Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette £38 / Pop Naturally Bare Palette £15.50 / The Balm Nude Dude Palette £30 / Make Up Revolution Spring Break £3.99 / Smashbox Double Exposure Palette £38
I’m going to be perfectly honest I used to hate eye-shadow palettes, I’d go for large ones which have such a variety of colour and then end up using about three of them. It would always feel like such a waste which is why I stopped buying them. But ever since I bought my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette earlier this year I realised how amazing they can be.
As you can see from my small collection I tend to stick with nude/ natural tones, and I find this has meant that I actually use pretty much all of the colours within each palette. Yes there might be an odd occasion where I want a bright colour, but I can buy a few cheap individual colours if this is the case.
As I’ve said the Naked 3 palette was my first usable purchase and I love the shimmery tones within it especially as most are quite natural and massively wearable. There are a few darker tones which are great if I want to attempt a smokey eye, although I’ve yet to master it. This is probably the palette which I reach for most often as the tones are so easy to wear and despite the shimmer can be pulled off in day-to-day wear.
Next up is the Nude Dudes palette from The Balm. I bought this one in America when I visited as a department store I was in had this at such a great price (I think I paid about £12 and it included a free eyeliner- yay!) This one has a few browns and the colours there are still very natural (mostly). My only issue with this one is I love the shade ‘Feisty’ so much that I am going to run out of this one before the rest of the palette and they don’t sell it separately (sort it out!) There are a few darker colours which I don’t get to experiment as much with but when I do they’re so highly pigmented I don’t need much shadow to create an amazing look.
Earlier this year I got a smaller tester of the Pop eye-shadow palette in my Birchbox and fell in love with the usable brown tones which really work well with my green eyes. I instantly purchased the full size Naturally Bare palette and it is one I use so often, especially as it’s such a good price for the quality. The great thing is I don’t always get drawn to the same two or three shades like I used to with palettes, in this one there are so many shades I love I think they’ll all run out at similar times.
It wouldn’t be a post about palettes if I didn’t talk about one of the one’s from Make Up Revolution. I bought this one called ‘Spring Break’ in the summertime and there are a few brighter colours but if I don’t use much they’re still really wearable. I love the mint green in this palette which looks pretty awesome against green and brown eyes. Sadly this particular palette isn’t available any longer but you can’t go wrong with the price even if you don’t use all the shades.
To round out this post I thought i’d mention a more recent addition to my collection which is the Smashbox Double Exposure palette. The colours in this work in two ways, you can use them dry and get a lovely wearable everyday shade, or you can use them with a wet brush for a deeper, darker look. I bought it because it intrigued me at having double the amount of choices. This isn’t a palette I reach for on a daily basis but it’s a great addition to mix up my evening eye-wear.
In response to my own opening question, yes eyeshadow palettes are worth it if you choose the right one which houses the right tones that you’ll get wear out of.