Beat The Beauty Blahs This Season

Beat The Beauty Blahs This Season

With Christmas party season in full swing and New Year’s Eve just around the corner (hard to believe, but true!), the fact is you’ll probably be getting glam more than a few times over the weeks to come. After a while, we think it can all feel a bit samey, doing “going-out” makeup. We tend to get locked into the same routine and colour ranges, when it should feel fresh and special each time.

So if your makeup routine and toolkit could do with a bit of a refresh, you’ll want to read this. We’ve put together a list of what we think are the 10 best beauty palettes out there right now for eyes, lips and complexion. You’d be amazed at what a huge difference a few little changes can make!

1. NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette – Smokey & Highlight

NYX has attained an almost cult-like status: it brings high-fashion edge to the high street, at really reasonable prices. Named the ‘ultimate shadow palette’ for a reason, this NYX selection is packed with 16 high-performance eyeshadows in a rainbow of tone-inspired shades. This palette will be your go-to beauty boost this festive season!

2. NYX Professional Makeup Cosmic Metal Shadow Palette

Another NYX fave, this one features six versatile and edgy neutrals in tones of gold, plum and mauve. The velvety texture and rich colour pay-off make this high-drama metallic palette a must-have!

3. L’Oreal Paris Brow Artist Genius Kit

The ultimate in #browgoals. This all-in-one palette helps you build the brows you want in three easy steps: Shape, Set and Style. This eye & brow kit is an essential tool for well-groomed, high-impact brows and soft, smokey eyes.

4. theBalm Nude Tude Eyeshadow Palette

This cheeky charmer features theBalm’s signature retro appeal! The 12 highly pigmented shades will take you from work to a night out with ease – just layer the shadows to amp up the drama, or use them with a wet brush as a liner, for added intensity. A super-versatile palette in an adorable package – this one would make a great Christmas gift too!

5. Sleek Makeup Colour Corrector Palette

An ace face needs a perfect base. This palette from Sleek Makeup is the ultimate tool for balancing out those tiny little – let’s call them quirks, rather than imperfections – such as scars and blemishes, freckles and hyperpigmentation, and dark circles under the eyes. This tiny toolkit packs a punch and will leave you looking flawless!

6. Laura Mercier Candleglow Luminizing Palette

The name says it all: our skin always looks most luminous by candlelight, and now Laura Mercier makes it easy to get that same soft glow, any time! The Candleglow Luminizing Palette includes 4 eye colours and 2 highlighting powders, in warm, shimmery shades that illuminate and flatter your finest features. There’s a reason why Laura Mercier products are a favourite among beauty professionals and industry insiders: she’s the real deal.

7. Illamasqua Compliment palette

The 4 soft, metallic powder eye shadows in this gorgeous piece of kit: Slink (a soft champagne shimmer), Liquid Metal in Focus (a cool brown metallic, Forgiveness (a rich chocolate plum), and Queen of the Night (blackened plum). Get the plummy picture? Dramatic, mysterious, and absolutely, utterly lush.

8. theBalm Highlite ‘N Con Tour Palette

A complete collection to help you shape, shade and add shimmer all over. The 8 hues and textures provide you with a full arsenal of highlighting and contouring tricks, perfect to use for an all-over blast of beauty! What’s more, they layer beautifully, so you can build up for a more dramatic look, without caking. And like all theBalm products, they’re paraben and cruelty-free, so you can feel good about looking good.

9. Maybelline Colour Drama Lip Contour Palette in Blushed Bombshell

The contouring concept makes its way to your lips, with this all-in-one curated kit in pretty pink tones. Go full-on glam in 4 easy steps: primer, liner, colour, and highlighter for a sweet look that will last all night.

10. Sugar Candy Cosmetic Compact Face Palette

Can’t decide which palette to plump for? Sugar Candy goes all out with this all-rounder that is simply full to bursting with beauty options! This kit gives you a whopping 28 eyeshadow powders, 6 blushing and bronzing powders, one each of the highlighting cream and contouring cream, plus a handy mirror to admire the results! This is a wide-ranging palette that will help you find just the right look for any occasion. And at under £20, it would make a great stocking stuffer or Secret Santa gift for the make-up mad ladies in your life!



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