eyes so I probably snapped about 40 photos I’ll keep for my posterity’s sake.

This is a good natural smokey-eye practice kit for other makeup beginners like me.

Price and Availability
I bought the Honeybee Gardens Rock the Smokey Eye palette from iHerb at $24.50. Not bad!

What’s your favorite smokey eye palette or eye shadow mix?

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  • Caitie

    Pretty! I don’t wear a lot of smokey eyes either, but I’ve debated trying one of their other palettes. I have far too much eye shadow to justify it right now though :)
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    • Vivi

      It’s a pretty flexible smokey eye palette. I like using it with my Silk Naturals eyeshadows. The shade ‘Falon’ is quite intense — it’s black, afterall — and I use it to shade some of my neutral eye makeup. :)

      I have too much eye shadow for someone who doesn’t wear makeup. I need to search for justification, too, haha.

  • Rae

    I still can’t do a smokey eye without looking like I was punched in the face — my way of saying you did a great job!
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    • Vivi

      There are lots of tutorials on youtube. I probably had 15+ failed attempts before I ended up with something a bit more decent-looking. :) But after 1 hour of wearing smokey eyes, I started looking like I had severe iron deficiency. :/

  • Tara Mackey

    This is one of my favorites and I used it in a few eco-friendly lookbooks in Cali and it was really flexible for different looks! Glad you liked it, but I agree about the “Nirvana”! A little crumbly! :)

    • Vivi

      Tara, your pictures are so dreamy! Love looking at the them on instagram. You have a face that speaks :)

      • Tara Mackey

        Aww Vivi! Thank you! That’s so sweet! I enjoy watching your journey as well! :) Cheers!

  • sesame

    Had this brand of eye shadow in my shopping cart some months ago but decided to remove at the last minute. I stopped using eye shadows cos no matter what primer I use, even those that are raved, they just fade off. So I’m so irritated. I can only use eye shadows for a couple of hours now. :(
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    • Vivi

      I have the same problem, too, Actually, I was so stressed trying to capture some decent photos for this post because I could see the makeup fading fast (and the sun setting, haha). I’m quite sure the eye shadows are heavily pigmented but they still melted and faded on my lids. I guess it might be because I didn’t really use a primer?

  • Jefferson Ottosen

    wow, incredible look of those colours

  • Nicole

    Gorgeous shades and you did an amazing job on the smokey eye! It’s a very wearable day smokey eye I’d say. I’m surprised by how pigmented they are, usually natural pressed shadows lack pigmentation. I love a very dramatic smokey eye for nights out & events, so I’ll use a black liner based (kohl liners are best for smudging), black shadow & then a deep purple or navy shadow to soften the look a bit. Xo!

    • Vivi

      Thank you! I wish to be able to do a more wearable and foxy smokey eyes like the one you seem to have on your gravatar picture. :)

      Thanks for the tips, I might actually just do that now since it’s Saturday. ^^

      • Nicole

        Aw thanks. You can totally do it! Let me know how it turns out when you try it :)

  • Marianna_me

    I just bought this and I have no idea how to do a smokey eye! Can you recommend some tutorials?

    • Vivi

      Hi Marianna, I’m sorry I don’t have any good reference… as you can see, my first attempt above turned out pretty lousy lol. My smokey eye didn’t have definition at all. :S