I’ve been on the hunt for an all-inclusive palette since Urban Decay launched the Naked on the Run palette 3 years ago (and I returned it).
I don’t really travel (unless you count the occasional 3 hour drive to Miami) so a travel palette is not a necessity, but I can appreciate the ease of use; and it still would be nice to have a workhorse palette for days when I’m running late for work and don’t have time to play around.
- The Lorac Pro to Go – $38 has been on my wishlist for a few years now, but their formula isn’t my favorite. Their shadows tend to be a bit more pigmented and harder to blend than I prefer and I feel like this palette would be a lot more versatile for medium to deep skintones than for me.
- The face products in the Tarte Showstopper – $30, however, appear to be perfect for my fair complexion! But I’m not the biggest fan of the eyeshadow selection. It’s just awkward. All the shades are either too dark, too light or too shimmery for how I imagine I’d like to use them.
- The face products in the Charlot Tilbury Natural Beauty – $75 palette seem ideal for a medium skintone, but I think I could make them work with a light hand… And although this palette does have a small shadow selection, it’s perfect for a quick look! Which is what I thought I wanted… but looking at it now, I’m not so sure.
- Tarte did just launch the Double Duty Beauty – $29, though! And it looks like such a steal! I also think the 6 shadows included are PERFECT for taking from day to night. But there is no bronzer in this palette, and the blush not only has shimmer in it (I prefer matte blushes), but it’s not the Amazonian Clay formula either (and I haven’t been impressed with their non-ACF products in the past).
- I’m also really happy with the 4 eyeshadows in the Kevin Aucion Contour Book – $65. They are basic, but a little off the traditional path which makes them more appealing to me. But why are there two bronzers and no blush? I mean, I get that it’s a “sculpting” palette, but I feel like it would have been so much more versatile if they would have created different options for different complexions and included a blush.
- And last but not least, there is Stila’s Perfect Me Perfect Hue – $39 which did just that by launching 4 different variations of their palette! But… where is the bronzer!? And unlike any of the other palettes I’ve mentioned so far there doesn’t appear to be anything that could be multi-tasked as a face highight either.
Life is hard, you guys. Wouldn’t it be so much easier if someone would launch a customizable palette? Just imagine the Stila palette empty for a moment with hundreds of different bronzer/highlight/blush/shadows you could order separately and slip in and out? It would be like a next level Z-palette!
What is your favorite workhorse palette and what do you love about it!?
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