hey everyone! i know the name of this post sounds like that tag where everyone talks about their favorite makeup palette for a certain reason, but this post is about why i love palettes in general. my friend on instagram that encouraged me to start with the whole beauty thing – kyley from my makeup bar – had asked me just how many palettes i had, i counted and i had over 20. just to make myself not sound as excessive she has over 50! **swoon: my inspiration**
i’m sure i’m not the only person who loves a good palette – especially since i have about 30 more palettes on my “to buy” list – but i thought i’d talk write about why palettes are exactly awesome. also, i want you all to count just how many palettes you have!
so what is a palette – since i’m sure most of you love makeup and the beauty world you already know exactly what a palette is – but what is the actual definition of it? there were multiple explanations (see below) –
- a thin and usually oval or oblong board or tablet with a thumb hole at one end, used by painters for holding and mixing colors.
- any other flat surface used by a painter for this purpose.
- the set of colors on such a board or surface.
- the range of colors used by a particular artist.
- the variety of techniques or range of any art: a lush but uneven musical palette.
- the complete range of colors made available by a computer graphics card, from which a user or program may choose those to be displayed.
- (in ancient egyptian art) a somewhat flattish slate object of various shapes, carved with commemorative scenes or motifs or, especially in the smaller pieces, containing a recessed area probably for holding eye makeup and often used as a votive offering.
but the overall tone of the explanations were: variety! that’s the perk of a palette! you can do so many things with a certain amount of options! you can create a variety of eye looks with one eye shadow palette, you can use the shimmer options as a highlight, you can travel with one single palette to use as a contour, highlight, eye shadow, and blush etc. basically if you have a palette you have an option of various colors, purposes and uses in one.
if i had to choose i would crown the eye shadow as my favorite type of palette; i once thought i had too many and started to declutter, but now thanks to this blog i have reason to collect more! i tend to get into different moods when it comes to palettes. if you’ve noticed as of late i’ve been into smaller palettes or one look in one palette looks. i most recently bought three – although only two are pictures ablaze and matte – of the smashbox cover shot eye shadow palette and just bought my first make up for ever eye shadow palette as well. nars has some of the best limited edition palettes and lorac – well you can’t beat their eye shadow palettes.
if there were a sector of palettes that i just don’t flow with are concealer and lip palettes – if i’m paying a certain amount of money i don’t want to have to diy my perfect this or that – that’s like going to a heavily expensive and fancy restaurant and it being self-service – it’s a no for me dawg – but if you’re a makeup artist then of course it makes sense, but mixing colors and running out of certain colors that you usually need then buying a whole new palette before using a sizeable amount of other colors can be a bit on the pricey and ridiculous side.
as you can see from the pictures i have a variety of type of palettes – highlighters, eye shadow, and blush – and i think that’s the sector of palettes i prefer. lately i’ve been into the travel size thing since i’m traveling and wanting to even travel more! i also don’t mind a build your own eyeshadow or blush or highlighter palette – like inglot – as you can get everything you want and use everything. you’ll notice from some of these pictures there are colors i’ve never even touched and have no plans on doing such a thing.
another thing i prefer about palettes is the price – you look at lorac you’re getting a 18 pan eye shadow palette for $42, where a single eye shadow pan could cost as low as $7 and as high as $12 you’re getting a pretty good deal. nars as well, their highlights and blushes themselves cost on the lower end of high $20’s to mid-$30’s when you can get one of their palettes which are usually 3 to 6 pans for $40-60 easy!
i don’t mind paying good money for products – and i’ll return a product i’m not satisfied with – but if you can save some money and get great value still why not go for it! price does matter and palettes usually afford you to make the most of the price. one brand where it’ll be the opposite of this paragraph though is hourglass cosmetics; you’ll wind up paying more for a palette, but if you find that the ease of buying a palette is worth it, then spend that dough!
palettes are also a great way to start into makeup – although i would suggest a travel palette as too many options can confuse you – you start out with a more neutral toned eye shadow palette – like the lorac pro 1 – and you have a little blush palette – i love the e.l.f blush palette in light and dark as they’re both neutral as well – and it lowers the confusion into makeup.
the first time i used makeup i was 11 it was the first day of p.e. and i thought – like most disney shows – you put on makeup after p.e., i took makeup from my mom and aunts and smuggled it into school in my backpack and i went to my next class looking like a clown. the look on a boy’s face said it all and i went to the bathroom and washed it off and didn’t touch makeup again until i was in my 20’s. i say start out with a palette for options and a neutral toned one until you learn more technique and what colors work for you.
if you are new to makeup or you’re just really trying to build up your palette collection i would say talking to someone at a makeup store about what palette is best for you. if you’re more cooled toned then the lorac pro 2 or 3 would be better than the 1; or if you want a smaller size then smashbox or tarte would be your next best option. stila has an amazing overall eyeshadow and blush palette that i plan on getting this month – i swatched them in sephora and they were great – it’s the perfect everyday makeup palette where you have everything you need in one.
sometimes getting a eye shadow x 9 palette from mac is a good idea as mac is made for professionals so the quality is there. i just ordered the semi sweet palette and will write about it in one of next week’s post. overall, talking to a professional and using your own logic you’ll have more success with your first palette. if you’re a palette hoarder like me then you already – or are learning like me – what your palette “must buys” are and aren’t.
so while this isn’t a “my ride or die palette tag” i do think this is a good post on palettes. there are so many palettes out there now – and i’m sure there are some great ones at the drugstore that i just don’t know about – but research, because you are spending your hard earned or hard asked for or it was hard to earn or ask for it, but money is money, and you should be anywhere from 95% to 100% happy with your palette purchase! per usual i hope you all enjoyed this post or at least the pictures! thanks for reading and good days (or nights) to you all!