Today on the blog is another exciting collaboration with my makeup blogger bestie Simone over at “An Ordinary Gal”. I’m sure you can already tell by the title what we’re getting up to today. She and I have established that not only are we makeup fanatics and collectors but we’re eyeshadow extremists (to put it lightly). Haha! Just jokes!
I love trying out new eyeshadow palettes especially from brands that I know have not disappointed in the past. I’m not saying I’m not open to trying other brands but more often than not I wait for reviews before I spend my hard earned cash. I’ll admit that there were a few occasions where I just caved in and bought a palette the day it launched. Such a thrill! Haha!
I honestly have loads of palettes I love and I must add that choosing only 5 eyeshadow palettes was a challenge on its own. These are the 5 that have stood out for me the most.
Urban Decay Naked – R850
Urban Decay was my very first high-end brand purchase and I’m not even joking when I say that my life changed on that day. It would be a crime not to mention at least one of their palettes and when I had a look at my collection I immediately grabbed this one because it’s just such a classic palette. What’s not to love about this universally flattering warm-toned neutral palette? I’ve done a detailed review on this baby so if you’re interested in reading my thoughts, then please click HERE.
Also, for those of you who didn’t know, Urban Decay SA now has an online store. How exciting? Shopping for some of the most sought-after products has never been this easy. Go have a look, you’ll thank me later.
Colourpop Dream St – R400
I swear deciding on a favourite colourpop eyeshadow palette was a tall order. I have 3 at the moment and wish I could mention all of them BUT this baby right here just speaks to my heart. Isn’t it just perfect? Kathleen Lights did an outstanding job with the shade selection. I get so excited when I look at this palette because the great range of colours works exceptionally well together. The last time myself and Simone collaborated I had it as my current favourite Colourpop eyeshadow palette. Well, I’m pleased to announce that that hasn’t changed. I still love it as much as I did then. So if you’re interested in reading a more detailed review on this palette then please click HERE.
I usually purchase my Colourpop goodies directly from their website using my aramexglobalshopper account but if you want to skip the wait then definitely check out FashionPoliceOnline. They sell authentic international branded makeup at competitive prices and their services are amazing.
ABH Modern Renaissance – R950
My very first ABH palette and it has become one of my favourite palettes of all time. So many people are such huge fans of ABH eyeshadows and I can tell why. There was some controversy with the subculture palette but if memory serves me correctly, that’s been the only palette that hasn’t been an all-around fan favourite. It all comes down to personal preference though, I, however, wasn’t willing to chance it with the subculture palette.
I love the colour selection of the Modern Renaissance but even more than that I enjoy the formula. The matte shadows are super soft and even though the shadows are a little on the powdery side, they blend effortlessly. The metallic shades are also different in that they are lightweight but still so beautiful. This is a unique palette and I’ve compared it to the Bad Habit Royals palette over HERE. You can’t compare these two when it comes to formula but Bad Habit did a great job at creating a dupe for this cult favourite.
FasionPolice has this beauty in stock at only R950.
Juvia’s Place Masquerade – R750 (large)
” JUVIA’S PLACE MASQUERADE PALETTE OFFICIAL DESCRIPTION:
This product was inspired by African Festivities filled with enormous joy and spiritual activities. The Bold Colours represent costumes used in festivals. The nude and browns represent the African soil and environments. The perfect balance of bolds and neutrals”
The Masquerade palette comes in a magenta and yellow sturdy cardboard packaging. None of their eyeshadow palettes has a mirror which is a little unfortunate but if you consider the price you’re paying for these great quality eyeshadows, then you would understand why they chose to exclude a mirror.
This palette has a perfect balance between neutrals and bright shades. It contains 5 mattes (ZOBO, BURKINA, ADA, ZULU, FULANI), 2 mattes with microglitter (BORI, CAIRO) and 9 metallics (CHI, MALI, DALIA, ZOLA, MAKEDA, CALABAR, GIZA, DAHIA and CASABLANCA). So if you’re looking to experiment with bold colours but not looking to buy a palette that just consists of bright colours then this would be ideal.
The formula of these eyeshadows is nothing but perfection. They are all soft, buttery, easy to blend and the pigmentation is out of this world. Consistency is key and Juvia’s Place got it right with all 4 I currently own.
The colours from the Juvia’s Place website are described as:
- Chi – Royal Blue
- Mali – Green
- Dalia – Electric Blue
- Zola – Sea Blue
- Makeda – Purple Shimmer
- Zobo – Maroon Matte
- Calabar – Maroon Shimmer
- Bori – Reddish Pink Matte Colour Mixed with Gold Shimmer
- Giza – Champagne Shimmer
- Burkina – Brown Matte
- Cairo – Matte Orange Mixed with Gold Shimmer
- Ada – Brick Reddish Brown
- Dahia – Beige Shimmer
- Zulu – Dark Orange Matte
- Casablanca – Gold Shimmer
- Fulani – Darker Brown Matte
I would definitely recommend this palette, to anyone, whether you’re a newbie or a makeup artist. The masquerade palette has the perfect selection of shades which includes brilliant pops of colours and neutrals that are anything but boring. These eyeshadows are so pigmented that some shades actually stain the eyes, so this is something one should be aware of.
FasionPolice has a wide selection of Juvia’s Place palettes and the large Masquerade palette is selling at R750, that’s a steal. So best you go have a look before they sell out.
Morphe X Jaclyn Hill – R1000
And last but not least the palette that nearly made me lose my hair. Lol. We shall not get into those details and will rather focus on why this has made my top 5.
The Morphe X Jaclyn Hill palette comes in a sturdy white cardboard packaging which differs from their usual black plastic design of previous palettes. The overall look of the packaging is stunning, white just screams out class. But why White?? My level of anxiety when I received this palette was sky-high. I had seen so many people complaining that the packaging stains easily so I took another bloggers advice and covered it with adhesive plastic. This has made cleaning the palette such a breeze.
My palette didn’t come with a shade name insert, I’m still pretty bummed about this. ( Lol, I know, First world problems). I wish they had printed the names on the actual palette but I also understand that this would’ve increased the price. I just feel that small details like that make life easier, especially for YouTubers and bloggers such as myself.
When I first opened the palette I was so excited, the beauty of this palette is indescribable. The layout of the eyeshadows is aesthetically pleasing, it truly is a work of art. It contains 35 shades with a mixture of matte, shimmer, satin, foil and glitter shadows. What I love most is that there are tons of neutral shades which are great as transition and crease shades. The selection of warm tones and fun pops of colour also really get me excited.
I absolutely love the quality of these eyeshadows. They are super buttery, incredibly pigmented and blend like a dream. I’ve had this palette for a while now and I’m amazed every time I use it. Despite my gripe about the packaging, the shade names not being printed on the actual palette and there not being a matte bone shade, I really do enjoy this palette.
Lol. I promise this post isn’t sponsored by FashionPolice, lol, but they really do the most at providing amazing brands at reasonable prices, so I have to mention them. They currently have this palette in stock so if you’re keen on getting your hands on it, then you know where to go.
These types of reviews are based on personal preference. I know some people who aren’t overly fond of the Morphe X Jaclyn Hill eyeshadow palette. I think what is great about the beauty industry is that we’re all so different and what works for one person may not work for another. These are great investments (in my humble, beauty-loving opinion) and I don’t claim to be an expert but I know what I like and these 5 palettes have really stood as some of the best in my collection.
I’m heading over to “An Ordinary Gal” to read up on her top 5 eyeshadow palettes.
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Also, are any of the palettes I mentioned some of your favourites? Let me know what your top 5 eyeshadow palettes are, I would love to know?