FOR THE AU NATUREL ONE:
PIXI BY PETRA Ultimate Beauty Kit 3rd Edition ($34.00)
This exclusive all-in-one palette contains a curated collection of some of our universally bestselling shades. Bronze, contour and highlight your complexion while creating the perfect polished brow and lining & defining eyes to perfection in a few sweeps!
Ok, let me just start off by saying, no, admitting that I'm a drama queen. Yes, in life, but especially with my makeup. I usually prefer bold lips, shimmer shadows and a dramatic eyeliner wing tip. But that kind of look is exhausting and can take hours! There are some days you want to go for a more natural look. Yeah, even me! This baby is the MOTHER of neutral palettes with a range of truly flattering shades for eyes, face and cheeks that will help you create that glowy, subtly contoured look for just such days. Pair that with your fave nude lippie and you're good to go. And that too, at a price that won't break the bank!
Swatched below are a few of my favorite shades from this palette. Who says you can't still have a little shimmer even on those au-naturel days?!
FOR THE BOLD GO-GETTER:
URBAN DECAY Full Spectrum palette ($39 ON SALE)
When color is your drug of choice, you know where to get the good stuff. Satisfy your color addiction with Full Spectrum, a limited-edition set featuring 21 shades of our iconic Eyeshadow (the most ever in any UD palette!)—from bold brights to matte white.
We organized the shadows by color family, creating a rainbow of ombré trios: pinks, oranges, yellows, greens, blues, purples, and even a wildcard row that goes from white to black. The end result? A palette that not only looks stunning, but also delivers tons of options. Create dimensional ombré looks by working within the color-coordinated trios or experiment with multiple shade groups at once. With 18 NEW shades, three exclusives from past palettes, and a wide range of finishes, you’ll never run out of options.
In 2015, we launched Urban Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette in limited quantities, and people freaked out trying to get their hands on it. And if you thought that palette was amazing, you’ll be blown away by Full Spectrum. This set ups the ante with our BIGGEST, most colorful palette yet! From super-smooth mattes to shimmer-laced shades, this palette has something for EVERY color junkie.
The sleek black case is glamorous, cool and compact at the same time. It features tonal, spectrum-like lines that alternate from matte to shiny and a rainbowed-out, faceted “UD” jewel. We equipped Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette with a HUGE mirror and a double-ended brush. The Tapered Crease Brush is perfect for laying down shadow, defining the crease or blending out color. Use the Shadow Brush to pack color on the lid or do detailed shading.
Each Eyeshadow in Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette features our Pigment Infusion System™, the proprietary blend of ingredients that gives every shade its velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power and blendability.
- Alchemy (deep fuchsia satin)
- Gossip (bright metallic pink w/subtle floating pearl)
- Paranoia (soft metallic blue-pink)
- Warning (deep metallic copper)
- Seize (bright metallic coral w/subtle floating pearl)
- Jones (metallic orange w/subtle floating pearl)
- Midnight Blaze (black matte w/yellow-gold pearl)
- Calavera (bright yellow matte w/subtle floating pearl)
- Goldmine (metallic yellow-gold)
- Hundred (deep metallic forest green)
- Hatter (vibrant green w/tonal micro-sparkle)
- Mean (bright metallic lime green)
- Minx (deep navy matte w/floating tonal pearl)
- Blindsided (bright teal blue matte w/floating pearl)
- Metamorphosis (vibrant periwinkle blue w/micro-sparkle)
- Delirious (deep plum matte w/subtle floating pearl)
- Sketch (metallic medium purple)
- Faded (lavender w/gold shimmer)
- Platonic (black matte w/iridescent glitter)
- Iced (oyster silver w/shimmer)
- Bump (white matte)
I have to admit that I coveted this palette as soon as I caught an early glimpse of it on social media and unsurprisingly, I was over the moon when a PR package arrived with this beauty nestled in it. This palette is totally up my alley! A huge UD fan for years, I love their bold shades found in so many of the Vice palettes not only because of the pigmentation but also because the shadows generally apply so beautifully and blend so well. If you think you can't rock a bold eyeshadow, trust me when I urge you to reconsider! Try a bold shade smudged along your waterline or just on your eyelids. A bold pop of color can not only brighten your look but inevitably your day!
Swatched below are a few of my favorites: from left to right, Blindsided, Paranoia, Iced and Goldmine.
FOR THE MULTI-TASKING ALL-ROUNDER:
IT COSMETICS Limited Edition Most Wanted for Holiday palette (Was $55 on QVC)
Special edition and only for the holidays, IT Cosmetics Your Most Wished for Palette features a variety of skin-loving, problem-solving products in one easy to use collection! Coverage, color, and complexion perfection in a gift-boxed palette, this palette is perfect for every IT girl on your holiday shopping list, including you!
Smooth Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector anywhere on your skin for flawless, full-coverage, antiaging results. Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer is your perfect all over sun-kissed glow without glitter or shimmer. Three shades of Bye Bye Pores Pressed Blush instantly adds a look of youth and vitality. The palette also includes two highlighters--Hello Light Creme and Hello Light Powder--designed to add the look of light and lift to your skin without any glitter or shimmer.
Bye Bye Pores Pressed is your completely clear finishing powder that gives you a flawless airbrushed complexion. The 18 antiaging eye shadows can be worn wet or dry, as shadows or liners. Each shade was hand-selected to define and enhance every eye color. Six shades of Blurred Lines Lipstick instantly perk up your whole complexion and give you the appearance of smoother and younger looking lips!
- 18 0.019-oz Naturally Pretty Eye Shadows
- Six 0.012-oz Blurred Lines Lipsticks
- Four 0.015-oz Bye Bye Undereye Correctors
- Three 0.088-oz Bye Bye Pores Blush
- 0.132-oz Bye Bye Pores Pressed Powder
- 0.183-oz Hello Light Powder
- 0.113-oz Hello Light Creme
- 0.132-oz Sunshine in a Compact Bronzer
This palette was indeed limited edition and I usually stay away from including currently unavailable products on such faves lists because I know the frustration of seeing something, falling in love with it and then being unable to purchase it. So, my apologies! But this palette is just too amazing NOT to include. I mean, it really does have it all and is SO perfect for travel or when you're on the go--it literally has everything you need, except a mascara and an eyeliner! Here's hoping they bring it back!
Swatched are a few of my faves, although I had a really hard time narrowing it down with this one!
FOR THE ONE THAT WANTS IT HER WAY:
Vendome Beaute customizable palettes ($26 on Amazon)
Vendome Beaute just hit the scene and is quickly becoming this season’s beauty must have with its botanical-infused color line, that goes on velvety smooth to create the perfect look for any occasion. The rosewater infused eyeshadows are highly pigmented and finely milled to give an all-around luxurious look and feel. Any makeup lover will adore a customized combination of the single eyeshadows. Vendome Beaute offers 33 striking hues, that allow you to mix and match colors to create a gift that is tailored to your specific Vendome girl.
This new brand has the cutest packaging, right?! I was sent 5 different, 3-shade, preset palettes and I really loved A LOT of the shades. Yes, it is kinda pricey per pan but you get a lot of product for your money and I really like the fact that these slim, lightweight palettes are customizable, travel-friendly and oh-so-chic! As much as I love my giant makeup and eyeshadow palettes, it's pretty hard to carry one around on a daily basis. So, one of these portable sets are perfect for stashing in your purse for a mid-day touch-up.
Swatched below are a few of my faves--you can see right away that I personally gravitate toward those shimmers!
****Products were sent to me for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.****