The Makeup Battle: Which is the best one out of five local eyeshadow palettes?

If you didn’t already know, the Philippine beauty scene is on fire. There have been waves of proudly Pinoy brands that are gaining recognition for releases that can easily compete with foreign brands in terms of quality and pricing. We’ve already featured local liquid lipsticks previously, so let’s complete the look with some noteworthy eyeshadow palettes!

I tried out five local eyeshadow palettes and did a wear test for each. I didn’t apply any eyeshadow primer underneath to see which ones offer the best color payoff and crease-resistant formula. For reference, I have dry skin that oils up on my T-zone later in the day.

EB Advance Uncover 2 (P395 at Watsons and Lazada)

The follow-up to the nude shadows from the very first Uncover, Uncover 2 is a more glammed up version with its 5 metallics, 6 mattes, and 1 satin formula. I found the 12-pan selection to be wearable instead of overwhelming, and I was even able to utilize 8 out of the 12 for the face swatch photo. Pigmentation is okay, but I find that pressing the bolder colors on with fingers instead of a brush result in a nicer build-up. I did not experience any fallout, and it took 5 hours for me to get noticeable creasing on the lids.

Pink Sugar Eye Candy Quad in Cafe Latte (P399 at Pink Sugar counters)

The more compact iteration of the 10-pan Eye Candy palettes features shade selections that are pretty much no-brainers to mix and match for everyday use. It features universally flattering neutrals: 1 satin, 2 mattes, and 1 metallic shade that can be used for a speedy look or some low-key eye contouring. I did notice, however, that the darkest shade has the tendency to be a little patchy on textured lids. Wear time is 4 hours before creasing.

Celeteque Long-Wear Eyeshadow Palette in Pink Orchid (P725 at Watsons and Lazada)

A hypo-allergenic formula that even comes with its own primer, Celeteque’s tri-shadow offering is all about the fool-proof mattes. Pigmentation is light, and took me quite a few passes to build them up into more than a no-makeup look on pale skin. That said, this might not register as much on morena skin. The pigmentation makes it ideal for beginners though, or for those who prefer very light makeup. Pink Orchid is a very feminine pink and plum combo that makes it easy to wear for different looks, but despite the name, it creased on me at the 5-hour mark.

Colourette Peach Purrfect Mineral Eyeshadow Palette (P999 at Colourette stores)

Joining the cardboard packaging bandwagon is Colourette’s 10-pan palette. It has 5 metallics, 3 mattes, and 2 sparsely sparkly shades. The shadows feel creamy to the touch as well, and the metallics can be layered on using the fingertips to create intense pigmentation. Wear time is at 3 hours before partial fading, and 6 hours before fully creasing.

Paprika Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette (P1,695 at Paprika)

With its full-length mirror and magnetic closure case, I got the premium feels from this Korean-made palette straightaway. The trendy, warm shades included are a mixture of 3 mattes, 4 shimmery metallics with fine gold sparkle, and 1 matte with sparkle (orange with gold flecks!) that create a sort of vibrant autumn leaves theme while staying fun and youthful. Pigmentation is strong and buildable, and I found the shadows easy to blend with no fallout. I did experience a little fading, but the colors settle into this attractive, orangey glow that pops without looking garish. Full creasing occurred at the 7th hour of wear.

The winner of this challenge would have to be Paprika! It's a bit pricey but worth the splurge if you love the shades.

Have you ever tried eyeshadow palettes by local cosmetics? Which of these would you wanna try?