Eye shadow palettes are always a sound investment; you get more colours and you can use them for nearly year round. If it’s a selection of natural shades, you can really wear them regardless of season ‒ they never go out of style. You need to pay a bit more attention, if you’re into colours, because the shades that will make you glow in the summer aren’t neccessarily useful for the winter time, mainly because the skin isn’t as tanned. Every season brings with it new colour selections and trends, but I personally still believe that some colours are evergreen, which also means they’re always trendy and these are the ones you should have. I personally tried a wide selection of palettes, some smaller, some bigger, some very trendy and others less so, and what I’ve noticed is that some colours are always in, and more importantly, they make sure your eyes are nicely accentuated. These include: golden, silver, chocolate brown, dark violet, emerald green and a matte white. Regardless of whether your eyes are light or dark, the colours I mentioned will emphasise your look, so here’s a list of palettes that I think will come in handy.
Natural shades and a bit of shimmer
I find the Smashbox Full Exposure Eyeshadow Palette Nude Naked palette superb, because quite honestly, it offers two sorts of colours that are quite similar to each other. However, each matte shade has its own shimmery counterpart. They provide you with two brushes to help the colours blend together, which enhances their effect on the eyes. I admit, I usually use the shimmery ones more often, but the mattes are perfect for summer days and for the times I play with red lipstick and want to keep the eyes low key. The colours are intense, long lasting, and they don’t collect. I didn’t have any allergic reactions, and an additional benefit is that you can apply the colors with a damp brush to emphasise them even more. You can even use the black one as an eyeliner, all you need is some water and a damp, thin brush. My favourite is definitely the light golden shade, because it has some pink pigments and looks just divine on the eyes. Oh, this palette is last year’s, but they do a very similar one every year using the same principle.
This palette will undoubtedly be the fair-woman’s favourite. Even though I am not fair myself, I just adore it. This is my summer choice, which I also use on the weekends, if I’m at home and don’t feel like doing a complete makeup. Too Faced The Secret to No Makeup Makeup Palette consists of creamy colours that are generally used on strategic points, such as the cheeks, underneath the eyes, under the eye brows. At the same time, it offers a beige eye shadow with glitter that makes sure the eyelid is slightly emphasised; you just add mascara and there isn’t much else you need. The palette gives you a very doll-like, gentle face, because it’s based on pinks and beiges. You’ll look rested with the use of highlighter and subtle glitter. The lighter tones are excellent for dark circles underneath the eyes, they’ve been proven to cover up the most sleepless nights in the world. The palette comes with a booklet that contains some very good advice on how to apply the makeup so as to achieve the best results.
Emphasised and sexy
They say that violet is the colour of fools, artists and eccentrics, but in fact it’s the colour that flatters all eyes. This year there is a lot of burgundy in fashion, but it’s been around for a lot longer in eye makeup and it’s actually a sound investment. Urban Decay has some great products including Wende’s Contraband Eyeshadow Palette. It gives you six colours and not one of them is “off”. They’re all very useful including the green, because it goes well with the golden. Plum is wonderful, but start with their black pencil to get an even more intensive effect. It’s so creamy and longlasting, it’s almost incredible. Use your fingertip to smudge it in the outer corners, and then apply the colours. I’m absolutely crazy about it.
Go for classical brown shades, everlasting white, very trendy green, and grey. Bare Minerals The Soft & Smoky Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 Palette is a very special set of colours. First of all, you need a very small amount to get a very good effect; secondly, they’re incredibly longlasting and you can easily mix them or combine them to get lighter or darker tones. The only downside is, you’ll probably use the white one instantly, just like I did, just because it’s so useful, it goes with everything else. I like the grey (especially the lighter shades) and bronze; all the colours are quite shimmery, but not too much, so they don’t emphasise lines and are not evening makeup colours. I like this palette so much because of its size; it’s tiny, so I can carry it around in my bag.