Makeup palettes are admittedly my weakness, the launch of any newly released neutral palette certainly gets me hovering around the beauty counters in a flash – although I do tend to stay away from limited edition releases for a number of reasons, they’re often overhyped and overpriced and more importantly, it’s not very beneficial for anyone who reads my blog if I’m torturing them with a palette that they can’t get their hands on. Although I have quite the stash of eyeshadow palettes, I’ve picked out the key ones I use on a daily basis – the ones I think are worth every penny and more.
Smashbox Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette in Softbox, £32
This Smashbox palette is something I’ve had for a little while now and I just love it, the shades are so wearable and can be worn alone or mixed together – I usually just build up a few shades until I’m happy. I think Smashbox shadows are some of the best you can find, the texture is always so easy to work with and they never budge throughout the day. You also only need the smallest amount, I’ve hardly dented these shadows despite using them often over the years. My favourite shades are probably the light shimmer shade on the top left, the mauve-brown on the top right and the coppery brown below it – they all work so well together and I find myself using all of them. If you’re ever wondering if you should buy a Smashbox palette, the answer should always be yes! They’re some of the best I’ve tried.
Stila In The Light Palette, £28
The Stila In The Light Palette is something I contemplated getting for a while before I finally made the purchase, there’s ten lovely shades in this palette but I wasn’t sure if I would use every single one of them – a gamble that comes with every beauty kit! In the end I purchased it and I have to say that I do get quite a bit of use out of it, especially the one bronzey shade on the bottom left – one of my ‘go to’ eye shadows. There’s quite a few warm shadows in this palette that I tend to stay away from as I have such a pink tone to my skin, but the nice slate grey shades and the cooler darker shades are all so lovely. I know people say that they have issues with the texture/quality of this palette – ie they’re a bit crumbly – but I never have any issues really. I guess judging by the one shadow I do use regularly, the formula does seem a little more delicate than other palettes but I think you just need to be careful when you apply – press your brush to the shadow, tap off the excess and then press to your eye rather than brush on. This seems to reduce fall-out for me.
Too Faced Natural Eye Kit, £22.50
Another beautiful palette that I regularly use is this Too Faced one which comes with a good amount of shades – complete with sexy names. You have probably seen this mentioned before as it is something I feature a lot, including in this makeup tutorial video, but it’s so easy to get right and all the shades compliment all skin tones. I regularly use the shimmer shades on the left to highlight the brow bone and create a base for shadows and then use the brown, bronze and grey colours for the lid. This is always on sale on ecentual.com so it’s definitely worth snapping it up! My favourite shades are Honey Pot (a rich shimmery gold on the bottom left), Cocoa Puff (a darker brown next to Honey Pot), Push-Up (my favourite shade, a lovely bronze on the middle left) and Erotica (a smokey cool brown which sits next to Push-Up). They’re all beautiful shades and I think everyone would love this palette.
NARS And God Created The Woman Eye Palette
This is the one palette that isn’t available to buy anymore but I had to include it as it’s just so beautiful. I get a lot of use out of this pretty palette, and the reason I bought it despite the limited edition status was because you can actually buy the shades separately (or in duos). The one shade I use all the time is available in the NARS Kalahari Eyeshadow duo, and it’s the most beautiful cool bronze shade that I always get complimented on – I just love it! You can see it on the top right but it just doesn’t do it justice. The top middle shade is also a nice ashy matte brown which is great for doing my brows, and I also adore the bottom left shade because it’s a brown laced with a gold shimmer which is the perfect evening shade. Of course, the quality is brilliant and I just love the fact that you can buy the shades separately – saves on the heartbreak later!
Benefit World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever Palette, £23.50
Finally, the latest Benefit eyeshadow palette to suck me in is this cream/powder multi-tasking palette in easy to wear hues – out of the three, I think this palette is my favourite as two of the powder colours just work perfectly with my skin tone and I also adore the cream options. The pink shade that can be seen (It’s Complicated) isn’t for me, and it’s the only factor letting this palette down! I love the simple shimmery Call My Buff, the bronzed colour of Kiss Me, I’m Tipsy (my favourite) and Gilt-y Pleasure is another everyday shade that I can’t get enough of. The cream shadows are little mini versions of the Creaseless Cream Shadows everyone adores and these come in two gorgeous, gorgeous shades – Birthday Suit & My Two Cents. Both of which cannot be faulted.
Are you a palette kinda guuuurl? What are your favourites?
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