Perfect Palettes


If there's one thing I can't resist, it's makeup palettes! So I thought I'd do a post to show you my favourites of the moment, whether it's for face or eyes. I also wanted to choose slightly less obvious ones as although I love my Urban Decay Naked palette, so does the rest of the world and their mum! 


When it came to choosing a Lorac palette, it was the Unzipped that really caught my eye. I mean, just look at it! It's full of stunning bronze, gold and copper tones. My favourite look is Unbelievable as a lid shade, Unspoken in the crease, Undiscovered as an inner-corner highlight and Uncensored on the outer v. The Lorac formula is up there with Urban Decay for me as the texture is so smooth and both the matte and shimmer shades have incredible pigmentation. I love how effortlessly they apply and they have fantastic staying-power. I use every single shade in this palette and I will definitely be picking up another from Lorac when I go to New York in a couple of months. You can find out all the UK shipping details in my original post.




Ok, not strictly a palette but I've been loving this duo for a natural, everyday bit of definition and I think the blusher shade will be perfect when spring officially arrives. Both of the shades are matte and have a creamy formula that applies beautifully. The bronzer is just warm enough but not too orange and looks very natural on the skin, adding a little dimension to the face. The blusher is a gorgeous coral pop of colour to the cheeks and I love that it doesn't fade and go patchy during the day.



This is just beyond stunning and I've never had a palette that contains both eyeshadows and highlighters (my two favourite things!) I was impressed with the quality of both, as this is a pretty affordable product. The eyeshadows are gorgeous; they're very pigmented, long-lasting and easy to apply. The pinky-red mattes remind me of the Becca Ombre Rouge palette, but this also has some dewy golden and champagne shimmers in there too. There's not really an eyeshadow highlight but obviously you can use one of the actual highlighters on the inner corner. I do think that unless you have quite medium-toned skin like me, you may not use all the highlighting and bronzing shades, but they really are stunning. They're so creamy and look natural and dewy on the skin. My favourite is the second highlighter along; a gorgeous golden bronze. If you're interested, I ordered this directly from the BH website as it was reduced from $20 to $12.50. I then paid just $5.50 to ship this to the UK and there were no additional charges when it arrived.  




This is just the perfect warm neutral palette that will take you from day through to night. The texture and colour payoff are both really impressive, plus the packaging is gorgeous (and so compact). I do actually think this is worth the slightly-high price tag. The top row of colours are gorgeous for the daytime and all you have to do is add in a couple of the smokier shades from the bottom row for something more evening-appropriate. I also love the little pops of colour, as I think they really elevate this beyond your standard neutral eye palette.



I can't get over how gorgeous this palette is! I took it away for Christmas and New Year and didn't need anything else. There are 3 matte shades and a shimmer in there and they've all various pinky-coral hues. CR030 has to be my favourite; it's like a more pink and pigmented Nars Orgasm. I don't tend to use the light peachy shade but it works really nicely to tone down the two more vibrant mattes. The formulation is gorgeous and that pigmentation! They apply beautifully and wear well throughout the day. Just make sure to apply them with a light hand!



This was pretty much my perfect Autumn/Winter palette and, as you might be able to tell, I think Zoeva is the best when it comes to affordable palettes. It has the gorgeous warm neutrals (caramel browns, golds, redder tones) but also has a couple of colours in there. This was pretty much the palette that stopped me treating colour on my eyes as a complete 'no-no'. A little of the purple or pink shade in the crease adds something really interesting to your typical bronzy eye look. They are a little more powdery than something like the Lorac Unzipped, but I still do rate the texture of these. Mattes are a hard thing to get right, especially when you're spending under £20 but Zoeva nails it and all the finishes in this palette are so pigmented and true to colour when applied.



I initially picked this up on a whim when I saw the 35O was out of stock but this month especially, I've fallen for it hard. It's just such a great everyday palette. I will be doing a full post on this soon but in the meantime I've swatched a few of my favourites for you. It has a lot of gorgeous lid shades in gold, mauve, taupe and brown but the one thing I would say is that it's missing a couple more matte crease and highlighting colours. I tend to use a rosy taupe colour across the lid, the matte taupe-brown in the crease and a warm brown shimmer on the outer v. I like to finish by taking one of the vibrant gold shades on my finger and just patting it on the centre of the lid; it really adds something extra the the look. I didn't use this much for a while as it is a little bulky but you really can't go wrong with over 30 eyeshadows for under £20. Overall the quality of these shades is fantastic, especially the creamy shimmers, though I do think the two medium mattes colour be more pigmented (however the darker shades fare better).



Small Z Palette | £8.95 with MAC Pro Refill Eyeshadow Pans | £10 each | post & Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans | £4.95 - £7.95 | post

I'm a little bit obsessed with build-you-own eyeshadow palettes (as you may have guessed from my recent post) and I've pretty much created my perfect everyday neutral palette here. I use a Z Palette as they really are the best way to store pans of different sizes and from different brands. The small fits around 9 shades and is the perfect size for travelling. This one has 3 MAC shades and 6 Makeup Geek shades that are a mix of warm browns, bronzes, taupes and coppers. A lot of people ask me which I prefer out of MAC and Makeup Geek eyeshadows; what I'd say is that the MAC formula is very 'solid' and unlike any of my usual favourites, though they are very long-wearing. Makeup Geek's formula is a little creamier but still so long-lasting with amazing colour payoff. Their mattes are definitely better than MAC's and at half the price, I'd go for them unless there's a shade you particularly love from MAC's extensive range. My favourite look is All That Glitters as a highlight, Homecoming across the lid, Frappe in the crease and Grandstand on the outer v.


What are your go-to palettes at the moment?

  




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  1. Such beautiful colors in all of these! I really wanted to pick up the Morphe palette since it's listed at a really awesome price and the quality is great! Also I've heard Lorac Palettes are a dream, and I need to get my hands on one! xo

    McKenzie | therosynook.com

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    1. I really recommend both - they're beautiful! xx

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  2. All these palettes looks amazubg, specially love the zoeva cocoa blend paltte, so many pretty shades!
    Paula | www.namelessgap.blogspot.com

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  3. A fab post - your swatches are amazing. Definitely need to get a Morphe palette soon x

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  4. Very nice post! I enjoy it.
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  5. The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette is one of my recent purchases in palettes and I agree, it's an absolute dream to use in Autumn time! I love the shade Warm notes and the formulas are amazing! I love the look of the Lorac unzipped and have only heard good things about Lorac but the price does still put me off a little but with palettes you tend to get what you pay for I think! Lovely post! xx

    www.iridescentplaces.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I love Warm Notes too! And Lorac is hands down one of the best eyeshadow formulas I've ever tried and I've tried a lot haha xx

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  6. Lovely post and I have serious palette envy right now haha!! My favourite palettes right now are also the Zoeva Cocoa Blend and the Too Faced Bon Bons! How did you get hold of the Lorac palette? It looks stunning!
    Thanks for sharing xx

    www.kirstyjennifer.com

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    1. My post with the shipping info is linked above x

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  7. I love this! I have been eyeing up the Morphe palettes for a while, but I really can't decide which one to go for.

    Nikita | nikitabatavia.com

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  8. Lovely picks! That is such a great idea to stay away from the very well-known palettes! The Lorac unzipped palette is gorgeous, so as the Ciate x Olivia Palermo one!

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  9. I love palette's so much! I've been looking at the Morphe 35T for a while and I really need to purchase it! I also own the Carli Bybel palette and it's amazing quality, especially for how inexpensive it is! Great post as always :) xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. These are the most gorgeous palettes! I only have the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette myself but I want every single one of them here! I've been wanting to customize my own palette for a while now, I should really pick up a Z Palette for myself real soon! xx

    Kayleigh | http://kayleighmakesup.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's so great being able to build your own perfect palette :) xx

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  11. Amazing choice of palettes there! I'm DYING to try any Zoeva one, but I can't get them here ahhh :( I'm in absolute love with Morphe palettes, I have a few of them atm and they never disappoint! xo

    Klaudia // klaudiam96.blogspot.com

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  12. The morphe palette is beautiful, I've been wanting to get the 35O but this one looks lovely too. I might have to get this one instead since the other is always sold out.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

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  13. Palettes, especially eyeshadow palettes are my biggest weakness :) That Carli Bybel palette looks so pretty and what a bargain! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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  14. The Zoeva blush palette looks gorgeous! Lovely post!

    I also love the new layout!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

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  15. Amazing picks! As you know from my latest post im also loving the Carli Bybel palette its gorgeous. Im currently loving my MUG Shadows and my Revealed 3 Palette.
    Emmy | Emmys Beauty Cave | Bloglovin

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  16. They all look so amazing, I can't pick the best one but I really really love the look Lorac Unzipped! Such stunning shades!
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  17. I'm absolutely palette obsessed as well! The Lorac Unzipped palette looks so gorgeous, all the shades are right up my street!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  18. I remember your original Lorac unzipped palette review, and it made me want to buy it! Months later and I still didn't get my hands on it...

    RachelShuchatMakeup

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    1. Aw you definitely need to - it's perfection! xx

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  19. The Unzipped palette is gorgeous, I don't know how it is possible that I'd never seen it before. All the shades are amazing. It seems like you always go for the same type of shades, I do the same and end up with very similar colours in my collection :P
    I think I've told you before that your Mac palette is my dream palette - can't wait to start my own and fill it with pretty copper and neutral colours as well!

    Julia xx
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  20. The Lorac palette looks gorgeous! My favorites right now are Stila's In the Light palette and Tarte's Tartelette in Bloom.

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  21. I have a bit of a penchant for palettes too! Love the look of the Lorac one, I want their pro palette so bad! I love my Z palette with Makeup Geek shadows and my Nars One Shocking Moment palette and they have got so much use since I got them!

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  22. I do love a palette - I have a whole drawer full..

    Philippa x

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  23. That Lorac Palette looks beautiful, I wish they were easier to here! Coco blend is one of my all time favourites to. I must check out the BH cosmetics one! xx

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  24. I love the Urban Decay Naked 2 & the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I dont own a blush palette but I really want to buy the Gwen Stafani for Urban Decay one. X

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  25. I'm seriously considering buying a mophe palette because they are just SO GORGEOUS! I'll probably also buy a blush palette because I kinda have a soft spot for that too...
    thanks for reviewing them! xxx
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  26. I've never been a palette person and your post got me wondering WHY?! :D Actually, I'd love a customised one so I can get good use out of it but Lorac and Zoeva are quiet tempting! :) x

    Jadirah Sarmad at Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

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  27. I've currently got the Carli Bybel palette on my eyes as I type this. It's defo one of my go-to palettes. Also my Naked 3 palette has become a staple for me! I really love the look of the Lorac palette, I just wish it was easily available here! x

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    1. It honestly wasn't much bother to order it at all! xx

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  28. Morphe palettes are always out of stock whenever I check them, so I am still waiting... MUG and Zoeva are the brands I want to discover this year, all these swatches look amazing! x

    Ela BellaWorld

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  29. Oh man, eyeshadow palettes are the one thing I will not hesitate to splurge on! Love that you featured the Carli Bybel palette because I've been after that for a while. I love BH Cosmetics and I'm always shocked by how amazing their shadow qualities are. I'm waiting for the ShannonXO/BH Cosmetics to come out so I can order both. I looove that Zoeva Cocoa palette!

    Nereyda│ This Girl Is Obsessed

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  30. I'm a palette addict too & I have my eye firmly on that Lorac Unzipped palette - I hope to pick it up when I go to the U.S. in a few months! That Carli Bybel palette is an absolute steal! xx

    Beautylymin

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  31. All these products look totally amazing! I have heard so many lovely things about the Lorac palette, I desperately want it and it's so annoying they don't do it in the UK! :( Great post! <3

    The Dazzle Guide

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    1. It's not difficult or expensive to order it through Amazon US like I did xx

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  32. Right now I am just obsessed with my Chocolate Bar Palette, really beautiful and smells so good! But I am so eying up the Unzipped palette & the coco blends! need them :)

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  33. I only have the Lorac pro palette which I like but I definitely want the unzipped palette as its more my speed. I love gold and neutral shades.
    Amazing pictures, as always.


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  34. Cannot get over how beautiful the Zoeva Coral Blush palette is!! WOW! <3 You have amazing taste in palettes that's for sure!

    Tahana <3

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  35. ahh palettes are my weakness too! my current favourite of the moment has to be the Original Naked palette (I know... how predictable). I have been seeing the LORAC Unzipped Palette for ages now and am just saving up the money to buy it as those shades are perfection for me! great post 😀
    - www.roisinslatest.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I love the original Naked - it's always stood out to me over the 2, 3 or Smoky :) xx

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  36. The Zoeva Cocoa blend palette has such rich stunning colors in it! I've been really enjoying the too faced chocolate Bon Bons palette lately! It's so fun!

    She Likes to Shop

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  37. That Morphe one is on my wishlist. Great post and you have a great collection of palettes.

    Chaste & Beautiful

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  38. You make me think I need to go shopping :D
    www.MarinaSays.com

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  39. These really are perfect palettes. I love all the beautiful warming colours here, really appeals to me having brown eyes.

    Great post.

    Laura www.shehearts.net xx

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  40. All of those swatches look so stunning! You always do such great in depth posts to read. I admire your hard work. For everyday wear, I love the Naked Basics palette x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aw thank you Lauren! I really need to invest in a good matte palette I think xx

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  41. This post is drool worthy!! The tones in that lorac palette are just my cuppa tea, must check it out this summer. Also I recently got the zoeva cocoa blends palette and it is STUNNING! SOOO glad I picked it up, you were definitely one of the main bloggers who influenced me to purchase it and for that I want to thankyou!! hehe
    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe

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  42. I 100% recommend you check out Make-up revolutions palettes they're the best things I've ever used and so inexpensive as well!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. I have rather a lot of their palettes haha xx

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  43. Gorgeous colours. Love love love the cite palette

    Adaora
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  44. I've been lusting after the Zoeva Cocoa Blend palette since I first saw it, they need to be more readily available in the states! I really love the look of the 35T palette, I love all of the mauve shades in it!

    brooke | brooke elise

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  45. The Lorac Unzipped palette is to die for, I need it in my life!

    Just Little Things xo

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  46. At the moment I am really turning to the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette. The Lorac Unzipped palette is so beautiful, love the look of the eyeshadows. x

    franklyflawless.com

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  47. This post is just like my dream. I'm always drawn in by an eye palette! I've asked for the Zoeva Palette for my birthday, I haven't tried one yet but I've so many people rave about them. By the looks of people's blog photos, they're so pigmented and I can't believe how affordable they are xxx

    www.francescajayne.com

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  48. Your swatches always make me want everything! I love palettes, and lately I've found I love face ones too and not just eyeshadow palettes! :) xx
    Gyudy @ Gyudy's Notes Of Beauty

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  49. Fab post lovely, I have something similar going up next week ;) The unzipped palette looks absolutely stunning and I love the range of shades. Unbelievable looks like such stunning shades. Really want to try the Zoeva Cocoa blend palette also as I love Warm Notes and Sweeter end :)

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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    1. You really should check out both of those :D and I look forward to reading your post! xx

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  50. Thank you for your comments - hope this gave you some good palette ideas! xx

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  51. Lorac Unzipped looks like the palette of my dreams! *-*
    I love the shades in your little Z-palette as well ;)

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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