I am an eyeshadow palette hoarder. There is something about getting someone when it first comes out that makes me giddy. I will admit to setting alarms, and checking my phone like a crazy person to get something before everyone else or before the dreaded sell-out of a limited edition palette. With my go-getter attitude, it is no surprise that I have some eyeshadow palette regrets. The problem with getting something before when it first comes out is that you’re essentially testing the waters for everyone else. Here is a list of my (pricey) regrets.
I’ll start things out with the Vice 4. Urban Decay releases a Vice palette annually and the packaging is always on point. So. Good. So rewind to me, standing in an Ulta, face-to-face with this lime green giant eyeshadow palette. I knew the second I touched this that I would not use it. It isn’t cohesive to me and it has so many colors in it that I knew I would touch. Spoiler alert: I still haven’t touched them. Another spoiler alert: I bought the palette. I walked out of there pleased as could be with this and I put it on a shelf where I put all of the other eyeshadow palettes that I don’t touch and are too big to keep in my drawer. I have used some of the shimmer shades with Fix+ but I’m not a huge fan of them. This is also a bummer to try to take anywhere because it is huge. On the plus side, the packaging is so pretty that it looks nice on my display shelf.
The Too Faced White Chocolate Chip palette was my most upsetting purchase of 2016. I was bummed out when I got this. I feel like this is another situation where a brand relied on packaging and less about the quality of product. First, this thing is smaller than my phone. Which is good because it is easy to throw into my makeup bag if I needed to carry it with me. What really got me on this palette is how it was sold, it was launched as a VIB Rouge exclusive through sephora’s website. It sold out in 20 minutes and everyone was mad that they launched such a limited amount. I, however, was able to get it on the first launch because I sat with my phone in my hand for hours.
The palette was relatively inexpensive for a Too Faced palette ($26). I feel like everyone was so pumped on this because of the packaging. I was honestly most excited that it was a cool-toned palette among all of the warm-toned palettes that launched this year. However, this lasted about 2 hours on my eyes and so many of the colors blended out into nothing. The shimmer shades all looked the same once they were applied on my eyes. I took the liberty of swatching this, but I would definitely hard pass on this little guy.
Next up, is the Urban Decay Naked Smokey. I love the first 3 Naked palettes and I use them constantly, but this one was a miss for me. For some reason this didn’t seem to stack up quality wise with the other Naked palettes. I am happy to have it to add to my collection, but I feel like this should have included more dark colors to be a “smokey eye palette”. Some of these shades are so light that it would be difficult for anyone who has a darker skin tone to create a lot of different looks with it. The shimmer shades were hardest to work with, and I expected them to “pop” a little more for the price tag on this one.
I bought the Too Faced Peanut Butter and Jelly palette because I prefer their palettes in this shape. I feel like the quality is usually better. I have actually used this a lot, and the problem isn’t the eyeshadow itself. It is certainly because the shades are weird. Granted, I knew what it looked like when I bought it. The oranges are very orange and it is hard to make anything natural looking with this palette. You would have to use other colors in addition to it, in my opinion. There are two purples in this one, but purple eyeshadow is hard to get right, and unfortunately this one got it wrong. It muddies in with the oranges and can be bizarre looking. On the plus side, this smells like peanut butter. Which I can’t hate. Another plus, is that the bigger pan shades are fantastic as base colors.
Leave a comment if you have found that any of these have worked for you 🙂