Which neutral palette should you buy?

Which neutral palette should you buy?

In my video series on different eyeshadow palettes, I have a new installment for you! This is the neutral one. I already did one on warm toned, cool toned and mixed toned palettes. And so it would only be natural to also do a video on super neutral palette. So not neutral as in not colorful, but neutral in their undertone. I have four palettes I would like to talk to you about and this picture may give you an idea of which palettes are included.

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Neutral eyeshadow palette guide

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Which warm neutral palette should you buy?

Which warm neutral palette should you buy?

Eyeshadow palettes: my main make up love. I already showed you my full collection earlier this year, but I wanted to do a more in-depth series. This gives me the chance to discuss even some of the older palettes that have become staples in the makeup world. When should you buy which one? What does each palette have to offer? Today, we’re kicking off this series with warm toned neutral palettes. Say hello to Urban Decay’s Naked 1, Too Faced’s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar, Lorac’s Pro 1 and The Balm’s Nude Tude.

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Which warm toned neutral eyeshadow palette should you buy?

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Neutral nail colors

Neutral nail colors

A bright nail look isn’t for everyone. And it’s definitely not suitable for every job out there. Let alone a job interview. So what if you want to wear nail polish, but know you can go for a bit more than just a layer of clear polish? There are plenty of neutral shades out there. The trick to finding a good neutral shade is making sure it matches your skin tone. Plus it’s always a good thing when a polish has an opaque coverage, especially if it’s a lighter color. And you know what else is fun about neutral nail polish colors? That they are a lot of fun to pair with glitters! The options are thus endless. These are my 5 picks for a neutral nail.

1.) Diamond Cosmetics – Taupe Shimmer

Taupe Shimmer is my favorite neutral nail polish. This color is always a good choice. It goes with every outfit, looks great against my skin tone and had good staying power. The last thing you want is wearing this at some important occasions and arrive there to find your polish chipped. So I like that about this one. The fact that it has a hint of shimmer makes it a bit more interesting then if this had been a fully cream polish.

2.) Catrice – Welcome to Roosywood

Rose colored nails and especially in this color with a plum undertone can look great if the rest of your outfit is more neutral. If you can match your lipstick shade it adds an instant chique factor. This is the most outspoken color in this row, but to me, this is still a neutral. It never takes away or overpowers the rest of your outfit or your personality.

3.) L’Oreal Color Riche Peach Neglige

Earlier this year L’Oreal released a range of nail polishes that are almost white, but not quite. I have three of them. Of those, Peach Neglige is the most versatile. It makes for an instant “my nails but better” look. I use this when I don’t know what to wear and pair it with glitter for a bit of fun. It is the most neutral in the bunch and therefore goes with anything you wear. It’s too thick and gloopy to wear under shearer nail colors but this color could be perfect for that as well.

4.) OPI Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around

This is the only Limited Edition shade in the selection. Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around was part of the Brazil collection released earlier this year. It’s a very light greyish beige color with a purple undertone. Making it a very light purple colored taupe. This I love to layer under sheerer nail colors, top it up with glitter or just wear it as is. Again, this color is versatile and goes with anything and is always right. It’s OPI so this is hands down my favorite formula in the bunch.

5.) Ciaté Sugared Almonds

Last but not least is Sugared Almonds. Ciaté do some great neutral shades but this has to be my favorite. It is a peachy pink color that is a bit on the sheer side. With one layer this amps up your nails, with two, you have an opaque color that is flattering and not too much out there. Because of the pinky undertone, this color doesn’t make your hands or nails look pale and dead (like some beige colors can do) but keep it lively and sophisticated.

What are your favorite neutral nail colors?

High end dark & neutral colored lipsticks

High end dark & neutral colored lipsticks

My favorite high end make up item to shop? Lipstick. Luxurious packaging, stunning colors and usually much better staying power: high end lipsticks allow you to buy that piece of the unreachable without breaking the bank. Especially when you go to Ici Paris XL when they do their infamous 40% off deals. With high end lipsticks I tend to veer towards brighter lipsticks and reds, but over the years I’ve also gathered a couple of nudes, neutrals and a bit more recently also darker berry shades. And you can find all them below including swatches. Enjoy!

Illamasqua Lipstick Shard (matte)

Let’s kick things off with a bang shall we? One of my favorite fall colors is this matte berry color that I picked up from Selfridge’s on my last trip to London. It is one of my first Illamasqua products and dare I say it has made me want more. This lipstick has a gorgeous color, great lasting power and it is matte. If you care to see what it looks like on, here is a post where I’m wearing it.

MAC Velvet Teddy (matte)

This next lipstick is probably not one you would pick up on first sight. I wouldn’t anyway. But the make up artist recommended this when I went to MAC for the first time. To familiarize myself with their products I decided to book an appointment where they do your make up and you can put the money you pay for the appointment towards your purchases. It is handy when you don’t know where to get started and I bought a few of the things the MUA used on me that day. This lipstick was one of those items. And believe it or not: brown lipstick makes for a great neutral with my complexion. Need proof?

MAC Ravishing (cremesheen)

One of my first purchases at MAC that I did by myself. And still a failproof shade in my collection. Don’t know what to wear? Whack on some of this peachy coral color and you can’t go wrong.

MAC Pink Plaid (matte)

This is one of, if not, my favorite shade in MAC lipstick. First up, it’s matte (big plus right there!). Second, it’s the prettiest pink shade with a purple undertone. Third, it has a cute name. Of course the latter doesn’t exactly make or break a decision for buying something, but it certainly helps. It’s a great neutral shade and I like wearing this when I go for darker eye looks.

MAC Creme D’Nude (cremesheen)

The ‘what-the-beep-what-I-thinking’ shade. A few years ago, I was dead set on getting a concealer type nude color. I’m not sure why, but I just wanted to give it a try. After a long search I went with Creme D’Nude. I’ve only worn it 5 times till this day and by now I can tell you: a true nude look is not a good one for me. This lipstick makes me look as dead as a doornail and is too sheer to cover up my natural lipcolor. The result: a muddy look that is more suitable for Halloween than teaching English classes.

MAC Lovelorn (lustre)

Yes, this shade is almost identical to Pink Plaid. I know. The reason I got this? Because it’s got a different texture. Where Pink Plaid is a full on matte, this is more sheer and has a bit of shine to it. For those days when a matte lip is just not what I want to go with.

Benefit Candy Store

On to one of my oldest lipsticks. Candy Store by Benefit has long been discontinued and I don’t wear it very often anymore either. I bought this on a trip to New York with my best friend and I guess that’s the only reason why I still have this. It reminds me of my visit to the Big Apple and standing in Sephora trying to decide what to buy. It is a very sheer shiny color that is great is you just want your lips to appear a tad fuller.

Benefit Rocket Pop

For the longest time this was my ‘my-lips-but-better’ shade. Unfortunately the creamy texture means it doesn’t last very long and when I bought other lipsticks this one ended up in the forgotten pile of my lipstick stash. However, I bought this at the same time as I bought Candy Store featured above, so I have the same memory attached to it and so I just can’t part with it just yet.

NARS Shrinagar (sheer)

One of my very first NARS products was this lipstick. In the tube this color looks like a blackened purple shade. Ooh scary. But in fact it’s a very sheer lipstick. I tend to wear this after I apply some Lip Erase and then it gives off a great purple-ish hue to my lips. Great to pair with dark green and dark blue looks or a heavy smokey eye.

YSL Rouge Volupté Shine no. 18 Prune in Fire

We started with a bang, we end with a bang. Lipstick no. 10 is this bright plum shade by YSL. It was love at first swatch when I found this. It’s a tad more rad than the Illamasqua one, and it has a very creamy texture. It’s also my first YSL lipstick in this gorgeous, gorgeous packaging. Unfortunately this wears kind of ugly on my lips: after a few hours I’m left with color just on the outside rim of my lips. Not so sexy, but hey for a product this gorgeous I’ll happily take the time to reapply properly.

What is your favorite high end nude?


This post was the 6th one in a series I embarked on in January to show you my lipstick collection. If you care to (re)read, here are the other blogs:

Red lipsticks (high end)

Red lipsticks (drugstore)

Bright lipsticks (high end)

Bright lipsticks (drugstore)

Neutral lipsticks (drugstore)

My neutral drugstore lipsticks

My neutral drugstore lipsticks

Nude or neutral lips: not necessarily my cup of tea. Finding the perfect ‘my lips but better’ shade can be a pain and often I just think: what’s the point?! You could manage just fine with a layer of sheer lip balm to create a similar effect. Yet, because of this dilemma, I own quite a few neutral shade of lipstick. Because your lips do look a bit better with a smooch of lipstick on them and not to mention how the right lip color can tie an entire look together. From pinky nudes, to peachy corals, these are the neutral shades I own from the drugstore selection.

Now before I kick this off, you should know that this post will include some brighter colors. However, on my lips, the formula is on the sheer side or ties in nicely with my natural lip color or skin tone. I’ve a very light skin tone, but darkly pigmented lips. Hence some shades tend to either not show up at all, or come off as a neutral shades on my lips. This is why I find neutral lipsticks so difficult: each person will have different colors that suit them. These are the ones that work for me.

Revlon Colorburst lipstick in 075 Peach

An oldie but a goodie. This is a creamy and gorgeous lipstick in a sheer peachy color to give your lips just a hint of color.

Soap & Glory Guava Rama

Very saturated and opaque lipcolor which leans towards a dark coral shade. Void of shimmer and okay staying power.

Hema Moisturizing lipstick in no. 02

Doesn’t stay on long, but the only drugstore beigy nude I own. It’s sheer though so it doesn’t give you that dead look. The peach undertone also brightens up your face. This is one of my favorites to put with heavy eye looks.

Catrice Ultimate Shine lipstick in no. 120 Let’s Dance Salsa

This one is unfortunately discontinued, but it’s a gorgeously opaque pink color with slight golden microshimmer. I am usually not a fan of shimmer in lipsticks, but with this pink shade I think it looks lovely.

Catrice Velvet Matt Lip Color Color Bomb (Revoltaire LE)

Not one of my faves, but keeping it because it was LE. Close dupe for MAC’s Watch me Simmer, so it’s a corally pink shade that is unfortunately not as opaque as I’d hoped.

Rimmel London Kate lipstick in no. 101

Quite possibly my favorite drugstore nude is this one by Rimmel. Matte, opaque, good lasting power and a gorgeous pink that goes towards nude.

Topshop lipstick in Macaroon

Another coral shade. This time by Topshop. I love Topshop lipsticks. They go on like a dream, stay on and have great color pay off. I pick this one over the Catrice one.

NYX Matte lipstick in Angel

Perhaps not a very neutral shade paired with these colors, but when you line it up with full out pinks, it’s not pink enough to go in there either. Cameleon sort of color that can tone down or amp up any look with its pink color with a peach undertone.

Rimmel London Moisture Renew lipstick in no. 255 Cherry Blossom

My first: my lips but better shade. I used this quite a bit when I first got it, but ended up not being super happy with the shine it gives off. However, there are occasions where shiny lips are the way to go and that’s why this sumptous cherry shade is still hanging round in my collection.

Rimmel London Moisture Renew lipstick in no. 110 Rose Sorbet

Last but not least, is this pretty rosy shade. It’s a tad too cool toned for me most of the time, but come spring/ summer I like bringing this out. Paired with a rosy cheek and a fresh eye look, this lipstick simply breathes sunshine, flowers and newly mowed lawns.

That’s it! My 10 neutral drugstore lipstick shades.
What are yours?

Fave neutral eyeshadows

Fave neutral eyeshadows

I love my neutral shadows. It’s perfect for work, it looks classy and it can give you that barely there make up look. On the other hand, neutral shades are also perfect for creating smokey eyes and more dramatic looks. Neutral eyeshadows are handy to take your every day office look and upgrade it to an evening look within minutes. Here are my particular favorites.

First of all, one thing I like about neutral eyeshadows is that you can make these barely there looks with it. It makes your eyes look brighter and you look 100x more awake than without any color on your lids, but no one would be able to tell you have any on. This is especially handy in my case, as I usually get up early and have some very long days. My favorite eyeshadows to accomplish this look are the following:

Top row (f.l.t.r.): Bourjois 71 Or Raffiné, 16 Ambre Nude, no. 05

Bottom row (f.l.t.r.): Sephora no. 15 Suede, no. 78 Sunkissed, no. 11 Creme Caramel

Especially the Sephora eye shadows are great for getting that barely there look. The Bourjois ones tend to be a bit too shimmery, but sometimes that is just what you need to give your look just a bit more oomph. The first two Bourjois shadows are from the old line, the numbers, names and packaging changed a few months ago. All six shadows could be combined if need be, but I also tend to use the 4 shimmery colors on their own sometimes.

To achieve some more dramatic looks or to darken things up a little bit, I love using palettes. There are tons of neutral palettes on the market. Pretty much every brand has a range of neutral colors in their eyeshadow range. Two palettes that I have been loving lately are by Make Up Designory and Sleek.

Make Up Designory Quad & Sleek Palette in Oh So Special

Make Up Designory Quad (clockwise from top left): honeysuckle, apricot, taupe, espresso

Sleek Oh So Special Palette

Top row: bow, organza, ribbon, gift basket, glitz, celebrate

Bottom row: pamper, gateau, the mail, boxed, wrapped up, noir

I love these two palettes! They both feature some very pretty colors. I love how the MUD shadows are all matte. The honeysuckle one seems shimmery, but that’s just the picture. The Sleek palette has some very pretty pinks and purples in the palette so you can change up the neutral look and give it a bit of a twist rather than only using black, greys and browns.

My two favorite palettes, however, aren’t these. My favorite neutral eyeshadow palettes are by Urban Decay and Too Faced. Yes, you have guessed right, they are the Urban Decay & Too Faced Naked palettes.

Too Faced Naked Eye Palette & Urban Decay Naked Palette

Too Faced Naked Eye Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette

The Urban Decay Naked Palette has soon become a staple in many make up lovers’ stashes. The minute I laid eyes on it, I knew I had to have it and I love it. I love the texture of these shadows, the pigmentation, well everything.

The only surprise here could be the Too Faced palette. Most people I’ve seen with a Too Faced palette have the Natural Eye Palette. I opted for the Naked Eye Palette, as I found the Natural Eye Palette too similar to the Urban Decay one. The Urban Decay one is heavily based on browns and two dark greys. Now what my stash was lacking was good selection of grey/ taupish eye shadows. So rather than buying another palette filled with browns (the Natural Eye Palette) I chose to go with the Naked Eye Palette. As you can see from the picture, the colors I love the most from that palette are the ones I was also looking for.

I would like to indicate that this post does not feature any MAC eyeshadows, despite the fact that I love them. I am still working on filling up my MAC palette and therefore I have a few more neutral MAC colors to try before I can list my favorites. Once that mission is completed I will write a blog on my fave neutral MAC shadows as they are truly in a league of their own.

Q: Do you like neutral eye shadows?