Battle of the Colorful palette



Why do I need colorful palette?

I want some colors in my collection, because most of my collection are full with neutral eye shadow and not many pop of color. I’m a neutral and smokey eye lover but there are times that I want some colors too

Do I really need such rainbow in my makeup collection?

Well, the answer for the need is actually no, but my curiosity got the best of me as usual when it comes to makeup.

So here it is, my thought on the colorful eyeshadow palettes that I own. I’m gonna rate it based on the palette quality, wearability, and my suggestion to use. Starting from the top rank to my least favorite

1. Metal Matte by Kat Von

Is it a good palette (pigmentation, blendability, longevity) ? Yes

Is it a must have? Yes (too bad it’s limited edition)

Is it for every skin tone? Yes

Can this be worn anytime? Yes

Can this be a stand-alone palette? Yes

This is the best palette of all time. For the love story between me and an eyeshadow palettes, this palette takes it all. You got all the color you need without looking too crazy colorful.

Pigmentation is excellent and the metallic shadows in this palette don’t need wet brush to get the vibrant colors pop. All the swatches here are fingers swatches with very light swipe no pressing at all. The colors stay put in your eyes even when you don’t use any primer below that. It’s so easy to blend (all Kat Von D eye shadow are easy to blend) but it doesn’t just simply mixed together so then you lose the original color.

To top it off, you also can get such a ‘normal’ look from it. Neutral nude eye, warm tone brown, a simple dark brown or even black smokey eyes, matte and metallic shade combination are all possible to get from this one palette. I almost put this as my only favorite eyeshadow of 2016 but it’s limited edition so not necessarily accessible for everyone.

2. Sugar Pop by Too Faced

Is it a good palette? Yes

Is it a must have? Depends

Is it for every skin tone? Yes (but a little tricky for deeper skin tone)

Can this be worn anytime? Yes

Can this be a stand alone palette? Yes

There aren’t many colors in this palette, since it’s only 9 colors palette, but Too Faced never let me down with its color selection in the palette. To be honest, this probably is the Too Faced palettes that is not repetitive or interchangeable with other palettes (let’s say, you don’t really need Natural Eyes palette if you already have the Chocolate Bar palettes)

This is a unique colorful palette which is more on pastel-y side. The pigmentation good but because it is pastel tone, you can’t easily get the vibrant color in just one swipe (this is also why I said it’s tricky for deeper skin tone, because eyeshadow base is a must otherwise you won’t see much color compared to lighter skin tone that can still get away without a base and just simply going 2-3 times to pack the color) but still the colors are so vibrant and pretty. As I have mentioned, white eyeshadow base is needed to help the color popped more or put a black or dark base to built a vibrant deeper tone.

This palette is great for spring and summer, but who am I to judge if you want to pop the dark purple and hot pink for fall and winter tone? I do really think that this is a really nice palette to have if you just need a little color as a variation in your collection. It’s not a palette with crazy bold purple, yellow, red color but still not a boring choice of color to put on your eyes once in a while.

3. 28 Foiled Eyeshadow by BH Cosmetics

Is it a good palette? Yes

Is it a must have? Depends

Is it for every skin tone? Yes

Can this be worn anytime? Yes

Can this be a stand alone palette? No (for me)

This palette lands the 3rd place not because it’s not pigmented enough. It’s actually quite pigmented even without using a wet brush (on the swatches picture the top part is dry brush swatch, the bottom one is brush swatch wet)  This palette can only be my #3 choice because it’s an all foiled eyeshadow and has no matte at all. The reason I bought this was of course because, one, I wanted to have some pops of color in my collection, two, I thought this foiled colors can be just easily to put on the lid, and three, BH cosmetics is an affordable product with decent if not pretty good quality.

But as I use it more, I realize that I can’t use this palette without having another palette with it. I know I just want to use them as eyelid color, but it’s just not practical and convenient to always have at least two palette to use this (at least for me). If you are not a hooded eyes girl like me, this palette will most definitely be on a higher rank. But, since I always need matte transition color and cannot get away from it, this palette is just not enough for me to look “put together” by only using it. It’s pretty, so pigmented (sheen shimmery look without wet brush, or shimmery with more vibrant look with wet brush application)

Another good thing about this palette is this can be used anytime spring summer fall winter, it has the color for every season because of the color range in the palette itself. Last but not least, any skin tone can pull this one off, again because the color choice that it has can suit anybody.

4. Full Spectrum by Urban Decay

Is it a good palette? So so

Is it a must have? No

Is it for every skin tone? Yes

Can this be worn anytime? Yes

Can this be a stand-alone palette? No

Disclaimer : the packaging is super gorgeous!! and it’s the reason why it’s so hard to put this palette at the bottom of my list. But, honesty is the best policy, so sorry Urban Decay, doesn’t matter how pretty your packaging is, it’s not how I rate my eyeshadow palette.

Opening the palette for the first time took my breath away. It literally is a color spectrum in a palette. It’s beautiful, the placement of colors is stunning, the big mirror is to die for. But, why does this palette fall on the bottom of my list?

When it comes to eye shadow palette, my biggest concern is the pigmentation. Is it not pigmented? No. All I can say is, this eyeshadow is not as pigmented as an Urban Decay eye shadow that I’m familiar with.

Do I hate it? No. Can I work with it? Sure, you can always build the pigmentation by using wet brush or putting a base before applying it. But, because I’m a long time user of naked palettes (the original one, naked 2 and naked 3), this palette is just not up to par. Its formula is more on the dry side, (this could be a matter of personal preference) but not the kind of dry that I’m used to with my other palettes from Urban Decay. I know that Urban Decay eyeshadow is not always the buttery silky soft one, but because I’m familiar with their dry formula, this one still just doesn’t do it for me.

When you can use this palette more? I can’t say it’s an everyday palette because the color choice in this color is pretty bold in this palette. If you like smokey blue, or purple or green everyday then by all means, use this everyday and skin tone doesn’t really matter here because you have plenty colors to choose.

That’s all for now, Girls. If you have questions about the palettes above, request on product that you want to know more, or just want to say hi and share your experience if you have the same palettes, feel free to drop a comment down below

Peace out!