Welcome to the first part in a new series of mine. After various questions and advice asked of me, equally from teenagers who want to put together their first basic makeup kit and want to know the basics about make up, and also from aspiring make up artists asking what essentials are needed to start out, both on budgets, I thought this series might be useful to both groups.
As I have tried many MANY make up sets, brands, tools, being the make up addict I am, I have quite a large knowledge base of budget and high end makeup. And I've made the expensive mistakes too, of buying items that are just purely rubbish. It doesn't matter whether its budget or expensive, both can be brilliant quality as equally as they can be truly horrendous.
So the rules are simple - I aim to keep to budget brands or the lowest priced item I think will do a good job, that have proven themselves over and over within my kit or my make up bag, they have to be good quality, they must last a long time (although there will be lots of tips and tricks I can show you along the way to keep everything staying right where you put it!), and it must be something I've used and trialled myself. If there is a high end quality product I will mention that too because, let's face it, there's always Christmas and birthdays and there's nothing better than getting a good quality, luxury make up item in your stocking or on your special day! I will be doing one type of item at a time so I can give as much info as possible. The links I give will link to the lowest priced item I've found at the time of publishing, and will only be with online retailers I've used myself and I believe are trusted.
To help save yet more pennies, I can't recommend highly enough that you register with Quidco.com who you go via to search for your shop, click the shop link within the Quidco window, this will give you cash back directly to your bank and I use it for ALL of my online shopping! Not every single shop is on there but a lot are, and those few pounds soon add up - I've received £170 in cashback from them in the last year!
Without further ado - the essential make up palettes! You can't see me but I'm rubbing my hands together because honestly? Palettes are my most favourite make up item EVER! I collect them to a degree that may be classed as slightly psychotic, but hey, we all have our vices, right?
So, the next palette in the picture is the budget brand W7 and is the In The Buff Palette. This palette can be purchased HERE for the bargain price of £4.84 with free P&P! That is not to be sniffed at! Now, this palette is a clear dupe (cheaper duplicate of a high end product, with at least equal quality) of the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette (£37 inc P&P). That's not to say don't get an Urban Decay Naked3 Palette, because although the W7 palette gives equal colour payoff and results, nothing beats the buttery, creamy texture that Urban Decay manage to get in every palette of theirs - not so much in their matte colours, but always in their shimmers and frosts! And the colours, although similar, aren't exactly the same. If I had the choice, I'd have both palettes, and I do, but if you're on a budget the W7 In The Buff Palette has all the neutrals you'll need for basic day time make up, up to more dramatic or shimmery evening looks, you simply can't go wrong, and I honestly use both brands and palettes!
The last palette in the picture is the Urban Decay Basics Palette. This is a slightly pricier palette at £22.00 but will give you all the colours needed for a basic eye look, and the powders double up as eyebrow powders too. If I had the choice, I would hand pick MAC cosmetic eyeshadows and make a basic eye quad, but that would cost £45 and you'd only get the four colours - the colours you would need would also depend on your skin colour and tone so I can't recommend colours that would suit all. This Basics palette is short of the creamy, velvety feel of Urban Decay's more luxurious eyeshadows, but that's why its called the Basics palette. The palette itself is very small and sturdy so it's always one that I pop in my travel bag when I'm off travelling anywhere!
There are a couple of other palettes that are out there, they are definitely of the luxury high end of the spectrum, but having them myself, I think they actually give you good value for money for what they are, aswell as having a rich colour payoff, and quality staying power. If you fancy a splurge, I'd do it on the following two Palettes!
The first of my 'special mentions' is the Estee Lauder The Ultimate Makeup Kit. It costs £50. But this isn't just any old eyeshadow palette, its a KIT! For your £50 you get the following (and all very good, high, quality makeup, Estee Lauder are one of my favourite brands):
16 lip colours
1 black eyeliner
4 travel sized applicators
Plus 2 'look cards' to give you some ideas for makeup.
I think this is unbelievable value for money, and a great entire starter kit - if you are starting with nothing I would definitely say save your pennies and get this, it has all the neutrals plus some lovely dramatic colours, but get this quick as I believe its only around for Christmas!
My second 'special mention' is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. This costs £39. Pretty much anyone who's anyone has this palette, but that's not why it's deserving of my special mention! Aswell as being packaged like a bar of chocolate, which is just too cute to resist, the eyeshadows are actually made with cocoa in them, which is a powerful skin antioxidant, and makes all the shadows smell of actual chocolate! I would have licked it if I wasn't too scared of ruining the perfect shadows! It has 14 standard sized eyeshadows plus 2 larger ones. The larger ones are a plain cream colour which is useful for matte highlighting or for base powdering, and a beautiful champagne highlighter for your brow bone and inner corners. To be honest, I've used this as a cheek highlighter too. I like the fact the two shadows that will get the most use are larger. The other colours are pretty neutral with a few mattes and some gorgeous shimmers. There is also a pink colour and a stunning purple colour, so this covers daytime and nighttime aswell. The pigmentation is amazing, and its so soft, it applies like a dream. Although you will have to force yourself not to lick it! This is definitely one to put on your Christmas list!
Well I shall sign off with a pic below of my 2 special mention Palettes and let you go exploring the online shops. I hope this series is of use to someone and I'd love feedback or comments and welcome all queries as mentioned above. Happy palette shopping!
Take Care My Lovelies!
Loz 😘 X x X