Hey there, Beauts! Happy MARCH! We (kinda) made it through winter and spring is sounding really good right now! Good thing it’s right around the corner.
In today’s post I want to share with you the neutral/nude palettes I ended up getting towards the end of last year. If you’ve been following my blog, you may remember that a few months ago I was trying to decide between a couple. I was looking to get some new palettes because I had a meh palette that was way old and I was over it basically, and I really didn’t have many others unless you count quads or duos. All the pretty new palettes were calling my name.
I thought getting a new palette (or 3 lol) may be too much since I already have a bunch of neutral single shadows in my stash. If anything I’m trying to have less. But the bottom line is that I wanted a bunch of colors right in the palm of my hand ready to go, and figured it had been a really really long time since I purchased shadows in a palette form. An upgrade was in order. Not that you need to justify buying makeup, but I carefully consider makeup purchases nowadays.
I may do more detailed reviews with swatches of all of these, but for now here’s a quick overview and thoughts on each palette.
This popular palette I decided to get because I knew I’d get decent use out of it. These shades can be worn anytime! The pigmentation is really good and shows up well. I love that it has both matte and shimmery shades. I liked the putty-type colors in this palette and didn’t have shadows too similar to those already so that was an incentive to get it. I also like that the darker colors were on the brown side- I have enough black. I sometimes apply the darker shades as liner. The packaging is gorgeous (I love shiny gold packaging!) and isn’t bulky, so nice for travel. I was able to get this for even less on Black Friday so that made it an even better deal!
In terms of matte palettes, I was looking at Kat Von D’s Shade and Light shadow palette which many were raving about, but I just didn’t want to spend that much on matte shadows right now. I ended up getting this e.l.f one. Of the three palettes bought this one may be the least exciting, but I heard really good things about Mad for Matte (Kathleen Lights singing its praises on YouTube had me sold) and I must say the reviews were pretty much right on.
These are not dusty, powdery shadows and are really well made. Though matte, the formula is satiny and creamy and the pigmentation is good! If you are looking for a decent matte, nude, affordable shadow palette, you should seriously consider this one! I feel like neutral or nude mattes are just good to have as a staple. These shadows can be worn day or night and you can play around with all of the different shades. A white or off-white shade would’ve been nice in this palette, but not a huge deal. You won’t be disappointed. Plus the packaging is slim and uncomplicated, so another great palette for travel.
This was a birthday present to myself! If you’re all too familiar with the hype on this one, believe it. It’s beautiful. The pigmentation, the shades…amazing all around. I wanted this palette for the warm, wearable orange shades (in particular, Realgar, last shade on the bottom row), but the deep magenta and brick colors also caught my eye! I like the different transition shades you can pick from too, and again, different finishes. I didn’t have dupes for most of these colors in my collection so that made my practical side pretty happy and made it worthwhile. I think $42.00 is a really great price for such a high-end quality product. It actually makes me sigh looking at it (I’m ridiculous).
So I’m pretty tired of typing out the word “palette” at this point haha but enjoyed sharing my thoughts with you on these! I’m still thinking about the good ‘ole Urban Decay Naked palette but these might take care of that craving for a while (unless you can convince me otherwise!).
Do you have a favorite eyeshadow palette you’re loving at the moment?
XX, Jen <3