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Ugh. Don't you just get overwhelmed with the amount of eyeshadow palettes on the market? I think it was the Urban Decay Naked palettes that started the craze a few years ago, at least I can't recall anything as iconic before them. Now new palettes are launching left and right every single day, it's almost impossible to keep up with the new launches. For me as a blogger this is both exciting and annoying as the bulk of new releases are limited editions: there's always something new to write about, but once they are gone, I can't really recommend them.
Today I'm sharing some eyeshadow palettes (bigger than quads) I've sold or gifted away and why didn't they work for me. If you see your favorite palette here, don't mind about me - I'm happy it works for you!
My very first real "makeup palette". Oh how I loved my Naked 2, it was like a gateway-drug to other palettes; namely Naked 3. This palette was getting old and I couldn't get on with the glitter textures, so it was time to let it go. I could've kept it for sentimental reasons, but to keep my collection small (HAH!) and neat, I decided against.
This palette was love at first sight with its rosy tones and while I liked some of the shades the glitter textures just didn't work out for me. Besides, I was getting tired of Urban Decay as a brand once their novelty factory died. I gifted this to a better home!
Too Faced Chocolate Bar
Again, love at first sight. This palette had pretty good textures and pigmentation, but I just didn't find myself reaching for it. I had found the attraction of luxury palettes (Burberry, Tom Ford, Viseard) and there was no going back to middle-market chocolate smelling shadows.
NARS Dual Intensity eyeshadows
To be honest, I had forgotten I ever owned this palette. While I like adding intensity to my shadows by wetting the brush, I don't think I ever fell in love with the shade selection. I'm one of those people who need a matte crease color no matter what. None of the palette colors seemed too special for me and at the time I didn't understand appreciate the look of blue or black eyeshadow/liner. Never reached for it, so in a better home it went.
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 palette 02
I kind of regret letting go of this Natasha Denona palette. I keep wondering could I have done more with it, a different technique or used a different brush? I got this in a Beautylish Lucky Bag and the color selection was right up my alley. Quality-wise it was good, but I quickly decided I wouldn't use this palette too much. Once I was in the purge mode I only kept palettes that bought me instant happiness and satisfaction. If something didn't "click", it was out - and Natasha got a new home.
Viseart Theory Palette in 01 Cashmere
Now here comes the oddball! First of all, I LOVE Viseart! My gorgeous Parisian friend introduced the brand to me a couple of years ago and I fell madly in love with the colors and quality of the products. I need to do a separate rave post for my Viseart collection. So, why did I let go of 01 Cashmere palette (review here)? It's compact, the mattes are top quality, pigmented and blendable with okay shimmers. Somehow I found the middle shimmer shade a bit stiffer and not really a complementary color on my lids. While I loved Cashmere's mattes and shimmery highlighter shade, Cashmere didn't excite me enough as I already had similar colors in my larger palettes. When I'm doing my makeup at home I would grab my 1 Neutral Mattes instead and combine it with 5 Sultry Muse or 6 Paris Nudes for a pop of shimmer. I decided to sell Cashmere but keep and depot the warmer Theory palette in 02 Minx, which I find more complimentary for my eye color.
The One I Kept: Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette
For me, this is a complete palette with a beautiful range of lights and darks, mattes and shimmers. If you're into plums - this is a palette for you. While I don't reach for it too often, every time I take it out I remember why I liked it in the first place. This palette gets way too little love online - it's basic, but very good quality. I think it was supposed to be a limited edition a couple years back, but I've still seen it sold online.
Conclusion..? I won't be buying big eyeshadow palettes any more. For some reason I get bored of them after a while and there's always a couple of shades won't work for me. They're big, clunky and often not worth the hype for me. I much prefer quads, singles, my depot palettes and Viseart pro palettes that are made for mixing and matching. I've decided to only pick up makeup I'm interested in my personal life and see if they're worth blogging about. While I do dream about a big Natasha Denona palette to give her one more chance, I don't see myself investing right now.
What do you think about my palette purge? Have you done anything similar? I'm also curious to hear what is your favorite big eyeshadow palette right now? xx