7 PARTY-SEASON PALETTES TESTED
By Elizabeth Odey, 16 December 2018
When you’re dancing and prancing from girl’s night to group dinner and from to work party to actual work, you don’t want to be carting around a 51-piece makeup kit. That’s where the true potential of a strong beauty palette comes to life. I put seven serious contenders through their party paces…
Green, yellow, purple, pink. Nope, this isn’t what you think. This colourful collection from NYX is actually designed to blend into your skin rather than stand out. I use the yellow product to help brighten under the eyes, while green is the perfect balance for red undertones. Apply before foundation to create the ultimate bottom base.
Can you guess what this one is? Nope, it’s not a paint set. It’s the latest palette from Crayola. These creamy colours have a mild pigmentation, meaning you can blend and mix to your heart’s desire. Mixing palette included! Don’t let the words ‘lip kit’ fool you though, these colours are definitely made for drawing outside the (lip) lines. Think eyes, cheeks and everywhere else.
If minimal makeup is more your style, Barry M has a palette for you! This purse-friendly pal has six delicious neutral shades that can take you through from a no-makeup-makeup look to an all-out smokey eye. I lay my base first with the eye-shadow primer to ensure the colour goes the distance. And at £6.50 a pop you really can’t go wrong.
Barry M Natural Glow 2 (coming soon)
If I had to choose just one palette, this eye-and-cheek combo from Stila would be it. I went for the Medium/Tan compact and it certainly is compact. Two blush tones and five shadow colours (in both matte and metallic finishes!) are perfectly positioned into a small square casing – meaning it’s coming anywhere and everywhere with me, no matter how ridiculously small my clutch might be!
Give your look the VIP treatment with this limited-edition Sigma palette. I’m voting that this dreamy purple floral packaging can totally be pulled off as a new going out-out accessory. The star of this suite of samples is the deep purple Elderberry shadow. Inside hack: wet a fine makeup brush and double eye shadows for eyeliners. This one works a treat.
Botanical beauty brand Pixi has joined forces with Aussie beauty vlogger Chloe Morello and I’m absolutely buzzing. National biases aside, I really do love this palette. As well as the crazy selection of product and colours, I like the mild pigmentation of the powder as it makes blending much easier for beginners like me.
It’s party season, which calls for glittery, shimmery, glowy goodness – and this NIP + FAB palette has a hue for every ‘do. I love using the fairest tone, ‘selfie’, for highlighting under the arches of the eyebrows, the inner eye, ridge of the nose and cupids bow, while ‘golden’ and ‘sunkissed’ are perfect for blending around the creases of my eyes. Finally, a stroke or two of ‘rose gold’ along the tops of the cheekbones and forehead gives a healthy bronzed finish. Ready, set, glow.
NIP+FAB Make Up Highlight Palette (coming soon)