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The Best On A Budget
A great option for anyone looking to take something compact on the go with them. Containing eyeshadows, blushes, bronzers and highlighters, you can use it to apply a full face of make-up all at once. Plus, there are no rules when it comes to mixing and matching – each shade can be used anywhere on your face, making it highly customisable and flexible. Equally, use it in the morning and then pop it in your bag for touch-ups throughout the day. A great affordable option.
Available at RevolutionBeauty.com
A regular sellout, this clever palette is a great gift – either for yourself or a loved one. You’ll find 12 different powders inside, including blushers, bronzers and highlighters, with each doubling up as a great eyeshadow. Some people even use the darker tones as a brow powder, while the mixture of shimmer and matte textures layer nicely together with a sheer, smooth finish that doesn’t crease. Slim and easy to fold down, it fits easily into a carry-on or handbag as well.
Available at TarteCosmetics.com
Whether you want to create a healthy flush, a natural contour or a golden smokey eye, this neat palette houses three flattering tones that are easy to layer up for several different looks. The shimmer levels are soft and subtle, catching the light nicely without ever being OTT. All three tones work nicely together, too – simply swirl a big fluffy brush over them all and then dust the colours onto your cheeks for instant warmth and definition. The weighty, luxe packaging means it makes a great gift, too.
Available at LOOKFANTASTIC.com
The Eye & Cheek Essential
This nine-shade palette is designed to be used on the eyes, but you can easily use the taupe tones to sculpt and define your complexion. Use them singularly or mix a few together to add a soft glow to your cheeks. Combining both satin and metallic shades, there’s something for every preference, while the textures themselves have a smooth, velvety quality – making them easy to blend and layer.
Available at ByTerry.com
The Go-To For Versatility
Unlike some palettes, all the shades in this one feel different to each another, giving you plenty to work with. The shades aren’t designed just for one specific area, so you can use them to blush up or bronze your cheeks, or create a warm, smokey eye. You can use the softer champagne and peach tones to highlight your skin, too. What you’ll love most though, is just how pigmented each shade is. Expect rich colours that don’t melt into skin or fade over time.
Available at NARSCosmetics.co.uk
The Pro Choice
The best thing about this ultra slim palette is it gives you endless options for gorgeous festive looks. With shades ranging from shimmering beige and pale gold to deep burgundy and matte black, it’s the perfect palette to take you from a natural eye look for the office Christmas lunch to a smokier version for cocktails with the girls. There’s also a useful cream primer included, designed to intensify each shade. Use some of these shades on your cheeks for subtle definition and to enhance the highest points of your face.
Available at Dior.com
The ‘OG’ Glow-Giver
From the chic case to the flattering shades inside, this cult palette is iconic for a reason. It houses dappled bronzers and blushers that are beautifully sheer, so you can build them up to your desired intensity. The gold flecks of powder add a soft luminosity, while the pigments skim the skin just so, working to highlight all the right areas and emphasise your natural bone structure. You can use each colour on the lids too, for a soft, daytime look, or one that’s more intense and layered – the options are endless.
Available at Sephora.co.uk