I watched NickiRothBeauty's video on this tag. She mentioned who started this tag and I watched iluvfaces1042 video that she did with her daughter. It was cute video. Since I don't make videos, a blog post was in order! I do own a lot of palettes. I love palettes. I'm not a big fan of single eyeshadows in pot form. I do have a lot of single loose Bare Minerals shadows that I do enjoy. Anywho let's jump into the tag! For some of these I may have two responses. That's just how I roll ;)
1. Best Packaging
I don't like bulky palettes. They are hard to store and not convenient for traveling. So for me, best packaging is something sleek, easy to store and doesn't get dirty too easily (especially with fingerprints). So my first choice would be Urban Decays Smoked palette. My second choice would be the Bare Minerals Ready eyeshadow palettes but they pick up fingerprints easily. I've shown this in previous posts.
2. Best Color Payoff
Oh gosh, I could name a bunch of palettes for this one. Any of the Bare Mineral Ready palettes. You barely have to touch your brush into the eyeshadow to get a good color payoff. I've mentioned these shadows in my four or more tag post as being my top 3 for eyeshadows. The come in duos (2.0), quads (4.0s) and palettes (8.0s). My favorite 2.0 is The Epiphany. My favorite 4.0 is a tie between The Truth and The Happy Place. My favorite 8.0 is The Cocktail Hour. My favorite 8.0 may change since I have The September Issue and The Power Neutrals 8.0s on my wish list.
I'm going to "cheat" and mention another palette but on the lower end of the spectrum. The Wet n Wild and Black Radiance 8 pan palettes (they are made by the same company) have excellent color payoff. The Wet n Wild palettes are around $5 and the Black Radiance ones are around $6 or $7. But of course you can catch sales and use coupons to get them cheaper. If I had to pick one from each brand then I would pick The Comfort Zone (Wet 'n Wild) and Downtown Browns (Black Radiance).
3. Most Versatile
I've gushed over the original Naked Palette so many times. So of course I would talk about it here. I think this is the most versatile because it can take you from a simple daytime look to a dramatic/bolder look for night time. It's the main palette I reach for when I don't know what to do.
4. Best for Traveling
I'm going to cheat here and mention two palettes again. I had mentioned this in my August 2013 favorites. I took the Urban Decay Smoked palette on a work trip and it was so handy. It has quite a few neutral shades along with some pops of color and a black liner which is my favorite black pencil liner Perversion. This is another palette that can give you a wide variety of eye looks.
I'm also going to mention Smashbox's Photo Op Mega palette. This joker has EVERYTHING you need. The only items you would need to add are your face products (foundation, powder, etc). This has a TON on eyeshadows, you get 2 blushes, cream liners, highlight powders, brow powders and lip products. Seriously this is all you. I have traveled with this palette before and it was so handy have all this together in one palette.
5. Biggest Regret
I would say the Tarte True Blood palette. This was a hype product for me. I don't even watch the show. I do like Tarte eyeshadow but I honestly don't reach for it. Tempted to see if I can sell it. We shall see.
6. Best Color Names
I think Urban Decay has the best color names. Border lining on risque even lol. I mean come on now, the dark brown eyeshadow in the Smoked palette is called Backdoor!!! o_O. Some other fun names are Booty Call, Virgin, Sin and Pain Killer.
7. Least Used
Again the Tarte True Blood palette (shown above). I just don't reach for it.
8. Most Used, Most Loved, Desert Island
This one is a no brainier for me. I looooooooove Urban Decay's first Naked palette. For me it's a complete palette where I don't have to reach for another palette or eyeshadow to complete an eye look. Every time I pull this out I fall in love with it all over again. I have to force myself to put it away. Plus I'm a neutral eyeshadow lover and this palette make my inner neutrals whore happy :D