It’s time we revisit one of my favourite makeup tags hanging around the internet – the Perfect Palette Tag. Why wouldn’t I love a chance to chat about beautiful eyeshadow palettes packed to the brim with neutrals (I have a type)? It’s been quite a while since I first wrote up the tag on TBC and a lot has changed…
Best Packaging – Tarte Tartelette In Bloom
Are we talking travel-friendly, compact and well-made packaging or are we talking eye candy? The Tartelette In Bloom is a little bit of both, I’d say. But you can’t go past it when it comes to beauty – the golden accents and beautiful pink and purple print on the front always makes me fall in love, not to mention the colour selection inside is pretty damn beautiful too.
Best Colour Pay Off – Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills really know their powder eyeshadow formulas – when I first bought the Self-Made Palette, I don’t think I was quite expecting the palette to impress me as much as it did. But now, I’m well and truly in love. The formula of pretty much every shade in the palette is incredible – with intense glittery shades, buttery mattes and satiny shimmers.
Most Versatile – LORAC Pro Palette
Varying shades of neutrals is about as versatile as my eye looks get, if I’m honest, so the LORAC Pro is my pick for this one. With an abundance of mattes and shimmers, it covers all of your bases. (Realistically, I’d like to mention my Makeup Geek Eyeshadows here, because you can simply pick and choose which shades you’d want in your ultimate palette, I’ll try to stick to pre-made palettes.)
Best For Travelling – Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette
I normally travel, again, with a small z-palette full of MUG shadows but on my latest trip I took the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette too and reached for it just a little bit more. When I travel I’m all about simple, easy to do makeup so a light, neutral palette totally fits the bill for me. The packaging is sturdy and each of the shades are easy to pair with one another. I particularly love how many mattes there are in the selection, perfect for the minimal makeup looks I tend to go for while travelling.
Biggest Regret – Tarte Tartelette Palette
Unfortunately, even though the Tarte Tartelette In Bloom has really impressed me, it’s all matte big sister never quite hit the mark. A lot of the shades lack pigment and tend to look quite chalky when applied to the lid. It’s a shame because the shade range is beautiful and I’m always on the hunt for a stunning all-matte eye palette to add to my growing collection.
Best Colour Names – Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette
I wasn’t really sure for this one – a lot of eyeshadow names are quite plain nowadays, but the Zoeva Cocoa Blend’s shade names tend to make me a little hungry and seem like they have just a little more effort put into them than your standard eye palette.
Least Used – Make Up For Ever Artist Palette
As enamoured as I am with this compact little stunner, I really don’t reach for it enough. Maybe it’s the brighter shades that don’t quite equate to ‘every day’ for me or maybe it’s because it’s hidden away in my drawers behind all of the larger palettes. Nevertheless, I’ll have to make a mental note to reach for this more because the formula is pretty spot on.
Most Used & Most Loved – Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette
Every week, it would seem that I’ve decided on a new most-loved so it’s hard to pinpoint an all time favourite but lately, the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette has been edging it’s way to the top. On days where I’m in a rush or I’m not really sure what to do, this perfectly laid out neutral beauty is my go-to. It’s definitely not pushing the boundaries with shade selection but the formula is a solid performer and for a neutral lover like me, it’s perfect for every day.
I’ve also added a few more categories to the mix that I thought the original tag was missing…
Best Drugstore Palette – Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Eye Palette
Not too many drugstore palettes stand the test of time in my collection but for a pretty cheap U.S. drugstore brand, Wet n Wild continues to impress. The formula of this palette, as well as the Walking On Eggshells Trio is pretty comparable to high-end competitors. I’m particularly impressed with how the shimmers wear, continuing to look beautiful all day. That being said, there are some new drugstore palettes in my collection that I’m trialling at the moment which might just edge Wet n Wild out…
Favourite Mattes – Becca Ombre Nudes*
This year has been a year of matte eyeshadow discovery. I’ve been all about the shimmer eyeshadow for years but I’ve begun to appreciate the beautiful simplicity of an all-matte, super defined eye look. This five-pan palette from Becca remains my go-to when I’m in the mood for mattes. Each shade is easy to blend and so satisfying to a neutral lover like me.
Favourite Shimmers – Anastasia Beverly Hills Self-Made Palette
Another quick little ode to the ABH Self-Made Palette. The shades in this palette range from a little been sheeny to straight up glittery but each different formula is spot on. If this is what I can expect from ABH palettes, needless to say, I’m excited for their new palette with Makeup by Mario to drop soon.
Most Recommended For Eyeshadow Beginners – UD Naked Palettes
I’m still madly in love with the UD Naked Palettes, even though they don’t get quite as much use as I used to. For those still getting the hang of the whole eyeshadow thing (sometimes I think I’m still here with you), the UD Naked Palettes pretty much cover all of your bases and it’s all laid out beautifully in a compact palette with plenty of shimmers and just enough mattes to get you started. Also, across the three original palettes, you can find a colour scheme that you’d love to start with.
Of course, there’s still a couple of eyeshadow palettes hanging out on my wishlist… Namely, the LORAC Unzipped Palette but lately, I’ve been convinced I need the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. Let me know your top recommendations or your answers to this tag in the comments below – I feel an online order coming on…
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