Carmindy’s New Smoky Eye Kit Makes One Heck of a Stocking Stuffer

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Product Reviews

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Perfect Smokey Eyes box

Leave it to makeup artist Carmindy (of TLC’s What Not To Wear) to make smokey eyes even easier than flipping your hair (well, almost). 🙂


Her new Perfect Smoky Eyes Kit ($23, part of the Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Inspired by Carmindy line) comes with three coordinating eye products perfect for creating understated, elegant, just plain pretty smokey eyes.

What ya get

  • Eye Shadow Palette in Storm: Three shimmery shades in gray, taupe and beige
  • Lift & Define Mascara in Jet Black: A lengthening, glossy black
  • Always Perfect Liquid Eye Liner in Black Onyx: A sheer liquid liner

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Perfect Smokey Eyes products

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Perfect Smokey Eyes swatches
Swatches from left to right: shimmery gray eyeshadow, shimmery taupe eyeshadow, shimmery beige eyeshadow, liquid liner, mascara

The step-by-step directions on the back are easy to follow, too, and it took me less than five minutes to bang out this look. Big ups for making my makeup life easier, Carmindy!

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Perfect Smokey Eyes 2

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Perfect Smokey Eyes 1


A few things…

  • The Storm Eyeshadow Palette takes top honors as my favorite of the bunch. The shadows feel buttery and exceptionally smooth, making them a cinch to blend.
  • Always Perfect Liquid Eye Liner applies a little sheerer than I’d like. I think it works fine as an eyeshadow base, but it’s kinda watery and challenging to layer and smudge. I may stick with LORAC Front of the Line Pro when I want super crisp, dark black cat eye lines.
  • Lift & Define Mascara produces lovely long, yet natural lashes, but I like more BAM! It might benefit from a layer of a thickening mascara applied first.

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Perfect Smokey Eyes palette closeup 1

Sally Hansen Natural Beauty Perfect Smokey Eyes palette closeup 2

With the kit this look was really easy to do. I think it’ll make a great gift for a BFF who shall remain nameless. 🙂 She’s not really a hard core makeup girl, but she’s shown an interest in smokey eyes.


NOTE: Right now the kit’s a little hard to find online, but check your nearby drugstores for availability. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: B+

Yikes! Every day that passes reminds me that I need to start thinking about the holidays. Have you done much shopping yet?

Whatcha got going on tonight? It seems like a lot of you gals are busy studying for finals (good luck!). As much as I miss being a student, I sure don’t miss the tests! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Citrine says:

    I though I have seen these set with several Sally Hansen natural beauty items and they cost somewhere around 10-12 bucks (most of the time those people put “value at XX” because the actual cost is much cheaper.) in drugstores.

    I have tried several products from the range but my favorite are the lipsticks though, too bad they haven’t put those in any gift set.

  2. Sheila says:

    Oh wow, this is a set that has lots of value. The eyeshadows aren’t that pigmented though…
    .-= Sheila’s last blog post… Awesome deals from Cosme-De! 45% off Guerlain! =-.

  3. amy says:

    This set is cute, it reminds me of a paint palette. It is nice for a basic beginners guide for smokey eyes or even for something subtle for work or school.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Dior Cristal Boreale Holiday 2009 Collection: Smokey Crystal #089 5 Couleurs Palette Fard À Paupières Lumières Vibrantes Review, Swatches and Product Pictures =-.

  4. Mariah says:

    Cute! It’s nice that it’s all in one kit for you! And after this weekend’s What Not To Wear marathons, showcasing her new makeup line, I’m more interested in her stuff than ever! Cool!

  5. Stacie says:

    That liner does seem very sheer. But you’re right, the shadows seem fab! Will have to look for this…

  6. SDpfeiffy says:

    Oh how I wish I could find Carmindy’s line in my neck of the woods… seems like the perfect gift for my daughter! Maybe I’ll look for it in the “big city” when I travel there on Friday for Christmas shopping. Speaking of which, I’ve done some online shopping, have a bit more to do, plus the big Friday trip. Hopefully I’ll be done by the end of the weekend. Gah!

  7. Tiffany says:

    Oh, this is cute! I wonder if you could buy the palette separately, or if you have to get it in the set?

    I am actually almost done with my Christmas shopping! I got my husband’s gifts online and most of the gifts for others on black friday.

    And I definitely was working on a presentation for school last night 🙁 It’s today and noon and I’m not feeling ready!

    Hope you have a happy hump day!

    • Karen says:

      I think you can buy a storm palette on its own. It would look really pretty on you. 🙂

      Are you feeling better? I saw on twitter that you took some mystery meds from my mother country and that you weren’t feeling well.

      Anyway, good luck on your presentation!

      • Tiffany says:

        yay! I am gonna keep an eye out for the palette on its own!

        yeah, yesterday was terrible! I had a horrific headache and had to keep staring at the computer to finish my presentation. after taking excedrin and feeling even worse I took some meds my husband got for pain in the Philippines and they made me feel odd, lol. but I’m better now and presentation is done! how was your day?

        do you ever visit the Philippines? my husband loves it there. he says everyone is happy and always smiling 🙂

        • Karen says:

          Mine was good! My stylist cut off about 15 pounds of hair, LOL!

          Is your husband Filipino?

          The last time I was there in 2000… it was the first time I had visited since I left as a baby! It was really, REALLY hot.

          • Tiffany says:

            No, he’s not from there he just goes there for work. He likes going even though it takes 24 hrs total to get there!

  8. BlovetBeauty says:

    What a pretty pretty set!
    .-= BlovetBeauty’s last blog post… Black Rimmed Eyes =-.

  9. gio says:

    What a nice set! The shadows and liner look too sheer for my liking but I think the set would make a great present for ladies who are just starting to get into makeup.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… Product Review: Senna Silky Primer =-.

  10. Andreea says:

    Thats perfect for a daily make-up at the office. If she uses natural ingredients it means they are easier to take off (they might unfortunately smudge also…) and they will noct dry the skin out.
    For 10 USD or even 10 Euro it is a bargain anyway. Perfect as a gift…
    Love silkysoft e/s…
    But Karen, it does not matter what you wear, everything suits you. Loved red lips on you most 😉 sexy elegant.
    .-= Andreea’s last blog post… FETTE Totes Meer Salz =-.

  11. Shannon says:

    I saw that at the store the other day! I was kinda excited by the liner… too bad it’s not as epic as I hoped it would be. Oh well!

    • Karen says:

      Yeah, it’s just okay. I mean, if you’re only using it for layering it’s fine, but for very dark, crisp cat eye liner then you’re better off with something else.

  12. Love this for a stocking stuffer! I like when the packaging has a tutorial too. I’ll check out my RiteAid tonight. Thanks for this post!

  13. Marce says:

    Very pretty! Even though there’s not so many options makeup-wise, you did a pretty smoky eye there. Kudos!
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Por la belleza real… =-.

  14. Eliane T. says:

    I really like her!

  15. Blank says:

    Hi, how much it cost this kit? And where r u bought??

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