Neutral Palette Battle Royale
Do you like seeing your makeup together? I do! I'm sure you understand how I feel if, like me, you enjoy collecting and using makeup. You get that tiny thrill inside when you know that you have nice stuff you can depend on.
That's why I thought to feature a neutral palette face-off. It's limited to my small collection of neutral palettes, but I wanted to quickly share with you my capsule review of each palette for, well, posterity. I've been steadily using neutrals most of the time these past few months, and I guess I want to keep tabs on my constant beauty companions. Hope you find this feature useful!
Note: Most of the palettes featured here are sadly limited edition or not available locally.
Neutral palettes: Youngblood Artiste Palette (with two MAC eyeshadows attached), Estee Lauder Deluxe Eyeshadow Compact, Bobbi Brown Champagne Quartz Eye Quad, Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad in Natural Smokes, Wet n Wild Color Icon palette in Vanity
Let's start shall we?
Estee Lauder Pure Color Deluxe Eyeshadow Compact
Pros: 18 wearable and flattering shades are housed in a sleek and sophisticated gold compact, quite affordable if bought with the blockbuster set
Cons: Limited edition, not available anymore; Some colors are too sheer even with base underneath
Verdict: Nice to have because it's extremely convenient for traveling, but you can miss this if you're happy with only a few colors in one palette.
Pros: Your one-stop box for a pretty neutral face, the Youngblood Artiste has everything you need. The blushes are high-quality and the eyeshadows are highly pigmented and long-lasting. For the amount you get, it's cheap at only P999.
Cons: Lip glosses are underwhelming. I believe that this has already been sold out. Hopefully Beauty Bar brings this in again, as well as the other versions!
Verdict: You should have gotten this when you had the chance! I highly recommend this to makeup newbies who are looking for high-quality makeup without the price tag.
Pros: Surprisingly good for a drugstore brand; Well-milled, pigmented eyeshadows come in flattering taupe shades; Cheap
Cons: Not available in the Philippines. However I'm sure the local Maybelline has an equivalent neutral palette for this at a nice price.
Verdict: Must-have! I hope Maybelline brings this line here so I can get more!
Bobbi Brown Champagne Quartz Eye Quad
Pros: No one makes neutral eyeshadows like Bobbi Brown, and I daresay that this is the best neutral palette I have. It definitely has the pretties day-to-night shades! It's quite small (around the size of a Bobbi Brown blush) but it packs a lot of punch.
Cons: Limited edition. I believe Bobbi Brown doesn't sell this anymore. Sad!
Verdict: If you ever come across this on eBay, snatch it up! This was given to me by Bobbi Brown Philippines yay.
Pros: Pigmented, long-lasting colors you can mix and match in a variety of day and night looks; cheap at only P500 for six colors in generous amounts. It's available in the country right now in most department store beauty aisles.
Cons: The lighter colors tend to be chalky; Cheap packaging
Verdict: Overall a great palette to have. For the price, you really can't go wrong.
Aaaand that's it! Whew! I know I mostly raved about the palettes, but they're all great so what else can I say?