The Perfect Palette Tag

The Perfect Palette Tag | Favorite Eyeshadow Palettes

The Perfect Palette Tag is an OG Beauty Tag that was popular on YouTube nearly 5 years ago! This quick little tag has been done by everyone from NikkiTutorials and Tati to KathleenLights and Emily Noel.

I rediscovered this tag when Nicole from I Like It Sparkly brought this back from the YouTube Graveyard. Click here to check out her post.

Although I wasn’t tagged, I knew immediately that I needed to do this tag myself! Believe it or not, this challenge was difficult. I wanted to reference my Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario for nearly every question…

Please keep reading, if you’re curious for my thoughts on my perfect palette.

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Can you guess what palettes these are?

Perfect Palette Tag | Best Packaging

Without a doubt, the ColourPop Sweet Talk Palette is the prettiest palette in my collection. The mix of girly, floral detailing with edgier, graphic details makes for visually stimulating packaging. Read my full review on the ColourPop Sweet Talk Palette here.

Honorable Mention: The Pinky Rose Exotic Peacock Palette is stunning on the inside and the outside. I love the sharp contrast between the bold blue and purple eyeshadows and the vibrant, yellow packaging. I am drawn in by the flower detailing that covers the edges of the package.

Perfect Palette Tag | Best Color Payoff

I don’t tend to purchase these a ton of face palettes anymore. However, my Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champaign Collection Face Palette is a staple in my beauty collection.

All the shades in this palette are vibrant without being overpowering. The colors included could work across a wide variety of skin tones. Each pan is pigmented and buildable.

Honorable mention: The Juvia’s Place Nubian Palette is an affordable, pigmented palette that is under-hyped in the beauty community. In fact, I’m actually surprised at all the hate this palette gets online from avid Juvia’s Place fans.

Within the Nubian Palette, the mattes and shimmers are intensely pigmented. They require no work to create a beautiful, warm-toned look. The fact that I tend to get compliments when I use this palette makes me love the shadows even more. Read my full review on this palette here.

Perfect Palette Tag | Most Versatile

Cliche but true: the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance is a versatile, warm neutral eyeshadow palette. Depending on my mood, I can create a bold, colorful pink or red-toned eye look or a completely neutral, brown look. The shade variety makes this palette ideal for anyone who loves colorful or shadows.

I reach for this palette when working with a palette that is missing key transition shades. The Modern Renaissance pairs well with countless other palettes. If you can’t tell by the beat up packaging, this palette is very well loved.

The only con to this palette is that the colors can muddy together if too many shades are layered. Overall, this is a palette that I’d recommend to both skilled makeup artists and makeup newbies.

Perfect Palette Tag | Best for Traveling

The Huda Beauty Smokey Obsessions Palette has become my go-to travel palette. Although the color scheme is neutral, the shade variety in the palette enables me to create a mix of easy, classic looks for day-time wear and fully-glam looks for the evening.

The colors are easy to blend, pigmented, and last all day, which makes this palette ideal for a variety of climates and situations. Plus, this palette is pocket-sized. Read my full review of the Smokey Obsessions Palette.

One comment is that the shadows are quite soft, so if traveling with this palette, keep it in the plastic sleeve.

Perfect Palette Tag | Biggest Regret

I regret purchasing a few of my current eyeshadow palettes, but two, in particular, stand out to me. First, the Natasha Denona Mini Lila Palette…. too expensive for poor pigmentation and no staying power. This is one of the worst palettes I’ve had the displeasure of using.

The Viseart Grande Pro Volume 1 is another palette that I regret purchasing. Is the quality fine? Sure. But at the end of the day,  I regret investing $120.00 USD into a palette that I don’t feel WOW’d by or inspired to reach for on a consistent basis. Read my full review of the Viseart Grande Pro Volume 1 here.

Perfect Palette Tag | Best Color Names

Although the ColourPop x Disney Villains Misunderstood Palette was a contender for the best packaging, this eyeshadow palette has some of my favorite shade names.

I love that each shade name directly ties to a classic Disney cartoon. In particular, I love that the shade No Spots” is a matte white, while the shade “101” is a sooty, black. Read my review of the ColourPop x Disney Villains collection here.

Honorable mention: The Sweet Talk Palette has such cute, flirty Spring-themed names and I love them. However, the Disney-lover in me needed to celebrate the Misunderstood Palette.

Perfect Palette Tag | Least Used

My least used palettes are the Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism because I’ve LITERALLY never used it in the nearly two years that I’ve owned it. In all honesty, my 2018 Pan that Palette Challenge is partly to blame, but if I don’t use this palette soon, I may just sell it.

Curious about more of my purchase regrets? Check out this round up of 7 beauty products I regret buying.

Perfect Palette Tag | Most Used

Is it cheating to list a custom-made palette? My custom ColourPop Palette is easily one of my most-used eyeshadow palettes.

I reach for this palette whenever I’m looking for a shimmery, metallic pop that will enhance my eyeshadow without overpowering the look I’ve already crafted. Given the fact that I’ve hand-selected each shade, it makes sense that I would reach for these colors so frequently.

ColourPop is super affordable, but I suggest waiting until one of their BYOP (Build Your Own Palette) sales before investing in a ton of their single shadows.

Perfect Palette Tag | Most Loved

I could have easily listed my beloved Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario for nearly every option (*cough, cough: best color payoff, most versatile, best for traveling, most used), but that would have been hella boring. However, when I thought about it, there is no palette in my collection that I love more than my Master Palette.

At first glance, the color scheme may appear boring. It is a perfect, grungy neutral palette. The colors are versatile enough that this palette can be used to create effortlessly glamorous, smoked-out looks and easy, everyday eye looks.

In my humble opinion, this is the best eyeshadow palette that Anastasia Beverly Hills created. I die a little inside whenever I watch an Eyeshadow Palette Collection or Declutter where someone verbally or physically trashes this palette. Check out my journey trying to pan the Master Palette by Mario.

Perfect Palette Tag | Final Thoughts

I love posts like this. They’re eye-opening in the way that they make me more self-aware of my preferences. I wanted to list my ABH x Mario Palette for nearly every single category. I know the ins-and-outs of the Master Palette by Mario.

Even though I may love my eyeshadow palettes, this tag has shown me that I need to slow down my purchases. I’m buying new palettes with such speed that I’m not getting a chance to fully vibe with each palette. Right now, it feels like I’ve been speed-dating my makeup.

Rather than specifically tagging anyone in this post, I’m calling all beauty-lovers to participate in this tag if it speaks to you!

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What is your perfect palette? Are there any palettes here that you’d love to own or use? Please let me know in the comments below.

24 thoughts on “The Perfect Palette Tag

  1. I loved reading through your palette choices for each category and seeing the inside/outside of each, LP. This was informative and super fun! I am impressed with how much you are using your palettes overall, even though I know that one is untouched (so many of mine have been untouched because I tend to hoard them). I think we’ve talked about this before when you posted one of your challenges to use what you have. ♥️

  2. I love the idea of this tag! How cool to see how abused your ABH palettes are like you REALLY love them haha. I’m so sad I don’t own the ABH x Mario palette though… it’s gorgeous!

  3. I seriously need to up my palette game. The colour pop one looks amazing! I don’t really wear much eyeshadow however I need to invest in at least one decent palette.
    Thank you for sharing!
    Alyssa
    THESACREDSPACE@HOTMAIL.COM

    1. LOL I need to ~stop~ buying so many palettes, but ColourPop is a great option if you don’t wear a lot of eyeshadow and don’t want to invest a lot in a palette. 🙂

  4. Oooh, I would agree with you about the ColourPop Sweet Talk Palette being nicely packaged! It is always nice to see collabs working out really well. The colors in the palettes look really nice! You get a good variety that you can blend into as well. It is a bummer that the Viseart palette wasn’t worth the money. Though that is expensive! Your Anastasia palette is definitely loved!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. The Viseart Palette def turned out to be a dud for me, but I’m happy to have at least tried the formula! And the Sweet Talk palette really has been such an easy, go-to staple for creating light, spring looks! 🙂

  5. This tag definitely speaks to me! I have added it to my ‘to-write’ list! You MR looks soooo used – I am surprised that you haven’t hit pan.

    I absolutely love the CP Sweet Talk packaging too – its gorgeous!

    Really loved your picks in all categories!

    1. OOOH can’t wait to read about your fave palettes!! Really love seeing the palettes that others treasure. ABH mattes are so hard for me to hit pan on!!! I know I’m prob the only person on the planet who thinks that but I struggle so hard with those pans.

  6. WOW, girl……. *Heart eyes* Your love for makeup is truly reflected in every single post. I especially enjoyed reading this post. I loved almost all of these palettes and want them now!!!! I’m really interested in trying the Nubian palette by Julia – I love the packaging, the shades and your review on it.

    Much love always,
    GABBY | http://www.gabbyabigaill.com

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