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Perfect palettes

Perfect palettes

If you regularly do your make-up on the train to work, then a beauty palette might just change your life. Forget clunky make-up bags and brushes galore, today’s latest palette options have all you need in one sleek package. From eyeshadow and blusher palettes to all in one options, read on for our pick of the best ones out there.


Urban Decay’s Naked palette became such a huge success when it was released that the company have since gone on to release Naked 2 and Naked 3 palettes and a whole range of related products. For us, we think the original is the best. The Naked palette features 12 gold-hued shades of eyeshadow and makes it the perfect product to achieve a subtle, smoky eye. While it’s not the cheapest on the market, you will use it every day thanks to its versatility.

Another high-end palette is Ben Nye’s Glam Eyeshadow Palette, available from Precious About Make-up, which also boasts 12 shades. As well as the now standard nude shades, jewel tones also feature in this option, and the creators say the eyeshadows can multi-task as brow enhancers, highlighters, and contouring shadows, or can even be combined with water to make a cake liner.

Palettes are also incredibly popular on the high-street, and their reasonable prices mean you don’t have to wait until payday to treat yourself.

Essence, available at Wilko, have five different variations of their eyeshadow palettes, from Vintage to Greys and even Roses, featuring stunning pink shades – all for a purse friendly price tag. Or give the W7 palettes a go. Their In The Buff option is similar in tones to Urban Decay's Naked – at a fraction of the price. If smoky eyes are more your thing, plump for In The Night, with a sultry range of plum, burgundy, blue and grey shades.


Creating the perfect flush can be tough, but thanks to blusher palettes, you can combine shades to get that just-kissed look. Whether you prefer a pink, peach or bronze look, Color Studio Professional’s, Color Play Pro Blush Palette Volume One, has you covered. This sleek and slim compact has eight different shades and comes in stunning packaging so you can buff up your blush at any time of the day.

Gwen Stefani’s blush palette for Urban Decay is also a good choice, featuring a light and dark pink and four different shades of bronzer.

Make-up artist Tanya Burr has used her expertise to create her own range of beauty products, which includes two different blush palettes – Peachy Glow or Rosy Flush. Luckily Tanya’s palettes don’t break the bank either, so you can go for both to ensure your blush works for every season, choosing pink in the summer and peach in the spring.

All in ones

If you just want one luxurious palette to create your whole look, then Givenchy’s Palette Collection could be perfect for you. While it’s not cheap if you combine all the products in your make-up bag, you’d be surprised by just how much it adds up to. Sold exclusively through Escentual, the palette contains Fond De Teint Long-Wearing Compact Foundation SPF10, Le Prisme Yeux-Mono Eyeshadows in four shades and two Le Prismissime Lip and Cheek colours, complete with a large mirror to enable the perfect application - you won’t need anything else!

QVC’s Energy Noir Clay Palette from Tarte is absolutely gorgeous, and includes eight eyeshadows, a highlighter and blusher, plus a double-ended eyeshadow brush to apply the shadow or smudge it like liner to get a sexy smoky eye.

Clinique’s All-in-One Colour Palette is another good choice, or, try the e.l.f. Studio Make-up Clutch Palette for that perfect on the go package.

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