Neutral eyeshadow palettes are one of my true beauty loves. This post is going to be about the 5 I think are worth spending a little bit more on (do let me know if you'd like to see a budget/drugstore version, I did a Makeup Revolution one not too long ago as well).
1 - Virgin, 2- Sin, 3 - Naked, 4 - Sidecar, 5 - Buck, 6 - Half-Baked, 7 - Smog, 8 - Darkhorse, 9 - Toasted, 10- Hustle, 11- Creep, 12 - Gunmetal
Of course this cult classic was going to be in this post, and with good reason. It's my 'do it all' warm neutrals palette. I love this one because of the variation; you can get so many different looks out of it for both day and night, though I tend to favour the bronzier tones. There are 4 mattes and 8 shimmers, which is perfect for me as I tend to prefer shimmers but you still get the basic matte shades for your crease, base and smoke. Half-Baked, a brilliant bright gold, is one of my all-time favourite eyeshadow shades. I also love Sidecar (a cool bronze-taupe shimmer), Buck (a reddish brown matte) and Smog (a warm bronze). The only thing I dislike about this product is the packaging as it really is quite rubbish, especially for the price! I wish they'd bring out the original in the same tin packaging as the later versions, however for now we're stuck with the flimsy cardboard and felt. However Urban Decay do some of, if not the best quality eyeshadows out there. The shades are buttery smooth, easy to work with, have amazing pigmentation, minimal fallout and wear really well. Personally I think the original has the best balance of tones but if you prefer cooler shades go for the 2 or for rosier shades 3. There's also a new smoky eye version coming out you might want to check out!
1 - Light, 2- Individual, 3 - Being, 4- Kitten, 5 - Affection, 6 - Character, 7 - Thought, 8 - Heart, 9 - Peace, 10 - Vitality, 11 - Substance, 12 - Essence
The newest addition to my stash, but one I can't stop wearing is Soul, from Stila's Eyes Are the Window line. I hadn't really considered Stila's eyeshadows before, especially as they aren't the easiest to find in the UK. However when I saw these cropping up on blogs I knew I had to have one. Firstly the gold and copper packaging is beautiful and makes a great addition to my dressing table. The shades are also impressive, a mix of warmer and cooler mainly copper/brown tones. Again, one of the great things about this is that you get a few mattes as well as shimmer shades. This isn't as versatile as the Naked 1 but it makes for a lovely everyday look. My favourite shades are Individual (a very warm matte brown), Kitten (a champagne shimmer highlight) and Affection (a warm copper tone). Whilst not quite as pigmented and beautifully smooth to work with as the Urban Decay offering, the texture of these make the shades effortless to work with.
Full review here.
1 - Undercover, 2 - Unbelievable, 3 - Unattainable, 4 - Unconditional, 5 - Unbridled, 6 - Undiscovered, 7 - Unreal, 8 - Uncensored, 9 - Unspoken, 10 - Untamed
I could sing this palette's praises all day everyday! I ordered this from the US, which was surprisingly fuss-free (check out full review linked below for all the shipping and tax details). As with the Urban Decay palette, the downside is the cardboard packaging, however that's easily forgiven once you open it up. Every single shade makes me swoon and the quality is just out of this world. The incredible pigmentation and super-smooth texture makes this at the very least comparable to Urban Decay's quality and the shades in this last on my eyes like no other! I cannot rave about this palette enough and it was really tough to pick my favourite shades as they're all so beautiful. After careful consideration, my most-loved colours are Unbelievable (a rose-toned shimmer), Unattainable (a bronze shimmer), Undiscovered (a bright gold) and Unspoken (a caramel-brown matte). In short: this palette is just perfection!
Full review here.
1 - Prime, 2 - Enhance, 3 - Pop, 4 - Smoke
A bit of a luxe pick at £45 for a quad, however look at those shades! It's a small, compact palette however I love the rose gold detailing on the packaging and it really does feel like a luxury when I get this out to use. The entire palette is beautiful but the shade that really sold me on it is the Enhance shade, a gorgeous deep red. It's a bit of a one-note palette; for day I just skip the Pop shade, however it's one I'm glad to have in my collection for evening wear and especially when Autumn comes around. The texture is beautiful, though Pop is a little full of glitter to be to everyone's tastes. I love the champagne shade Prime and the brown-grey Smoke colour is beautiful. For a night out I rarely reach for anything else and love to pair it with a dark nude like MAC Taupe.
1 - Heaven, 2 - Cashmere Bunny, 3 - Sexpresso, 4 - Silk Teddy, 5 - Push-Up, 6 - Erotica, 7 - Nudie, 8 - Honey Pot, 9 - Chocolate Martini
The final palette on my list is my go-to for everyday or if I can't quite decide or I'm going for bold lips or blusher. It's probably the one with the least 'wow' factor however it's one I reach for over and over again. Good mattes are hard to come by and these really are effortless, if you're after an all-matte palette Too Faced have released a matte version of this you may want to check out, however I love the mixture. These are all really natural gold and brown shades, they're not the most pigmented on this list but so easy to use. My favourite shades are Cashmere Bunny (a pink-taupe matte), Push-Up (a copper-bronze shimmer) and Honey Pot (a bright bold shimmer). It's one of those ones where the shades don't look like much in the pan but on your eyes they really come to life.