Makeup is my weakness. Maybe it is because my parents made me wait until I was 16 to fully dive in. Maybe it’s that I love playing dress up. It could be that painting my face feels less committal than painting a canvas. Could be all three. All I know is that by the time I was allowed to wear all the makeup my heart desired, I could drill the poor Benefits counter ladies into the ground asking questions about their new products. While that sounds slightly negative, the upside is that I get to share all of this ruthless knowledge with you. I’m constantly watching Youtube, reading articles and asking questions of makeup artists to ensure I only spend my money on items that are worthwhile. I’m hoping we can learn together. Makeup, like life, is a work in progress.
I'd like to start this journey with a post on eyeshadow palettes. Aubrey and my mom always ask me how many palettes I own. (Because they want to judge me.) I think I have about 8 and that's only because I’ve given away the ones I don't use to our mom. Let me tell you my favorite palettes my mom will only get if she buys them herself.
Too Faced Chocolate Bar - I bought this palette a couple of months ago even though it’s been around awhile. There are a few reasons that this tends to be the palette I reach for most. The packaging beats out a lot of the competition because it has a metal case. I get nervous when traveling with palettes because they are expensive and who wants a bunch of eyeshadow dust all over their stuff? The metal package makes me feel more confident that the shadows are protected and won't be crushed when it's in my suitcase. The eyeshadows themselves are also GORGEOUS. There are multiple neutral transition colors and a range of darker colors so you can have a different eye looks even using the same methods of application. I also love that they have some non-neutral colors like deep green and purples. These colors are unusual while still being incredibly flattering. Lastly, in the pan these eyeshadows smell like chocolate. Hence the name.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance - If you’re like me and love to switch up your eyeshadow look a lot then this palette is for you! Modern Renaissance is a beautiful, super warm palette that initially can look a little intimidating. Yes, there is a bright orange, fuchsia, deep red, and hot pink. But on the eye these colors look amazing. I think it could partly be because the quality it so good. They are very blendable and the transition shades included help keep the look warm but not clownish. I never thought I’d put hot pink on my eyes but I do and I love it.
Lorac Pro Palette 2 (top palette) - Another oldie but a goodie. The rose shade in this palette alone is worth the buy. Lorac eyeshadows have a slightly wetter, more buttery consistency. Some people love it, while others hate it. I think it makes the eyeshadow stand out on the eye without having to spray your brush with water to make them more metallic. I love most of the colors in this palette but I don't touch some of the others. I would say that’s the biggest downfall for me. You may love it because there’s a little wider range in options. If the colors in this palette don’t float your boat please try either of the Unzipped palettes. I have had the gold one (bottom palette in above image) for years and I still have not found another metallic gold palette I like as much as this one. I’ve contemplated purchasing the original Unizipped palette as well but I was recently married and don’t want my husband to think less of me. I will say the newer Lorac palettes (Pro Palette 3, Mega Palette from last Christmas, etc.) have not received all rave reviews. People have complained that the quality is not quite up to the standards of the others and that the color choices are not as broad. I hate hearing that because I’m such a Lorac fan but I did want to put it out there. C’mon Lorac, what's the deal? Give us another Unzipped!
Morphe 35O and Carli Bybel - These palettes deserve honorable mentions. They are very affordable and the perfect way to jump into playing with eyeshadow. I purchased both online but I believe Ulta is carrying these brands now as well. Sometimes it's difficult to know if a cheap eyeshadow palette can be trusted and I will say that these are worth the buy. The Morphe35O was sold out for a long time on the Morphe website when the warm color eyeshadow trend was in full force. You get a ton of eyeshadows for the money but you don't have to sacrifice on the quality. I wouldn't say these eyeshadows are at the same level as the others I’ve mentioned but they definitely perform beautifully and blend out well. The Carli Bybel palette was my first jump into highlighters. There are 8 eyeshadows and 4 highlighters in this palette for a great price. I still love using it. The powders are slightly chalkier and, again, not to the level of some of the other eyeshadows but for the price you cannot beat it. Again, these palettes are a great way to dip your toe into the world of makeup.
Well that's it for me. There are tons of other palettes I have not talked about here that are also fantastic. I only included palettes I have a lot of personal experience with to make sure I'm giving the best recommendations possible. Obviously from these pictures I have put the time in working with these shadows so I feel good about recommending them. Let me know if you’re interested in hearing more about how to tell if an eyeshadow is good quality or if you want to know more about where you're supposed to use different eyeshadows. I can talk makeup all day long.