Palettes Worth the Price: The Best and Worst Eyeshadow Palettes

I recently received and email from makeupalley.com headed “palettes worth the price” and I thought it was such a great idea for a blog post (when I say recently I mean around 3 months ago, it’s just taken me forever to get my act together and write this!). Eyeshadow palettes are kind of my thang so I feel I have plenty of expertise in this area.

Eyeshadow Palettes

Eyeshadow palettes are much better value for money than buying individual eyeshadows, but they can still be a little pricey upfront. For that reason you want to make sure that you’re investing in a good quality shadow selection.

So I’ve come up with a list of hits and misses to save you from throwing away your hard earned cash on a not so great product.

Hit Eyeshadow Palettes

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette

Are you all sick of hearing me bang on about this one yet? Well here I go again! You can read my full review here but in short – it’s awesome. Worth the hype! Super blendable, pigmented and easy to use shades. Not to mention the colours are to die for!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

I’ve also reviewed this little beauty before too (read it here) so you know I like it. I think these eyeshadow palettes are a fantastic investment if you’re just starting out in makeup and want to build your collection. I also think they are great for wedding, prom or special occasion makeup. They have all the colours you’ll need in one palette. There are a few different chocolate bar eyeshadow palettes – original, semi sweet, bon bon etc – and they’re all fantastic. You don’t need them all though so don’t panic. My favourite is the original but I think it’s more a matter of personal preference.

Sleek Storm Palette

sleek storm eyeshadow palette

This is a great budget friendly option. The quality and pigment is still there for a fraction of the price of the other offerings I’ve mentioned. This eyeshadow palette retails for £8.99 in Boots so if you haven’t tried it already what are you waiting for?

Kat Von D Monarch Palette

Kat Von D Monarch Eyeshadow Palette

I recently discovered that this little beauty is now discontinued. Devastating, yes, but all is not lost. Absolutely every shadow I’ve ever tried from Kat Von D is gorgeous so even if you can’t pick up this one – they’re all amazing. I’m eyeing up the shade and light palette next.

Back to the Monarch palette though! The shadows are incredible quality, very creamy and easy to blend out. I love the size of the pans – you’re getting a lotta bang for your buck. And the colours are just so warm and pretty!

Miss Eyeshadow Palettes

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Naked 3 Palette

Say whaaattt!?? This one is a little bit of a surprise entry because I don’t hate the product – I just don’t think it’s worth the price. The original naked palette is still one of my absolute favourite palettes – it’s completely beautiful and bizarrely it holds a lot of lovely memories for me. The shades “smog” and “half baked” in particular just do it for me.

The reason I didn’t include it in the “hits” category is because I feel it needs one or two more matte shades to reach holy grail status. Also I was one of the lucky duckies who got the palette many moons ago when it first came out and included the double ended eyeliner. Since the palette did so incredibly well though Urban Decay decided to remove the eyeliner that was included and replace it with a brush – which strikes me as a little greedy – and for that reason I didn’t want to include it in “palettes worth the price”.

Now that I’ve got my naked palette rant out of the way, onto the palette I’m actually talking about!! The naked 3 palette. I do like this palette don’t get me wrong. There are two reasons, however, that I don’t think it is worth the price. Number one being that I don’t think the quality is quite as good as the original naked palette. The shadows are beautiful but just not quite as beautiful as the original. And that’s a problem for me. Secondly the shades are just a bit monotonous, a bit blah. They all sort of run into one and I think you could save yourself the money by buying 3 shadows and achieve the same look as you could with the 12 shades in this palette.

Mac Warm Neutral Palette

Naked 3 Palette

This is a bit of a controversial one because this pre-made palette is undoubtedly better value for money than buying the eyeshadows individually. When I first got into makeup I built my own Mac palettes, every month after payday for years I’d treat myself to one shadow for my kit and eventually I built up a great collection. A few years later when Mac released these pre made palettes for £££££’s cheaper I was a.) a bit miffed and b.) super excited to be able to get 15 Mac shadows at a really reasonable price compared to building the palette myself.

Turns out I love my personalised palettes WAAAYYY more anyway. So for me the pre set palette was kind of waste. The shades included are kind of obscure colours that I don’t find myself reaching for – I guess they don’t need to put in the popular colours as they’ll sell anyway. I also found that like the naked 3 palette the shades were a little bit “the same”.

My advice would be to go quality over quantity. Instead of getting 15 shades that you don’t love build yourself a quad from Mac with your four favourite shades. Mine would be “all that glitters”, “patina”, “mulch” and “embark” – in case you’re asking!

 

What do you guys think? Do you agree with my choices? I’d love to hear which palette’s you think are worth the price and which ones you would skip, leave them in the comments below! Also don’t forget to sign up to the Beauty by Phillippa newsletter by entering your email address in the box below. You’ll be the first to hear about any special offers, competitions or collaborations so don’t forget to get involved!

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2 comments on “Palettes Worth the Price: The Best and Worst Eyeshadow Palettes
  1. Tania says:

    Such an interesting read! I love the Chocolate Bar palette too and, while I like the quality of Nakes 3, I find the shades can be difficult to work with. Particularly in terms of what blusher/lip product to pair it with. I’ve always wondered about the MAC 15 pan palette. It looks pretty, but as I’m allergic to some of MAC’s eyeshadow formulas I’ve not researched whether the shades would be ok for me. Creating a custom palette sounds like it’s the best way forward. Thank you for including your top 4 MAC shades, I’ll definitely be checking them out. Xx

    Tania | http://whentaniatalks.com

  2. Giulia says:

    This article is really useful, I really want to buy the ABH palette because it is really complete. I bought my first quality palette in December, I chose the Naked 1 but now I think the chocolate bar is better because it has more shades and enables you to create a lot of different looks.

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