I wanted to kick off my (kind of) revamped blog with one of my favourite topics, makeup! Having recently moved into my very own home (yay) I had a good declutter of my ever-growing makeup collection. Eyeshadow palettes are my absolute favourite, but I had ended up with several palettes I never reached for, some I could never get on with the formula, and some I had just simply found ones I preferred after trying more brands.
I made sure that I loved every single palette that was going to come with me into my new home, but of course there’s some which I love that bit more than the rest! So, here’s a rundown of my top 3 high end and top 3 drugstore/ affordable eye shadow palettes.
I’m kicking things off with my favourite boujee purchases. Spending this much money on makeup was not something I was originally comfortable with, but makeup has become a real hobby and interest over the past few years. I work hard for my money and generally pretty sensible so I definitely don’t feel bad about how I spend it, but I am definitely not saying you should run out and spend £60 on eyeshadow!
Natasha Denona Sunrise Palette // RRP: £60.00 // 15 shades
Before buying the Sunrise palette, I owned one of the mini palettes which you can pick up from around $20 (I got mine in Sephora in the US and I’ve never seen these available on a UK site yet). I loved the formula but I just wasn’t prepared to pay the huge price tag of the bigger Natasha Denona palettes, no matter how pretty they looked. I think £60 for eyeshadow is STILL mega expensive, BUT I am really happy I bought this! The formula is fantastic, they blend so easily with little effort and the colour story is fun but very wearable.
Although the pan sizes are smaller than the usual ND palettes (to account for the more ‘affordable’ price) it’s still plenty big enough and can’t see me hitting pan anytime soon!
In the UK you can easily buy Natasha Denona from Cult beauty, Feel Unique and Selfridges.
Charlotte Tilbury Starry Eyes to Hypnotise // RRP: £60.00 // 12 shades
To me Charlotte Tilbury feels like the epitome of luxury in a beauty brand, mostly due to the packaging and marketing. I’ve lusted after Charlotte Tilbury makeup ever since my Aunty kindly bought me one of the colour chameleon eye crayons from the Fenwick counter over 4 years ago. Since then I’ve added a few things to my Charlotte Tilbury collection, and something about this palette really appealed to me, I felt like treating myself and well here we are…
This really is one of my all-time favourite palettes, in some ways it’s nothing special, but yet has everything I need. It’s a great mix of matte and shimmer shadows, has soft neutral transition tones as well as smokey shades and a black! It’s the perfect day to night palette and why I’ve often taken this away with me as you can achieve SO many looks. The packaging is slim and sturdy, and of course beautiful.
Despite the cost I feel like this palette would perfectly suit a beginner, from the easy to blend formula and the layout set up in four different ‘looks’. It’s kind of hard to mess up with this one!
Tati Beauty Volume 1 // $48.00 (+ shipping!) // 24 shades
If you’re not familiar, Tati Beauty was created by Youtuber Tati Westbrook (GlamLifeGuru) who has been creating makeup and beauty videos for a number of years. I’ve been a fairly regular viewer of Tati for a while, I like her in depth reviews and she somehow manages to stay reasonably relatable despite her enormous luxurious beauty room. I was really intrigued by the release of this palette and honestly it looked stunning, so I took the plunge and got it! Be prepared that if you’re ordering from the UK (or anywhere not in the US) the shipping will add up! My order ended up costing $67.55 (around £55) due to VAT and shipping costs.
The palette really hasn’t disappointed; the formula is fantastic and I love the tonal layout the variety of textures. The glitters are my favourite for sure! Although I have no problem blending, I don’t think this sort of palette would be particularly suited for beginners, I feel like you need to know makeup and formulas a bit to really make it work well.
My one gripe is the packaging! I think the cardboard type material for this price isn’t great, and as lovely as that velvety matte touch feels, it gets dirty so quickly! (I’m sure you will be able to tell this from my photos!) Although it’s definitely not big and bulky for a 24 pan palette it’s probably not something I would travel with, but would definitely choose this for a night out look.
Revolution x Soph Extra Spice Palette // £10.00 // 18 shades
I couldn’t not include something from Makeup Revolution on this list! Although they’ve expanded to include more ‘sub brands’ than I can count, Revolution consistently produce good quality and affordable makeup.
I started watching makeup videos on YouTube probably 5 years ago now and Soph (formerly Sophdoesnails) was one of the first creators I came across due to her affordable foundation reviews and oily skin type (snap). Revolution have since done numerous YouTuber collabs, but I think I’m right in saying Soph was the first! I much prefer this second palette toher original collab, this one is incredibly versatile and I love the bright pops of red and orange. I do find the shimmers perform a lot better than the mattes, common for more affordable brands, although all of the colours are really pigmented and are easy to work with. I would definitely recommend this! I’ve seen this on sale numerous times too, so to pick this up for under a tenner is a bargain!
Physicians Formula Tropical Days // £15.99 // 12 shades
For me this is on the top end of affordable, you can definitely get great palettes cheaper than this, however, I reach for this a lot on an everyday basis to do really simple looks suitable for work etc. I really like the formula of these and most of the colours are really pigmented and easy to blend.
I do have a few negative points about this palette…for the price I really think the palette should include a mirror as it could have included a really decent size one! I also very rarely touch the purple and blue, these are more difficult colours to create and I would rather it have just been a really good performing neutral palette and I would have used all the colours that way. Finally, why are brands STILL including those horrendous sponge applicators!? Who is still saying OK to that!!??
Overall Physicians Formula is a brand I’ve been really enjoying everything I’ve tried so far, and this palette does not disappoint!
Colourpop It’s My pleasure // $12.00 plus shipping // 9 shades
I definitely wouldn’t class this as an ‘everyday’ palette but it is so fun I just had to include it among my top three. Purple is my favourite colour so I felt really drawn to this palette. I love the variety of textures and tones; you can get a surprisingly wearable look out of it too. The lilac shade Kittenfish (why is it called this?) has fast become one of my favourite colours of 2020 and I STILL need to do an all-over lilac look with just this shadow (Emmas Rectangle inspired).
I really love the really soft glittery/ shimmer shades Earth Shine and Mr. Sandman, but be careful as they’re very very soft! It should also be noted that if you’re not in the US be prepared to pay extra for shipping, I got this as part of a bigger Colourpop order but I don’t think it’s worth it to just buy one palette due to the shipping costs.
So there you have it! Do you have any of these palettes? I’d love to hear your favourites in the comments!