As the most loved up holiday of the year creeps up on us once again, there’s absolutely no need for Cupid’s bow when it comes to finding the perfect date night eye palette. In a bid to pay homage to the recent release of 50 Shades of Grey, we’ve collated the smokiest and arguably sexiest shades you’ll ever lay eyes on, because nothing says ‘come hither’ quite like a sultry gunmetal lid.


Behold the crème de la crème of palettes and paint pots to really get you in the mood. Chains, whips and leather optional, of course.

1. Givenchy Le Prisme Yeux Mono Eyeshadow in Black

Boasting four different textures of the same smoky shade, this glittering eye shadow Quattro deflects microscopic pigments for an iridescent effect that’ll last for hours.


2. Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette in Tuxedo

Oh la la, nothing says courtship like couture. This ready-to-wear five-colour combo encompasses the perfect shades of matte and satin grey, while blending seamlessly to the eyelid upon application.

3. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo in Black Light

Keep it smoldering with a dark and ashy eye. Highly pigmented for high intensity, build up for a moody hue to make the ultimate statement. Finish with a lashing of Eyes to Kill Mascara and you’re good to go. Be warned, not for the faint of heart.

4. Clinique Chubby Stick for Eyes in Curvaceous Coal

For those not wanting to dive in head first, take a subtler route to smoky. The famed Chubby stick for eyes provides a soft creamy finish and muted metallic colour.

5. Chanel Illusion D’Ombre Eye Shadow in Mirifique

Simply smear and stare with the ease of use of cream-meets-mousse. A creamy hue of slate will speak volumes about the wearer and has never made the metallic smoky eye quite so attainable.

6. Benefit Smokin’ Eyes Sexy Eye and Brow Make-Over Kit

The reigning queens of multi-purpose beauty, Benefit’s brow and eye duo make late night (or early morning, depending on your disposition) eyes easier than ever. Comprising of their famous brow zings, tiny tweezers and three complementary smokey shades; the walk of shame doesn’t look quite so shameful now, does it?

7. Naked Eyeshadow Palette No.1 by Urban Decay

Arguably a must-have in any beauty guru’s kit, Naked Palettes will leave you spoilt for choice. If you’re after a deep gradient eye that’ll go the distance, cover the lid with Gunmetal grey and work the shade Creep into the outer crease of your lid and beneath the lower lash line for a smoke n’ smolder.

Story by Ashley Ropati.

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