I have something fun for today. I’ve been seeing the Perfect Palette tag going around youtube for a while now, and I really wanted to do it here on the blog. It’s a short, 8 question tag that focuses on palettes, and who doesn’t love palettes? I decided to set some rules for myself that the palettes have to be pre-arranged (as in no Inglot or Mac (etc.) palettes with shades that I choose myself). Also, as it worked out, these are all non-drugstore brands. If you want me to do something like this with drugstore, let me know. So, now let the fun begin.
Best Packaging: I could have gone many ways with this category, and almost went with my Balm Jovi Palette because it’s adorable, but instead I chose the Tarte Gorgeous Getaways Palette. Although it is a little bulky, I just love that it has the travel palette so you can take each quad of shadows and a blush with you. The packaging really sold me on this palette, and I am so glad that I got it. This one was limited edition for the holidays, so I don’t think that you can still get it (but I could be wrong). Sorry about that. I promise that this is the only palette in this post that you can’t get your hands on.
Best Color Payoff: I chose the Urban Decay Dangerous palette for this category, but really any UD palette would have done. I went ahead and swatched the shadows so that you could see them. This is done with no primer and with me just swiping the color once on my hand. They are all crazy-pigmented and totally gorgeous. Look at those jewel tones. Urban Decay has some of the most pigmented shadows on the market, in my opinion. Even though this came out a long time ago, the Dangerous palette is currently $16 on UD’s website (which is how I got it).
Most Versatile: I had to go with Lorac Pro for the most versatile palette. It has an entire row of matte and an entire row of shimmer and metallics. There are many neutral shades, but there are also some color shades to add some variety. You can accomplish so many looks with this palette and the shadows work really well with each other. Lorac Pro is one of my favorites and is totally worth the money.
Best for Traveling: I love my Urban Decay Shattered Face Case for traveling. It’s so compact, but fits an entire face worth of makeup inside (minus foundation and mascara). The packaging is sturdy, so I don’t worry about it opening or breaking in my bag. I took the Shattered Face Case to Orlando with me, and I had no problems with it. It was handy and a good addition. Urban Decay Shattered Face Case is an Ulta exclusive, and is currently on sale at ulta.com.
Biggest Regret: So, here’s the deal with TheBalm Shady Lady palettes. I got these on super sale. They retail for $39.50 each on thebalm’s website, but I got all three for around $30. It was a great deal, and they are really good palettes, but I never reach for them because I have other palettes that I like better. Even though the sale was amazing and theBalm has really good eyeshadow, I shouldn’t have gotten them because I never use them.
Best Color Names: For me, a music lover, hands down the best shade names are in the Balm Jovi palette by theBalm. I love everything about this palette, and the packaging is so freakin’ cute. The shade names just kill me. Alice Copper, Lead Zeppelin, Third Eye Blinded… I mean come on! And the classical section is great too. I had to get this palette as soon as I saw it.
Least Used: I do not regret getting TheBalm Nude Tude palette because it is really great, but I do not use it as much as I should. As good as it is, I prefer the Naked 2 and the Lorac Pro for neutral eyes. I pretty much stopped using Nude Tude as soon as I got Lorac Pro. I really should go back to it because it’s so pretty and the shadows are really good.
Most Used, Most Loved, Desert Island: I have to say that my most loved palette is my Urban Decay Naked 2. I’ve used it so much and it hardly looks like I’ve put a dent in it. I really love taupe eyeshadow, and the Naked 2 palette is perfect for me. I like the packaging, and Urban Decay shadows are fantastic. I had a hard time deciding between this and the Lorac Pro, but I just really really love Naked 2, so it eventually won out.
I hope that you enjoyed this tag. I had fun putting it together. I have a ton of palettes because I am addicted to eyeshadow and love palettes so much. I didn’t realize how many theBalm palettes I have. I also have quite a bit of Urban Decay. I definitely need to pull out some of my less loved palettes and show them some attention. I think I’m pretty set on eyeshadow for a while. 😉