I'm also really terrible at using them. I tend to pick a palette and stick with it for a few months, creating all my eyeshadow looks from it. I don't really mix and match my eyeshadows from different palettes.
I must own over 15 eyeshadow palettes (mostly Makeup Revolution to be fair!) but these are my top 5...
Urban Decay Naked
My all time favourite eyeshadow is definitely the original Naked palette from Urban Decay which retails for £38.50. I begged for this for Christmas one year from my parents. At the time, my mum couldn't understand what I would do with "all those eyeshadows" but she's since learned not to question, haha!
As you can see - Virgin, Sin, Naked and Half Baked have been my most used colouts. In fact, I've hardly touched Creep or Gunmetal at all. Smog, Buck, Sidecar and Darkhorse and my next most used while Toasted and Hustle are occasional use.
My ultimate favourite shade in this palette is Half Baked - it's the only gold shadow I've ever liked and I've never found a good dupe for it. It's perfection.
If anyone ever asks me which eyeshadow palette they should buy first, I always recommend Naked 1 OR a drugstore dupe, depending on their budget.
When I got the palette, it came with a sample of their eyeshadow primer which I used up and a flat brush which I still use to pack colour onto my eyelid.
Makeup Revolution Flawless 2
This is the Flawless 2 palette which retails for £8. This is a fairly recent purchase for me, part of a Makeup Revolution haul back in March. I've got to say, I've used little else since I bought it! I used it to create my eye look for my girls day out at the races. It features 32 shadows in shimmer and matte finishes. My most used in this palette are the first 5 on the top row for covering my primer, then the matte brown shades to deepen my crease. I also use the warmer red-brown shades to warm my eyes up.
Again, I haven't tended to use the grey or black shades. I do love me a bit of black eyeshadow but for me, it's got to be matte and darker than the night. Sleek Storm palette's black is my current go to - that was a close contender for one of my top 5 palettes but I really only use the black shadow from it...!
I Heart Makeup Naked Chocolate Palette (Makeup Revolution)
This is my most recent palette purchase. I was advising my sister in law to try a Makeup Revolution palette as her first foray into eyeshadow when the I Heart Makeup... stand caught my eye. There wasn't much left on it but I did spot this Naked Chocolate palette hiding at the back and as soon as I opened the sample, I was hooked. I'd really been wanting some more warm eyeshadow colours and this fit the bill for me! I bought it on a 3 for 2 offer as well but it would normally retail at £7.99.
Look at those matte browns...how deep they are! My favourite shadow is the last one on the top row, it's a gorgeous deep deep brown shadow that is perfect for my outer V. I have found that the shimmer shadows in this palette are not quite as pigmented as I've come to expect from Makeup Revolution but I can live with that for the joy of this palette.
It hasn't replace the Flawless 2 palette as an all rounder yet, but when I want to smoke it up, this is a go to!
W7 In the Buff palette
I'm a big fan of W7 cosmetics, I think they're well priced for decent quality, particularly their nail polishes! I spotted this palette in my local B&M and could instantly see it was a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 2. I wanted the Naked 2 because I'm obsessed with my Naked 1...however, I wasn't at all sure I'd use the colours in this one as much. I'm really glad I only picked up a dupe...the quality isn't as good as Urban Decay (but the price makes this still worth buying!) but I can work with it. It also turns out that I was correct...I wouldn't use this nearly as much as my original Naked palette so a dupe is the way to go here.
It comes with a little double ended brush which I've left in here. One end is one of those useless sponge applicators, but the other end looks like it might be OK for packing colour on. I've never used it!
The Half Baked shadow dupe is nowhere near as perfect as the Naked Half Baked. My favourite shade in this palette is the fifth one along, a sort of taupey brown matte crease colour.
I also own the MUA Undressed 2 palette which is practically identical, however the packaging hasn't stood the test of time so W7 win this one.
If you're not near a B&M store, you can get W7 makeup from their website where the palette is now called Colour Me Buff and is £9.95.
Makeup Revolution Iconic Pro 1
For the longest time, this was the only palette I was using. I bought it in August last year and didn't use anything else til March when I got the Flawless 2! I still love it but having bought other palettes, it's gathered dust a little recently. However, I couldn't leave it out of the running.
This is the palette that converted me to Makeup Revolution. It's just perfect. The top row is all matte shades including my two most used crease colours (number 3 and number 5) as well as a gorgeous deep brown for deepening the outer V.
The bottom row is all shimmers. I've not used the last two colours having gone off very dark smokey eyes a little over the last year. (Don't worry, I'm SURE I'll be back on the dark smokes soon, I've been loving lots of YouTube looks with black shadows recently). The first and second shimmer colours are gorgeous packed on the lid with the matte colours blended into the crease.
I recently did 4 looks with this palette (granted, they're not that dissimilar!) and find it so versatile. Definitely worth hunting down. It's supposed to be a dupe for Lorac's Iconic palettes which I've never even seen but from photos, they are strikingly similar.
You can pick up the Iconic Pro 1 from the Makeup Revolution website where it retails at ONLY £6.99!!!
So, those are my top 5 eyeshadow palettes...let me know yours in the comments and feed my addiction, haha!
Have a beautiful day, inside and out