Makeup Collection Series | #17 FACE PALETTES

Monday, February 26, 2018

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A year ago I made the decision to cut down my makeup collection, keeping 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...
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While I have a deep seated love for singles, there’s no denying how beautiful an all-in-one palette is. It’s just so convenient with everything you could need all in one place. Blushers, bronzers, highlighters and sometimes even eye shadows in one compact, eliminating the problem of struggling to choose from too many options and having a coherent set of shades to work with the create seamless makeup looks. They’re perfect for travel, great for beginners and of course collectors can’t resist their appeal.

Personally I tend not to purchase many of them because as I’ve mentioned I prefer singles. And the few that I do have, I don’t think I make enough use of them to be honest. They also tend to be limited edition products which is another reason why I don’t have many of them (at least I don’t think this many is many!).

This is one of my favourite makeup products, let alone favourite face palettes. The shades in this palette are so pretty and work so well on my skin tone, and I say this despite the bronzer shade being on the paler side of pigmentation. The formula of the metallic shadows is buttery and soft and they have very intense sheen finishes that can be buffed out more for a lighter finish. The matte powders are a little on the dry side with some powdery kick-back but I find them okay to work with. I use and love every single shade in this palette and always love the intensely glowy makeup looks this allows me to create. It’s the perfect all in one face palette that I would travel with, in sturdy and compact packaging

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit

This palette is as dreamy to work with as it is to look at. Every powder in this is exceptional and I enjoy using them all. This palette is the most luxurious in my collection and I still treasure it all these years later. There’s a couple of blusher shades to choose from, and both of them are stunning with a bolder brighter choice, and a more muted mauve that works with all makeup looks. There are three shades of their infamous Ambient Lighting Powders which give the skin a beautiful luminous finish without looking glittery or shiny. Although this palette doesn’t have eye shadows I still use the bronzer and highlighters on my eyes and it looks lovely. This palette is far too precious for me to travel with it and the packaging is a little bulky. This is more a palette to keep on your dressing table and to use and adore without risking its life.


Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette - Natural Beauty | £49

I actually used to love this a lot more when I first got it but as soon as I got Beauty Glow this became a little neglected. I still love it though and think this one is great for very natural makeup, when I want to look good without looking obviously made up. This palette is very powdery and can be a little chalky although this doesn’t make it difficult to work with because the shades are not too pigmented. Again, there is the same issue with a very pale bronzer but I don’t mind it because it gives me subtle definition and colour and I can never go overboard. I know people who look for something a little more dramatic won’t like this at all. If you want an all in one palette that will help you define your eyes and cheeks without too much colour, then you will enjoy this palette. If you want something more intense but just as beautiful, get the Beauty Glow palette.

Nip + Fab Travel Palette - Medium/Dark | £9.95

This is such a great little palette that is affordable and really quite impressive in terms of performance. These three shades are so beautiful, very pigmented and buttery smooth. They would work for medium to deep skin tones which is great to see from a drugstore product. I don’t reach for this very often because I find the bronzer and blusher a little too pigmented for my liking and a slight tap is often more than I need. The highlighter is intense and beautiful but I find the level of pigmentation quite intimidating but when I do use it, I enjoy it. This was very kindly gifted to me by dear Dagmara and therefore I won’t be letting this go any time soon.

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NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette

This was my first ever ‘big investment’ purchase a good few years back now. I remember popping out to Space NK and picking this up and coming home feeling like I had a piece of heaven in my hands. It was so special to me at the time that I ignored the fact that Miss Liberty Highlighter is a glittery, chunky shade that doesn’t really work in a flattering way regardless of how I apply it. I didn’t acknowledge that the lavender shade doesn’t show up on my skin at all. And really I only enjoyed Laguna and Deep Throat out of this whole palette. And even Laguna doesn’t even impress me that much anymore. I don’t use this very often at all anymore and only keep it for Deep Throat blusher. I might just purchase that as a single and let this palette go. The palette still had a special place in my heart and I still think it’s beautiful inside and out but I think it’s time to let it go.

I only realised after including this one in the pictures that I’ve already reviewed it. Doh!


I don’t have any face palettes on my wish list right now. And it actually doesn’t bother me as they’re not my favourite kind of makeup product and I do love the ones I have enough not to be lusting after any others right now.
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Do you enjoy face palettes? Do you like when they include eyeshadows or do you prefer just complexion colour products? What is your favourite face palette? Let me know...

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