THE PERFECT PALETTE TAG
It’s been a long time – about a year – since I did an old-school classic tag on my blog (see the others here). I thought maybe it was time to get back to basics and give a new one a go. This one I’ve heard of but never actually seen on my feed, so it’s a new experience for all of us.
The tag I’m talking about is the Perfect Palette Tag. This is apparently one of the first tags, so I’m definitely behind (yet again) at putting this one out, but I hope you enjoy it either way. The way this goes is that there’s categories – like an awards show – and you pick a palette for each category. Simple! links are affiliated
BEST PACKAGING – ABH PRISM
This is actually my newest purchase (thank you, TK Maxx) and I am already in love with it. ABH Prism was the Christmas 2017 palette, but you can currently still buy it from Anastasia Beverley Hill’s UK website – I’m not sure if it’ll eventually stop being produced! ABH packaging is always lovely, with the velvet, but the Prism palette is particularly beautiful with the black and gold. It’s simplistic and stunning.
BEST COLOUR PAY-OFF – JACLYN HILL X MORPHE
Jaclyn Hill’s collaboration with Morphe is fantastic. Let’s ignore the disastrous Vault collection and the pricey brushes, and focus on the original palette. Although there may be one too many warm-toned browns, you can’t deny that the pigmentation is incredible and the formula is the best Morphe has ever done. It signified a new era of the brand and every time I use it I fall in love over and over again. You can buy it from LookFantastic.
MOST VERSATILE – BEAUTY BAY COLOUR THEORY: EVOLVE
This is a fairly new palette (both to me and to the industry) and not only is it versatile because of the sheer amount of colours, but because you can create so many different types of looks with it. Duochromes, metallics and mattes; nudes, brights and darks. There’s something for everyone. You could do a neutral brown look, do something with plums or pinks, go for a sunset eye, go for a dark green or blue – there’s everything in this palette and it’s a makeup lover’s dream. See the review here and buy it on BeautyBay!
BEST FOR TRAVELLING – BEAUTY GLAZED GORGEOUS ME
This may be an odd choice, because this palette is HUGE. It’s massive. 63 eyeshadows. However, the way it folds in on itself means it has a lot smaller surface area than you’d expect. The reason why this is perfect for travelling (if you’re not stuck for space, that is) is because it has almost every single colour you’d ever need, and it’ll easily take you from day to night. It has four rows of neutrals, some cool browns and some warm, then a load of brights (shimmers and mattes) in the centre. See the review here.
BIGGEST REGRET – BH Cosmetics Neutral Eyes
I got the BH Cosmetics Neutral Eyes palette shortly after getting the Modern Mattes palette from the brand as I had really enjoyed that one, however I was quite disappointed. There wasn’t deep enough matte shades for me and everything was too powdery and not pigmented enough. It’s okay as an everyday neutral palette, but I really don’t like this palette. I am selling it on depop (username: hollife) so I can’t grab a picture.
BEST COLOUR NAMES – TARTE TARTELETTE TOASTED
Tartelette Toasted isn’t even one of my favourite or most-used palettes, but I just love the shade names. It’s so thematic and makes me feel warm and cosy, and think of autumn, which is my favourite season. I’m not sure why, but I also love the fact they’re all lower-case with no capital letters. Perhaps it makes it seem more casual and friendly? Crackle, Cashmere and Warmth are my three favourite shade names.
LEAST USED – URBAN DECAY ULTIMATE NAKED BASICS
This is kind of a regret as well, but my least-used palette is definitely the Urban Decay Ultimate Naked Basics. This is a matte palette (with one demi-matte) and although I really like the shades – they’re great for everyday looks – I have hardly used this palette. I’m not sure whether it’s because it’s a neutral palette, because it’s completely matte or because Urban Decay isn’t my favourite formula of eyeshadow. I’m debating whether to sell this palette, as well. You can get this palette from LookFantastic. Again, I’m selling this on depop so couldn’t get a picture!
MOST-USED – I HEART REVOLUTION CHOCOLATE PALETTES
By far, my most-used palettes are the I Heart Revolution Chocolate Palettes. There’s 24 of them and I have 23 of them (I had to buy them all for my ranking post/video) and of course I had to use them a lot in order to fully review them all, but even so, they’re palettes I always gravitate towards for filming and for everyday looks. My personal favourites are Nudes, Violet and Naked Chocolate. The pigment and ease of use is great, especially for the price. You can get them from RevolutionBeauty and Superdrug.
MOST-LOVED – ABH SOFT GLAM
I know I’m probably swayed by the fancy packaging and high price, but the Anastasia Soft Glam is just… unffh. My baby, my love, my one and only. The palette I use when I want to feel spectacular; when I want my makeup to look completely perfect. It’s always there for me and never lets me down and always makes me feel posh and great about my makeup. I love the colour selection too, of course! You can get it on Beauty Bay.
BEST DRUGSTORE PALETTE – SOPH X REVOLUTION EXTRA SPICE
I’m a drugstore gal, through and through, but even with a love of so many drugstore palettes, this choice was easy for me. Somehow, the Soph x Revolution collabs have felt like better quality than their usual palettes. The Extra Spice palette was Soph’s second palette and it is my favourite out of all the collaborations Revolution have released. The shade range is fun and suitable year-round and the pigment and blendability is great. You can buy it from Superdrug, Beauty Bay or RevolutionBeauty.
FAVOURITE MATTES – JACLYN HILL X MORPHE
I know I’ve already used this palette for another category, but… it has my favourite mattes! As I said, they’re so pigmented and they blend so beautifully. I previously wasn’t impressed with Morphe shadows, but the new formula in Jaclyn’s palette is incredible. I’m not sure what they did, but they need to keep doing it! You can get it from LookFantastic.
FAVOURITE SHIMMERS – ABH PRISM
Another one I’ve already mentioned – the ABH Prism has a beautiful selection of shimmers. Anastasia Beverley Hills is obviously a high-end brand, so the formula was always going to be top-notch, but even the colour selection of metallics in the Prism palettes is just perfection. It’s very autumnal and wintery, but I will definitely be using it year-round.
MOST-RECOMMENDED FOR BEGINNERS – REVOLUTION RELOADED PALETTES
I think that if you’re starting out on makeup, you shouldn’t worry about ruining or overusing an expensive palette, so I always recommend the Reloaded palettes from Revolution. They’re only £4 each and there’s 10 palettes to choose from. There’s more neutral toned palettes, brighter palettes, darker palettes and everything in between. Despite being just £4, they’re great formula, too! You can get them from Superdrug, Beauty Bay and RevolutionBeauty.
I’m sure that this list will need updating as I buy more palettes, but now you know my favourite palettes and what they’re best for! I do have a little bit of an addiction to palettes, but as addictions go, it’s not particularly a bad one (my bank balance would disagree). As this is a tag, if you’re reading this – I tag you! Make sure to let me know if you also do this tag.