Jul 24

My Favorite Eye Shadow Palettes

Posted 5 years ago - by: Kate Faulhaber

Hey everyone! Just wanted to switch it up from my tutorial posts again and talk about eye shadow palettes! I know…this IS called I Live For LIPSTICKS…but your girl loves her shadows too! All of these palettes are ones that I put to use everyday. They are all high-end palettes…but of course there are many drugstore eye shadow palettes that have great color payoff as well! (I recommend any palettes from Wet N Wild, NYX, and Physicians Formula) These are just my personal favorites. This is going to be a very long and detailed post because I will provide pictures of the palettes closed and opened, and also swatches of all the shadows and descriptions for the palettes and each individual shadow.

Urban Decay Naked Palette
These palettes are SO popular. There are 3 different editions (all permanent) there’s the original Naked palette which I own that has warm toned neutrals, the Naked 2 palette which has gray/cool toned neutrals, and the Naked 3 which contains rose toned neutrals. The Naked palettes are PERFECT for everyday makeup or dramatic neutral looks

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My Favorite Eye Shadow Palettes

From left to right…
Virgin- a pale pinked toned beige with shimmer (more pigmented than swatch shows)
Sin- a frosty neutral light pink, one of the prettiest shadows ever
Naked- a matte light beige toned brown, the BEST shadow for a transition shade
Sidecar- This shade is interesting. A light bronzy nude with shimmer and glitter.
Buck- Matte brown, it’s basically a darker version of Naked
Half Baked- a medium shimmery bronzy gold, another favorite of mine
Smog- a deeper gold/bronze with a whole lot of shimmer…GORGEOUS for a brown smokey eye
Darkhorse- deep chocolate brown with some golden shimmer
Toasted- a medium shimmery pink copper brown. Beautiful on medium-dark skin all over the lid!
Hustle- a plum brown with subtle shimmer
Creep- a gray black with silver glitter
Gunmetal- a blue toned gunmetal shade, beautiful on brown eyed ladies for a night out smokey eye

Without flash…
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With flash…
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Urban Decay Fun Palette
Unfortunately, I think this palette is limited edition. But I think all of the shades in the palette are permanent and there are dupes for them! This palette includes 3 neutral shades and 3 bright colors. To me, this is the perfect “neutral with a pop of color” eye palette.

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From top left to right bottom…
Maui Wowie- light antique gold with a lot of gold glitter. Tap off the glitter on your brush to avoid a lot of fallout!
Deep End- frosty blue toned teal. gorgeous pigmentation and smooth texture.
Sellout- shimmery champagne beige. SO gorgeous for a highlight!
Fishnet- magenta purple with a violet duochrome. GORGEOUS shade.
Stray Dog- warm shimmery mushroom brown. I like pairing this with Sellout for a simple everyday look
Freakshow- medium-dark purple with a reddish shimmer.

Without flash…
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With flash…
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Kat Von D Esperanza Palette
I’m so sorry…but this was limited edition as well..don’t hate me! Lol. It’s really a beautiful palette of more unique everyday shades and some beautiful bold colors. This palette includes a shadow called Dayglow which is labeled as a transformer shade. This means that if you place it on top of an eye shadow it changes the color. This really only works on top of other shimmery shadows.

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Selena- shimmery purple with a slight pink tone and silver glitter.
Dayglo- shimmery white with green/teal/gold iridescence…a beautiful highlight shade
Galore- shimmery apricot with pink glitter…my favorite shade in the palette!
Placebo- matte rosy coral pink
Santeria- deep gray with a green shimmer and silver glitter
Archangel- light aqua with a satin finish
South- neutral matte beige…my favorite for what I call a “barely there” brow bone highlight
Dog Roses- copper toned shimmery bronze with gold glitter…another favorite!

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With flash…
Couldn’t get a good picture without flash. Sorry :(

Hope you liked this post! What eye shadows are your favorite? Love you all!

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