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My Top 5 Eyeshadow Palettes

My makeup kryptonite is hands down eyeshadows. Choosing only 5 palettes to feature in today’s post seemed near impossible. But… your girl did what she had to do. Each of these palettes has a unique colour story and a good array of colours to create a variety of looks. Well, unless you want more colour. There are unfortunately no rainbow bright colours in these palettes as I don’t do colourful looks very often.

Without rambling on any further, let me share why I’ve chosen these 5 palettes.


Huda Beauty New Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Huda came through with this dreamy and romantic eyeshadow palette. I didn’t think twice about making this purchase, just look at it, how stunning is this palette?

This isn’t your standard neutral palette. The name suggests this and might lead you to expect browns and beiges but instead, we have a gorgeous array of pinks, peaches, mauves, and berries. New nudes = not nude at all Haha. It’s different and I’m not complaining at all.

Eyeshadows and Pigmentation

Inside you’ll find 18 shadows: 10 matte shadows, four duo-chromatic reflective shades, two pressed glitters, one pressed pearl and a sheer concealer base. The reflective shades are certainly the standout shades in this palette. These are truly unique as they are diffused with chunks of iridescent sparkle that are as pretty on the eyes as they are to look at.

The matte shades perform really well. There is quite a bit of kick up in the pan which is such a pain because the concealer base never stays clean as a result of this. The pressed glitters are infused with “innovative silicones” to improve adherence to the eyes, which I appreciate because you don’t necessarily need a glitter glue. I would, however, advise you to use glitter glue just to help reduce fallout and prolong wear time.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam

You guys probably already know that I love the Anastasia Beverly Hills formula. I had a series a few months back where I reviewed all the palettes in my collection.

If you’d like to read more about them then please click the links below


Eyeshadows and pigmentation

This palette has 14 shadows (9 matte shades and 5 metallic/multidimensional shades) and 3 of these that being tempera (a matte beige), Burnt Orange (a matte deep orange), and Cyprus Umber (a matte espresso) appear in the Modern Renaissance palette as well. I own the Modern Renaissance palette and don’t mind that these shades have been repeated as they’re some of my most reached for shades.

I can’t fault the quality of these shadows because they’re a dream to work with. If the matte shades are highly pigmented, smooth and blend with ease and the metallic shades rich in colour and give an incredible shine even without the help of a wet brush, then you know you have an outstanding palette. The Soft Glam palette ticks all those boxes and the only downside to these super soft shadows is the kickback, so I’d advise you to go in with a light hand.



Dose of Colors in Sassy Siennas

This was my very first Dose of Colors palette. It was gifted to me by Betty, a South African makeup and beauty online store. I’ve had my eye on Dose of Colors eyeshadows for such a long time. I now own 3 of their 5 pan matte palettes and the formula of these matte shadows is beautiful.

Eyeshadows and Pigmentation

Sassy Siennas is a 5 Pan Matte Eyeshadow Palette, with a mixture of peaches, siennas and rusty hues. This palette is the perfect dose of warm earth tones with a pop of peachy goodness.

  • Bossy: Bold Burnt Orange
  • Oh So Sassy: Plump Peach
  • Foxy: Burnt Sienna
  • Brassy: Warm Copper
  • Stay Sassy: Warm Cocoa Brown

The formula is what really blew me away. These are buttery soft and blend effortlessly. I’m not even joking when I say this is my go-to when I need a quick 5 min look. There’s a bit of kick up but like I’ve mentioned before, I don’t mind this as long as the shadows blend beautifully.


Colourpop It’s My Pleasure Palette

If you’ve been following me for some time then you would know that my love for all things Colourpop is next level. They’ve become the brand that never sleeps and it’s a little difficult to keep up. I’ve decided to only purchase when a product really excites me. I often find myself looking through my collection to see if I own anything similar and then take it from there.

Well, the “It’s My Pleasure” Palette is one I couldn’t pass up on. It’s a purple lovers dream palette so of course I buckled and bought it. Just look at it. How gorgeous?

Eyeshadows and Pigmentation

This is one of their 9 pan monochromatic palettes with a mixture of matte, duo-chrome shimmers and metallics finishes. Some palettes have glitter shadows as well which I love. I know some people stay clear from glitter around the eyes.

The “It’s my pleasure” palette contains a mix 3 mattes, 1 matte with glitter, 3 duo-chrome shimmers, and 2 metallic shades. The matte shades perform really well, especially for purple/pink shadows. These colours are known to be pretty tricky to formulate perfectly. The beauty in this palette really comes through in the duo-chrome and metallic shades. These are so glittery, with so much dimension and they look absolutely dazzling on the eyes.


Colourpop Sweet Talk Palette

It’s been a while since I got this excited about a palette. I own nothing like it so I knew that adding it to my collection would just bring something fresh.

Eyeshadows and Pigmentation

Sweet talk is the perfect springtime palette. It has a good mix of peachy, coral and warm neutral shades. This 12-pan eye shadow palette includes 7 matte shadows, 2 metallic shadows, 2 pressed glitters, and 1 super shock shadow.

The matte shadows are the star of the show in this palette. They are creamy and blend effortlessly. I find the glitter shadows a little chunky and I experience some fall out so I’d advise you to use glitter glue to prevent this from happening. The supershock doesn’t have a pigmented base colour and only provides a light wash of colour. It does, however, look almost wet on the eyes and works beautifully as a topper.



Final Thoughts

There have been so many eyeshadow palette releases in the makeup industry that it’s become overwhelming. There is no reason any consumer would want to keep up. You’ll just find yourself with hundreds of palettes that you’ll never be able to use up and a sad-looking bank account.

All the palettes mentioned in today’s post have very different colour stories, have a variety of finishes and they all perform beautifully. I’ve reached for each of these over others in my collection over the past few months and I’m never disappointed with the looks I create using these palettes.


Which eyeshadow palettes have you been reaching for lately, and why? Also, with there being so many releases, which have made it to your wishlist?







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  • Charndré Kippie

    I love your selection of favourites. The Sweet Talk Palette is definitely a standout for this year. I own one as well and I absolutely adore it!

  • Rene Govender

    There had to be a purple palette! So my go tos are the huda beauty warm obsessions and Juvias place Zulu palette 😏
    My wishlist is TATI BEAUTY!! LOL Dominique cosmetics latte, maybe Shane dawson conspiracy theory …

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