My friend came over and asked me to teach her how to do smoky eyes. I’m all for helping my friends learn to do proper smoky eyes because a. then I don’t always have to do it b. its such a glam look if done properly and a trashy look if done wrong. She came to my apartment with a new makeup kit she bought from ULTA earlier that day. She said that she had no idea where to begin and figured this had all the things she needed. I was reluctant at first but I thought I would give it a shot since I had never personally used the kit she bought.

The kit is called “Close Up: Real Life to Red Carpet Tutorial” by LORAC. I have always been a fan of LORAC bronzer but am now officially obsessed with the whole line! The kit contains everything you need for the perfect smoky look. Granted, the pigmentation isn’t as great as MAC, but the primer you apply before helps do the trick. ALSO, the kit tells you exactly how to apply the eyeshadow down to applying the mascara. Every product in the kit is worth it–even the brushes! The best part about it all is that the WHOLE kit (including primer, 3 eye shadows, 2 sided brush, liquid liner, and mascara) is $36.00! You can find this kit at ULTA.

SIDE NOTE: I only suggest purchasing this kit if you feel like you need a lot of the items in it. Many of you may just be looking for a strong black eye shadow. If so, I say stick to MAC.


By the way, I seriously feel like I have tried every single smoky eye kit there is out there besides LORAC, and I NEVER really found a kit that really fits everything that I am looking for. Usually the kits contain items that are useless to me that just get stuffed to the bottom of my makeup bag. Here is a list of smoky eye kits that I think are NOT worth it: 

  1. Stila Talking Eye Kits
  2. Covergirl Smokey Eye Kits
  3. Smokey Eyes Sephora
  4. Kim Kardashian’s Smoky Eye Kit

I was REALLY disappointed with the Kim Kardashian’s kit. How can someone who always has such fab makeup on at all times sell a product with such crappy pigmentation? Seriously Kim, you have enough endorsement deals under your belt. No need to market a bad product #justsaying 

Have you ever tried a smoky eye kit? Thoughts?