Cover Girl’s Eye Enhancer in Smoke Alarm ($4.29, Drugstore.com) is the fourth review I’ve done for the 2012 new summer lineup of eyeshadow palettes. Previous reviews included Major Distraction and Prom Queen, which lacked pigmentation, and Prima Donna, which was quite pigmented and easy to work with. The line overall is inconsistent, but there are some gems in the bunch, and Smoke Alarm is one of them. It features three rich grayish shades.
All three shadows in this collection are pigmented and blendable. There’s no struggle to get color onto your lid, and no struggle to blend away edges or blend colors into one another. They’re velvety without being at all powdery. They’re just easy to work with.
Color 1 is a satin finish iron gray with slight purple undertones. Color 2 is a very pale dove gray with slight lavender undertones, with a low shimmer finish. Color 3 is a medium steel gray with more noticeable lavender undertones than the middle shade, and a similar low shimmer finish.
The quality on this palette is good enough to create some great looks with minimal effort or application skills. The overall gray effect leans a little purplish, which could make it more wearable for you if you’ve had trouble with grays in the past. The colors are fairly unique, which could make this worth picking up just to augment your collection. All in all, this is a surprisingly good palette for $5, and a good palette at any price point.