It feels like these Best Of Beauty blog posts are becoming a bit like The NeverEnding Story (do you remember Falkor? He was my favourite character…) because I just can’t seem to get through all the various categories. I’m going to finish off my ‘Best Of Beauty 2014’ series this week and will be blogging twice a day on some days because I’d like to get back to doing my ‘Beauty Snoop’, ‘Hot Off The Shelf’, ‘Love, Lush…LUSH’ and ‘Beauty School’ blog posts. I also want to do something for Valentine’s Day (maybe a nail art & makeup look blog post), since my plans for Christmas-inspired beauty posts were cancelled because of the surgery.
Today, however, we are talking about my top eyeshadow palettes – the ones that were the cheese to my macaroni, the frosting to my cupcake, and the bobas to my Bubble Tea. These are the palettes I constantly reached for during 2014. I still love my Urban Decay Naked palettes and use them often, but the palettes you see in the photo above, definitely impressed the socks off me last year!
So let’s take a look, shall we?
♥ LORAC PRO Palette ($ 42,00) – I recently did a makeup look using only this palette, you can check out the blog post here. This gorgeous palette houses 16 powder eyeshadows in various neutral shades (8 of them matte, and 8 of them shimmers). The shadows are super soft & creamy, easy to blend and packed with pigment. The palette contains the perfect mix of neutral shades (both cool-toned and warm-toned) and I am yet to find myself thinking: “Hhhmmm…if only it had a xx shade included in the palette.” It really does cater for any type of eye makeup look – dark & smokey, light & bright, warm & spicy, gold & glowy, cool & colourful…the PRO Palette has got you covered!
I could rattle on for days about how fantastic this palette is, but for now, you can go take a look at my ‘Face Of The Day’ blog post. You can purchase this palette on Amazon or Beauty Bar (both ship to South Africa) – for more information on the shipping charges, go check out my FOTD blog post.
♥ Stila Eyes Are The Window Spirit Palette (R 495,00) – I’ve mentioned this palette on the blog a couple of times already, here and here. You can check out the review blog post for close-up photos of the palette. Why do I love this palette so much? Well…the rose gold packaging turns me into a giddy teenager each time I look at it (you know me & rose gold, we’re BFFs), the pigmentation and texture of the shadows are spot on and you’re basically only paying R 40,00 per eyeshadow. Can’t beat that… The Spirit palette contains all the Stila showstoppers – Kitten, Jezebel, Pigalle & Pewter. Also a super versatile palette – Puppy is the perfect transitioning shade for the crease, Kitten is the perfect inner corner highlight, Chinois is the a great matte brow bone highlight shade, and Espresso can be used to deepen up the outer V area or can also be used to darken up the lash line. If you are more of a matte girl, then you might not enjoy this palette as much since 8 or 9 of the 12 shades are shimmers / frosted shades.
I love this palette so much, I went out and bought the ‘Soul’ palette just the other day. Such a stunner too! You can purchase the Stila Eyes Are The Window palettes online at Spree, Rubybox, Zando, and Kalahari (currently on sale for R 346,00 here but the photo is incorrect, so I’m not sure which palette they’re going to send to you). You can also purchase the palette in-store at selected Woolworths and Truworths stores.
♥ Sigma Beauty Warm Neutrals Palette (R 575,00) – Great news! You can purchase this palette in South Africa from Turquoise Studio (plus they offer free delivery). This eyeshadow palette has been such a staple for me and I used it in my ‘Romantic & Girly’ makeup tutorial here. The palette contains a divine variation of matte, satin and frosty shades. The shades range from shimmery golds, to warm-toned matte browns, to stunning warm pinks. Now, let’s talk about the quality of the eyeshadows… They apply like butter, even the mattes were almost cream-like in texture, and blend like a dream. Some of the shades do have a little bit of fall-out but that can be overlooked since it definitely doesn’t lack in the pigmentation or longevity departments. This is such a versatile palette and can be used to create any type of eye makeup look for any season.
Do you need all three of these palettes? Probably not…especially since some contain similar shades. I guess you’d have to ask yourself whether you would prefer purchasing a palette that is available in South Africa, a palette that looks like the Rolls Royce of eyeshadow palettes or a palette that may not be readily available but ticks all the boxes for any shade you will ever need.
Thank you to everyone who sent me birthday wishes on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram yesterday – we had such an amazing time at Karkloof. My face & body has been scrubbed, buffed, polished, massaged, oiled and pampered…I feel like my battery has been recharged. This is also the perfect time to test out a new self-tan product I received from TanOrganic, so keep an eye out for a review blog post coming soon!