Top 5 Travel palettes

Top 5 Travel palettes

When traveling, you don’t want to pack your bulkiest, biggest palettes. At least I do not. Whenever I travel, I like keeping my makeup simple and easy to do. Whenever I travel, I am usually a tourist and so I am always itching to go out there and explore. Often wearing makeup doesn’t even make any sense as it will just melt right off. However, for those occasions where I do want to wear a smidge of makeup, I have a few options for palettes that are easy to use and easy to pack. These are my top 5 favorite eyeshadow palettes for travel.  top 5 travel eyeshadow palettes

Top 5 Travel eyeshadow palettes

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Colorful eyeshadow palettes

Colorful eyeshadow palettes

My goal for 2018? Wearing more colorful eyeshadow. And so I went on a quest for some good colorful palettes. In today’s video, I am talking you through 10 colorful palettes that I have been. Some have been in my collection for years, some I only tried recently. There are 5 more affordable and 5 more high end picks. I hope you enjoy!

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Colorful eyeshadow palettes

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Collection Eyes Uncovered eyeshadow palettes

Collection Eyes Uncovered eyeshadow palettes

What do you get when you take an affordable drugstore brand and give them some crazy good eyeshadow formulas? You get the Collection Eyes Uncovered eyeshadow palettes! I have two of these UK drugstore gems and thought I would review those for you today. I have one with a very neutral undertone to it and one that is more warm toned. Here we go! collection eyes uncovered eyeshadow palette nude nude bronze review swatch

Collection Eyes Uncovered eyeshadow palettes
Nude & Nude Bronze

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Matte eyeshadow palettes

Matte eyeshadow palettes

In continuation of my eyeshadow palette series, I thought we could also discuss some matte eyeshadow palettes. So in today’s video I’m talking about 6 matte eyeshadow palettes and hopefully this video is helpful enough to let you decide which palette you would like to get. There are few more palettes in this video than my usual palette videos, so let’s stop waffling and get to the video.

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Matte eyeshadow palettes

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Makeup declutter 6 | Eyeshadow palettes

Makeup declutter 6 | Eyeshadow palettes

I think this is a declutter many people have been looking forward to. I’m an eyeshadow junkie, but because of that, there is plenty that I have tried that I don’t or no longer love. Of course that means that there will be plenty left once I’m done with these. Curious to see the rest of my eyeshadow palette collection? Or do you just want to see me go through one of the easiest, yet also the most difficult declutters yet? Then click on through!

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Makeup declutter | Eyeshadow palettes

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Inglot Freedom System palettes

Inglot Freedom System palettes

A brand that people used to rave about but that hardly anyone talks about anymore is Inglot. And what a shame that is! Over the course of my make up addiction (because that’s what it is, let’s be honest), I gathered 4 of their magnificent freedom system palettes. And they are some of the best eyeshadows in my entire collection. Let’s pause for a minute and give a bit of love to Inglot eyeshadow.

Inglot Freedom System palettes

I own 3 different palettes. I bought them over the course of 2 – 3 years. I pretty much purchased a palette every year in 2011, 2012 and 2013. As the brand became more and more popular, prices went up and up which I think is why so few people talk about this brand anymore. Where it used to be super affordable, I paid around 30 euros for my first 5 pan eye shadow palette, the prices by now have almost doubled.

The palettes I have are part of Inglot’s infamous Freedom System, which allows you to generate your own make up palettes. All of these are eyeshadow palettes and I have one 10 pan palette, which I use mostly in spring/ summer and two 5 pan ones which get most use in fall/ winter. The unique feature of these palettes is how sleek they are. The top closes with a strong magnet and you can stack these on top of one another very easily. They take up very few space and are super travel friendly. The eyeshadows themselves come in generous amounts (compared to other brands in the same price range) and the colors are absolutely stunning as you can see below.

My first Inglot palette was this one. At the time I stupidly forgot to write down the names of these shades, so I have no clue which ones these exactly are. I wrote a review about it when I first got this, and so many odd years later this is still one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes. It features a matte medium brown, a matte petrol/ teal (which is my favorite shade in this palette), a blue toned purple, a shimmery grey with purple undertones and a reddish brown. The only thing this palette misses is a highlight shade, but I solved that with another palette I bought.

Matte 239, AMC Shine 32, Matte 345, Matte 361, Matte 364
Matte 388, Pearl 429, Matte 379, Matte 334, Pearl 453

For the second one I went with a very different color selection. This is one of my favorite palettes to use come spring time. As you can see I really like my mattes, which is what this palette is focused on. There is a shimmery white highlight and a matte grey crease color, which serve as the basics. Then the bottom row is lined with lilac/ lavender/ violet shades which actually are my favorites, especially that shimmery cornflower blue shade. Up top are two greens, a coral and the most stunning matte yellow I have ever seen. There is only one shade in here that I would like to swop, which is the shimmering green, because it’s the one I reach for the least. I reviewed this as well when I first got it.

Matte 352, Rainbow 116R, Pearl square 420, DS 482, Pearl square 428

The final palette is probably the one  which ties this entire post together. Since a white highlight is sometimes too stark, I wanted a fleshtoned highlight to complete the Inglot eyeshadow collection. So that’s where the first shade in this comes from. The rainbow pan makes for a few great transitional colors that go perfectly with the other two palettes. For color I put in a shimmery grey toned mauve, a deep blue purple and a great indigo blue. I bought this to complement the first 5 pan palette. To me this is the most versatile of the three and I pull this out the most, despite the fact that I bought it last. I reviewed it here almost 2 years ago.

As you can see on these swatches, Inglot eyeshadows are super pigmented. One of the reasons why I dislike the shimmery white highlight shade is that it goes on so opaque that it can take over an entire eyelook. I mostly use these shades together, and only rarely mix in shades form other brands. If you’re looking for a brand that allows you to create your own palette filled with shades with great color pay off, then have a look at an Inglot counter near you.

What is your experience with Inglot eyeshadows?

Dior eyeshadow palettes

Dior eyeshadow palettes

Back when I first got into make up, I was under the impression that make up was only good when it was super expensive. I thus veered mostly towards high end brands at first, and then I learned that budget brands might be as good and sometimes even better than their more expensive counterparts. That first period of my make up loving years, did get me sucked into one high end brand in particular: Dior. And it’s the high end brand I still venture to first whenever I am seeking to buy myself an expensive treat. In the past couple of years I bought a few eyeshadow palettes by this brand, which I will be showing you today.

I’ve had all these palettes for more than 2 years and despite them not getting a whole lot of use anymore, I still love these to death. They feature some extremely well-pigmented and unique colors. And to give you an idea of how good these eyeshadows are: I used these palettes mostly when I hadn’t heard of eyeshadow base yet. The reason why I loved (and still love) Dior eyeshadow is that they are very longlasting and don’t need an eyeshadow base like Too Face Shadow Insurance to stay in place all day long. Another reason why I still love Dior make up in general is because of the more than gorgeous packaging. Whether they are doing lipstick, foundations, face powders or eyeshadows: each product looks magnificent and feels luxurious.

I own 5 different palettes. Two of which were limited editions and I also have a mini palette which was a free gift at a point in time. It is a 5 couleurs palette in Élégante. I forgot to include it in these pictures, but you can see that palette here. The palettes that are shown are three of the 5 couleurs palettes, one 3 couleurs smoky eyes palette and one special travel edition palette. I will show all of these below, including swatches.

5 couleurs:

5 Couleurs Iridescent in 859 Graphic Lights (LE)

5 Couleurs in 173 Night Butterfly

5 Couleurs in 140 Twilight

My three favorite eyeshadow palettes when I first started getting into make up. As you can see these have been used and loved quite a bit. The letters and the cannage print have started to fade in some shades and some even have a small dent in them. I didn’t have as much make up when I got these as I do now, so it’s no wonder that that happened.

The first one is an all pink palette. It features some very funky colors and you have to watch out with especially the darker color as it can give you that: I just cried buckets look. My favorite shade in this palette is the salmony pink in the top left corner. And that silver is super intense. Night Butterfly features some violet shades which again are beautiful. The deepest shade is like a more purple version of MAC’s sketch and I still love using this in autumnal eye looks from time to time. Twilight features around some blue tones with a grey and black in the mix. My favorites are the sky blue in the bottom left corner and the navy which actually has a bright blue shimmer.

Some of the highlighters in these palettes got washed out when taking pictures, but they do show up on the swatches, which you can find below.

3 Couleurs Smoky:

3 Couleurs Smoky in 481 smoky khaki

This palette was a bit of a whimsical buy, but as you can see this has been well loved as well. It features some gorgeous golden green shades that make not only a wonderful smoky eye with a twist, but also work great on their own or in other eye looks. I wrote a review, showcasing the palette in all its glory, two years ago. So if you care to see the nifty packaging this comes in (hint: it has a fully automatic mirror that pops up when you slide open the case), click this link to see the prettiness.

Special travel edition:

Cannage color collection eye palette (LE)

Lastly, I have this special travel edition, which I purchased on the ferry going from Edinburgh back to Holland after a work study trip. My main reason for buying this is the most stunning burgundy/ purple shade with golden shimmer in the top row. But the navy, dark brown and those lighter colors are all very worth your while. They are super shimmery though. If there would have been a matte in this, I think this would have been a much more versatile palette. Hence the reason why almost no shades look very much used. I still love this and I will bring this palette out just to play around with that gorgeous shade in the top row.

Swatches:

Time for some swatches of the prettiness. I’ve swatched all shades for you. I’ve swatched all palettes from lightest to darkest shade.

5 Couleurs Iridescent in 859 Graphic Lights (LE)
5 Couleurs in 173 Night Butterfly

5 Couleurs in 140 Twilight
3 Couleurs Smoky in 481 smoky khaki

Cannage color collection eye palette (LE)

As you can see the pigmentation of all of these shadows is amazing. And now that I’ve written this blog post, I’ve decided that I should bring these out more often. Between these palettes I will be sure to make some excellent eyelooks. The blacks can easily be used as liner. There are some beautiful shimmery highlighter shades. Not to mention that stunning deep brown color, the perfect burgundies, smoky olive green, bright sky blue, soft pink and a non-glittery but smooth silver.

Leave a comment below if you wish me to do a look with one or any of these palettes!