5 Ideas for Building Your Own Eyeshadow Palette


If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know I'm absolutely obsessed with my custom eyeshadow palette. In fact, my pre-made ones rarely get a look-in! Today I'm giving you  a few ideas of what to put into your very own personalised palette if you're new to the concept or just want to try something different with the one you already have.


For this post I've selected the Morphe ACC 12 Colour Magnetic Palette | £6.50. It's very affordable fits pans from a variety of eyeshadow brands. I also know that some people like the tidiness of having wells as opposed to a completely freeform magnetic panel. It has a mirror and is travel-friendly. I also think that 12 is a pretty good number of eyeshadows; you have enough options and can work in some versatility but you're not lugging around a giant palette. The indent on the wells also makes it so easy to get each shadow in and out - for me this has always been my big annoyance with MAC palettes. Because I like to mix and match and swap shades around it's crucial that getting the pans in and out isn't too fiddly.

The eyeshadows included are from the below brands and I've summed up for you what I think of their eyeshadow formulas, where I think a shade is different to what I've outlined below, I've added in a note:

Makeup Geek | £6 per pan | I really love the Makeup Geek eyeshadow formula and though they've annoyingly gone up in price, they're still the affordable option. The quality is overall very good. There are some nice, creamy mattes with good colour payoff and the shimmers are really good and not too glittery. Overall I find them just so long-wearing too! The colour range is vast and there's everything from bold colours to everyday neutrals. They also have a Foiled (£9.25) formula, which has this incredible, super-dewy metallic shimmer finish. It doesn't wear quite as well as the original formulation but the colour payoff is insane!

MAC | £10 per pan | MAC eyeshadows definitely vary in quality; I love the Veluxe Pearl finish, which gives a soft, metallic shimmer but I rate their Mattes less highly (some of them are ok but overall they can be a bit drying and chalky). For a while they were the only custom eyeshadows you could get but now, I don't think they're the best. However they do have so many shades that there are a handful I still think are worth getting your hands on.

Anastasia Beverly Hills | £10 per pan | For ages these weren't really available in the UK but there's now a proper UK Anastasia site you can order from! It's a good job too because they're absolutely fantastic and (besides the few shades I mentioned); for the price I'd say you're best spending your money on these over MAC's. The quality is just amazing; the mattes are incredible and the shimmers stunning. I've not come across a single dud in their collection and all of the shade I own have such good pigmentation. Whilst the colour selection isn't quite as never-ending as MAC's, I still think there's something in there for everyone.

The Copper-Toned Palette



Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma - off-white/champagne shimmer

Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (Foiled) - super-metallic champagne shimmer with slightly pink undertones 

MAC All That Glitters - a light nude shimmer with a bronze sheen

Anastasia Beverly Hills Glisten - a light-medium warm golden-nude shimmer

Makeup Geek Grandstand (Foiled) - super-metallic copper shimmer

MAC Expensive Pink - pink shimmer with a peach sheen


Anastasia Beverly Hills RTW - warm peachy-orange with a subtle golden shimmer

MAC Woodwinked - warm antique gold/bronze shimmer

Makeup Geek Frappe - mid-toned warm caramel brown matte

Anastasia Beverly Hills Red Earth - pinky-brown mid-toned matte

Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear - warm reddish-brown medium-dark matte

Anastasia Beverly Hills Truffle - dark plum-toned shimmer




The Smoky Palette




Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma - off-white/champagne shimmer for highlighting

Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (Foiled) - super-metallic champagne shimmer with slightly pink undertones

Makeup Geek Homecoming - neutral-toned brown-bronze shimmer

MAC Woodwinked - warm antique gold/bronze shimmer

Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear  - warm reddish-brown medium-dark matte

Makeup Geek Brownie Points - grey-brown medium-dark matte
(Note: I find this shade less creamy in texture and opaque in application than my other Makeup Geek mattes)



Anastasia Beverly Hills Deep Plum - deep, rich plum matte
(Note: the texture of this is drier and less opaque than my other mattes from Anastasia)

Makeup Geek Mesmerised (Foiled) - super-metallic dark grey-purple shimmer

Makeup Geek Taupe Notch - taupe-brown with slightly warm undertones and a subtle sheen
(Note: this has a little more fallout than my other shimmers from Makeup Geek)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cognac - deep rich red-purple shimmer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Truffle - dark plum-toned shimmer

Makeup Geek Bada Bing - deep charcoal-brown with gold glitter



The Warm & Rich Palette



Makeup Geek Magic Act (Foiled) - super-metallic warm gold shimmer

Makeup Geek Morocco - warm mid-toned orange/red matte

MAC Amber Lights - warm orange-toned gold shimmer

Makeup Geek Legend - super-metallic warm gold with orange undertones

MAC Woodwinked - warm antique gold/bronze shimmer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Red Earth  - pinky-brown mid-toned matte


MAC Cranberry - deep, rich pink shimmer

Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear - warm reddish-brown medium-dark matte

Makeup Geek Cherry Cola - medium-dark muted purple matte
(Note: I find this less opaque than my other mattes from Makeup Geek)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Cognac - deep rich red-purple shimmer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Truffle - dark plum-toned shimmer



The Cool-Toned Palette


Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma - off-white/champagne shimmer 

Makeup Geek Starry Eyed (Foiled) - super-metallic champagne shimmer with slightly pink undertones

Makeup Geek Homecoming - neutral-toned brown-bronze shimmer

MAC Patina - mid-toned cool brown with an iridescent sheen

Makeup Geek Taupe Notch - taupe-brown with slightly warm undertones and a subtle sheen
(Note: this has a little more fallout than my other shimmers from Makeup Geek)

MAC Quarry - mid-toned taupe matte with slightly lilac undertones


MAC Satin Taupe - taupe shimmer with purple tones

Makeup Geek Mesmerised (Foiled) - super-metallic dark grey-purple shimmer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Truffle - dark plum-toned shimmer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Deep Plum - deep, rich plum matte
(Note: the texture of this is drier and less opaque than my other mattes from Anastasia)

Makeup Geek Brownie Points - grey-brown medium-dark matte
(Note: I find this shade less creamy in texture and opaque in application than my other Makeup Geek mattes)

Makeup Geek Bada Bing - deep charcoal-brown with gold glitter




The Every Single Day Palette


Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma  - off-white/champagne shimmer

MAC All That Glitters  - a light nude shimmer with a bronze sheen

Makeup Geek Peach Smoothie - light peach-toned matte
(Note: this has more fallout than my other Makeup Geek mattes)

Makeup Geek Frappe - mid-toned warm caramel brown matte

MAC Sable - reddish-brown shimmer

Makeup Geek Grandstand (Foiled) super-metallic copper shimmer




Anastasia Beverly Hills Red Earth - pinky-brown mid-toned matte

Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear - warm reddish-brown medium-dark matte

Makeup Geek Taupe Notch - taupe-brown with slightly warm undertones and a subtle sheen
(Note: this has a little more fallout than my other shimmers from Makeup Geek)

MAC Woodwinked - warm antique gold/bronze shimmer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Truffle - dark plum-toned shimmer

Makeup Geek Bada Bing - deep charcoal-brown with gold glitter


What kind of shades do you go for when it comes to custom palettes?



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40 comments

  1. I've been meaning to create my own custom palette for ages. Whenever I buy one there are atleast 4 shades I wont wear and it seems like a waste! I'm definitely contemplating Makeup Geek shadows as I totally agree some of the Mac matte shadows are really disappointing and chalky in comparison to their extra dimension and shimmery shadows xx

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    1. I feel exactly the same on both points! xx

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  2. This post is really helpful, Jasmine. I think if I have my own I'll take after you; coppery gold but with hint of burgundy/red to complement my lipstick. I'm still pretty much in love with MUFE singles, they're amazing.

    Selene Addicted

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  3. I love how you've organised your eye shadows! If these were pre-made palettes I'd probably buy every single one! I also use the Morphe palette to store my individual eye shadows. It's such a nice compact palette and I love that it has a huge mirror on it! Amazing Post!!

    Neelam | www.neelamjayna.co.uk xx

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  4. This is such a helpful post! Definitely considering buying from Makeup Geek, as I'm with you on some of MAC'S shadows being disappointing x

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    1. From MAC I'd say the only ones you NEEEEED are Woodwinked and All That Glitters in my opinion! xx

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  5. So great!
    I love nude mauve shades and brown!
    xoxo, Colli
    Beautyblog tobeyoutiful

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  6. These are such gorgeous shades, awesome palette :)

    Lotte | www.lottebeautybox.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. This was such a good post, Jasmine! I keep my shadows in the Morphe palette too, its so much nicer than the Z palette. I'm really annoyed about the price increase of MUG shadows. They're not quite so affordable now. I love the warm and rich palette, they are a few of my favourites in there. I must get Legend - it looks so pretty! I really need to get my hands on the ABH singles xx

    LPage Beauty

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  8. I'm having serious palette envy! I would love to make my own but my student budget just wouldn't allow it at the minute. I'd rather buy pre-made ones. This post really makes me want to invest in my own though...

    Lauren x
    http://www.huggled.co.uk/

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    1. They're well worth investing in as you'll use them every day! Even if it's just a quad to start xx

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  9. I am so happy I read this post. I am in the process of creating my own palette and I have started buying some of the Makeup Geek eyeshadows on your list. I wanted to buy some MAC ones but I may hold off and pick from ABH instead.

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  10. You have so many beautiful shadows! I've saved this for the next time I feel like splurging! xx

    Beautylymin| LuxuryFragranceBundleGiveaway

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  11. I still have to splurge on MUG shadows I just find them just so pretty. Your collection is so stunning those are all the shades I mostly wear are brown/taupe and the more neutral shades.



    Katie | https://ktmcgworld.blogspot.ca

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  12. Great post, Jasmine!
    I definitely want to get some ABH eyeshadows now they're easier to get hold of in UK :)
    And I agree that the Morphe palette is great to keep your 'most reached for' eyeshadows. x

    Mummy's Beauty Corner

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    1. It was you who introduced me to it haha and you will LOVE ABH shadows :) xx

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  13. These are so beautiful!! I'm super impressed with how you've put your palettes together. And you're right, that Morphe palette is perfect!
    { Katie Actually }

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  14. I love all of the shades you have chosen a great collection, the warm browns and golds are always my favourite x

    Zoe Mountford x

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  15. This post is just ridiculously helpful Jasmine. This year I want to start buying more individual shadows and I'm definitely bookmarking this for when I make an order!

    The Makeup Directory

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  16. It's odd because I'll happily spend £6 on MUG but as soon as it hits £10 I'm always putting it off! I never even realized that MAC and ABHs were selling them for that cheap, I always thought they'd be more expensive than that so I never looked into them. Magic act by MUG is absolutely beautiful, it's so pretty! I love all of the palettes you've created!
    Charlotte / Charlotte's Picks

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    1. Yeah I know what you mean! It also annoys me that the MAC ones are waaaay cheaper in the US xx

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  17. I have to say I am SO jealous of your makeup collection! If you ever need to get rid of some, you know where I am... ;)

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

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  18. All these colours are so pretty! I love the idea of the morphe palette too, might have to look into those :)

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  19. Such a helpful post Jasmine! Thank you for sharing... I didn't realise that morphe did a palette that inexpensive, I think having 12 pans is much more achievable that buying a large Z Palette, it's my mission to make my own palette before I buy anymore for myself :)

    Jodie / jodiemelissa.com

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    1. Yeah 12 is a pretty perfect number :) xx

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  20. I definitely reach for my custom palettes over any others! I do love a cool tone so I'm most drawn to that palette and have most of the shades you mentioned in it! Need to get my hands on that Morphe palette! This such a fun idea for a post, loved it!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  21. Oh wow these are such gorgeous ideas! I haven't tried Anastasia's single shadows but I love their palettes so some single shades would be amazing x

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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  22. These are amazing ideas! This year I'm so going to create a palette! I have always wanted to but never got round to it! I think a matte and shimmer one!

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  23. I've been totally thrown off finishing my Mac palette since coming across Makeup Geek and other shadows, you can get much better quality for the price. I love my MUG palette, I can create so many different looks, I just wish it was slightly smaller for travelling. The ABH shadows sound amazing, looking forward to trying them out! x

    Megan | http://www.meganjean.co.uk

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  24. Such gorgeous palettes. I will definitely have to try this concept out at some point! Love the idea of a personalise palette.

    www.upyourvlog.com

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  25. I'm building my own palette right now and it's so exciting! So far, I've got some MAC and MUG shadows but I haven't looked at an ABH shadows. I'm with you on the small annoyance of getting the pans out, I can see that's definitely going to be a problem!
    xx Dany | The Queens Empire

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  26. All I can think is how bad I NEED those palettes, and of course they are out of stock. Typical! I really want to try ABH shadows now too, I have really gotten back into my MAC shadows recently too!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  27. Love the mix of shades in the cool toned palette! You've made some really great palettes with nice colors and finishes!

    She Likes to Shop

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  28. Thank you for your comments :) I hope this post was useful and you enjoyed reading xx

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  29. I love how you stuck to neutral shades in all of your palettes!
    My Mac custom palette looks such a mess, it doesn't really go together but I have some unique shades in there, as well as classics like All That Glitters, Nylon and Charcoal Brown. I don't use it as much as I should, maybe it's time to pop it out again!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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  30. These are some great picks and a great variety of brands. Thanks for sharing :)

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  31. Awww! So many beautiful shadows. I'm a big fan of MUG shadows. I haven't tried Anastasia's single shadows but I have a couple of her palettes that I love so much so I'm sure I will love her singles too.

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    1. I think Anastasia's are my favourites :) xx

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  32. This is such a useful post! I'm desperate to try some of the Makeup Geek shadows they look amazing so I might have to get my hands on some soon! Can I also just say your photography is outstanding keep up the good work :)
    -Ellie
    www.headintheclouds.me.uk

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