Let’s just put it out there, the MAC Warm Neutral Palette is the only eyeshadow palette I will ever need!! It is my favourite and as a fan of warm, brown eyeshadows this is just perfection!
At £65 this was a big beauty treat to myself whilst writing my dissertation but when you consider the price of all the components individually, the saving is actually pretty significant! Of course like with any palette I have my favourite shades and lesser used ones. Here are some of the best…
Saddle (2nd row far right) – This is my go to all over eyeshadow. It’s basically a really intense matte bronzer colour. The pigment of this shadow is utter heaven and there is pretty much zero fallout. I could stare at it all day!!
Gingersnap (1st row, middle) – Firstly can we just talk about how cute the name is!! This is a gorgeous eyeshadow that changes colour under different lights (in a good way). It has reddish undertones but applies with a soft pink sheen. There is just enough sparkle to be subtle without overwhelming the makeup. I like to wear this across my upper eyelid and pair it with Dark Brew (the dark reddish brown shade next to it) on the lower lash line. I find this works well with a winged liner and lashes for a night out.
Divine Decadence (3rd row, fourth shadow) – This mulch brown shade is perfect for creating a grungey eye look with a touch of glamour. So easy to work with, lovely on its own or as a crease colour. Beautifully pigmented and looks great with tanned or pale skin.
There isn’t one bad eyeshadow in this palette and I think that’s quite a rarity these days. I love that they all work well on their own or mixed together, the possibilities are endless! This palette is always next to my mirror ready to be used (did I mention it’s my favourite?!) There is a cool neutral palette available if this isn’t your cup of tea but for me it is a cup of pure gold paradise!!
There’s something about a pretty new eyeshadow palette that I just cannot resist! From MAC to Lime Crime to the infamous Urban Decay Naked Palettes, my collection covers every eye look you could ever want but let’s be honest, us makeup lovers are always looking for something better.
A recent trip to my beloved TK Maxx provided a handful of bargains that simply had to leave the store with me *including a pair of Jeffrey Campbell shoes reduced from £120.00 to just £25.00*. Of course, my first stop in every TK Maxx is the beauty section, where I carefully scan each shelf for undamaged, untouched products. On this occasion I found the infamous W7 eyeshadow palettes that did the rounds on YouTube a few years ago. I picked up two of these – In the Night and Toasted. I won’t talk about Toasted in this blog post because it is essentially another dupe of the Naked Palette 2 and in my opinion the Makeup Revolution ones are slightly better.
The W7 In the Night palette comes with 12 shimmer shades ranging from a dusty white through to a selection of purple shades ending with your standard dark blue/grey. It is the perfect palette for anyone looking to create a traditional smokey eye, but at the same time gives you options to switch it up with purple and reddish undertones. I haven’t yet worn this on the eyes but after swatching it I have no complaints. For less than a fiver you get a variety of shades, strong pigmentation, a mirror and a durable tin case. Even more promising is the fact it comes with an actual brush! Albeit they’ve still stuck the traditional crappy sponge on the other end but A BRUSH, A DECENT BRUSH!!
I feel like I will get a lot of use out of this in the winter months, so for now I’m sticking to my more neutral eyeshadow selection but if you’re into a dark eye or love to play around with colour this is definitely worth a closer look!
The Urban Decay Naked Palettes have become a firm favourite amongst beauty lovers across the world in the last few years, and with good reason! The colours, payoff and longevity of their eyeshadows easily match up to their MAC counterparts. Personally I own the original Naked Palette and The Naked Palette 3, I haven’t yet felt the urge to buy number 2 but I suspect at some point I will, mainly just to complete the collection!
As new eyeshadows have joined my collection, the NPs became somewhat unloved. It wasn’t until I spotted a couple of dupes whilst browsing in Superdrug that I really gave them a second thought.
The Makeup Revolution Redemption Palette 3 is almost identical to the Naked Palette 3 and at just £4 a complete bargain!! I couldn’t resist buying it to see how it compared and it did not disappoint. There are a couple of noticeable differences in that the pigment isn’t as strong so it does require a little more work from your brush. Also, there is a definite amount of fallout, which is easily removed, but a pain nonetheless. Finally, the lightest shade is not really worth bothering with, it has hardly any colour payoff at all. Both palettes come with brushes but steer clear of the cheap, sponge applicators of the Revolution palette, they’re rubbish.