BEST Eyeshadow Palette(s) of 2017

I LOVE EYE SHADOWS….

The following are my own photos and thoughts.

8A933361-C613-4BC5-8C5E-0C69937D30FFToday’s post is to showcase the 3 eye shadow palettes that I have enjoyed using in 2017.  Two palettes were released in 2017 and the other is from an earlier release.  Out of all the makeup products out there on the market, eye shadows are my makeup of choice.  Addition?  Collector?  I don’t know, all I know is I enjoy shopping my stash each morning as I attempt to create the Mona Lisa of the day… lol.  I know some people that enjoy collecting lip products, others get a rush out of foundation products, but for me, its eye shadow.  With each new palette addition, I became more and more confident with my product application, shade selection (preference), textures/finishes, pigmentation, packaging and brand.  After some thought and deliberation, I chose the following 3 palettes that I feel would best represent my year in review.  These palettes gained this status as top three as they check off all the boxes for me:  1. Is it portable?  2.  Do I use 75% of the shades? 3. Am I using it every week?  If I can pack a palette with me on trip, use almost every shade and use on a regular basis in some way, it gains most used status.  I love eye shadows, whether they are in individual pans or part of a palette.  The tones that I am attracted to are the warm matte shades.  However, I have been branching out into the cool tones, which is a real stretch for me and I must say, I’m liking.

Finding out whether I was warm or cooled toned is something I just don’t get, so I’m going to say that I’m neutral (laughing).  I have gained many helpful tips and tricks along the way but learning about the color wheel, was a pivotal point in my application game.  Who knew, that this simple concept would be a game changer for me… Understanding why certain shades are life long friends from the get go and why some shades go into battle with each others, was a huge lesson learned. Here are my top 3 palettes.

#1 – LAURA MERCIER EYE ARTIST PALETTE

img_2125-1This palette, for the past 3 years, has taken the number one spot as my most used and loved palette, WOW.  I just can’t get enough of it.  The formula that they used for this palette, created some amazingly pigmented shades that melt together and compliment my skin tone the best.  It’s heavenly.  I purchased this palette about 3 years ago.  It was initially released as a limited edition palette, however, the following year, it was added to their permanent line and can be purchased at Sephora.  I have used every shade, and of course, have used some shades more than others.  I have hit pan in 5 shades and I am very close to hitting pan in two more.  The darker shades, I use when I need to build up the outer part of my lid or I use all over my mobile lid.  I lean toward the 7 matte shades and use the 3 sheen shades for a slight shine on my lids.  The remaining 2 lighter shades have a sheen to them and i love using them on my brow bone for a smidge of highlight.  All of theses shades blend into each other remarkably, last all blooming day, shade selection and pairing are off the charts, its just one dang good heck of a palette and takes it away again for 2017.  AGAIN!

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#1 Palette the Laura Mercier, Artist Palettes

#2 – ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS SUBCULTURE PALETTE

2nd two palette the ABH Subculture Palette

Yes indeed, the Subculture palette is my second favorite palette and was released in 2017.  This palette received a lot of negativity from people in the beauty community who purchased it right from the get go or were sent as PR.  I did not purchase my palette right away because of all the bad press it was receiving which spooked me, so I waited.  As I viewed the beauty gurus on YouTube, I would hear that it is a difficult palette to work with, the shades don’t blend well together, it doesn’t make sense, the list is endless.  I was thinking, WHAT THE HECK – is it REALLY that bad?  Am I going to waste my money?  Maybe I shouldn’t purchase it…  in the end, I thought to myself… those are their thoughts on their experience and I should not base my decision on their, not so great, experience/reviews.  However, there was one thing was consistent in each video that was slowing drawing me in, it was the shade selection, OMG so gorgeous. So, I added to my Sephora cart, pressed purchase and received it 2weeks later (yes 2weeks).  When I opened it and started messing around with it, I was hooked.  This palette has allowed me to be creative, to use a total different color out of my comfort zone and have come up with some great looks that I’m proud to be seen in.

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Subculture #2 Palette

I honestly, can’t get enough of this sister palette to the Modern Renaissance, the Subculture palette is my second most used / loved palette.  On the Anastasia Beverly Hills website they describe the Subculture palette as “having 14 shades that range from grungy matte to bold metallic with an underground edge”.  I don’t know what that means exactly, but dang, I am so happy that I did not let the negativity around this palette sway my decision to purchase it.  I absolutely love using it.

2nd Place Palette Swatches, Subculture

#3 – VISEART GRANDE PRO PALETTE

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My third selection is the Viseart Grande Pro, Volume 1 Palette.  It was released late 2017 (November is when I received mine) and I was so happy when I saw my box from Muse Beauty Pro in my mail.
I felt like I had just received the most exquisite piece of fine jewelry in the world as I handled with care…. lol.  I am very impressed with the shade selection and the palette all around, Viseart did an amazing job.  Well Done Viseart!  If you want to see some of the amazing photos of the Viseart products in actions, follow Viseart on Instagram.  I feel like my collection is now complete.  My palette was part of the first 3000 that were release from Muse Beauty Pro and is numbered 1707/3000.

Viseart Grande Pro

The starred shades are the ones that I have been using most frequently.  I did a blog post on this palette, so I won’t go into the details.  Please feel free to check out my Viseart blog post from January 01, 2018.

With that, I wish you all a good day .

Beauty Native Style

 

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Kat Von D Video’s

Two great Kat Von D Video’s that I’ve recently watched… Plus one extra video…

This first video is about a question that Kat Von D presented to a select audience and her question was, “what was your first makeup memory”?   This video can be found on the her YouTube Channel – thekatvond or on the Sephora Website.  Jeffree Star’s story was my favorite and Jeffree Star also has a YouTube Channel which is jeffreestar.

My first makeup memory was sneaking my older sisters Cover Girl quad and mascara when I was 12.  My mom caught me wearing it and made me wash it off, but I continued in secret.

In this second video, Kat Von D is demonstrating how to use her new Metal Crush Eyeshadows.  I need these in my life…

What are your first memories of makeup?????

There is the third extra video on how Kat Von D does the Pointillism Makeup method..stunning

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Playing with Makeup!

I had a great time playing with Makeup this past weekend.

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Every have one of those days when you just felt like playing with makeup?  That was me on Sunday.  I have been wanting to do something out of my comfort zone and this is what I came up with.

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This won’t be a long blog post, I did want to post my pics of the look I created and put it up today.  It’s late, 10:44pm and I’m here thinking about life and things that happen that are out of my control.  This past Sunday, I had one of those days where I just felt like checking out my “Everything Nice Palette” from Too Faced and my Colourpop Cheek blushes.

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So this is what the end result looked like.  Definitely, not a look that is office appropriate but more so for and evening out.  Anyway, it was fun and makeup play time is better with my granddaughter Fancy, she’s got an eye for the good stuff like my Charlotte Tilbury and March Jacob palettes… Good Taste.

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NARSissist DUAL INTENSITY EYESHADOW PALETTE

Can we all just take a deep breath and appreciate this AMAZING PALETTE!

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I literally had to force myself to stop reaching for this shiny amazing, all I ever need palette.  Seriously, I have some issues.   Dang, I enjoy using this palette and the one single shadow I bought because I thought that these 8 were not enough, said the woman with a million palettes.
 I just LOVE this palette!  There!  I feel much better.
At first, when I purchased it, I thought, “what the heck am I going to do with these shade colors”? But I didn’t care, I just kept on going down the road of no return.  I began to swatch each one very carefully and then I would examine it.  Holding my swatched arm in dim light, bright lights, sun light and I thought, huh! not bad.
IMG_0618Then the unthinkable happened, I was reaching for my makeup brushes and it’s like I was possessed by the makeup gods, my hands moving with such finesse, swirling and swiping.  It was over in a few minutes.  I sat there stunned looking at the image in the mirror, who was this Goddess staring back at me?  I started to examine the colors and my work and I thought, I LOVE THIS PALETTE!  That was maybe 2 months ago and I am hooked.  So, my words to you are,   I highly recommend this palette to anyone out there that is flirting with the idea of wanting to change things up and wanting a palette that would give you great color and is easy to use.  I  am in no way a makeup artist or pro, I have learned from trial and error, and this palette is phenomenal.  I’m sure many of you have tried this palette but for those of you that have not, take it from someone that just loves makeup, it’s a great pallet.

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Until next time, stay stunning!

Beauty Native Style

 

MAC’s Disney Cinderella Collection?

OMG!

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Well, that was absolutely crazy.  I just noticed that the MAC Disney Cinderella Collection on the MAC website and the products that I’ve clicked on have been sold out.  WOW!  I only wanted the Lipstick in Royal Ball and the Iridescent Powder in Coupe D’Chic and I’m totally out of luck.  Hoo Humm.  I will be going into the Big City tomorrow and I can guarantee you that I will be making the MAC store my first stop in hopes of scooping up these two items.  So if your like me sitting here bummed out that you slept like a baby while everyone else was pressing their REFRESH BUTTON, don’t feel bad, just cry your little eyes out and pout a bit, then take a deep breath and their your all good.  Waaahhhhh!

I googled images of this collection and found these picture!

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The LORAC MEGA PRO PALETTE

LIMITED EDITION PALETTE

Lorac Mega Pro Palette

Lorac Mega Pro Palette Limited Edition

(the following was taken from the Lorac Website)

LORAC Mega PRO Palette*

LORAC Makeup
TOTAL NET WEIGHT 0.62 OZ./ 17.6g

SOLD OUT

A 32-shade PRO Palette with 28 brand-new, Exclusive shades. 2 x’s the number of shades with only 4 original must-have basics (White, Cream, Espresso, Black)

($204 Value)

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Here are my thoughts……

Man oh Man! Has this palette ever created a buzz.

I enjoy browsing the different cosmetic sites, watching the Beauty Guru’s videos on You Tube, and visiting Beauty Blogs that are out there on the World Wide Web.  It’s amazing how I can connect to all this information with just a tap of my finger.  Last night I watched another You Tube video, where the lady was showing her latest haul and of course the first item she showed was the Lorac Mega Pro Palette.  She boosted about how amazing it is, how happy she was to finally have it and went on into detail about the description of each shadow.   I then went on to another video, and once again, another guru was talking about how lucky she was to have it BUT did not go into details as she stated that “since many were not able to purchase this palette, that she did not want to give a review on it”.  I appreciated this.  I am happy for all the people who were lucky enough to have received the Lorac Mega Palette free, from the company (or where every they rec’d it from) for them to review AND for the many who were able to purchase it online, I’m happy for them.  They have something that I and many others do not have.  I could go and purchase one off Ebay, but that’s not happening.  So, in my opinion, “i’m ok” with not being able to have this palette.  I am very, very, very happy with the many palettes that I have collected over the years and I know I have more than I could ever use.

I was so happy using my Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette and Blushes, that I missed all the hype and releasing of the Lorac Palette.  That by the time I caught on that Lorac had this MEGA palette out, it was all sold out.  So to soothe my makeup addiction, I just walk over to my vanity and pick up my SUGARPILL Palette or my CHARLOTTE TILBURY palette or the many, many, many other palettes that I do have and the Lorac Palette is forgotten.  🙂

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I Love my Charlotte Tilbure Luxury Palette, Amazing

Sugar Pill Palette

My Lastest Purchase from SUGARPILL

Love, Love my Palettes, I have collected many palettes and these are just a few.

Guerlain with Beadwork

Guerlain Ecrin 4 Color Palette

Smashbox

SMASHBOX a Birthday Gift 2013

MAKE UP ADDITION?  Who Me… Naahhh.  I just love eyeshadow palette

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Kat Von Dee ESPERANZA PALETTE

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Marc Jacobs The Lolita Palette

Urban Decay Vice Palette

Urban Decay VICE 2 PALETTE

 

 

 

OMG! Charlotte Tilbury Products

The Charlotte Tilbury products are very exquisite and are so amazing. Here’s a quick peak at what my latest purchase consisted of.  I love love love the feel, the application, the staying power and the color of the Luxury Palettes and the Blushes.  I’m loving the Charlotte Tilbury products that I have received so far.

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