Wishlist: Eyeshadow Palettes

Just to try something new, let me show you some of my wishlists. The idea is to write out the reasons why I want to get the things on my wishlists, and the reasons why I shouldn’t get them. In this way, I can judge whether or not it makes sense to buy them with the limited money I have and at the same time, avoid buying stuff that are not on these lists.

This first edition is my eyeshadow palette wishlist. My primary factor in choosing all of these is that it has to be a neutral palette, and as much as possible a good percentage of them consists of matte shadows.

1. Lorac Pro Palette 

Image credit: http://www.loraccosmetics.com/

Why I Want It: Lorac is known to have really good quality shadows, and most reviews on this palette confirms this. It has a great range of shades, and has both matte and shimmer shadows. It has sixteen shades! If you look at the price per shadow (Php137-166/shadow) it looks to be a ridiculously good deal. It also comes with a small tube of primer! Finally, Lorac is also cruelty-free.

Why I Shouldn’t Buy It: It’s the most expensive item on my wish list, and it will take a lot of budgeting to buy this. It’s not available locally and might be hard to find. There is a big variation in the prices, as low as Php2200 and as expensive as Php2650. In addition, it has no applicator included and the case is made of hard cardboard (as opposed to plastic). This combination makes it a little hard to be portable.

2. Urban Decay Naked Basics 

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Why I Want It: Naked Basics is usually on the list of many bloggers’ top eyeshadow palettes. It’s a pretty handy palette consisting of six shadows (neutral of course), and they’re all matte. It’s a great starting point for a makeup beginner like me, and on the whole it’s a reasonably priced palette too. As a bonus, Urban Decay is cruelty-free.

Why I Shouldn’t Buy It: The shade variation is a little meh. Three of the six are highlight shades and will pretty much look the same on the lid. It’s also a little hard to find, and there is a big variation in prices across different online stores. I’ve seen it as low as Php1300 and as high as Php1800.

3. Sleek I-Divine in Au Naturel

Image credits: http://www.sleekmakeup.com/

Why I Want It: I’ve always wanted to get Sleek Makeup since it reflects the name of my blog, and I did hear a lot of good things about the brand. An eyeshadow palette from them would be a great start, and it’s not really that expensive either. For Php650 you get ten neutral (mostly) matte shadows which is such a great deal! I like how the packaging looks as well.

Why I Shouldn’t Buy It: Some reviews say that the lighter shades aren’t very good. Sleek is also not cruelty-free, which is a big factor to me.

4. San San Single Shadows in Earth Tones

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Why I Want It: San San is a local brand that makes excellent makeup and nail polish, and I’ve always liked supporting local brands. They came out with awesomely cheap single shadows (which is definitely not a palette, but I’ll add this here anyway) at Php50 per shadow. I am interested in the five matte neutrals they have, and I’m counting them like a palette. HBC, which sells the brand, is located in a lot of places so this is pretty accessible.

Why I Shouldn’t Buy It: It is not a palette, and I can imagine how messy it is to work with single shadows. It can be fixed with an empty palette like Wild Peach but it would increase the price of the whole thing dramatically. Reviews also say that some of the shades in this line aren’t very good and need a primer. I also have no idea if San San is cruelty-free.


Verdict: After writing this all out, it seems to me that I should go and invest in the Lorac Pro Palette if I have the cash for it. The cases against it are not that big a deal (I have eyeshadow brushes, and I don’t need it to be portable). Otherwise, I can start with the San San Singles if I am in a hurry (which I am really not, since I do own a Nichido palette and two Ellefar palettes that are more or less neutral).

Have you tried/owned any of these? Which would you recommend/not recommend and why, or would you rather recommend something else?

8 thoughts to “Wishlist: Eyeshadow Palettes”

  1. I would not recommend the UD Basics…the shades are too light and it’s not really a stand alone palette; ie it’s more of a complement to the other 2 Nakeds.

    I think you already know how much I love the Lorac Pro haha. Sleek also make great palettes. I have Oh So Special, which is pretty neutral but with pops of color, and it has a lot of mattes. It’s my second fave palette!

    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Yeah actually I realized it wasn’t a good idea when I was writing it, but I’m glad to see some confirmation. I am really targeting that Lorac one. I’d really like to get the Sleek one (and their other palettes too tbh) but it’s not cruelty-free. 🙁

      1. It’s a great palette, but not something you can live on if you like playing around with different colors and textures. For my sister, it’s perfect, since she enjoys wearing the same eye makeup when she’s rushing out. She plays with looks, too, though I usually lend her my palettes. Her own collection isn’t adventurous, but she loves her Naked Basics. 🙂

      2. In most busy days I am the same as your sister, just slap on the same look. I would like to venture into something else though when I have the time, so I should go with more colors in the palette. Have you seen the new UD Naked 3? Maybe that’s what I should go for?

  2. Love how you reasoned all the palettes out! I don’t own any of these palettes but based on your info the Lorac Pro or the Sleek palette would be the one to get. I would go with the Sleek palette if funds are limited because if you don’t own many eyeshadow palettes it seems like a fairly inexpensive way to figure out what color combos you like most, then use that knowledge to examine higher end palettes. (Also, that particular Sleek palette seems to have some matches with LM Artist Palette, at least superficially). Lorac Pro is not LE, so there’s no rush either! 🙂

    1. That’s super true, although it really bothers me that Sleek isn’t cruelty free. I should just bite the bullet and get the Lorac Pro. But I’m confused now that UD released the new Naked. Argh!

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