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Monday, October 13, 2014

MAKEUP WARS: Must-Have Shadow Palettes

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In this week's Makeup Wars, we're running through out favorite makeup palettes! As a certified makeup junkie, this was a toughie. Palettes are my weakness, so I've accrued quite the collection. The list could go on, but these are what I consider to be the essentials:
  • Must-Have Customizable Palette: MAKE UP FOR EVER's recently launched their Artist Shadows at Sephora, and they're available in customizable duo and trios. Each and every shadow I've tried (which as of now is 36) is smooth and very pigmented. The trio pictured below contains the shades M-636, ME-512, and ME-310. 
  • Must-Have Travel Palette: For an ultra-compact palette that promises both matte and sparkle finishes, Smashbox Full Exposure Mini Palette is just the ticket. It has all the essentials for a daytime look, or some smoky sparkle for the night.
  • Must-Have Drugstore Palette: Essence All About Nude Palette is a great combination of cool neutrals. The shadows themselves are surprisingly smooth and pigmented given its $4.99 price tag!
  • Must-Have Large Palette: My ultimate all-in-one palette is LORAC's PRO Palette. With 8 matte shades, and 8 shimmer, the pigmentation is unbelievable and the texture of each shadow is a buttery as they come. With shades that range from essential neutrals to flattering gem tones, this is a palette that's great for any occasion!
  • Must-Have Multitasker: Urban Decay's Naked Basics Palette is ideal not only for the quintessential natural, neutral eye, but it also serves as a facial contour, highlight, and brow powder! Follow the link to another Makeup Wars where I demo how to use it as each.
  • Must-Have Singles: Sometimes you can only find the perfect palette by making it yourself. Makeup Geek Shadows and Coastal Scents Shadow Pots allow you to pop individual pans into customizable Z-Palettes so you have the exact shades you need. Check out some of my favorite shades below!