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!