Everyone has a vice. To some, it’s purses or shoes. To others, it’s lattes or red wine. Mine is definitely eyeshadow palettes. It’s kind of a problem, I must admit. Do they have offer group-therapy for palette addictions? Whenever a new eyeshadow palette comes out, you can find me at my local Sephora or Ulta, standing in front of it…. staring… and most likely drooling. Then I obviously have to buy it. Even though I have 20 other palettes with pretty much the same colors, it still has to be in my life. Oh, it’s limited edition? I’ll take two please! I’ve seen (and owned) millions of palettes in my lifetime, and have come up with my top 5 must-have eyeshadow palettes that every woman needs in her makeup drawer!
Maybe I’m bias because I work for Smashbox, but they always have the BEST palettes! The new Double Exposure one is absolutely amazing! Not only does it have 14 gorgeous shades, but they transform when activated with water! All you need to do is wet your makeup brush and instantly the colors becomes more bold and vibrant! Some even appear more sparkly or metallic! Use the shades for an everyday look then amp it up for a fun night out by simply adding a little water to them. So basically this palette transforms into 28 shades all together- and for only $52! You can’t beat that!
When this palette first came out I was torn between Naked 1 and 2. Both looked really similar to be honest, but for some reason I was drawn to the shades in 2 more! The bronzes and the brown-tones are perfect for someone with blue eyes, like myself. The lighter colors are phenomenal for highlighting under the brow bone and inner corners of your eye. And nothing is more fun than doing a dramatic smokey-eye involving the darkest shade “Blackout’. I love that it offers both matte as well as shimmery shades. I do my fair share of bridal makeup and I usually always end up using this palette on my brides because it’s so versatile…. you can go soft or dramatic depending on what shades you end up blending together and using! Did I mention how obsessed I am with the brush that comes with it too?!!
This past October I did makeup for Rochester Fashion Week and this palette was my go-to palette to use on all the models! Each of these shades look incredible on any skin tone and with any eye or hair color! They are super high pigmented which is great because with some eyeshadows, they look wonderful in the container but aren’t as vibrant when you apply them. Well not with this guy! You can create a soft, neutral look with these shades or blend in the darker shade for a little extra drama. It’s the perfect combination of mattes and shimmers all in one palette.
If I could die and go to eyeshadow heaven…. this is what it would look like! I can not even begin to describe to you how flawless and perfect each shade is and don’t even get me started on the pigmentation. I honestly have never seen eyeshadows more pigmented in my life… especially if you add primer underneath them! Each shade makes your eyes pop like crazy, no matter what your eye color may be. I have the most fun with these shades because you can mix and match them, creating any look you want. I like to blend together the teals and blues for a fun peacock inspired eye and just today I wore a blend of all the plum and fuchsia shades- it looked stunning! Don’t be afraid to have fun with some bold pops of color…. whether you apply it in the crease or even a tiny bit under your bottom lash line. Ummm, and this palette is on sale for only $29 ($250 value~ while supplies last!) which means you better run out and get it (or order online) like NOW!!!
Do you love chocolate? Raise your hand?! Do you love eyeshadow that smells like chocolate? Then put both hands up! These chocolatey shades are formulated with real coco powder!!! This candy bar inspired palette consists of beautiful shades of rich brown, shimmery bronze and some pale pinks and beiges- perfect for any skin tone or eye color! For those of you that want to rock a more subtle smokey eye with out the harshness of dark colors- then you can’t go wrong with this yummy palette!
Well, there you have it ladies! My top 5 palettes that you need to have sitting on that vanity of yours! They make the perfect birthday or holiday gift…… that’s riiiight, Valentine’s Day is JUST around the corner! Start hinting to that special someone in your life! Or you can be like me and spoil yourself… because let’s face it- you are DAMN worth it! Happy Blending!!!