Eyeshadow, everyone’s favourite product, and one of mine too! A little shadow swept across the lid and into the crease can add the perfect amount of definition for a day time look or a little creativity and the addition of a few more shades can really amp your look up and make your eyes the star of the show. In this post I’m going to share every eyeshadow palette currently in my collection telling you my favourites and tell you about some I don’t like so much and why you should save yourself the money. This is the third instalment of my makeup collection series having already written about my blushes and highlighters. If you missed either of those, click here to read all about my blushes, and here to read about my highlighters.
I’ve got ten palettes to share with you today. Due to that number, I won’t be going into any really in-depth reviews otherwise this post will never end!
Starting off with one of the most famous eyeshadow palettes to come to market. Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Modern Renaissance. This palette took the beauty world by storm in the summer of 2016. Finding a negative review was like trying to find a needle in a haystack. I didn’t buy this until January of this year because I didn’t want to spend the £41. This palette is currently the most expensive in my collection. I had really high expectations for this palette, and I mean high. When I first tried it, I loved it. I’d never worked with shadows quite like it before. The shadows are softly pressed and have amazing pigmentation, they also blend beautifully and you can create some amazing warm toned looks with the oranges, berry and red toned shades. I was really in love with this product and felt the hype was completely justified. However, after around four months of use I started to notice my eyes would get horribly irritated if I wore any of these shadows. At first I didn’t know it was the palette because I’ve never had an allergic reaction to eyeshadows, or any kind of makeup. But after trying other palettes I realised it was this. I was devastated because there was no way I could wear these shadows without feeling like I sprinkled pepper directly into my eyes. To this day I still have no idea why this product causes me such terrible irritation. But with that said, I absolutely recommend this palette, if you like the shades and know you’ll wear them. Don’t get caught up with social media trends and rush out to buy this just because everyone else has it. Yes, it’s a fantastic palette with some beautiful shades but it’s not going to be for everyone.
The next palette I want to share with you is an oldie but a goodie. Urban Decay’s Original Naked Palette. This is the godfather of neutral palettes and a cult favourite even today, seven years after its initial release. I love this palette, the quality of the shadows are high and every shade has amazing pigmentation. I would say this palette is versatile if you love a shimmery eye. Ten out of the twelve shades are shimmers and the remaining two mattes are beautiful crease and transition shades. Personally, I prefer matte looks so I’d love this even more if more of the shades were matte, but that brings me to my next two palettes from Urban Decay, their Naked Basics one and two. My theory is that these two mini palettes were created to use in conjunction with Naked 1, 2 and 3 because in order to get the most of a palette, more matte shades are needed, in my opinion. The quality of Urban Decay’s shadows are like nothing else. They blend beautifully, are super pigmented and easy to work with. While I do recommend all three of these palettes, remember to take the fact that a big 12 pan Naked Palette may need a Naked Basics too work which makes these line of palettes very expensive. The 12 pan Naked palettes cost £40 and a Basics palette costs £24.
The Balms Meet Matte Nude and Meet Matte Trimony are two more I love very much. Both these 9 pan palettes offer a beautiful array of highly pigmented, blendable and easy to work with shades. I can’t fault the quality at all. However, if you’re someone like me or someone who just loves makeup, you probably already have enough neutral eyeshadow palettes. Meet Matte Nude, while it is a lovely palette, has too many different shades of brown ranging from light to dark, neutral to warm, with the addition of a grey, white and bluey grey shade. I never reach for this palette because I have so many other palettes with those shades that I like better. These shadows are very firmly pressed which requires a little building to get the best colour pay off, which is fine but when I have other palettes that do the same job and require less work, I’m going to go for those instead. I still really like the palette however. The Meet Matte Trimony on the other hand is beautiful and I can’t recommend this palette enough, especially if you love warm berries, purples and reds. The formulas are the same but in my opinion, Meet Matte Trimony is more versatile and more fun to work with. If you’re on the hunt for a good neutral palette, Meet Matte Nude is worth a try, otherwise skip it and get Meet Matte Trimony instead. You’ll love it! These palettes are £39 each.
And finally, my absolute favourites in my collection, my Zoeva eyeshadow palettes! I’ve done an entire brand review so if you missed that click here to check it out. I covered all four palettes I own along with many more. My absolute favourites of the four I own are the Matte Palette which is an all matte palette, as the name suggests. This palette contains a mixture of warm tones and a few cool tones making it a very versatile palette, however, there are more warm tones than cool so if you’re not a fan a warm eyeshadows or feel you have enough, skip this one. I also love the Naturally Yours Palette which is more neutral to cool. There’s some beautiful mid-toned browns as well as some beautiful purple shades in this palette with a variety of finishes. I feel like cool toned shadows don’t get any love anymore which is a shame because you can create some gorgeous cool toned looks, especially with this palette. The Caramel Melange Palette is another favourite of mine and this contains predominantly warm toned shadows with a mixture of finishes, but they’re more wearable with warm browns and burnt oranges, it’s such a beautiful palette. My least favourite is the Blanc Fusion Palette just because I don’t get much use out of it. It’s still a beautiful palette but I find the shades a little repetitive and there’s a very yellow gold shade which I don’t like at all. But it’s all personal preference, if you love warm toned shadows and don’t want to break the bank, give Caramel Melange a try. If you’re a sucker for bold, warm toned mattes go for the Matte Palette or if you love mid-toned browns and cool toned purples, you need the Naturally Yours Palette.
When I first discovered Zoeva, I was a little sceptical because social media brands are notorious for quality inconsistencies amongst their eyeshadows. But I’m happy to report that out of all the palettes I’ve tried from Zoeva, the quality has been very consistent. All these shadows will blend beautifully, are amazingly pigmented and are incredibly easy to work with. These palettes are only £17 each, the cheapest I own and in my opinion, the best I own. You need to give Zoeva shadows a try if you haven’t already. You’ll love them!
So there’s the entirety of my eyeshadow palette collection, I hope you enjoyed this post and was able to take something away from it. What are some of your favourite eyeshadow palettes? Thank you so much for taking the time to read and I hope to see you in my next post.