Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Revisiting My Favourite Eyeshadow Palettes

If there's one thing I don't use often enough, it's eyeshadow palettes. All that time applying a primer, blending and layering different shades is something I just don't have the spare minutes for anymore. Even though when I do apply eyeshadow, it does look so much better than I originally thought! I'm hoping this blog post will help with ignite my love for eyeshadow palettes and help me revisit some old favourites.

I'm very much a pinky tone eyeshadow kinda person, so when L'Oreal launched their Paris Color Riche Palette Nude in Rose I was fully on board. I like that there's a mixture of colours for day and night - which means it'll be perfect for taking on holiday. 

There are four matte shadows and six shimmers, including a gorgeous peach shade which is perfect for adding to the center of the eye and lifting the whole look. I prefer to use the matte shadows as a base then build it up with the other shimmer shades. My favourite is the third in from the right and I'd love to make more use of the purple shimmer on the right too! The pay off is okay, they feel quite chalky and you'd have to build them up to get a good pay off.

This is my oldest and one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes I own! The MUA Eyeshadow Palette in Undress Me Too is such an affordable palette that I couldn't not pick it up. A few of my favourite shades are the third and fourth in from the left on the bottom, but I am trying to get out of my pink and purple shade comfort zone with the warm brown and bronze tones.

As expected with an affordable makeup brand, there is a lot of fall down when applying these eyeshadows so I tend to tap off the excess and avoid applying concealer until afterwards. I think there's a great selection here for a nude shimmery eye and it's one that I'll definitely be reaching out for again in the future.

Because there was a distinctive gap in my eyeshadow palette collection of any matte shades, I hunted down for an everyday nude matte eyeshadow palette. Makeup Revolution is up there with their palettes, especially in eyeshadows and blushers that I knew where I'd find one. 

There's such a range in shades that I tend to use at least four for a basic nude smokey eye! I start with a pink base, add darker tones to the outer corner then a lighter shade for my inner corner. Sometimes I use the black shadow on a thin eyeliner brush along my lashline to create a smudged eyeliner look. The shades feel very chalky and have a lot of fall down, plus you do need to build up the colour for some time to get a good shade pay off. Overall I'd definitely recommend this palette or any Makeup Revolution palettes if you're starting to delve into eyeshadow palettes and don't want to spend too much. 

A special gift from a friend a few Christmasses ago is the Benefit Luv It Up! eyeshadow and lip gloss makeup kit. It's the perfect kit for me because I'm terrible at choosing shades which go together and there's even a guide to tell you how and where to apply them - basically foolproof! Unfortunately it's no longer available to buy, but I couldn't not include one of my favourites.

First you apply the cream eyeshadow in R.S.V.P all over your lid, then blend in Nude Swings before adding Thanks A Latte in the outer corner and Call My Bluff in the inner corner. It creates a perfectly nude eye with all day staying power and with minimum fall down. I much prefer starting my eyes with a cream eyeshadow or primer as this helps to stop creasing and the colour look more vibrant.

What are your favourite eyeshadow palettes? Any brands you recommend?

Thanks for reading!
Rhiannon x

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