I believe every girl owns at least 1 palette, whether or not it is an eyeshadow palette, blush palette, concealor palette.
The palettes boasts every colour imaginable, offer value for money because you get SO MUCH VARIETY. Having been one of the palette fans myself, this is what I have to say honestly about buying palettes, its okay if you dont agree, to each his own :)
I can't speak for the cream concealer palette because I havent bought it and used it for myself.
1) Eyeshadow palettes
They have the original 88, shimmer 88, 120 etc etc
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If I were a makeup artist, this would probably be very useful for me but if makeup is just something to enhance my own beauty, would you REALLY be using this palette's worth its money?
I would probably use 1 row and that's it!
I appreciate that sometimes we want to have a bit more colour but really, how often can it be?
For wild nights out? For special events? From what I've experienced, there hasnt been a single event I've been to that I would wear purple-pink-neon blue eyeshadow.
Even for night events, I would usually opt for a polished look.
Quality wise, I only liked the ones that gave shimmer, those matte one were plain powdery.
So very often we're intrigued by their pigmentation, but we hardly give a thought to how we're really going to use them. As for staying power, they last as well as my cheapest powder.
2) Blush and contour palettes
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I bought the blush and contour palette as well as the 10 piece blush palette and another 3 piece contour and blush palette.
When they came, I went crazy swatching, ooh-ing and aah-ing at how pigmented this is yadah yadah.
But reality set in and this is what I've concluded
* I never really used them because to me, the palettes were bulky and difficult to handle, I like holding small blush containers better.
* I can't tote it around in my bag for touch-up! Would you tote it around? I would have to tote another blush colour which is weird, I'm gonna look like a chameleon!
* Pigmentation is GREAT, Quality is SUCKY. Why?
It is a finely-milled powder yes but it stays on top the skin like a film, blush is supposed to look natural but no matter HOW MUCH I BLEND IT, it will look like a powdery patch. I have never had this problem with Loreal or Maybelline blushes, the powders have this transparency thing to them, which blends in with your colour but leaving the colour nicely set in. Even silkygirl blushes dont look like that!
Plus I remembered on 1 occasion, it was probably a too-hot day and I was sweating. When I went to the restroom, I was shocked to see that not only my patch of blush became cakey, there was a streak of it missing, probably by sweat but seriously, it looked HORRIBLE.
I'd say the blush palettes are good if say you're doing a makeup for a photoshoot where the colours are to be for photographic purposes, NOT FOR going out or everyday school/work wear, NO WAY.
*The highlight colours are MATTE POWDERS. Seriously, I think its for photography ONLY. It is either I look like I have nothing on or I suddenly have white patches on my cheekbones which look powdery and like I have a disease. Or maybe I dont know how to use them, but seriously for everyday use, please use a shimmery highlight and if you have oily skin, use sparingly but NEVER go for a matte highlight unless probably photography in a studio.
*Staying power is really no staying power on its own. The eyeshadow ones are fine but the blush palette staying power really SUCKED.
*The 10 piece blush palette, I CAN ONLY USE 2 COLOURS AT MOST! The rest look way off and I remember there was a BRIGHT PURPLISH PINK. Seriously, its like preparing us for halloween. Gahh
So, have we been sucked into a craze which we can do without? By we, I mean non-makeup artists who wear makeup to school or work to enhance our natural beauty and the makeup is solely for ourselves. I honestly think so.
I didnt regret buying the 88 warm palette because they are neutral eyeshadows and I do use it well at least more than the blush palettes but the blush palettes, I honestly regret buying them. If I didnt buy them, with the money I can save, I could have bought myself a UDPP.
It seems like no one has said anything bad about the palettes. Hmmm. I wonder if people feel the same I do.