MIX AND MATCH
I love a good palette, the perfect way to mix and match colours and shades with ease, no hassle. From eyes to face, there’s a palette for everything – here’s a few of my favourites.
The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette was definitely my most expensive palette purchase, but it really is worth it. I’ve been in the mindset of not using this too much for fear of wearing it out, but I’ve been picking it up a lot more lately and have remembered just how much I love it. The Naked 3 Palette differs to its counterparts in that all of its shades have a pink tint to them; every shade mixes and matches with the others to create unusual and super pretty looks. Plus, the quality is amazing – the shades are soft, buttery and so blendable. The palette comes with a mirror and a great dual-ended fluffy eyeshadow brush too.
Before I picked up the Naked 3, I was toying with the idea of the Naked 2. Then I found a perfect dupe, the W7 In The Buff Palette. It’s a shade-for-shade exact match, and while the quality won’t match Urban Decay, the formula is still very good and the look is amazing. There’s a strong mix of shimmers and mattes, perfect for recreating that Naked look or just creating a sexy bronzed eye. You can find W7 in some department stores but your best bet is Amazon.
Finally in the eyeshadow category, is the classic Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Forest. I was sent this a few years back and still absolutely love everything about it, down to the packaging. It’s a gold compact, housed in a red velvet pouch, boxed up all nicely in classic red Clarins box. It feels so luxe every time I use it! There’s four shades in this palette – a soft charcoal for shading and lining, a deep khaki green, a cool taupe and my personal favourite, a very sparkly champagne shimmer that’s perfect for highlighting or just sweeping all over. As you’d expect, the quality of these shadows is excellent, they’re velvety and so easy to blend, perfect for creating a soft smoked look.
I absolutely love my Makeup Revolution Radiance Palette, a fantastic dupe for the super-luxe Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. The powders are soft and velvety and incredibly easy to blend out, for a soft and flattering glow. The palette looks good, with a copper and black colourway and a mirror inside the lid, but the quality is really what impresses me here, especially considering that the palette costs just £8.
My final favourite palette is the Seventeen Define & Conquer Contour Kit – a sleek, Nars-like black flip palette, with two powders housed inside. I chose the Fair shade and it’s just right for my skintone. The contour powder is quite warm for fair skins but a little goes a long way, so you can use sparingly to create a believable chiselled look under the cheekbones etc. And the highlighting powder is a soft, universal pale yellow, perfect for brightening dull skin all over (I usually apply another, bolder highlighter on top for shimmer). I like to dust on a small amount of each powder on big nights to create a slightly less rounded face shape. This is a great starter kit for contour novices or those who aren’t looking to recreate Kim K everyday – it’s light, flattering and easy to work with, plus the palette itself looks great too.
What are your favourite palettes?