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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Palettes We Use, Palettes We Love, Palettes We Loathe


If you have spent any time in beauty halls or even your local chemist such as Boots or Superdrug, you will have noticed that palettes are back and in a big way. Lining the stands is a whole onslaught of new and larger palettes; a product form that unless it contains powder based cosmetics, I often feel is best left alone due to the almost dated approach. Hear me out...

As a beauty blogger I am open to most cosmetic offerings and procedures for that matter, we all want to look and feel our best so who am I to count anything out? My gripe with palettes (again other than powder) is not only long standing but also well documented. Think about it; blush, eyeshadow are products you more than likely apply at home and seldom touch up - if you do I'd imagine most would rather cart around a single pan of product, opposed to a bulky palette? Poured wells of lipstick and concealer may work well for make-up artists but for the average user, they are more hassle than they are worth (there is of course exceptions to every rule). Who has time to fish around their bag, not only for a lip palette but also a lip brush - not me. A standard lipstick is just so much more convenient.

Palettes We Use, Palettes We Love, Palettes We Loathe

Convenience aside, the average high street, mixed palette is normally very much a case of hit and miss. Don't get me started on eyeshadow, cream blush and lipstick combination palettes. Typically in such instances, the eyeshadows will be the best of a bad bunch and the cream products will be overly oily and a nightmare to apply - I do say typically as I am sure there is a great, budget friendly mixed palette out there, waiting to blow me out of the water. Then there's also the problem of the eyeshadow fall out collecting into the cream products - a nightmare waiting to happen. 

For now I'm happy with blush and eyeshadow palettes, even then I long for more customisable options (if NARS launch one more blush palette featuring Orgasm and Laguna, I'll scream). I guess when it comes to palettes it is different strokes for different folks. Where do you weigh in? And if you can point me in the direction of a great, high street mixed palette, I'm all ears and waiting to be converted. 
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24 comments:

  1. I agree that palettes aren't that convenient - but I do love them for the fact that I can try out a bunch of shades from one brand for not much more money.

    Emily x
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  2. I find palettes easier these days as I apply make up on the train and therefore have some choice and takes me from day to night very easily (which is commonplace for me during the week). That said I have no interest in lip palettes! They're just of no use to me.

    Victoria x
    FlorenceandMary.com

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  3. This is so true I would never think to put a palette in my handbag. Niamh x

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  4. Nars have just released an awesome build your own palette section online, and you can include whichever elements you need (no blush for me!). It does come a substantial price tag though, but to get something I can cart around with everything I need it's perfect.

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  5. I do love palettes, simply for the bargain factor. Although I love single eyshadows, I'm far less likely to use them than a palette.

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  6. They might not be as convenient, but I do often love them for the value, and they also look great on the shelf and in photos ;-) xx

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  7. I feel like I've been using more and more palettes recently because it gives me so many option in my hand!

    xx, A Little Dose of Makeup

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  8. I agree, big palettes are definitely not convenient when out on the go and just are not regally realistic to carry around in a handbag all day long. Much prefer singular items, although at home storing everything can be a problem.
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  9. I actually quite like a big palette - although storage can sometimes be an issue!

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  10. We love all types of palettes especially lip palettes. As far as this post : matte shadows are the best!

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  11. I so hate the cardboard drugstores insist on using for their packaging in their palettes, it just puts me off every single time, so much so that I do not own one! As for Mixed palettes I dislike those just as much, I always have this image of using one then hating the rest = waste.

    I think this is why I love my MAC palettes so much, knowing the minute I run out of something I can pop it out and replace it makes me very happy, need to see about getting a blush one too! And I have seen NARS have started to offer the same concept :) If only they were cheaper...

    I biggest bug bear is when companies put really nice products in big chunky xmas packaging that is 10x the size of the product (yes im talking to you benefit!) Ok now I am ranting.. ill stop haha

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    1. I should note though I am seriously considering buying my first "mixed" palette, the Ambient Lighting edit, but at £65 I am scared to splash the cash for such little product. Sulks. Serious makeup problems lol

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  12. I love eye shadow palettes but I have a couple of blush palettes and honestly I don't reach for them all that often because a single seems more convenient somehow. I agree with you on the lip front-I don't think lip palettes are any use to anyone but a makeup artist-I mean who's going to lug a massive palette around to touch up their lippy? I know it's not drugstore but I ordered the Tarte rainforest after dark palette from sephora a while back and find it so convenient for taking travelling because it has eye shadows, blush, bronzer and highlighter in one little palette, Em x
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  13. I must agree.. Lip palettes aren't my things either. Eye shadow palettes are what I love the most, my favorite one is the Lorac Pro palette (I actually just wrote a blog post about it since I love it so much).. As for blushes, I just use single blushes since I prefer to carry them around and not have them be in big, bulky palettes x

    Lina | sisterblend.blogspot.com

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  14. I love palettes so you can try different shades for a cheaper price, although I do agree that they can't be carted round! xo

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  15. People get so excited about some palettes that I just don't see the hype about. Especially the ones with cream and powder products together! That rages me! But I think some can be really great, for instance I can do my whole face and eyes with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette, and it's the perfect size for traveling. So much better than lugging around like eight separate products haha.

    Louise walkaboutbeauty

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  16. I am all about an eyeshadow quad - the Daniel Sandler ones in particular.. I do my makeup on the train to work so it gives me a bit of choice or the ability to do something a little more smokey! For holidays I love palettes too but they need to be small so things like the l'oreal nudes eyeshadow palette over my urban decay naked palette just because of size. I favour MAC msfs for adding colour to the face so I tend to only take one with me rather than a palette with a high lighter / contour in one and then I use a touch of lipstick as blush and a little pale eyeshadow as highlight. I'm really not into lip palettes at all, they always get grubby! So I guess I'm saying there's a place for em but I certainly dont swear by them!

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  17. I like eyeshadow palettes for variety, but often there are only 2, maybe 3 colors that i will actually use. (remember i come from the late 50s eatly 60s when it was commonto put one, maybe two colors on your lids....most of us bought singles of fave colors and swiped a stroke over the lids, mascaraed lashes, quick lips & out the door!
    many of the multi blended eyes out there are gorgeous, but way too much trouble for this old lady!

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  18. I have to be honest I mostly disagree. i like palettes for their convienience and I'm obsessed with collecting them. I do understand your point though. There's rarely any palette I would use all the shades in, be that for eyes, contour, cheeks etc. I hate lipstick palettes. I love my bullets :)

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  19. I hate mixed palettes. Like you said you always get most of the bad bunch and always find products you don't use because they are crap!!
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    Charlotte - http://www.alifeofacharlotte.com/

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  20. Can you please tell me what is the name of what seems to be a contour/highlighting palette with eight circles ? Thanks ♡
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