29 July 2012

Essential Neutral Eye Shadow Palettes


Quite a few brands are providing neutral eye shadow palettes for their customers. Today, it's all about convenience, yet value. If a few extras are thrown it, then that's a plus.

I'm all about bold colors, but every once in a while, I find that I just want something classic and simple. Classic in a sense that I want my makeup to look natural, yet simple enough to where I'll only need a few minutes to spare.

In makeup, I've realized that if you have a good neutral or natural palette, then you have your essentials. You can always build upon color -from green to purple and blue, or any color in the rainbow.

So I've put together a few palettes that I think are noteworthy.

Urban Decay's Naked Palette & Naked 2 Palette

This is the infamous palette that so many people have raved about.

Price: $50.00

Shades / Texture (Naked): Neutral; Bronze; Mostly shimmer; Glitter; Some matte
Shades / Texture (Naked 2): Neutral; Taupe; Greige (Gray & Beige); Shimmer; Some matte

You get a nice selection of 16 eye shadows. This palette has a fair amount of shimmer. If you are expecting a mostly matte palette, then you may want to use their Eden Primer Potion to tone down the shimmer.

Sonia Kashuk Instructional Eye Palette: Eye On Neutral

Simple. Great selection. Neutral matte shadows. Affordable. What more can I say. For some odd reason, it's difficult to find a neutral matte eye shadow palette that doesn't require you to build your own palette. This palette gives those who want only matte shadows exactly what they want. This is great for any makeup kit.

Price: $19.99 (Awesome!!!)

Shades / Texture: Neutral; Matte all the way!

LORAC Pro Eye Shadow Palette

Personally, this palette is an awesome balance of matte and shimmer colors. You have one row of matte eye shadows and another row of shimmer eye shadows. The shadows are soft, smooth, and pigmented. Compared to the Urban Decay palettes, you get 16 shades, at a lower price, yet at smaller amounts. But again the eye shadows are well pigmented.

Price: $42.00

Shades / Texture: Neutral; Matte & Shimmer

NYX Cosmetics 10 Color Eye Shadow: Caviar & Bubbles

How about knockout colors at an affordable price? I appreciate NYX Cosmetics for their variety in products. You can pick from an array of shades without having to break the bank.

This palette is a mix of soft, shimmery neutrals. I should also mention that these eye shadows are pigmented, especially when paired with their eye shadow primer or jumbo eye pencils.

Price: $10.00 (Awesome!!!)

Shades / Texture: Neutral; Shimmer

Too Faced The Return of Sexy Eye Shadow Palette

Too Faced makes a wonderful selection of eye collection palettes to fit many looks - Natural, Natural at Night, Naked, Romantic, Matte, and Smokey.

I know this isn't your typical neutral palette, but for those looking for an added mix of color, this is a great combination.

Their latest eye shadow palette includes a shimmery array of neutrals, purples, grays, with a few matte colors.

Price: $48.00

Shades / Texture: Neutral; Purple; Gray; Shimmer

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