The Perfect Palette Tag

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Anyone who knows me, know that I am a complete sucker for eyeshadow palettes. I stumbled across this tag over at The Beauty Collection and thought it would be fun to do (Although I have changed a few titles in the tag). So strap yourselves in and prepare for me to say things like shades, buttery, soft and pigment over and over again – Sorry, not sorry.

Let’s go…

 

Best Packaging

This is such a tough one. I like the packaging of many different palettes, for so many different reasons. It also depends on my mood, sometimes I like classy, sleek and black or there are other times where I like something a little more colourful and kitsch-y. My mood must be the later today because I think I like LimeCrime’s Venus’ packaging the best today. It is so unique and full of fun and colour. Although the packaging itself is cardboard, it is sturdy and has a strong magnetic closure. I adore the artwork on the front and the gold details and I love the contrast of the colour on the inside.

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Best Color Payoff

Nubian Palette by Juvia’s Place. These shades, all of them, ar so so so pigmented. They apply just beautifully. They’re so velvety soft but so full of delicious colour. This palette has surprised me in terms of quality and I am so glad I purchased it. – There is a little funny story behind this purchase, that you can read here. I would like to give an honourable mention to Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance in this category as well.

 

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I almost always take Zoeva Cocoa Blend with me when I travel – It is  a really good all-rounder. The packaging is sleek and thin, perfect to slip into an overnight bag. The colour range is vast, so the look options are basically limitless.  There are mattes and shimmers in cool, neutral and warm tones, darker shades for depth,and a couple of pops of unique colours for something different. The quality and colour pay off is great. Such a versatile palette.

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Biggest Regret

This might offend some people, but I’m going to do it any. I really regret spending so much money on my Mac Warm Neutrals palette. While the packaging is stunning and shades selection is great, the colour payoff really lets me down. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t blow me away – like I expected MAC eyeshadows to. There are a couple of colours that are amazing – the bronzey copper shimmer is so pretty (second row, second from the right). But, then there are others that are chalky and give me nothing. So, the palette as a whole is quite disappointing, especially when it is the one I paid the most for.

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Best Color Names

This one goes to my Too Faced Sweet Peach – I love that the names match the theme and are even a little outside the box. Names like Candied Peach, Cobbler, Bellini and Peach Pit just remind me of lazy summer afternoons and I love this palette for that. The names, mixed with the Peach scent is just perfection.

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Least Used

Now, I firstly want to say that this isn’t because of the quality that the Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector Set (2015) is the winner of this category, It is purely because of the packaging and how it fits into my vanity – A little unfair, I know, but that’s just how it is. This set is made up of 4 smaller palettes and is in quite a large box. Granted there is a smaller box inside that fits one of the smaller palettes for travel but I just haven’t used it. The colours are beautiful and true to Tarte form, full of pigment. Each little palette includes one of their famous blushes as well. Because the housing is so large, it sits right at the back of my drawer and gets forgotten about. I am now, going to make a bigger effort to use these cute little palettes.

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Most Used

My most used would have to be Shade and Light by Kat Von D, I pretty much use this baby daily. The shades in this palette are super versatile and are perfect base, transition and depth shades. I am not a fan of all shimmer lids, so I love using these colours to make my look a little more matte. The pigment and the quality of this palette is beautiful. Matte’s can be chalky with little to no colour payoff, but that cannot be said for this entirely matte palette. I would recommned everyone have this palette in their collection.

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Most Loved

Why you do dis to me, tag?  I honestly cannot pick one. Sorry tag police.  Most loved palette would have to be a three-way tie, soz.  Firstly I adore Violet Voss’ Holy Grail. The shades and quality give me life.  Seriously, just look at it. It is just so stunning, the lay out of colours is absolute perfection. Not only are there deep burgundy and warm toned browns, but there are pinks, oranges and neutrals. Everything a blue-eyed girl needs in a palette. Secondly is the ABH Modern Renaissance palette. The sheen that these shades provide is so gorgeous, I adore how these shadows look on my eyes and the way the blend into each with little to no effort, it is amazing. Lastly, is the Morphe 35O, I couldn’t possible be writing a posts about palettes and leave this guy out. There is no other palette that has so many shades in such a high-quality for the price. Morphe have the best value for money goin’. Again, the pigment in this palette is incredible. Granted, there a few shades that verge on the chalky side, but overall the quality is top-notch.  Just look at these three palettes, how could you not love them.

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Best Drugstore

This palette is only a new one to my collection, but I am so impressed with the quality. Natio have recently released a few eye shadow palettes and I got my hands on the Golden* Palette.  The colours are perfect for everyday wear and the formula is gorgeous, super soft, pigmented and buttery. I have been reaching for this quite a bit recently. I am a bit of an eyeshadow snob and don’t generally buy any drugstore palettes, because in all honesty, with the collection I already own, I don’t see the point in buying any. But I am so glad this Natio palette landed in my grubby little mitts.

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Best for Beginners

I am going to go with my first ever palette, The original Lorac Pro, because I found that it has treated me so well and taught me a lot about colour matching. The quality of this palette is second to none, so buttery and full of colour. The shades are easy to blend, with not a huge amount of fallout. Plus there are 8 mattes and 8 matching shimmers which makes it super easy to pair colours. The spectrum of the palette is amazing too, there is a shade for everything, both cool and warm toned and few neutrals for thrown in for good measure. This is a palette that is needed in every collection.

 

 

I encourage you all to have a go at this tag, I really enjoyed doing it. What answers would you change?

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

 

 

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Juvia’s Place Nubian Palette Review and Swatches

A couple of months ago, during my endless instagram lurking, I stumbled across the most incredible looking palette. The shades looked like absolute perfection and the swatches seemed full of buttery, silky goodness; there was an inner struggle and the angel on my shoulder finally won out, I would not be purchasing the palette.  I have been making a huge effort trying not to purchase things that I really don’t need, and with upwards of *censored* palettes, another palette – let alone another warm-toned neutrals palette – is definitely something I didn’t need. Fast forward a bit and I was having a really shitty week. Work was super stressful, I was feeling horribly homesick and my PMS was outta control – Not even a cheeseburger could fix it! I was at home by myself and I was a few red wines deep, when this magical green palette popped up again on my instagram feed. Needless to say, the devil in me was ready to lead me astray. I woke up with a pounding headache, a red wine stain on my pjs and an email stating that my package was on its way. Package?! I vaguely remembered dancing around the living room, wine and phone in hand, excited that I was finally getting my hands on the one and only Nubian palette by Juvia’s Place. Whoops! It arrived in all its glory not long after and I have been obsessed ever since.

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Packaging
I am in two minds about the packaging – I love black sleek packaging. It is classic, classy and ageless. Plus it photographs really well – something that unfortunately does figure into my purchases. However, this stunning shade of green really stands out among my palette collection. I really love the artwork on the front, I like that it is different from anything else I own. Although the packaging is made of cardboard, it is sturdy and has a magnetic closure. On the inside there is no mirror, but the same artwork as the front. I do love a palette with a mirror, but for the price of this I can over look that. The palette has 12 shades that are set out perfectly, with generous pan sizes.

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Shades
The shades are absolutely stunning. They range from a beautiful duo-chrome champagne-y pink highlight shade, to a rich shimmery rust and deep browns for depth. There are 4 matte shades which fill out the palette perfectly. A universal base shade, something a touch deeper for a transition shade, a warm brown and a dark brown to create something a little more smokey.  I, for one, am glad there isn’t a stark black in this palette. I know some people would disagree with this, but I get more use out of a rich brown, than I do a black. The only change to the shades I would make to this palette is that I would trade one of the medium shimmery browns to a deep matte burgundy rusty sort of colour. But I can be a little picky, haha.

Formula
The formula is perfection. There is not one colour in this palette that doesn’t perform. The mattes aren’t in the slightest chalky and blend like a dream. The shimmers are comparable to the Morphe 35O palette. They are crazy metallic and look incredible on. There is a touch of fall out, as you’d expect from shades so soft. I cannot say anything negative about these formulas. They are velvety, full of pigment  and just such a pleasure to use.

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Cons
Apart from a couple of points already mentioned, which were hardly cons. The only other thing I want to say is that the shipping was a tad expensive. I was lucky enough to grab this beauty on sale for US$23 the shipping cost me US$21, almost the same price as the palette.I would have thought more about this, had I not been a little inebriated.

Overall
Overall, the Nubian Palette by Juvia’s Place is incredibly beautiful. Now that I have it in my hot little hands, there is nothing in me that regrets this purchase. I know that because of the stunning shades and impeccable formula, that this little green baby is going to be very very well-loved.

Did you buy the Nubian Palette? Or is there another palette you have your eye on ? Tell me, and I’ll keep it in mind next time I’m on a drunken spending spree.

Camille xx