Whenever I have my eye on something new and pretty at the makeup store, it’s usually an eyeshadow palette. I have so many on my wishlist right now! Just to name a few: Anastasia Sultry palette, Huda Beauty Nudes palette, and Natasha Denona Star palette. They are all so gorgeous to look at. But truthfully? A new high end eyeshadow palette runs AT LEAST $45 most of the time, and it’s just not in the budget. If you looked into my makeup stash you’d probably think otherwise of me, because I’ve gathered many eyeshadow palettes over the years. But, I won’t let my desire to collect shiny things get in the way of saving for my kids’ college fund anymore. The struggle is real.
How do I usually talk myself down when I want to make a purchase? I think a lot of the palettes out there are the same thing I already have in my makeup stash, but grouped differently. I love the Sultry palette, but it’s a lot of metallics and nudes plus an unexpected pop of coral. Save for the lovely pairing of colors, I have each of these shades represented somewhere in my collection. The Huda palette is cute but bulky and the super glittery shades I’m most drawn to I know I won’t wear often. For years, I’ve been wanting to try the Natasha Denona line of eyeshadows. But her palettes? They cost over $100 each! That’s a far cry from an impulse buy! Recently she came out with the Gold palette and this is the closest I’ve ever come to actually pulling the trigger on a palette of hers. But when it came down to it? I couldn’t do it because I’d be paying over $100 for a HUGE palette that contains a lot of colors I already have. I’m so drawn to it because of the beauty of the shades all together, packed neatly in rows of sparkle and matte.
That’s how I ended up with the Natasha Denona Mini Star palette. I’ve always wanted to try her eyeshadow formulation and this was the perfect way. I love the 5 pans of color available here and for $25 it’s well worth it to me to try it, especially considering I’ll use each of the shades. Yes, these are repeats of what I already own and wear frequently, but what can I say? I’m a neutral makeup lover so I knew if I loved this formulation of eyeshadow that it would get used.
This is any itty bitty palette. Just check out my little helper; she thought this was for her when it came in the mail!
The Mini Star didn’t disappoint. I love the vibrancy of the colors when worn over my bareMinerals eyeshadow primer. They blended nicely, are pigmented enough to pack a punch, and can be worn more boldly when applied with the help of a makeup setting spray (like my favorite Cover FX one I just replenished).
Overall, I’m super happy with my purchase and I’m a mini palette convert. Next time I want to purchase a regular sized palette, I’ll have to remember that this isn’t the first time I’ve fallen for a mini. A couple years ago, I purchased the full sized Tarteist Pro palette which remains mostly untouched, but the mini counterpart, Tarteist Pro palette, was bought as an impulse buy and got a TON of mileage. Less choices and a smaller package means easier to grab and love every day.
Will I be springing for the full size Natasha Denona? Nope! I am enjoying dipping my toes in this formula but I’m happy with my itty bitty palette. To be honest, I’m sick of paying high price tags for not a lot of product and the outrageous price on the full size palette of hers is a turn off for me of the whole brand. The formula is nice but it’s not even a green beauty or ingredient conscious brand.
My next palette purchase isn’t even to me in the mail yet, but it’s a non-toxic beauty brand I’m trying out where I can get 9 pans for $37.50. Tell me…what’s your favorite palette right now? What do you look for in a palette? Lots of shades or just a few? Green beauty or artistry inspired lines?