The modern smoky eye is dimensional, sophisticated, bronzed—and easier than ever to achieve, thanks to Victoria Beckham.
Written By ANNIE TOMLIN
With its rimmed waterlines and smudgy allure, the smoky eye is eternal. It will never go out of style, but it has shifted and evolved with time. The look leaned colorful in the '80s, smoldering à la Tom Ford for Gucci in the '90s, and regrettably frosty in the '00s. As for the modern smoky eye? It's dimensional, light-catching, and created with clean formulas and sustainability in mind.
In other words, it's Victoria Beckham Beauty's Smoky Eye Brick in Silk, a quartet of satiny shadows housed in a chic brass compact. The gold, bronze, champagne, and deep copper hues are inspired by Beckham's spring 2020 clothing collection, and when envisioned into makeup, the tones have an easy, summery appeal. (Particularly appealing if, for example, the traditional black-and-gray smoky eye is too strong of a statement for you.)
The colors—which work their own special magic alongside all eye colors and skin tones—are only part of the draw, though. The powder shadows themselves are richly pigmented, with a softly reflective finish that turns out to be the Goldilocks of shimmer: not too sparkly, not too pearlescent, but just right. The formula is not only clean and dermatologist-tested, but it also has a hyaluronic acid complex that makes the shadows glide on smoothly and blend evenly. No fallout, no chalkiness.
For the full smoky-eye effect, of course, you need the right eyeliner. And her Satin Kajal Liner is it. A creamy-smooth pencil that never tugs or skips, it's a brilliant addition to the professional's kit or novice's stash. Upon application, the formula allows enough time to create your desired look—whether that involves tightlining, a feline flick, or a full-blown wing—before it settles into a crease-proof, waterproof, long-wearing lock.
So yes, the smoky eye is still here. It will be here tomorrow. And if you're the type to predict where this ever-iconic makeup look is going for the decade ahead, try this impeccable pairing and fancy yourself a beauty soothsayer. Because when you know, you know.
“I love the rich and creamy pencil! The formula allows time to beautifully blend and sets to stay put.” —MOLLY GREENWALD, Makeup Artist
“The shadow pigments are richly saturated for effortless application. I like swirling all the shades together for a quick, low-key smoky eye.” —HANNAH BIDDLE, Makeup Artist
“A perfect pairing for a-little-something-special makeup. Wear the liner and champagne shadow for day, then add more depth for night.” —ALLISON ELLIOTT, Store Director & Makeup Artist
As with every product on VIOLET GREY, Victoria Beckham Beauty Smoky Eye Brick and Satin Kajal Liner reached our shelves once a minimum of 70 percent of testers deemed it a winner. At that time, we added it to our skin care edit with the Violet Code’s official stamp of approval.