5 Minute Smoky Eye


What girl doesn’t love looking glam 24/7? But we don’t always have time to spend hours getting ready. During the week, my makeup routine is pretty quick and simple, so at the weekend, I love to spend a bit more time making myself up. Even still though, I don’t want to spend an hour doing my makeup unless I’m going on a night out or for a fancy dinner, so I’ve devised a really quick eye makeup look that will make you look totally done but only takes five minutes to do. Add it to your regular makeup base and you’ve got the perfect smoky eye for day or not, depending on how much makeup you like to wear.


I love this kind of look. I follow the same pattern, sometimes changing up the colours I use. I use a mid-tone shade all over the lid, a darker colour in the crease, an even darker colour in the outer V and blend them all quite liberally to smoke it out. We recently got our hands on the brand new Seventeen Easy On The Eye palette in Birthday Suit, thanks to the lovely people at Boots. I wanted to create one of my quick eye looks using this palette as the colours are gorgeous and quite different to my “everyday” browns and oranges. As always, here at The Dupe Diaries, we want to provide you with honest reviews on new products. We don’t hold any punches! Claire and I both love the Seventeen brand, often featuring their products on the blog but I’ve never tried eyeshadows from the bargain drugstore brand. I normally use MAC eyeshadows as I find them to be one of the best quality out there so other eyeshadows have big boots to fill to impress me.


The first thing I must say is that I really like the packaging of the palette. It’s very simple – matte black plastic – but it’s also very thin and light so would be fantastic for travelling or sticking in your handbag if you’re heading out after work. It comes with a really handy mirror – something that many higher end eyeshadow palettes often lack. The eyeshadow pans are a very decent size. There’s a brilliant range of shades from mattes to shimmer powders and metallic creams for the eye. It also includes a cream primer and a double ended brush. The palette includes eight powders and three creams in warm neutral shades. The colours are fabulous and remind me of the shades in the Naked 3 palette from Urban Decay.




A used a couple of colours from the palette to create a warm bronze eye look:

  1. I started by applying a thin layer of the transparent primer all over the lid. This had quite a moist finish so I gave it a couple of minutes to set before applying powder.
  2. I then used the rose gold shade (4th colour on the top row) all over the lid. This applied a lot darker on the lid than it looks in the pan but gave a really nice rich tone.
  3. Next I applied the metallic mink colour (3rd on the bottom row) through the crease of my eye with a fluffy blending brush. I use a Laura Mercier brush I got yonks ago in a limited edition set but I also really like the Blank Canvas E25 brush (€7.99). I just buffed the colour in really roughly until it was well blended
  4. I also brought this colour under the lower lash line using the Blank Canvas E37 Pencil brush (€6.99)
  5. I then went into the outer V of my eyelid with the darkest bronze shade in the palette (4th on the bottom row) with my Blank Canvas E10 socket brush (€6.99)…yes, I love blank canvas eye brushes! Again, I applied this really roughly in the outer V and then blend, blend, blend.
  6. I used the matte cream shade (1st on my brow bone and went in with the lightest champagne colour (1st on the top line) under the arch of my eyebrow, using my MAC 239 eye shader brush (€28.99). This brush is quite pricey, as are all of MAC’s but I’ve had it about five years and it’s still in good nick!
  7. Stick on a bit of my favourite Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara (€11.99)  and hey presto, that’s your eye makeup done!



This look is all about blending, to create a soft smoky look. It’s not a defined or sharp eye so you don’t need to be a makeup pro to master this. It’s super quick and easy for anyone to do with the right tools!



With flash – these eyshadows are so creamy and dreamy!

I was seriously impressed with the quality of this palette. The colours are so pigmented and creamy which I love. I often find that cheaper eye shadows are quite chalky and powdery and can take a long time and a lot of elbow grease to apply evenly. Similarly, they blend like a dream so it’s just so easy to do this kind of look in next to no time. The only negative comment I have is relating to the longevity of the eyeshadows. Within a few hours, they had creased, however, I think this is because of the eye primer in the palette. You could use your own primer and it would last much longer. I also used my own brushes as I like a better selection but the double ended brush in the palette could definitely be used in your collection.


The palette is in Boots stores now and retails at €10.99. This is great value in my opinion – excellent quality and very wearable shades for day-to-night. If you’re on the market for a neutral palette, this is definitely one to get that won’t break the bank!



Other makeup details

  1. Lush Enzymion facial moisturiser (Lush, around €17/€18)
  2. L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying Base (currently out of stock on Boots.ie but priced around €12.99)
  3. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation in shade 3 Light (Brown Thomas, €40)
  4. MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NC15 (Brown Thomas, €23)
  5. MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (Brown Thomas, €26.50)
  6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Pro Series contour kit in light (Cult Beauty, £39), using the shade Fawn
  7. MAC blusher in Margin (Brown Thomas, €24)
  8. Anastasia DipBrow Pomade in Soft Brown (Cult Beauty, £15)
  9. Rimmel lipliner in Spice (Boots, €4.79)
  10. MAC lipstick in Cherish (Brown Thomas, €20)


If you’d like any more information on the Seventeen Easy On The Eye palette or any of the other products used in today’s post just leave a comment below, on Facebook or on Instagram.

Sara x