We’re back and we’re still talking palettes (we told you we love them!). This time, eyeshadow palettes. There are so many on the market right now – it’s hard for a girl to know where to start. And when to stop! (between us, we own 24 palettes). Hopefully you read our last blog, Palette Perfection, and know that the face palette choices mentioned, all contain multi-purpose powders that can be used as eyeshadow too – they’re golden, shimmering neutrals that look beautiful under the browbone and applied to the very centre of the lid close to the lashline. Perfect for a summery, sun-kissed look. But if you’re looking for more colour options, darker shades and eyeshadows in the true sense of the word, then we defy you not to fall for one of the beauties below. Welcome to the eyeshadow palette edit.
BEST PALETTES FOR NEUTRALS: Urban Decay Naked Collection, from £24, now boasts 6 different palettes. M loves the original Naked palette, £39.50, with its 12 neutral, but varied shades, including matte, satin, shimmer and sparkle finishes. It’s based around gold and coffee-coloured tones, and also includes 2 gunmetal shades. V, on the other hand, likes Naked 3, with its rose gold theme, with hints of pink and some chocolate brown. Admittedly, there are a couple of shades which she doubts she’d ever use. But such is life! If the price tag is worrying you, fear not – at a fraction of the cost, you could opt instead for the LA Girl Nudes Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Palette, £8, which M recently discovered, and which is a ‘dead ringer’ for the Urban Decay. She’s been very impressed with the quality of powder, intensity of pigment and staying power. And at that price, you really can’t go wrong. M’s 13 year-old daughter has also jumped on the palette bandwagon (with limited funds!) and treated herself to IDC Color Make up Nudes 12 Color Eyeshadow, £5.78. Truth be known, we can’t really tell a huge difference between this and the Urban Decay. Plus they feel super-soft and silky. We can hardly believe it. Give it a whirl!
Stila offers a great neutrals palette. Its Matte ‘N Metal Eye Shadow Palette, £39, is a delicious assortment of pinks, mauves, bronze and coppers, which suit all skin tones. Use them dry for a flawless finish, or if you’re looking for a more intense look, try using wet. Finally, Zoeva has some great, affordable options. Try the En Taupe Eyeshadow Palette, £18, with its delicate shades of beige, mauve, peach & ivory. We think a couple of the shadows are a bit too pale and ‘blah’, but we can forgive it that because the rest are beautiful and it’s such a great price.
BEST PALETTES FOR GOING COLOUR CRAZY: If it’s fun, eye-popping colours that you’re after, then look no further than Jeffree Star Cosmetics Beauty Killer Palette, £40. We’re not suggesting that either of us rock this look on a daily basis, and we must admit, we think the price tag is a bit hefty. But M reckons a palette like this will last a lifetime and that every girl should own one for nights out on the town and for when you’re feeling playful with makeup. The Jeffree Star brand seems to be very much ‘on trend’, offering killer, cool colours and with a huge cult following. Frankly, we’d rather get our hands on Morphe Brushes stunning 35 Colour Bright Matte & Shimmer Palette, £23.50, and have joined the waitlist at cultbeauty.co.uk to do so. We’re assured the wait won’t be too long!
BEST QUADS: A palette isn’t only a palette if it offers a gazillion (yes, we’re sure that’s a word) shades. We love a ‘quad’ – a handy, mini palette, usually containing 4 shades that you can pop in your handbag on a night out, and that doesn’t overwhelm you with colour options. Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette, £39, is a fabulous option. The powders feel soft and creamy and the pigment is spot-on. They last all day…and night! M loves the copper and bronze tones of The Dolce Vita (beautiful for summer nights), while V is a fan of the smokey grey and soft pink shades in The Uptown Girl.
Chanel also knows how to do a quad – they’ve been doing it for years. Les 4 Ombres, £40 is a stunning option (who doesn’t love Chanel?!). There are around 14 variations of this best-selling palette, so you’re spoilt for choice. V has owned hers for around 10 years (shock, horror – it’s not gone ‘off’!) and it’s still going strong! It’s her ‘nighttime’ shadow and it never fails to impress.
Top tip: If you’ve owned a powder shadow for a long time, you may find that the oil from your fingertips has created an invisible film over the top, meaning you can no longer pick up the powder. If this is the case, simply scrape the top layer off with a razor.
Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow, £45, as the name suggests, offers 5 shades! There are 11 stunning options and we’re hard pressed to pick a favourite. If we had to, we’d probably go for Adore (no.567) or Magnify (no.167). YSl also boast 5 shades in their Couture Eyeshadow Palette, £43. M is the proud owner of no.10 (Lumieres Majorelle) – with its vivid blue, turquoise and yellow tones, it screams summer. V, meanwhile is coveting the more subdued no.7 (Parisienne) with its soft pinks and mauves.
BEST ‘MEGA’ PALETTES: So from the 4 and 5 shadow palette, we now bring you the 42 shadow palette! Enter Violet Voss Ride Or Die Eyeshadow Palette, £70, which really does have something for everyone (unless you’re a fan of blues and greens – there’s none of them!) Then there’s Too Faced Natural Love Eyeshadow Collection, £52, which offers a mere 30 shadows, all delicate neutrals, with plenty of shimmer options. The powders blend really well and don’t feel chalky. (We also love the Too Faced options pictured at the bottom…how could we resist? And we never need to be convinced to go on a jaunt to the Selfridges beauty hall, where we spied these).
BEST MAKE-YOUR-OWN PALETTE: If you want to go DIY and customise your own handy palette, ensuring you love and use every single colour, then head to MAC to make your own. Choose one of their refillable Custom Palettes, from £25, with either 2, 4, 15 or 30 holes to fill with the shadows of your dreams! For this, we advise you head straight to the counter, rather than buy online, as it’s a bit of an eyeshadow minefield.
BEST BUDGET PALETTES: Head to KIKO for the best palettes at the best prices. Even better, they have up to 70% off at the moment. We love the Color Fever Eyeshadow Palette, £6.95 in 100 and the Smart Eyeshadow Palette, £9 in Smart 01.
COULDN’T RESIST PALETTE: Clinique has collaborated with American interior designer, Jonathan Adler, to launch a gorgeous summer capsule collection. The Clinique + Jonathan Adler Chic Colour Eyeshadow Kit 01, £39, contains 13 best-selling Clinique eyeshadows in stunning, geometric turquoise packaging. We’ll have one each please!
So there you have our palette edit. We’re sure there’s something here for everyone. When it comes to application and techniques, that’s a whole other blog. But rest assured, it’s coming soon…
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