I LOVE EYE SHADOWS….
The following are my own photos and thoughts.
Today’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
This 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!
#2 – ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS 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.
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.
#3 – VISEART GRANDE PRO PALETTE
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.
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 .
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