2017 has definitely been the year of warm-toned, bronze-y, fiery eyeshadow palettes. I wish I could say I’m sick of them, but y’all…I am out here LIVING! These colors are so perfect for gals and guys with tan to deep complexions, and maybe I’m just a leeeeeeeeeettle bit biased towards the idea of palettes that will undoubtedly look good on me. But, makeup is, as always, for everyone. If you want it, rock it!!!
Therefore, I need your help! Although I am on a palette no-buy until 2018, I’m trying to make my wishlist now for Christmas gifts
and so that I don’t just go bananas when January rolls around. After reading Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (and yep- it really is life changing. Go read it asap!!), I’ve become a much more mindful shopper. I’m taking her advice and surrounding myself only with things that bring me joy- and that means not getting sucked into the hype that YouTube and Ad Men bring me on a daily basis. So I’ve realized I don’t need to have every warm, bronze-y palette that was released this year. But the problem is I’m not sure which one(s) I do want!
So below I’m going to briefly describe each of the palettes I’m interested in, along with what I consider to be each palette’s “turn ons” and “turn offs” (although, of course, they’re all under $60USD and cruelty-free). Then hopefully you guys can help me decide which to put on my wishlist!
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1.) Urban Decay “Naked Heat” $54
Let’s just get this one out of the way first. There is so little wrong with this palette. Me want.
Turn off(s): PRICE
oh my lord sweet baby Jesus
Turn on(s): LITERALLY EVERYTHING ELSE. HAVE YOU SEEN THIS PALETTE???
2.) Colourpop “Yes, Please!” $16
Ah, Colourpop…everyone’s fave affordable makeup brand. I feel like Colourpop is that one cool kid I keep hearing about, but I’ve never actually spoken to (although I did review some of their ultra satin liquid lipsticks a while back). This palette honestly just looks SO gorgeous; it reminds me of a beautiful California sunset and ugh…okay, I may have made this choice by myself already lol.
Turn off(s): Limited edition (almost always out of stock), online only, packaging seems…cheap
Turn on(s): Color range, PRICE, possible dupe for Natasha Denona “Sunset” palette
3.) Dose of Colors “Baked Browns” $32
I haven’t tried anything by Dose of Colors yet actually but I heard their two eyeshadow palettes that launched earlier this year did not disappoint. Also loving that they took control of the situation and went with quality of over quantity of shadows here. I honestly get overwhelmed with more than like twelve shades fr lmao.
Turn off(s): Online only
Turn on(s): Mattes only, small selection
4.) E.L.F. Cosmetics “Mad For Matte in: Summer Breeze” $10
E.L.F. has been on the come-up lately! They surprised us all with new products and sleek finishes, revamping their previous seemingly dollar store persona. Papa’s got a brand new bag, indeed…I’ve heard great things about their new shadows, and have been wanting to try a palette of theirs for a while now.
Turn off(s): Honestly none, but this is my weakest pick of the bunch- I like it but I don’t love it, so I kinda already know what Marie Kondo would say…
Turn on(s): PRICE, color range, mattes only, very similar to Smashbox’s “Ablaze” palette (see below)
5.) NYX Cosmetics “In Your Element: Fire” $30 (releasing 9/4/17 in the US on the NYX website, 9/10 on Ulta’s website, and 9/24 at Ulta stores)
(Photo courtesy of @iluvsarahii via Instagram)
NYX popped up out here with a whole dang collection of palettes inspired by the elements. They’ve got fire, air, earth, water- plus metal and wind. This is one of the most creative things we’ve seen in the beauty industry for a while now, and color me impressed!!!
I also have my eye on the “Water” palette but that’s another post…
Turn off(s): *squints* The yellow shades literally look the exact same even in photos. Did they really need to make four??? Also: limited edition
Turn on(s): Price, creativity, color range
6.) Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palette in: “Ablaze” $29
Smashbox is that one brand that always re-invents itself and you have to give them credit; they never do the same thing twice. They released their Cover Shot collection of palettes with the right idea- that not everything works for everybody, so instead of one large palette, they launched several minis!
Turn off(s): Packaging (Tiny and rectangular with sharp edges? Not a good move, Smashbox…)
Turn on(s): Color selection, color variety, color range
7.) Too Faced “Peaches and Cream: Just Peachy Mattes” $45 (officially releasing 9/1/17 in the US, late September in Canada, and November for the UK and Europe)
Too Faced gets me every…single…time with their adorable packaging!!! I won’t even lie, even if this palette is utter crap I would probably still enjoy just looking at it (I have a feeling it’s gonna be good, though).
Turn off(s): Price ($45 for twelve shades when TF’s large palettes are all $49? Meh.)
Turn on(s): Color range, PACKAGING, scented like…well, like peaches and cream!
Those are my picks! Which one- or ones- would you want? In the spirit of minimalism (and financial wisdom) I certainly won’t try to get them all. But I can’t deciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide, pls halp! Leave me a comment below with your choice 🙂