The smallish palette comes in a zip-up case, with a booklet full of ideas on how to create everyday smokey looks, to coloured, to Kardashian-esque looks, plus a mini original primer potion. In my opinion it is not worth using the shadows without it if you want the colours to be intense and to stay all day, or night.
This is my fourth palette from Urban Decay, and the only one with a zip, which makes it so much easier to carry, and less bulky than the others I have.
The permanent shades in the collection Mushroom, Blackout, Rockstar, Evidence, and Loaded.
Both Kinky and Freestyle are lovely pale shades, but a little chalky on my Asian skintone. Kinky could be used as a brow highlighter I suppose, and Freestyle is a creamy peach, that would look good on its own, or - since this is a smokey palette - blended out above the crease of a smokey eye, or on the inside corners.
Rockstar is as beautiful as it looks in the palette and gives a modern take on the traditional smokey eye look, brightening it up with a purple look.
And Loaded, the colour I originally wanted when I went shopping, is a dark green/teal shade leaning towards black. Gorgeous with a lighter green colour blended into the inner corner of the eye.
And lastly is Asphalt. I love this grey shade with glittery flecks in it which looks gorgeous when it hits the light.
So there you have it! I like the combination of colours, and though I won't use the lighter shades as much as the others, they are a welcome addition for highlighting. I love the richer colours of Rockstar, Loaded and Asphalt. Evidence is workable with a little bit more work, but Barlust is definitely my favourite out of the palette.
The zip-up case is a nice feature, and it is light enough to stick in your bag for touch-ups or for travel.
The £35 price tag is a little steep, but I used my Beauty Club Card points from Debenhams, so didn't feel the pinch so much. If you are a fan of smokey-eye looks, or would like to learn how to do them, it might be worth sticking this on your birthday or Christmas wishlist.
It is available here.