Eyeshadow Palettes Worth Having
As a makeup artist you really don't want to be carrying around a million and one single eyeshadows around with you, taking up space in your kit. And let's be honest, we don't always have the time to dedicate to depotting said shadows and they inevitably sit there, neglected and unused in the land of I'll Do It Tomorrow (or is that just me?).
Palettes, as we all know are great for having a selection of shadows that usually work together to create many different looks and they can be a great source of inspiration when planning or talking about different looks with a client.
But having loads of variety can really batter your purse and you will not always have the luxury of being able to try a thousand things before you find the right palettes to suit your client base.
So, I've taken some of the hard work out for you and comprised a list of my top 3 favourite brands that really deliver.
First up is the cheapest option on the list and that is Sleek. Sleek are a fantastic brand that
Because they are so pigmented and cheap, they are great for newly fledged makeup artists or anyone who doesn't want to fork out tens of pounds without having to compromise of quality.
Some notable palettes to try are i-Divine Ultra Matte V1 & 2, The original palette (great for really colourful smokey eyes) and the Vintage Romance.
Price: £7.99 (http://www.sleekmakeup.com/original-i-divine-pa-original-i-divine-palette)
Urban Decay Naked Palettes
This might seem like an obvious choice but they are an obvious choice for a reason and that biggest reason is their Naked line. While it might be a cliché to adore the Naked Palettes, they are a great base to begin building a neutral shadow collection. My advice would be to go for the Naked 2 because its taupe baseline makes it a lot more universally flattering than the Naked 1's warmer tones. And if you want to splash out, definitely pick up the Naked 3 as well. It's not going to suit everyone but if you have a big bridal clientèle or want that easy, ultra feminine romantic look – this is the palette to reach for.
Inglot Freedom Palettes
Inglot are one of my favourite brands for eyeshadows, they are cheaper than MAC, you get a lot more product than most brands AND they have nearly every colour, texture and finish under the sun. Their only downfall is the lack of “real world” availability. So if you're near Stirling or Aberdeen, jump in and check out their massive selection of shadows.
But that's not too big of an issue. Inglot are popular amongst the internet beauty communities and you can easily find swatches online to help pick which ones you want. Aye, you need to do more research and planning, but come on. You should be doing that anyway!
Inglot are great because while they offer palettes to put your new eyeshadows in, you don't need to purchase them. I keep mine in Z Palettes which can be found on love-makeup (http://www.love-makeup.co.uk/) and are much easier and lighter to store than Inglot's offering.
Price: Square Eyeshadow £4.50 (http://www.inglotuk.com/Products-Freedom_System.html)
But where is the MAC I hear you cry? I deliberately left a firm favourite out because while I adore MAC and they offer an amazing selection of colours and finishes – I always reach for my Inglot, Sleek and Urban Decay more. But that's just my opinion!
Hopefully, this wee blogpost has helped someone out in the massive, raging sea of eyeshadow palettes. Of course there are many more that I could go on about but it would turn into a dissertation rather than an easily digestible post. And let's face it, no one wants that!
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