Top 7 Eye Shadow Palettes and Misses of 2017


Hi Beauties!

As we countdown to 2018, I had to share my favourite palettes of 2017.   This year has been another amazing one with some great releases from brands like Tarte, Huda Beauty, Urban Decay and more.  I’ve compiled my favourite and not so favourite eyeshadow palettes.  Keep in mind these are palettes that I own and tried personally.  So yes, there may be some other palettes that you think should be on this list but I won't list something I haven't tried.  I do have full reviews on my blog for most of the products mentioned and I will include those links as well.  Let the countdown begin! 


Make Believe in Yourself Eye and Cheek Palette (Reviewed here)

The palette includes 10 luminous shadows and an eye and cheek highlighter.  The majority of the shades are shimmers except for one matte shade.  Most of the shimmers are pigmented with a metallic finish.  The formula is very soft with a gel-like texture which contains Amazonian clay for long-lasting wear and vanilla extract for a natural fragrance.  This was my go-to palette this past summer.  The shade Pixi looks beautiful on the lids.


Tarte Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette

This palette contains 12 all-new warm-toned shades.  It features seven mattes and five shimmer shades that are arranged in coordinating rows to create easy looks.  I love the warm shades in this palette; they are perfect for the season and for creating everyday looks.  The shadows are infused with the Amazonian clay formula similar to the other Tartelette palettes.  My full review on this palette will be up soon.  


Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette  - (Electric Palette reviewed here)

Huda Beauty has created compact palettes to create both classic and playful looks that are easy to apply on the go.  They are available in four different colour themes.  The palettes feature nine shadows, six bold mattes and three shimmers that are meant to take you from day to night.  The shades are highly pigmented and they blend well together.  The shimmers apply best with fingers or a wet brush. 


Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette (Reviewed here)

The palette features 12 brand new shades in orange and amber hues.  There is a mixture of matte and shimmer shades that are perfect for creating sultry daytime looks as well as smokey night time looks.  This is definitely a warm tone palette, which I adore.  All of the shades are very pigmented and creamy.  I absolutely think this palette is a must have if you like warm tones.  


Urban Decay Heavy Metals Metallic Eyeshadow Palette (Reviewed here)

The limited edition Heavy Metals Palette was inspired by modern art and it features all new and exclusive shades.  All 20 shades are metallic and come in a new formula said to be Urban Decay’s most amped-up metallic shadows yet.  It also includes a big mirror in the centre of two eyeshadow panels.  On the left, there are vivid brights and on the right is gorgeous neutrals.  The eyeshadows feel velvety smooth and are highly pigmented.  They are creamy, blend easily and long lasting.  


Too Faced Chocolate Gold Palette (Reviewed here)

A luxurious gold and cocoa powder infused eyeshadow palette filled with foiled shades that are created with real gold for an epic high shine finish.  It features brand new shades with a soft, velvety texture with full coverage payoff.  The palette is made with 100% natural cocoa powder and real gold.  The palette features 16 brand new shades infused with the brands signature chocolate scent.  There are metallic eyeshadows that give a high shine finish and four matte shades.  


Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette (Reviewed here)

My favourite palette of 2017!  The palette features 18 shades with four different textures.  With a new iridescent duo-chrome formula to reflect the mysterious desert mirages.  The shadows consist of one dazzling glitter, eight creamy mattes, six shimmering pearl shades, and three duo-chrome toppers.   I love the vibrant purple shades; Twilight is stunning!   For the toppers, I also recommend using a base colour to maximize the reflection and pigmentation.  The matte shades have a smooth texture and they apply evenly and pigmented with the exception of a few shades.  The pressed pearls are creamy, apply smoothly and are very pigmented.

Not so Favourite Palettes:

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Prism Palette (Reviewed here)

The Prism is my least favourite palette of the bunch.  After trying and loving the ABH's Modern Renaissance Palette and the Master Palette by Mario, my standards from the brand are quite high.  To my dismay, the Prism Palette is not on par when compared to those two palettes.  The colours are pretty and they go well together.  I don't hate the palette but it wasn't a must-have palette.  Thankfully I picked up this palette during the VIB sale.  


Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette (Reviewed here)

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette is one of the most controversial palettes this summer.  The palette has received a ton of underwhelming reviews, and there has been a lot backlash on the formula and fallout.  Unfortunately, this palette was a miss for me.  It requires a lot of work to diffuse or blend the shades.  I feel there are many other eyeshadows out there that perform much better and require less effort.  As a whole, the colour scheme of the palette is very pretty but in reality, they are not that cohesive. 

What were some of your favourite palettes of 2017?



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