2020 Palette Round Up: Part 2

Last week I posted part one of my palette round up so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already! Like that post I will be giving a rundown on what was used each month, sharing general thoughts and mentioning my favourite shades. None of the palettes in this part of the round up will be leaving my collection but I would like to cut down on single shadows, there are a couple I don’t really reach for. Let’s dive in!

May to July – Colourpop 9 pan palettes: Lilac You a Lot & Strawberry shake

Lilac You a Lot is the newest nine pan palette to feature in this challenge. This palette arrived in March and on first impressions I remember thinking how stunning it is. It is different from It’s My Pleasure as it’s got deeper matte purples and the overall tone of the shades is lighter. You can create looks with depth or create something with a light pop of colour. I loved playing with this palette!

Favourite shades: Imagine That, Fluff, Trainwreck, Iffy and Filtered.

Colourpop’s strawberry collection is one of the cutest they have released in my opinion! The outer cardboard packaging is stunning and strawberries are one of my favourite fruits so this palette is right up my street – I like it a lot! Of course all the monochromatic palettes are cohesive but I personally enjoy every shade in this one and think they all mix and match flawlessly. I love how the pops of colour work with the soft, neutral tones and shimmers.

Favourite shades: Whipped, Delish and Berry Fine.

August – BH Cosmetics x Shaaanxo – The Remix Palette

This is one of the best palettes I own, I have talked about it a lot on the blog! One side is full of classic neutral shades and the other side is more playful and colourful. Both sides work with each other and it makes for endless combinations. The pan size is decent too, it would be almost double one of the Colourpop monochromatic palette pans. The formula of these shadows is one of my favourites, the mattes are easy to blend and don’t skip or feel drying and the shimmers are incredibly smooth. The shimmers do have a slight slip compared to some others in my collection but they still build up nicely and the colour payoff is there. I love this as an everyday palette as it covers so many bases.

Favourite shades: Clarity, Buttercup, Beach Babe, Toasted, Avocado, Need U and Babygirl.

September – xoBeauty Heaps of Sweets

When this palette was announced I told myself I didn’t need it as The Remix Palette had some similar tones but the palettes are quite different. These shimmers are more intense and the mattes are a different texture – I do prefer the texture of the mattes in The Remix Palette as they are easier to work with but the tones of the mattes in Heaps of Sweets are beautiful. The mix of warm and cool tones is nice and there’s something for everybody. I can confirm the purple shimmer shade, Lollipop, performs well and looks just as incredible on the eyes as it does in the pan!

Favourite shades: Gumdrop, Brownie, Vanilla, Lollipop, Macaron and Cupcake.

October – Single shadows

Single shadows are probably my favourite way to wear eyeshadow, sometimes palettes overwhelm me and I get confused – I like simplicity. Single shadows are a breeze to work with and when you find a range or certain colours you like it’s easy to recreate go to looks that are tried and tested. I love to swipe on a shadow with my finger and be done, I’m all about simple and quick and the least amount of blending possible. I also find not having a lot of eye space single shadow looks are less complicated. I’ve got a real mixed bag of single shadows; shimmery pigments, liquid shadows, creme-gel like textures as well as creams and powders. You really can’t go wrong with Colourpop’s Supershock Shadows and I’d like to do a rundown (probably on Instagram) of the best shades (in my opinion).

Favourite single shadows: Zoella Supernova Shadow – Bellini, MAC – Tan pigment, Colourpop Supershock Shadows in Nillionare, Weenie, I Heart This and Slave2Pink.

November – Urban Decay Naked 2

This is the Naked palette that always appealed to me most with it’s cool, neutral tones and when I heard it was being discontinued I purchased it because I didn’t want to miss out and regret not buying the palette in future. Of course I have similar shades in other palettes but this is such a classic that inspired a ton of those other palettes and the shades all work together like a dream. The quality of these shadows is beautiful, what an individual likes in an eyeshadow formula is personal but I find these soft and easy to blend and layer up. The shimmers are not chunky, they are smooth and look stunning! If I could only keep a couple of palettes after the end of this challenge this would be in my top three for sure! If you have fair skin and love cool tones, pick up this palette before it’s gone, I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Favourite shades: Bootycall, Chopper, Suspect, Pistol and YDK.


I hope you enjoyed this round up of everything I used on my eyes this year! This challenge was fun and knowing what I was going to use each day made doing my makeup a lot easier.

Throughout 2020 I added a couple of new palettes and single shadows to my collection which I didn’t include as part of this challenge. I’m excited to play with them in the New Year!

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Palette Review: Makeup Revolution Iconic 2

Hello lovelies! Today I’m reviewing an eyeshadow palette which is something I don’t do a lot on the blog. I don’t own a lot of eyeshadow palettes, less than 10, but one I’ve been loving lately is Iconic 2 by Makeup Revolution. I have owned this palette for a year now and only recently did I discover how great it is. Around the time I purchased the palette loads of bloggers were talking about Makeup Revolution and how affordable their products are and how good the quality is. This palette is a dupe for the Naked 2 by Urban Decay and for those looking for a cheaper alternative or a nice everyday palette you won’t be disappointed!

From The Website:

“THE ultimate 
palettes with ultra high payoff.

A perfect mix of pearl, shimmer and matte shades. Totally collectable and a pure sellout.

Ingredients: Mica, Talc, Magnesium Stearate, Paraffinum Liquidum, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polybutene, Dimethicone, Methlyparaben, Propylparaben May Contain: (+/-) TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 15850, CI 77510, CI 77742, CI 77007, CI 16035, CI 42090″

The palette contains three matte shades: the cream on the far left, the light brown towards the centre of the palette and the black on the right. The remaining nine shades are a mixture of pearls and shimmers. What’s the difference between a pearl and a shimmer?

Packaging

The palette is housed in rectangular plastic casing like most palettes these days but the plastic does feel sturdy. It’s not the most compact if you are traveling and the palette doesn’t contain a mirror so you can’t apply on the go. The palette does include an applicator but I don’t use it. The packaging gets messy from the shimmer but it’s easy enough to wipe over with a cotton round and micellar water.

Application

Most of the shades in the palette apply as you see them in the pan. As most of these shades are shimmery I prefer to apply them with my ring finger. I find this creates less fallout and offers more pigmentation. A lot of the glitter gets stuck in the bristles when I have used brushes and you spend more time building up layers to get good pigment. All shades feel buttery to swatch but there are a few that don’t perform as well when they are on the eyelids. (I can’t speak for the black as I don’t use black eyeshadow). Silver is one of my favourite eyeshadow colours to wear but the two silvery shades in this palette disappoint me. They are a little patchy and don’t give a nice frosted look that other silvers I’ve tried do. These might be better to use as base shades with one or two other shadows applied over the top.

Swatches

The shades are swatched in the same order they appear in the palette.

Pros

+ Affordable dupe for the Naked palettes – this cost me around $8.00 (NZD)

+ Shade pigmentation is good and lasts well on the eyelids

+ Shades in this palette work for a number of skin tones and a variety of looks

Cons

– The lack of matte shades might be a deal breaker if you don’t like shimmer

– If you have sensitive eyes the glitter could irritate them

to sum up

This eyeshadow palette is one I will be reaching for a lot more now I have taken time to use the shades and create looks with them. My go to eyeshadow palette is still Maybelline’s ‘The Nudes’ but I like the shimmer and pigmentation the Iconic 2 offers. My perfect palette would be a cross between the two as I love the sparkly shades ‘The Nudes’ lacks. Value for money wise, the Iconic 2 can’t be beat and I’m glad to have it in my arsenal!


Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my review!

Have you tried this palette or any dupes for the Naked 2?

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