Smoky Eyes is exactly what is sounds like - a palette with all the shades in it to create the perfect smoky eye. There are four shadows, a light base shade, a black contour shade, a dark lid shade, and a light highighter shade. The kit also contains a black kohl eyeliner pencil and a small mascara, but what I really like about the palette is that it comes complete with a built in mirror and an instruction booklet with pictures that walk you through every step in the application process. (Perfect for someone who doesn’t find a smoky eye the easiest look to achieve!) It also makes the kit totally portable - you could throw it in your bag in the morning if you’re planning on going out straight from work and use it to create a nighttime look in a hurry. The only other thing you might need is a shadow brush - it comes with a small one, but I’d recommend using an additional, full-sized brush as well for the most professional application).
For an even more show-stopping evening look, I recommend Glitter Eyes. It’s definitely not for a shy girl or someone who likes to blend into the background, but if you want to walk into a party and have all your friends ask who did your makeup, this is the palette for you. It contains two glittery shadows - one light and one dark, a black glitter eye pencil, mascara, and a silver liquid glitter liner for lashes and eye lids. Like the Smoky Eye Palette, it contains an instruction booklet and a mirror, which is especially handy when dealing with glitter, since it tends to get all over the place. It definitely will take a little practice to figure out how best to use this palette without looking like a Vegas showgirl!
The palettes each retail for $38 and can be found at Sephora stores and on http://www.sephora.com.