I determined that this mile-long ramble was too long for one post and cut it in half instead. Without further ado, here’s part 2!
4. Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon 8-Pan Palette in Comfort Zone
A smaller drugstore palette, but it still deserves recognition because it is so darn interesting. It can be used to create a basic neutral eye (light lid, highlighted inner corner, definition in crease) or something weird and wonderful with that beautiful blue-brown duochrome or shimmery light green. The shadows are so richly pigmented and smooth, especially for a drugstore palette. And did I mention $5?!
The packaging is kinda cheap, because it is kinda cheap. I can live with it. I would take it traveling because I don’t really care if it gets smashed to bits. It’s a comforting thought, really. 🙂 I don’t reach for this as often as I should, but I’m going to put it on my desk right now and make myself come up with something for you guys, because this palette deserves it.
Hold up, I’m getting teary.
Do I reach for it? Rarely, but I’m going to change that.
5. The Balm Nude ‘Tude Palette
Let’s get this out of the way: lol, naked ladies. Mk, onto the review.
I haven’t reviewed this because I got it, I played with it, and I determined that it was too weird for daily use. This palette should serve as caution to other neutral palettes- experiment with shade range and tone and whatnot, but don’t do what Nude ‘Tude has done.
Dramatic, dramatic. What I mean to say is, what am I going to do with a shimmery light yellow? In a neutrals palette? And 2 cool greyish shadows? I like the addition of Serious and Sleek (matte black and dark brown) that are lacking from the Lorac Unzipped, but jeez louise, who came up with this color selection? The shimmery highlight shade Sassy is so starkly white that it stands out against my pale skin. This is a first, and not a good first.
The pigmentation is hit-or-miss. Shades like Schitzo/Seductive, Sexy, and Stand-offish are gorgeous, while Silly has very little payoff. Overall I was pretty impressed.
The packaging is also an issue. The shadows are so soft that little shadow bits get everywhere. I am a wee bit obsessive and I hate having messy-looking palettes, so this bugs the absolute crap out of me. If the pans were deeper, they wouldn’t have to reformulate the shadows. Buttt they aren’t.
Basically, this palette is all over the place.
Do I reach for it? Hardly ever.
6. Sleek i-Divine Palette in Au Naturel
Another cheaper palette at around $12. I’m a bit disappointed by the shades as the entire top row is pretty much the same. I tend to use this palette for the standout shades, notably the gorgeous khaki gold and the reddish brown in the bottom row. The pigmentation is very spotty in some shades, especially the mattes. The packaging is quite sturdy, to the point where I struggle to open it.
Do I reach for it? Hardly ever.
So, we’ve reached the end of my larger neutral palette smackdown (I’ve edited out the smaller ones because we’d be here til next Tuesday).
Wait, it’s already Tuesday?? Sorry, guys.
Highest pigmentation: Wet ‘n Wild Comfort Zone, Lorac Pro, and Urban Decay Naked
Most versatility: Lorac Pro
Best packaging: Lorac Unzipped and Lorac Pro
Highest overall: Lorac Pro
Most reached for: Lorac Pro and Urban Decay Naked
Well, I think the results are pretty clear.
The winner of this Neutral Eyeshadow Palette Smackdown goes to the Lorac Pro Palette.
Thank you for participating, prizes at the door.
Whew! That was a lot of blogging. This whole thing took me over an hour! Please let me know your thoughts on these palettes and whether your holy grail neutral palette is different from mine (I’d love to get my grubby hands on more…consumerism is a problem)!