One of the most popular and fun makeup items in the makeup market is eyeshadow, and the most fun part about eyeshadow is a palette. Palettes are a great way to try out lots of eyeshadows at once and they're a lot more budget friendly than buying single eyeshadows.
The problem with eyeshadow palettes is that there are lots of them to choose from, from drugstore to middle end to higher end, at all kinds of price points, all kinds of colours, finishes. For a beginner, it can be very overwhelming trying to choose the best, so for this Makeup 101, I decided to show you some of my favourite eyeshadow palettes.
NOTE: This are all shown in no particular order.
Urban Decay NAKED - Now retailing for $52 each, the Urban Decay NAKED palettes have to be the most popular palette, neutral and in general, of all time. I personally prefer NAKED2 out of all the three, but I wanted to recommend all three since what my taste may or may not differ from yours. $52 seems like a lot for eyeshadow, and it is a lot of money, but for twelve full size eyeshadows, a brush, and a little something extra for that amount of money (plus tax) when each single shadow is $18, that really is a bargain. If you would like to see my thoughts on which of the three palettes might be for you, please check out my WHICH NAKED PALETTE video here.
LORAC Pro - To me, this is one of the better neutral palettes on the market right now. While the NAKED palettes from Urban Decay are really nice, they're mostly shimmery eyeshadows. Now, I'm not one of those people that think you can't do an eyeshadow look with all shimmery shadows, but I think if you're going to make a palette, you should attempt to make it suitable for everyone. With the LORAC Pro, you get eight matte shades and eight shimmery shades, a mix of warm and cool tones, and a light shade selection from light to dark. A few shades are similar to some in the original NAKED palette so if you like some of the shades in NAKED but don't want the actual NAKED palette, this might be for you. You can see my NAKED Palette vs LORAC Pro Palette video here and a Get Ready With Me video using the LORAC Pro here.
Moving away from the neutral palettes, it's really time to talk about colour! For years, Sugarpill has been known as the brand that produces a lot of colour in both shimmery and matte finishes! (See, Urban Decay, you could learn a little something from Sugarpill.) Good bright and bold matte shades are really hard to come by and Sugarpill does a great job. My favourite eyeshadow of all time is actually by this brand and it's called Mochi. I have a single eyeshadow version of it and I've hit a pretty good pan on it.
Last but not least, the Inglot Freedom System palettes & eyeshadows. This isn't an eyeshadow that is already put together and ready for you to purchase. This is actually a palette that you can create. You can choose from regular one colour eyeshadows or something from their Rainbow line and make your own perfect palette. Each shadow runs about $6 each which makes it very affordable! It actually ends up being a better option than most palettes since you know that you will use every single shade available. The only downside is there are so many shades to choose from that it can be very overwhelming!
Makeup 101 is going to be a series of blog posts telling you what sort of products I would recommend for certain things in a makeup routine. Later on, I'll probably end up writing some tips and tricks. Feel free to leave requests in the comments section!