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5 Colourful Eye Palettes

Wednesday, 16 August 2017
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Remember back when I did my big make-up declutter back in February and thought I was so over coloured makeup and it just wasn't for me anymore and I just never wore it? Remember that? I take it all back. Every word. 

I fucking love colourful make-up. Always have done, always will do. The thing is, I was uninspired and bored, and it was easier to reach for a quick warm-toned copper than a loud, in-your-face purple. In the last few months I've been selectively investing in colourful make-up pieces, trying out from the best brands to see what's worth it and what's not. Today I thought I'd share with you five colourful eye palettes that are mostly affordable, with one not, and let you know just why exactly they're worth every. single. penny.

FOIL EYES PALETTE - BH COSMETICS, £13

When I first bought this back in December of 2016, I didn't know what to expect. The swatches look incredible - but the swatches also looked incredible for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette, and look what a shit storm that palette caused. I've learnt from that now, but back then it definitely felt a bit of a gamble, especially when I decided to buy two of these to give one away. Thankfully, I was not disappointed. In fact, I was totally blown away. I thought I loved this palette when I wore the brown and nude tones for New Years, but that was nothing compared to when I started playing about with the purples and yellows. My favourite of the lot is by far the teal - I used it to create my Ballora-inspired makeup look earlier this year - and the amazing thing about this palette is you don't actually have to use a damp brush. With most 'foil'-like shimmers, you are required to use a spritz of water or MAC Fix+ to really get that shimmery, metallic look, and whilst these work great using this method, I personally prefer them dry as they perform so well. At £13, I think this palette is a bargain - it's follow-up palette is well worth a look too!

WINTERBERRY PALETTE - COASTAL SCENTS, £13

I couldn't pick a favourite palette, but if I could only take one eyeshadow palette to a desert island, I'd probably take this. The shades are so easy to work with, they blend well and they are beautifully pigmented. Plus, the entire thing is made up of pinks, reds and purples - AKA every one of my favourite eyeshadow colours in the world. It also boasts a fantastic, super-shimmery champagne that makes a bangin' inner corner highlight, and a smoky gunmetal shade too if you're looking to add drama to your look. This palette is super travel friendly, with each of the 12 shadows able to be removed so if you have other Coastal Scents palettes, you can swap them to mix and match how you please, and it also has a large mirror that's perfect for on-the-go. This is honestly such a dreamy little number, and the price is ridiculously affordable for something so well made and beautiful! 

NYX ULTIMATE EYESHADOW PALETTE - BRIGHTS, £16

So, I have a little bit of a bone to pick with NYX over this line-up of palettes. The Ultimate Eyeshadow Palettes were released, if I remember rightly, towards the end of 2016. Most of them are smoky and neutrals, with this being the only one containing a bright and interesting colour selection - who'd have thought, right?! - but what gets me is that before holding this in my grasp, I had no idea the palette was this small. At £16, I expecte something at least the size of the Winterberry palette, if not more. What I didn't expect was for all 16 of my itty-bitty shadows to be shoved into an itty-bitty palette. 

Complaints aside, this palette by NYX is pretty fucking decent. At £16 I'm not entirely convinced it's worth the price tag for how little you get, and some of the shadows do take work - I'm still left disappointed by its bright yellow number. The red with the gold glitter is very reminiscent of my Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Bad Seed, a gorgeous product I introduced to you in my Civil War inspired makeup look, and I admit I find it disappointing to have a repeat shade. Whilst a few shades are a little lack-lustre, most perform pretty well and don't require a huge amount of build-up. The hot pink is one of my favourites - I used it for both my Toy Chica inspired makeup look and in my My Tattoos: Part One video - and I'm looking forward to trying out the teal for an upcoming look at some point (inspired by a superhero character). On the whole this is a good palette - price tag put aside!

PRO PALETTE - SUGARPILL, £18 / PALETTE, £7.95 / PAN

This is the only colourful, high-end eye palette I own, and so far it's been worth every single penny. I currently have 6 shades in my 12-pan Sugarpill Pro Palette, and whilst it isn't cheap, these eyeshadows knock every other brand I've tried out the park. The quality is fantastic, they blend well, and the colours are beautiful and easy to work with. The pan-size is also massive, so you're getting a lot of product for your money. I really don't have a bad word to say about this, and if you're interested, you can read more over on this post.

MAKEUP GEEK PALETTE - I HEART MAKEUP, £7.99

This palette is what I call a colourful palette for beginners, and is one of the very first that I ever used when I started to get into colourful eye looks. Not only is the price-point a bargain, but the colour selection is beautiful. As well as matte transition shades and shimmery nudes, it boasts firey red tones and mermaid purples, blues and pinks. In all honesty, I'm sure mine is long expired and it even smells more like a box of Crayolas now than eyeshadows, but the pigmentation on these is fab, and I also think they are so easy to work with. There's a shade in the bottom right of the palette that's a near dupe for Sugarpill's Moneymaker, and it looks incredible under a cream black base to really show off and intensify the colour. I could praise this palette all day long - I think it's affordable and an amazing starting point for colourful looks. From a nude look to a smoky eye, to firey grunge makeup, I think this palette has all you need.

That's a wrap for this post - what colourful eye palettes do you think are worth a look?

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