05 August 2015

Beauty Chat | Which Eyeshadow Palette to Buy?

When it comes to eyeshadows, I have pretty high standards: I'm looking for something long-lasting, crease-proof (without the need of a primer), creamy textured and with good pigmentation. I have recently been on the search for an eyeshadow palette that provides all of the above, with the inclusion of colours that will take me through the day and for a variety of occasions. It should include mattes and shimmers as well as both neutral and bright colours. I want my own ultimate 'go-to' eyeshadow palette. The Holy Grail item in my make-up collection.

Now, such specific item (if it even exists) is likely to be quite highly priced but if it has everything I could ever need then I wouldn't mind paying more than I usually would because I know it will be worth it. This also begs the question, are drugstore alternatives not a better purchase? I mean, for around £40-50 I'm sure you could buy quite a few palettes from really good high-street brands such as L'oreal and Sleek. Heck, I could even buy one palette for my mattes, one for shimmers, another for colours and a final one for my neutral basics! Yet I have an itch to finally splurge on a product that I would feel proud to own, one that I could use over and over yet never fails to amaze me. Many people in the internet world do have such a product so I continue to hold hope, yet none of them have would choose a drugstore product over a high-end one. Therefore, there must be some reason for this.

I have researched many drugstore budget buys which I thought would tide me over until I finally splash out on my ultimate product. But as I go to buy them, I stop and think once again why I don't simply save all that money and buy one good product? Anyway, though much research and contemplation, I complied a list of the ones that stood out to me the most. I actually wanted to buy each of these as they seem to have loads of good reviews and perfect shades which are often dupes of much-loved high end palettes.

1. I Heart Chocolate Eye Shadow Palette (£7.99)
2. W7 In The Nude Palette (around £4.99)
3. Makeup Revolution 32 Mermaid Eye Palette (£8)
4. Sleek i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette (£7.99)
6. Collection Eyes Uncovered (£3.99)
7. MUA Glitterball Eyeshadow Palette (£4)
8. Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette (£9.99)

Now while all of these may be good, amazing even, for some people. But for me, I don't think they are quite going to cut it. While all of the shades may be magnificent in these palettes, in each one I find there is something missing. For example, the I Heart Chocolate Palette (brilliant dupe for Too Faced's Chocolate Bar palette) has a really nice mix of of mattes and shimmers but the pigmentation isn't up to scratch. The W7 palette is a beautiful dupe for Urban Decay Naked 3 palette which makes it ever more appealing to me but the lasting power is a let down. Of course, it should be fine with a good primer but again, that is an investment in itself as it could cost around £16 for Urban Decay's primer potion. This applies to most of the palettes above, and although the shades are beautiful or the pay-off is great, there is usually something letting it down.

Now don't get me wrong, I would buy any of these palettes in a heartbeat, because lets me honest its great having an option to suit your mood and all these certainly provide that. However none specifically stand out, and my mission is to find something I cannot live without. After much deliberation, I have chosen a select few that I am deciding between. After reading reviews, doing in person swatches (and maybe cheekily making a few purchases), I will soon hopefully share with you the one palette that I call my holy grail and that I take with me everywhere. For now though, I leave you with this little list of beautiful palettes that are all oh-so-good:

1. Urban Decay Naked Palette (£38)
2. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette (£38)
3. Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (£38)
4. Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette (£38)
5. Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette (£38)
6. Stila Eyes Are The Window (£30)
7. Charlotte Tilbury Dolce Vita Luxury Palette (£38)
8. Mac Cosmetics x15 Warm Neutral Palette (£65)
9. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette (£39)
10. Dior Backstage Eye Reviver (£42)

As you can see, Urban Decay have some great products on the market that many people swear by. I think these are definitely ones to look out for, but then the question is which palette of theirs would be 'the one'? The browns and gold of the original Naked, the grey tones in Naked 2, the beautiful pink shades in Naked 3 or how about the new contender in the form of the Naked Smoky palette? Of course, there are other alternatives, all of which are made from some iconic brands and often used yb make-up  artists. Do any of them have exactly what I am looking for though... 

I apologise for the ramble, I just felt I had to get all of this off my chest! As I have only recently started to really get into make-up and build my collection, I hope that those of you in the same position feel my confusion as I leap into the beauty world. With so much choice out there, it is easy to get lost in the technicalities of products and make-up brands. I look forward to leaning more about the good and the bad products, as well as which are worth the hefty price tag (and those that aren't).

So what do you think when it comes to eyeshadow palettes? Do you have any of the above, or if not can you recommend any that you think is definitely worth what you pay for?


  1. my favorites are definitely the naked palettes. they're all so perfect


    1. Thank you, I've been so tempted by all the palettes but I keep coming back to the Naked ones x

  2. I have naked basics, 2 and 3 and although I love them my favourite from the three is probably my naked basics just because its compact, the other two are ok, but tbh I think the makeup revolution ones are great dupes and I don't get much use out of my naked 2 and 3. I have recently done a makeup geek order so I could select my own colours so I will keep you posted on that. the collection palette is AMAZING in fact I actually prefer the pigmentation that the collection had in comparison to my naked ones.

    If anything I think making your own palettes are the best x


    1. Thank you for the advice, I do love the Naked basics palettes! I look forward to hearing what you have to say about the cheaper alternatives :)