Best Of Beauty 2014 – Eyeshadow Palette Edition

Best Of Beauty 2014 Makeup Palettes

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.

Best Of Beauty 2014 Sigma Warm Neutrals Palette

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!



  1. Veronique
    9 February 2015 / 18:08

    Loving these best of beauty posts, Luzanne. 🙂 I’ll be sad when you’re done with them. There’s always next year tho 😉

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2015 / 10:11

      Haha! Yes, I’ll definitely do them next year again… 😀

  2. Olwethu B
    9 February 2015 / 19:26

    Ah those makeup palettes are gorge XO

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2015 / 10:10

      Thank you, Olwethu. 🙂 xo

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2015 / 10:10

      Thank you for popping by, Steph! 🙂

  3. Maureen
    9 February 2015 / 20:23

    Looking fwd to your review on the self-tanner, Im looking for a good quality brand that doesnt smell iffy. 😉

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2015 / 10:10

      It will hopefully be up this week, Maureen – I’m also constantly on the search for a faux tanner that doesn’t smell like plastic. 😀

  4. Holly Morello
    10 February 2015 / 07:37

    I own the Sigma and Lorac Pro palettes and I love them both so much. Great blog post, as always, Luzanne. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2015 / 10:09

      Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, Holly. 🙂

  5. Gina
    10 February 2015 / 13:44

    I am obsessed with my Stila palette – I don’t think I have touched any of my other eyeshadows since I got it. It’s the perfect mix of colours for any day or night.
    Loving your Best Of posts!! You always give such great reviews 🙂

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2015 / 10:08

      You are so right, you can create soooo many different look with that palette.

      Thank you for your kind words, Gina! 🙂

  6. Yolandi Wilken
    10 February 2015 / 16:14

    Ooooh that Sigma palette looks like my type of palette! Definitely going to get it. 😀

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2015 / 10:08

      You will love it, Yolandi, I’m sure of it! 😉

  7. Qondiswa N
    10 February 2015 / 16:28

    I want that Lorac makeup palette so bad!!!

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2015 / 10:07

      You need it in your life, Qondiswa! 😉

  8. zanelle roodt
    10 February 2015 / 17:12

    I own that Stila palette because of you and I love it so so soooo much! 🙂 Thank you for introducing us to all of these amazing brands and products, Luzanne. XO

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2015 / 10:07

      Yay! So happy to hear that, Zanelle – it’s such a fab palette!

      You’re welcome… 😉

  9. Melissa ❀
    10 February 2015 / 18:33

    Kannie wag om die res van jou Best Of Beauty blogs te sien nie, ek geniet hulle so bitter baie! 🙂

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2015 / 10:06

      Ek is so bly om dit te hoor, Melissa!! 😀

  10. Geraldine
    11 February 2015 / 07:51

    They’re all such beautiful colours… I bought the Stila palette back when you did your review and you’ve just made me add the Sigma palette to my list of things to get.


    • Luzanne
      15 February 2015 / 10:06

      Thank you for popping onto the blog and reading my blog post, Geraldine. 🙂 xo

  11. Simone
    11 February 2015 / 11:37

    Ha ha…the neverending story! I think I let my kids watch that a few weeks ago, but they weren’t digging it. Maybe a bit too scary for a 6yr old and a 3yr old. They usually love the old movies I put on for them.

    Totally off track….lol. Am loving these posts. When you start the new posts though…and I want to run out and buy new stuff, that’s when the trouble starts!

    PS What did you think of Leaving Time?

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2015 / 10:05

      I loved the movies so, so much as a child – Falkor made me happy! 😉

      I’m so embarassed to say I haven’t finished it yet (which is weird because I can finish a book in 3 days), things have been so hectic around here I haven’t had time to sit down & read. I need to make time, though… Will let you know once I’ve finished. 🙂

      • Simone Cameron
        16 February 2015 / 10:21

        I am somebody that cannot put a book down once I start! So 1-2 days max and it’s done. lol. Let me know one you’ve finished it. I wasn’t thrilled and would actually say….don’t make it a priority to finish it 🙁

  12. Carmen
    12 February 2015 / 09:23

    I loved the theme song to the never ending story lol..
    All very beautiful palettes. I see the new (or maybe not so new) tartelette palette form tarte has got youtubers and bloggers buzzing… or rather Im seeing it being used a lot. Any thoughts?

    • Luzanne
      15 February 2015 / 09:52

      Aaaaaah, I loved those movies so much! I used to watch them over and over and over…I watched the first movie a couple of years ago again and was chuckling at the ‘special effects’. 😉

      I’m dying to get my hands on the Tartelette palette but I’m too scared to order it from overseas. I placed quite a few international online orders in January (beginning) and I haven’t received a single item yet! Eeeek!

  13. Pippa
    12 March 2015 / 09:21

    Oooh 🙂 Are you going to give the new MAC pre-packed 15 pallets a go? 🙂

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