Hope you had an awesome weekend. Before we get to today’s goodness, have you entered my giveaways yet? Nope? Well then get on it. I’m giving away a Glamglow trio of masks over here and one of the new Benefit BADgal BANG! mascaras over here. Do it quick cos they’re both ending soon. I’ll be right here waiting patiently til you get back.
Right, on to the eyeshadow palettes I’ve been reaching for the most over the last couple of months. Some are new additions to my ever-growing collection. Even though I haven’t owned them for long, they have really knocked my socks off. They are all mid-end brands priced at R400 upwards so they might not suit all budgets. However, I do find exceptional quality is rare in cheaper eyeshadow palettes. The diamonds in the rough, which I can always count on being great quality, are the Wet n Wild, Sleek and Swiitch Beauty eyeshadows. Today’s palettes cost a bit more buck to give me a bang. If you’re interested to know more about them, then please keep reading.
Note – I only included select swatches from the palettes to display pigmentation and opacity.
ColourPop Yes Please Eyeshadow Palette – R400 ($16)
Before I go any further, Fashion Police is currently having a sale on this palette and it’s marked down to just R350. If you were planning to get it, now’s your chance. They only sell authentic products so you’ll also have ease of mind when shopping on their site. I purchased my palette directly from Colourpop using Aramex last year. It worked out to around the same price so it’s quicker to purchase it locally. The palette contains 12 shades inspired by a beautiful sunset. The warm-toned palette is right up my alley and I reach for it the most. Even if I use another palette, I love the oranges as crease and transition shades for my complexion. I was initially eyeing the Natasha Denona Sunset Palette, but at $129 I might as well just starve myself for the rest of the year.
The ColourPop Yes Please eyeshadow palette ticks all the boxes for me. Light shades for the browbone, darker shades for a smokey eye and everything in between to change up a look. I love that there are 8 matte shades in the palette and they all blended out well. Really a great palette for any warm neutral lover out there.
Bad Habit Aphrodite Eyeshadow Palette – R419 ($12)
I picked this one up from Makeup Shack. It was sold out for months so when I received the email notification, I pounced on it harder than a tiger. I had previously owned the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette but hated it because of the textured shadows. For an entire year, I watched videos and tutorials on the palette and I had serious FOMO. “Why did I let it go? I really want it again. But I’m not spending R1300 on it. Argh.” I was torn. Then I saw this and knew it was meant to be. It finally arrived at my door and I started playing with it. Guess what? I still hate the textured shadows.
I love the matte shades in the palette more than I thought I would. I’d even go so far as to say that some perform even better than the original. The tan and red shades are just a bit bolder than the original which suits my darker skin and the black is absolutely bomb. It is so matte, pitch black, fully opaque and really long wearing. I also prefer the packaging because it is sturdy and comes with a mirror which is perfect for travel. Honestly, don’t waste your money on the original, this palette is where it’s at.
Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette – R670 ($29)
Another palette I’ve been lusting over for months. I got Ablaze, which is the warmest toned palette in the collection. There are smokey, metallic and matte variants to name a few, but this one screamed my name. I managed to pick up the limited edition set from Sephora which included Ablaze, Sultry (limited edition featuring plum shades) and a travel-sized Spotlight palette in Pearl.
This palette is perfect for travel and the only one I took with me when I went on vacation. It’s small, light and very durable. It also has a full-sized mirror which really came in handy. It has a mix of mattes and shimmers although I did find two of the shimmers needed to be built up a bit. The pans are large enough for most eyeshadows brushes and I’ve even worn some shades as a highlighter. Although it looks tiny, the pans are packed to the brim and I don’t think I’ll be hitting pan anytime soon. Other than that, they are long wearing and possibly one of the best travel palettes out there.
Tarte Tartiest Pro Eyeshadow Palette – R810 ($53)
Ok so the price is not an exact figure of what you’d expect to pay since that is the price listed on the Tarte website. Factoring in shipping and customs, you’re looking at around the R1000 mark. I purchased mine directly from the Tarte website and you get free international shipping for all orders over $80 (approx. R950). It’s much cheaper to order this way if you have a couple of things you need to get. I needed to stock up on the best concealer, the Tarte Shape Tape, so it made my order worth it. The palette contains 16 mattes, 2 metallics and 2 duochrome shades.
Each row can be used to create a seamless eye look but I mix and match depending on my mood. The shadows do have a bit of kick up but they blend well and smell like vanilla cupcakes. Most of the shades are very pigmented, long-wearing and versatile for a number of skin tones. The shimmers are soft and buttery and fully opaque in one swipe. The only downside to the palette is the packaging. While it is stunning, the black rubberised cover is a dirt and fingerprint magnet. However, it does have a full-sized mirror and is very durable.
Jaclyn Hill Morphe Eyeshadow Palette – R1100 ($38)
This is the most expensive palette in this post even though it only retails for $38. Not surprising since the queen of beauty, Jaclyn Hill, had something to do with it. With it being so well sought after, third-party sellers skyrocketed the price. At one stage I was about to purchase it for myself but had to reconsider since I needed the cash for something else. To say I was floored when my best friend gifted it to me is an understatement. I held on to it for so long before dipping in because it was just too beautiful to look at. When I finally took the plunge, I regretted waiting so long. The palette contains a mix of 35 mattes and shimmers, the names of which are listed on a small postcard, which I’ll probably lose shortly. The shades run from warmer neutrals to cooler-toned pops of colour.
I didn’t think I would make much use of the palette as a whole but surprisingly I reach for it quite often. The formula of the matte shadows isn’t as great as the other palettes I have mentioned as they need to be built up. I find this works in my favour when creating more intricate looks as they blend better together. Another negative of this palette is that because it is white, it gets dirty very quickly but can be cleaned quite easily. This is probably the best Morphe palette I’ve tried and Queen Jaclyn really outdid herself with this one.
I’ve been trying to choose my favourite palette from this selection and it’s proven impossible. I like each of them for different reasons and they each have different shades and finishes to offer. Hypothetically though, if they all got destroyed in a fire, I’d repurchase the Smashbox, Tarte and Jaclyn Hill palettes again because I feel I need them in my collection. Most of the products can be purchased locally from third-party sellers with Smashbox being available at the following outlets.
If you want to purchase any of the products, I’ve linked them for ease below. Happy Shopping!
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