Makeup Collection Series | #9 EYESHADOW PALETTES

Friday, September 15, 2017

A few months ago I made the decision to cut down my makeup collectionkeeping only the things that I use often and enjoy using. Although I have significantly fewer products I am happier now with my makeup collection than ever before. It can definitely be cut down a lot more and I've somehow accumulated a few extra bits and pieces since decluttering. I thought I'd share which products remain in my collection for each category and why I kept them. And also use this as another opportunity to see if there's anything still lurking here that I can get rid of. Oh and I've snuck in my wish list for each category too ;)

N.B. I use recycled Ferrero Rocher boxes for storage and use this as a limit for how many products I can keep for any given category. Generally this works great, in some cases this hasn't worked at all. You'll see...


My journey with eyeshadow palettes has been a bit of a rollercoaster over the last 6-7 years. When I first started buying makeup, I refused to buy eyeshadow palettes as I knew I wouldn't use every shade so it would be a waste of money (hence the love of singles). Then I got addicted to buying drugstore palettes because they were so pretty, with so many colours to choose from and the prices were irresistible. Only to come back to the realisation that I barely used them and most colours in those palettes didn't appeal to me.

Then for a long time I didn't use eyeshadows at all before moving onto cream shadows, again negating the need for any palettes. Then I finally bought a couple of high end palettes and I think the price more than anything forced me to use them as I didn't want them to be a waste. To the present day, where I claim I love singles more than palettes yet I've manage to accumulate what is to me quite a large number of palettes, that I actually do reach for a lot of the time.

In addition to this, I am a matte shadow lover at heart. I just find them easier to wear on a daily basis and they work best for me, giving my eyes some definition without ever looking over the top. I do have a few shimmery shadows and one shimmery eyeshadow quad but I rarely ever use them because I would just use a cream shadow instead for that kind of look. Overall I'd say the palettes that I love, I really really LOVE. And there are definitely a few here that I could say goodbye to as they are essentially just collecting dust and not fulfilling their purpose.


Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Palette | £32
This is the palette that converted me. I bought it a year and a half ago and still reach for this over all others. The brown matte shades are just so perfect and blend wonderfully over the lids and in the crease for quick eye looks that always look polished. The eyeshadows are all gorgeously buttery and as you can tell from the dips and visible pans, I am getting my money's worth out of it. Strapless is my favourite crease shade, that I can quickly blend out with any cream shadow to add a little warm definition to my eyes. I hit pan on Sexpresso by using it on my brows. The only shade I don't get use out of from the shadows is Cashmere Bunny which is a touch too dark and cool for my liking. In a nutshell, I don't like the names of the shades, the highlighter shades are useless to me and I wish the shadow pans were larger but it's still my favourite eyeshadow palette in the world.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Custom Quad | £30

If I didn't have the Too Faced one I can quite confidently say I would be fully satisfied with only this quad in my life. I created this quad and spent many weeks chopping and changing the shades but I knew I wanted an all matte quad. I went for 4 shades that I could use daily but also for special occasions and I am so happy that it genuinely works perfectly for both purposes. I've got an all over lid shade in Bengal, which is matte in appearance but does have a fine, subtle sheen if you look closely. Burnt Orange is the perfect transition shade, making way for Morocco for a more reddish brown look or Fudge for a more brown look. The latter two shades work really well together and on the lower lash line. These shades are perfect for creating everyday subtle neutral looks but also for deeper brown smokey looks. The formula is amazing, long lasting and easy to work with and I honestly feel so happy every time I look at my little quad, let alone use it.


Blank Canvas Master Series, Palette One* | £31.19

This palette is a warm toned lover's dream. There's a warm brown in every intensity and undertone as you'd like and I find the formula very easy to work with. There's also a perfect champagne shade that works in the inner corner or as a brightening lid shade. For me, personally the only thing I struggle with this palette is that there's too much choice. Often I can't choose between the shades and find my look changing from what I had in mind because I get distracted by all the pretty shades. Otherwise it's a palette I would definitely use more if I didn't own the previous two I mentioned but that I enjoy using when I do reach for it.

Zoeva Matte Palette | £17.50 

This is one that on paper is everything I would want and that I love. Matte shades galore. In fact, I was so obsessed with the promos that I purchased this the day it was released. And it is a stunning palette with a lovely range of shades from beige, to browns to orange. I enjoy the formula and really do like this palette but I just find myself not reaching for this as much as I thought I would. I love having it but I can't say I've reached for it enough to justify having it in my collection. I'm a little torn as to what to do with this palette.

Lorac Pro Matte Palette | $28

This gorgeous number was actually sent to me by the lovely Mika from the US because she knew how obsessed I was with matte shadows. And as far as matte shadows go, these are the most pigmented I've ever come across, though a touch powdery with a fair amount of kick-back. Every shadow packs a punch, so much so that I sometimes unintentionally go overboard. I see this palette in two parts - for a pinky, mauve toned eye look or for a deep brown smokey look. I have definitely used it more for the mauve look as I have nothing else like these shades in my collection and the brown shades come off a little cooler on my skin than I generally would like. The black is insanely black and I use this with an angled brush and I kid you not it looks like I've applied gel liner. Overall I love dinky this palette and am happy to have this in my stash for those unique shades I don't have elsewhere.

Trish McEvoy Light & Lift Eye Color Palette II* | £55

This eyeshadow palette is absolutely stunning from inside out and is the perfect companion for anybody that loves natural looking makeup. The shades are not overly pigmented which is great for nude eye looks but I do find the darker shades a little harder to blend out. The shimmers are also very subtle so perfect for someone like me but if you like shimmers where the sparkle is detectable from miles away this isn't a palette you'll enjoy. This is for the subtle, everyday looks, just to enhance the eyes. I wish the brown shade was a touch warmer and easier to blend then this could easily be a daily palette for me. Also, I don't get that cream/gel navy shimmer shade. I think it's meant to be a liner but I don't understand why it's blue and shimmery.

THE ONE I COULD (and probably should) GET RID OF

Bobbi Brown Smouldering Eye Palette (circa 2010)

Okay let me just say I won't be getting rid of this palette. I've held onto it for almost 7 years now, and although I don't use it and could get rid of it, I won't. It was a wedding gift from my friends and I actually did get a fair amount of use from that pinky sparkle shade. But in reality this wasn't a palette I could get along with. There's no warm brown and you know I need me some warm brown. Still, I will treasure this always.

Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Quad - Ivory, Oyster, Chocolate Mauve, Charcoal
I feel like this palette should be something I use a lot more than I do but I think I only used it a couple of times before disregarding it. This is that perfect basic quad in appearance - a brightening and unifying shade, a black to line and smoke out, a brown for definition and a sparkly shade. I just couldn't get a look out of it that works for me. The sparkle shade is very pretty but I don't tend to go for glittery eye looks on a day to day basis. The brown has some gold shimmer running through it making it redundant as a crease shade. And so it just sits there. Which is sad because Bobbi Brown is one of my favourite brands and her products are all of an excellent quality. I'll have to find a more appreciative home for this soon.

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi Effect Quadra Eyeshadow - Tisse Rivoli | £42

This is one of those high end purchases I love the look of but regret getting because I haven't made and won't make enough use out of it. Firstly, there's no matte shade so I don't know what I was thinking getting it. Secondly the only looks I can create with this all come out looking quite cool toned and taupe-y. There's nothing wrong with the colours at all and the formula is lovely but it's just not the right one for me. When I have used it of course I do love how it looks but I would wish a luxury product like this to be something I use either daily or something I always reach for on special occasions and it's turned out to be neither.


As you can see my issue with palettes is there's too much choice in them. I much prefer quads and my wish list reflects this:

Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Quad - I can't decide between Golden Goddess & Dolce Vita but I know I want at least one of these. I haven't of course bought one yet as I have so many eyeshadows and palettes to be getting on with and since these aren't cheap, I've avoided adding them to the collection altogether.

Another ABH quad - when I created my quad there were so many shades that I had to strike off the list. I plan to make another quad with those shades one day. Especially after seeing the quality of the shadows I know I'll be creating another soon when I can justify adding some more shadows to the current collection.

If you missed the previous installments of this series, you can catch up here:


Do you spot any faves here? What is your favourite eyeshadow palette of all time? Do you prefer lots of choice in palettes or a smaller selection of shades? I'd love to know...

Sal xxx
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