My Top 5 Eyeshadow Palettes

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Hello,

For today’s post I thought I would talk about my top 5 eyeshadow palettes, do a bit of a comparison and share my opinions on which palette is best for which job.

I feel as though the days of buying individual eyeshadows are kind of disappearing, palettes just seem such better value to me, especially if you pick the right one. These aren’t in order of my favourite, I love them all equally!!

  1. MORPHE 12 COLOUR PALETTE- NATURAL BEAUTY-£11.95

This is the palette I currently have in my makeup bag, its a neutral 12 colour palette, I’d say most of the shades are warm tones so if you gravitate towards cool toned shadows this may not be the one for you. This palette is slightly more affordable than some of the other palettes I use but there defiantly are cheaper 12 colour palettes on the market if your budget won’t stretch. The quality of these eyeshadows are really nice, very blendable and little fallout but the colour payoff does require some building. My favourite shade is the 5th shade in(I’ve highlighted it in the picture below), I wear that shade blended across my lid everyday(see my everyday makeup routine post that is linked below for my full routine)

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2. COLLECTION EYES UNCOVERED PALETTE- NUDE- £3.99

This little 6 colour palette is by far the cheapest out of my top 5 but that does not put it at the lowest quality. I’d expect the price to be cheaper due to it only having 6 colours but £3.99 is a real bargain and like I said in my last post where I also spoke about this palette, it comes on sale a lot. The version of this palette I like the best is the Nude one, the shades are all so wearable and anyone could work with them. The colour pay off is actually so good and the fallout is minimal, they work best with an eyeshadow primer though but so does any shadow. If neutral shadows aren’t your look then they also do grey, purple and pink versions of the palette. My favourite shade is biscuit in the nude palette.

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3. URBAN DECAY NAKED 2 PALETTE- £38.50

This palette is on the slightly more expensive side and I won’t lie, for a long time I didn’t consider it worth the money. After I purchased it, I really did not reach for it that often as I just found it a bit ‘samey’ to other neutral eyeshadow palettes but since I gave it a proper chance, I really love it. The mixture of shades is amazing, a really good mix of warm and cool toned shades so its really a winner for everyone. This palette has 12 shades and they’re all very pigmented, little fallout but I must say, they take a little more effort the blend than the others. My favourite shade has to be suspect!

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4. MAC 15 COLOUR WARM NEUTRALS PALETTE- £49.50

First thing first, this palette has been reduced in price on the MAC website, and it appears to be a permanent price change!! I paid £65 for mine and they’ve all been reduced to a new price of £49.50! That aside, this palette is still pricey but I always see MAC palettes as an investment, especially as I’m training to be a makeup artist. This is also the biggest palette out the 5 with 15 colours, this palette is the warm toned shades but they also do a cool toned palette and a ‘mellow moderns’ which is like muted colourful shades. This palette has a mixture of creams, golds, pinks, bronzes and coppers as well as having a good balance between shimmers and mattes. I love MAC eyeshadows because they’re just so easy to blend, layer and the colour pay off for me has always been flawless. They are more expensive but they’re so worth it!! My go-to shade in this palette for everyday has to be honey love.

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5. STILA IN THE LIGHT PALETTE-£25.00

Another exciting discovery, this palette normally retails at £25.00 which is do-able but not ‘affordable’ as such but as I am writing this post, this palette is available on the stila website for £12.50 so if you want it, now is the time to get it. This is another 12 colour palette, i’d say mainly warm toned colour and neutral but with one cool bluey-silvery shade which I think is a really nice addition, although my favourite shade has to be bliss. The shadows do have a good colour pay off and do blend very nicely so overall i’d say its a winner.

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QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS

THE BEST FOR TRAVEL?

Morphe- very slim, good variety of shades to create lots of looks

BEST PACKAGING(PRACTICALLY AND ASTHETICALLY)?

Naked 2 palette, has a hard metal case to protect the shades but still very slimline and also has a mirror.

BEST SHADE SELECTION?

Naked 2, theres something for everyone in that palette

BEST VALUE FOR MONEY?

MAC, 15 shades for the new price of £49.50 may seem steep but for the quality and convince of the palette, I think it’s worth it.

EASIEST TO GET YOUR HANDS ON?

If you live in England, the collection eyes uncovered palettes, you can find them in most boots, superdrugs and some larger supermarkets.

I hope you guys have enjoyed this post and have some ideas of which palette is going to be your next purchase!! Let me know your favourite eyeshadow palettes and any you think I need to try! Thank you for reading as always! Links to my other posts are below.

that’s all for now

Ellie x

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TOP 5 UNDER £5

Hello,

Today’s post is going to be my top 5 makeup products that are available for under £5.

  1. COLLECTION LASTING PERFECTION CONCEALER

This product retails at £4.19 in Boots, Collection as a brand is known for being affordable and I think so many of their products are amazing quality but this concealer is my favourite. This product is so popular amongst beauty bloggers and I totally understand why. The formula is a thick, liquid consistency but it is definitely not a cream concealer. It blends so easily and stays put all day. I use it to cover dark circles and blemishes as the colour matches my skin really well. It is available in 4 shades so if you’re of a darker skin colour, you may not be able to find a shade that works for you which I’d say is the only downfall of this product.

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2. RIMMEL STAY MATTE PRESSED POWDER

Another product I mentioned in my everyday makeup routine post and that’s because I genuinely love and use it. This product is priced at £3.99 in boots, one of the cheapest products Rimmel have. This is just a plain and simple pressed powder, I use the shade transparent but they also do a range of coloured shades. I find it ideal for setting makeup in place and stopping/reducing shine all day.

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3. KIKO SMART LIP PENCIL

Although KIKO can be slightly more difficult to get my hands on than the products above, everything i’ve tried from the brand has been great. The smart lip pencil is a soft, creamy formula that lines the lips really well to stop lipstick bleeding and to define the lips but I also find the consistency is perfect for filling in my whole lips. The colour stays put for hours and they have a large range of colours. My favourite shade is 712 and they retail at £2.50 0n the KIKO website.

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4.REVOLOUTION FOCUS AND FIX EYEBROW KIT

I feel like this product is probably the best value out of the 5. This product is available in superdrug for £2.50. The kit includes 3 eyebrow powders, an eyebrow wax, a mini angled brush and a mini pair of tweezers. I personally never used the tools but the powders are fantastic quality. You get 3 different coloured powders so you can create strong and natural brows with one kit, the powders have very little fallout and a strong colour pay off, they don’t fade or go patchy either. I don’t personally get much use out of the wax but if you have thicker eyebrows or a lot of unruly hairs in your brows then the wax would be a great first step before the powder to maximise the neatness of the brows. This kit comes in two shades(light-medium and medium-dark).

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5. COLLECTION EYES UNCOVERED EYESHADOW PALETTE

This small,compact eyeshadow palette contains 6 eyeshadows, a mixture of matte and shimmer shades which you could honestly create so many different looks with. The palettes usually retail at £3.99 in Boots but go on sale for £2.99 or on 3 for 2 deals regularly making them even better value. The shadows are so soft and blendable, very little fallout and a great colour pay off. These palettes come in a range of colours including ‘Nude’,’Nude Bronze’, Nude Grey’,’Smokey Purple’,’Nude Rose’ and ‘Smokey Grey’.

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I hope you have enjoyed this post and you’ve got some ideas of some new beauty bargains to go and grab. Comment below your favourite beauty products for under £5 and let me know what you’d like to see next.

that’s all for now,

Ellie x

Everyday Makeup Routine

Hello,

Thought it would be nice to share my everyday makeup routine/ the products I use with you for this post to give you an idea of the products and brands I like.

Primer: KIKO SKIN TONE CORRECTOR PRIMER- GREEN

I use this primer due to my naturally red/flushed complexion and green naturally contracts redness so this primer creates a more even base for the rest of my makeup, this is my favourite colour correcting primer I’ve tried. (£9.90)

Foundation: REVLON COLOURSTAY FOR DRY/NORMAL SKIN- IVORY

I am in no way loyal to one foundation so this varies weekly but for a few weeks now I’ve been using this one and actually really liking it. I’d put it as a medium to full coverage foundation, a liquid formula which blends very well. There is a massive range of colours and tones as well as another formula for combination/oily skin. (£12.99)

Concealer: COLLECTION LASTING PERFECTION CONCEALER- 1.FAIR

I feel like so many people on the internet rave about this concealer but I can totally understand why because it is just amazing. For an affordable, high street concealer it is so full coverage, blendable and long lasting. (£4.19)

Powder: RIMMEL STAY MATTE PRESSED POWDER-TRANSLUCENT

Another ‘hero product’ of the internet but again, amazing quality makeup at an insanely good price. I feel as though powder can be so expensive and over priced in the high end brands so good high street powders are the best finds. This powder sets makeup and stops shine all day and I can’t fault it. (£3.99)

Contour: SLEEK CREAM CONTOUR PALETTE-LIGHT

Now, I actually only use one shade out of this but I like it all almost like a contouring base for my bronzer to stick to and it create a neater, sharper contour than just powder would but still looks blended and wearable. (£10.99)

Bronzer: BENEFIT HOOLA BRONZER

I go over my cream contour with this bronzer and just where you’d usually bronze and it just structures my face and warms my complexion. I love the shade of this bronzer, it’s just the right colour and tone for my complexion. It is so pigmented though so I find it easy to over-do the bronzer. (£23.50)

Highlighter: MAC MINERALIZE SKIN FINISH- SOFT AND GENTLE

This is another product that is so talked about. This is a pinky, silvery highlight and it is extremely shimmery and pigmented. It adds so much shape to the face and looks insane in photos. (£24.00)

Brows: ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DIP BROW POMADE-CHOCOLATE

I have recently really got to grips with this product and loved the results it gives. Brows have become such a trend and I feel I have a lot of control with this product compared to a brow powder and can really create a defined and shaped brow. (£15.00)

Eye Primer: URBAN DECAY PRIMER POTION-ORIGINAL

I struggle with really oily eyelids and without a primer, eyeshadow just slips off but this primer is like glue, eye makeup stays in place all day and all night(£16.00)

Eyeshadow: MORPHE 12 COLOUR PALETTE-NATRUAL BEAUTY

This is the first and only product I have ever tried from MORPHE and it’s quite nice, it’s a small, compact palette with all the neutral colours you could need which I think is probably why it made it in to my everyday makeup bag. I typically only use one shade all over the lid and thats a light/mid brown matte shade. (£11.95)

Mascara: MAYBELLINE LASH SENSATIONAL MASCARA-INTENSE BLACK

This mascara creates a natural but long, thick set of lashes. Doesn’t really smudge on me unless its really hot. Just a good mascara at a reasonable price. (£7.99)

Lip Balm: VASELINE-ORIGINAL

I really can’t say much about the classic that is vaseline, everyone needs to use this daily because it is just incredible. I use it everyday under whatever lip products I’m wearing to protect my lips.(£1.95 boots price, can be found cheaper)

Lip Liner- MAC LIP PENCIL- WHIRL

I don’t really use lipstick on a daily basis unless I’m in a rush, I prefer to use this lip pencil, start by lining my lips and then filling them in so their one solid colour and I find this lasts a lot better. I love the MAC lip pencils as the texture is really easy to work with. (£12.50)

Lipgloss: NYX BUTTERGLOSS-CREME BRULEE

Most days I will finish my makeup with this lipgloss, I had heard people recommend these lip glosses a lot and I was so impressed when I tried them, really nice, creamy formula and this colour is so natural and wearable.(£5.00)

That’s my whole daily face of makeup, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post and found out some products to try. Photo is below so you can see what I’m talking about the whole way through this post!! If you’d like to see an everyday makeup brushes or a light summer makeup routine then let me know!IMG_3126.JPG

that’s all for now,

Ellie x