12 Days of Blogging Day 7: Palettes of 2018: Do They Serve Value in my Collection?

This year I set a goal to buy four palettes – high end or drugstore. Clearly that was a huge fail. I want to preface this post by saying I love eye shadow and playing with eye shadow. It is something I do after I’ve had a bad day, when I want to feel creative and when I have an occasion – even when I don’t I love a blown out smokey eye. In 2019 I think I will make my goal to limit my eye shadow purchases. Realistically, as a blogger I enjoy reviewing palettes but I also want to make sure I’m making conscious purchasing decisions. This period of deciding is far more evident when I shop high end I wanted to make this post to analyze the value of each palette in my collection, what’s their purpose, is the colour story exciting etc.

High End

Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions palette. This palette is worth every penny. I absolutely love this palette. The colour story of this palette is like no other in my collection. The beautiful mustard yellow compliments any eye look and blends itself out. The shimmers in this palette have a beautiful colour shift. This palette serves its purpose as a colourful, albeit trendy, but also wearable palette.

The Anastasia Soft Glam. I LOVE this eye shadow formula. The palette is definitely neutral with a twist – which is great for every day and glam looks. The formula of these shadows are like no other. They are soft and buttery, but also are slightly powdery so I like to do my eyes before using this palette. The value this brings to my collection is the easy (for me) to use and you ca create fail safe looks which I always enjoy.

The NARS Ignited Palette. Oh damn. Oh damn. Oh damn – Captain Holt. This palette. Is. Beautiful. This is my first foray into real adult luxury eye shadow. While this palette is basically an all shimmer palette – I find the mattes and satins to be wearable and easy for both “daytime” and “night time” looks. This palette really takes you from a simple matte look to a beautiful shimmer look.

Drugstore

NYX Perfect filter in Olive You. I LOVE this eye shadow palette. It really brought me out of my warm tone comfort zone while still having those tones to work with. I really like the greens and blue shade in this palette. I don’t really have anything else like this in my collection so as someone who doesn’t tend to wear a lot of “colour” this is a great addition to my collection.

Burt’s bees trio in Countryside Lavender. This was something I bought for my week of clean makeup I did back in the summer and it was also something I thought would be pretty for spring with the lilac. Now, these shadows aren’t overly pigmented like the Anastasia or the NYX palette but they are great for an every day wash of colour which I enjoy. I like that you can create subtle barely there looks  but also build these up for more full pigmentation.

Joe Fresh neutrals palette. Did I need another neutral palette? No. NO did not. But, I was so curious about the quality I bought it. I don’t necessarily think this isn’t valuable in my collection but it was super necessary. I do like the simplicity and slightly cooler tones of this palette which I don’t own a lot of.

Rimmel Crimson edition. Again – this is a palette that arguably doesn’t need to be in my collection because I can create those berry looks with multiple different palettes and shadows – but I couldn’t resist this when I saw it at the drugstore. Again, this is a super trendy palette for my collection but I’ve gotten a ton of use out of it.

City mini palette by Maybelline in rooftop bronzes. I think this might be one of those impulse palettes that I bought and didn’t really need. I planned on comparing this to the elf prism palette but I also kept seeing ttsandra talk about it so naturally, I bought it. Does it serve a lot of value in my already too large palette collection – honestly no but I like to use this in conjunction with palettes like the Naked Heat and the Naked 3 so it does serve that purpose.

What palettes did you buy in 2018?


Review: Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette

REVIEW TIME. Okay y’all I know my last few reviews haven’t been the most positive, but this one I assure you is very positive. I wanted to review this palette that I have had for about a month now. The Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions palette caught my eye ever since it was release (and more are being released which are definitely on my list). I don’t have many expectations for eye shadow palettes. I don’t mind an all shimmer palette because I’m a fan of one shimmer shade on the lid and that being my whole look (hence my love for the Naked 3).

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First, the Sephora description: “Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions: Featuring two duo chrome shimmers and seven creamy, matte shadows, this palette combines warm shades of burnt orange and dusty pink, for a daring look that delivers a warm glow”. Everything about this description is accurate. I wanted the palette for the yellow shade and I have been enjoying wearing it as one wash of colour with a shimmer in the middle, either from this palette or from another single shadow.

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I feel like this might be an odd time to review a coral palette because we are going into fall, but I think this palette has the fall tones we all love. It has this beautiful burnt yellow shade along with a rustic orange and dusty pinks that can take you into any fall look.

The formula. The mattes are just as creamy as described. They blend out beautifully on the lid and I love starting with a tapping motion and then once the colour is dispersed buffing it all over. The real stars of this palette though are the beautiful duo chrome shades. The two shimmery shades are every so slightly different but both look like you are wearing more than one eye shadow shade on your lid. The first shade in the first row is more of red coral shade with a rose gold shift whereas the second duo chrome is a coral peach shade with reflective specks of yellow.

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Longevity. This palette lasts all day. I always use a primer so take that into account, but I find these last well and still look good at the end of the day!

Overall rating. 5/5 stars. I know its been awhile since I’ve allotted such a grade to a product. I love this palette and this formula. From my friend who have the other shades, they say the formula is wonderful so I don’t think it will vary no matter which colour story suits your fancy. I think these would be good work palettes as well, if you work in a creative environment or are just living on the edge with your makeup on the day to day, these are perfect. Not to mention the travel friendly size and the wide colour selection!