No Lie: There are Some Super-Amazing Makeup Palettes Around Right Now
I'm not a huge fan of makeup palettes in my personal life. I love to look at them, play with them, review them etc. but because I follow a minimal makeup routine, they're often wasted on me. There are exceptions to this, of course. I am obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Look Palette, and use every single product inside. (A rarity, for sure.) Also, the day my beloved Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit runs out, I will probably cry. Such are the skin-perfecting powers of the curated selection of powders it contains. That said, there has been a serious improvement in the makeup kits hitting shelves lately. While I still come across the odd compact fitted out with neon green eyeshadow (why?) and odd, unflattering shades of blush, there are some super-amazing options available too. From cheek kits and strobing compacts to a collection of pigment-packed eyeshadows you'll use, there's something for everyone. (Even me.)
Keep scrolling for the 7 best winter makeup palettes on shelf right now.
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In a Palette Beauty Glow ($99)
If you're excited by Charlotte Tilbury's concept of a five-minute face (who isn't?), you might remember this life-changing palette. If so, get excited, because the brand has just updated it's winning makeup kit in shades of rose gold and bronze. Inspired by Poppy Delevingne’s wedding makeup (which was dreamy BTW), it's all about creating "ethereal perfection". We'll take ten, thanks.
Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer in Siena ($84)
A 3-in-1 cheek kit (the beautiful graduation of colour you see in the pan is a seamless blend of bronzer through coral blush to highlighter), this palette is almost too pretty to use. Apply each hue separately or swirl a fluffy brush across all three for an easy sculpted effect. PS. These shades work just as well on eyes.
Elizabeth Arden Custom Little Black Compact and Eyeshadow Trio in Not So Nude and Touch of Lavender ($64)
This clever compact is fully customisable. The case is sold separately (it comes empty) alongside 10 different interchangeable eyeshadow trios. Once you've chosen two (may we suggest a neutral colour combo for day, plus something brighter and more fun?) click them in place and off you go.
Giorgio Armani Sunset Palette ($145)
Giorgio Armani's limited edition eyeshadow palettes are always phenomenal, but this season's smoky eye kit is truly something else. Embossed with a stunning wave design inspired by "warm Mediterranean sand", it contains a seamless cocktail of pearlescent pink, copper and navy-spiked green. The shadows are soft and buildable so you can wear each as a wash or build up the intensity.
Urban Decay Nocturnal Shadow Box ($55)
There's a reason Urban Decay palettes consistently sell their socks off—they're good. This one contains 12 pigment-packed shadows in a range of both matte and shimmer finishes, and covers the gamut from neutral to bright. Shade-wise, "Baby" is the most perfect rose gold I've clapped eyes on, and "Fireball" (a cool pink) throws a gorgeous, almost holographic reflect.
Zoeva Winter Strobe Spectrum ($37)
Not your average highlighter offering, this seasonal selection of strobing shades is very wearable—promise. You won't believe me until you try yourself, but the two "out there" colours in the palette (mauve and blue) are subtle on. The mauve is perfect for adding dimension to pale skin, and the blue is flattering on olive tones.
Napoleon Perdis Cheeky Tone and Bright Palette ($79)
Everything you need for model-esque cheeks, this kit contains blush, bronzer, highlighter and contouring powders. The selection of shades has been carefully edited to suit all skin tones, from fair to deep. Bonus: It's handbag-friendly (about the size of a card holder) making it perfect for touch-ups.