My Top 5 | Eyeshadow Palettes

Friday, 5 February 2016


Eyeshadow palettes are something I have a healthy stash of, but I always seem to stick to the same few. Its no secret that I prefer earthy toned shadows - browns, golds and deep reds and that reflects in my favourite palettes which I'm going to talk about today. I don't own many high end palettes, as I feel that drugstore brands have come a long way recently and offer just as high quality at a much more reasonable price, but that's not to say I don't enjoy indulging in something a little more luxurious occasionally.

This is probably the most expensive palette I own, but I didn't mind investing in it as I knew that I would get good use out of it. You can see that I've already hit pan in shades 'Foxy' and 'Tease'- I tend to use these a lot as they are great all rounders, 'Foxy is a great base shadow and 'Tease' is perfect for applying to the socket for some definition. I also like to use shades 'Snakebite' and 'Blackout' when I'm (trying to) create a smoky eye look. I have really enjoyed using this palette and the brush which comes with it is actually useful too, not one of those annoying little sponge applicators that no one even uses, the only thing that makes me think I wont repurchase it is the price, as I've now discovered the Makeup Revolution Iconic palettes.

Ah, good old Makeup Academy! I was umm-ing and ahh-ing about getting this palette for ages and I finally picked it up when it was a part of an offer and it is just amazing.
The colour pay off is brilliant and the mix of shimmer and matte shades makes it very versatile. I find that all of the shades have pink undertones, so its a great palette for creating simple everyday looks with a little something different - and the shimmer shades make for great highlighters too.
The shimmer plum tone is a nice alternative to black when creating a smoky eye and I find the metallic rose gold is just perfect for placing on the inner corners of the eye.
This also comes with a duo ended pencil which has a kohl eyeliner on one end and a highlight on the other end.
All in all, a fantastic budget palette which has rightfully earned its place in my top 5.

I picked this up a couple of years back in my first BH Cosmetics order, along with 2 other palettes and a foundation. Unfortunately, I was stung with an £18 customs charge, but it was worth every penny. I loved everything I ordered from BH but this was the stand out item to me as it is just so unique but still usable. I had never used a baked eyeshadow before this, but i can now see the appeal as the pigmentation of the shadows is incredible.
I tend to use shade 'Sun' most as it is just perfect for applying all over the lid to give the eyes some life on those days when you don't have time to create a whole look - 'Mars' is also great for this - and it's also a beautiful inner corner highlight.
I also adore using shade 'Aphrodite' during the autumn months. It's a gorgeous alternative to browns and I feel the berry tone really compliments my green eyes. When finished with some black winged liner and a swipe of mascara it is just incredible.
Although I dont get the chance to use the more colourful shades in the palette all that often, I still feel this deserves its place in my top 5 as the shades are just unlike anything else I own, they combine colour and a pearl finish skilfully, without being 90's or tacky, and they apply and blend like a dream.

Another bargain palette that I think every girl should have in her collection. The Makeup Revolution Iconic palattes have been dubbed dupes for the Urban Decay Naked palettes and, as previously mentioned, I have found this to be very true.
The Iconic 3 palette offers 12 shadows in a mix of matte, shimmer and metallic finishes and I find it to be so versatile. I have only recently picked this up again after a few months of not using it and, as you can see, it looks virtually unused - this is because the powders are so pigmented that you only need the smallest amount on your brush.

You're probably fed up of hearing me rave about this, but it is just so amazing - would you look at those colours?! This is my newest palette - I received it in my swapbox with Sarah from DiaryOfABeautyPadawan a few weeks back - but it is quickly becoming my favourite.
I find the shades to be so versatile and wearable, they blend to perfection and apply so smoothly. I wear this most days as you can really create some amazing, subtle yet beautiful daytime looks with it - and you can use the darker browns for a smokier finish.
Just like with the 'Galaxy Chic' palette, I enjoy using the red shadow to really make my eyes pop and give some depth.
I think the design of the palette is so sleek - the curved edges make it different than any of my other palettes, and you get 2 applicators with it too.

What are your favourite eyeshadow palettes?


  1. The revolution is amazing!! I love the colours

    1. It is Paula! Perfect for most any look!
      Thanks for reading <3

  2. You really can't beat Makeup Revolution!

    1. My thoughts exactly, Cherry!
      Thankyou for reading!

  3. You've got some really lovely palettes here! For a mixture of price ranges too. I really want to try one of the Revolution palettes. My favourites are the Naked 3 Palette and the Sleek Vintage Romance palette x

    Lauren |

    1. Ooh I've not heard of the Vintage Romance Palette but it sounds right up my street! Thanks for the tip- and thankyou for reading!