24 May, 2016 Top Six: Eyeshadow Palettes
Greetings all. Last week was super busy, and in the midst of the commotion I basically forgot to upload a second blog post. Oops. I really missed being able to sit down and ramble on about beauty, so spending my Saturday swatching shadows all over my arms and hands feels pretty great. Today, I’m sharing my six favourite eyeshadow palettes, and there’s nothing in here I wouldn’t happily repurchase or buy as a gift. In my collection I probably have about 15 palettes in total, so these are the ones that absolutely cut the mustard.
Keep scrolling to see swatches and mini reviews of my top six eyeshadow palettes!
Best For Holiday/Travel: Stila Eyes Are The Window Palette in Soul (£30)
This compact palette was practically made for travel: it offers a huge mirror, a sturdy frame, a base shade, two crease shades, and a selection of cool and warm tones depending on your mood. If I bring this palette on holiday with me, I hardly need any other eye products, apart from liner, mascara, and maybe a shadow stick if I’m after a specific effect.
The formula is pigmented without creating too much kick-back when you apply your brush to the shadows, and they last incredibly well on the lids. Plus, it contains one of my favourite all-time shades Kitten, which also doubles as a highlighter.
Best For Everyday Convenience: Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette (£32)
I’ve started to keep an eyeshadow palette in my desk drawer at work, as I occasionally don’t have the time or energy in the morning to apply a full face. This palette is fantastic for creating an easy, natural yet defined look, and it requires minimal thinking too. I typically ignore the side on the right (a little too dark and shimmery for me), and go for the neutral matte and sheeny shades. Heaven makes a great base, with Nudie in the crease and Cashmere Bunny popped on the outer corners for added definition.
I usually then choose between Silk Teddy, Push-Up and Honey Pot for my lid colour. It’s so easy, and the tiny palette makes it great for keeping in your handbag or briefcase too.
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Best For Evening Glamour: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in Dolce Vita (£38)
This edited quad of dramatic shades quickly became my go-to ‘evening out’ palette when I first picked it up. The combination of creamy beige, dark brown, bold copper and stunning gold foil is amazing on all eye colours, and it’s also easy to pop in your clutch when you’re going out. I’ve tried some very disappointing products from Miss Tilbury recently (her Magic Foundation and new Legendary Lashes mascara have been genuinely shocking), but she can do no wrong when it comes to eyeshadow.
Best For All-Matte Shades: BECCA Ombre Nudes Palette (£36)
This slim palette of matte taupes and browns has been so useful when I’m working with cream colours, and need a few mattes to add to the crease to keep the shadows in place. It’s not exactly glamorous, but having a selection of five colours that work for practically any eye look, means I’ll never have to buy another neutral brown shade again!
Best For A Pop of Colour: ZOEVA Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette (£18)
ZOEVA do incredible eyeshadow palettes, although for me, the best by far is this gorgeous, jewel-toned collection. I say that this is great for colour because it has some of the BEST brighter shades I’ve tried, which I like to use as a focal point for an eye look.
Pure Ganache is a rich rose-gold with intense copper shimmer, Warm Notes is a pure cranberry with a lovely metallic effect, and Delicate Acidity is a sheer violet with silver and purple glitter running through it. The other shades are all pretty gorgeous as well, and there are some great browns and nudes in here too.
Makeup Geek eyeshadows are super affordable, and the shade range is incredible. I have a few small Z-palettes which I use to create custom looks (ideal for travel), and the large size is great for stashing up to 15 colours. Favourites include Shimma Shimma, Cocoa Bear, Latte, Roulette and Bitten, and their foiled formulation is so pigmented it’s crazy.
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Which eyeshadow palettes do you love? Share below and don’t forget to let me know your favourites from my collection!