Lately there have been some killer releases in terms of palettes. Everything from contouring palettes to eyeshadows so I thought it was about time to round up three I’ve been testing over the past few weeks. I hope this is uber helpful and I’d love to hear from you if you’ve tried any of these bad boys!


Clarins Garden Escape 6-Colour Eye Palette
This is the eyeshadow offering from the Clarins Spring collection which is currently in store now. Although I usually do enjoy Clarins formulation of shadows this palette missed the mark for me. The light pinks, green and random taupe just don’t flow together meaning you always need another eyeshadow palette to compliment these shadows when applying them to the eye. When I buy an eyeshadow palette I want it to be user friendly providing me with a range of shades that work together seamlessly and I just don’t think this does that. The formulation is however gorgeous and Clarins do make up super well but I would give this one a miss unless you’re after some lighter hues to team with other shades in your existing collection.


Maybelline The Nudes Palette
The palette that has got everyone talking is the Maybelline The Nudes palette as it’s one of the first affordable neutral palettes from the bigger brands to be released. It includes an extensive range of both matte and shimmer shades all being quite neutral and wearable. The matte shades aren’t amazing lacking pigmentation however the shimmer shades do lift the palette but all do require a little bit more work to get a good pay off on the lid. If you’re going from an Urban Decay palette to this then you’re probably not going to enjoy the formulation however if you’re only dipping your toes into eyeshadows and don’t want to spend a fortune then I really do recommend picking this up. It’s not something I’ll be reaching for over my Sigma or Urban Decay palettes for but it’s not a crappy palette by any means.


Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette
Contouring palettes are everywhere at the moment and if you’ve read my raves about creaming contouring you’ll know I’m definitely on bandwagon when it comes to cream products. When I caught wind of the contouring palette from Laura Mercier it got me super excited because I adore the brand. The packaging of this product is my favourite, very sturdy and compact with a big mirror inside where you’ll find two highlight shades and three contouring shades as well as instructional information on how to use the palette. I can use the lightest contouring shade without a problem on my pale skin and find it super blendable, creamy and honestly a joy to use but the rest of the palette just isn’t suited to my skin tone (if you’d like to see swatches just let me know and I can whip up a post next week). The lighter shade looks very starkly yellow on my skin and the darker one is just a smidgen to dark for me. I do highly recommend this palette for medium-dark skintones but for darker skins I would definitely swatch before buying.


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Have you been testing any new palettes? What are your thoughts on them?


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    The Clarins one looks so beautiful but it’s a shame that those particular colours were included. I agree that a palette should include shades that all work together. I’d want it just because it looks so pretty but wouldn’t use half the shadows. I felt disappointed for you just reading the mini review haha.

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    I like the look of the Nudes Palette! But I think for neutrals, I actually like going for high-end now like Urban Decay. All I need is my Naked palette haha. Yeah the Clarins palette looks a bit random with regards to the shades, and I never ever wear green. Maybe I should stop being boring and be adventurous with my eye looks haha

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    The Clarins palette is so lovely but you’re right it’s annoying when palettes can’t stand on their own. Lovely review!

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    I didn’t like the Maybelline palette when I first got it as the pigment wasn’t great but I’m loving it now as I find it works well when you put a cream shadow underneath.

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