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The best party season makeup palettes that deserve a place on your wishlist

The best party season makeup palettes that deserve a place on your wishlist
Kiran Duggal
Writer and expert1 year ago
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The party season is the perfect time to find your dream makeup palette. With so many potential combinations housed in one place, palettes make it super easy to create mesmerising, party-ready looks. 

We've curated an edit of our favourite makeup palettes to ensure you look amazing at every festive event you attend this party season. 

Smashbox The Cali Contour

A defined contour and a glowing highlight perfectly complete any party makeup look and emulate a Southern Californian glow! Complete with 6 beautiful shades, the Smashbox The Cali Contour contains all you need to enhance your complexion and create a mega-watt lit-from-within appearance . Define your cheekbones and bronze with warm highlighter, bronzer and blush powders in matte, pearlescent and shimmer finishes.

MAC Art Library - Flame-Boyant

Made up of 16 fiery eyeshadows, the MAC Art Library - Flame-Boyant enables you to create many different eye looks for the party season. The flaming matte shadows can be used to define and enhance your look whilst the shimmer shades add a little festive sparkle. With superior colour pay-off and blendability, each shadow can be used alone across the lid or blended together for a multi-dimensional finish.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact - Rose

A cult classic, the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact - Rose is the perfect accessory to accentuate that post-holiday tan to be the envy of the ball this festive season. Housed in a compact, travel-friendly case, the shimmer brick boasts 5 glittering shades for a warm, rosy glow. Gently dust the product after applying blush for a flattering look on the high points of the face for an illuminated appearance. The powder is infused with ultra-fine pigments which reflect radiance and is long-lasting on the skin. No surprise it is a hero product amongst makeup artists!

bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow - Palette 3 Copper Muse

Create a sultry eye look with the bareMinerals Gen Nude Eyeshadow - Palette 3 Copper Muse, enriched with Cucumber extract, Borage Oil and antioxidant Algae to soothe and moisturise the lids. The highly-pigmented formula delivers striking colour and blends seamlessly for an easy to use palette - perfect fr beginners! The nude toned eyeshadows compliment all skin tones to create a party-ready eye. Needing some inspiration? The palette comes with a step-by-step guide for three looks; dramatic, professional and natural. Super versatile and affordable!

Morphe x Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

Morphe is known for its amazing collaborations with multiple makeup gurus and YouTubers and this collaboration with Jacklyn Hill does not disappoint! The Morphe x Jacklyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette boasts 39 shadows; a rainbow of highly-pigmented shades that range from matte, satin and shimmer. With minimal fallout and easy-to-blend shadows, there are endless looks that can be created. Not feeling the classic, autumnal look? Stand out from the crowd using one of the palette’s bold blue, purple or green shadows that will be sure to make you the belle of the ball! A must have whether you’re a beginner or a certified makeup artist.  

Morphe 3503 Fierce By Nature Artistry Palette

Aptly named, the Fierce By Nature Artistry Palette hosts 35 creamy shades for a sizzling look! This warm-toned palette helps to create a stand-out look with its varying shades of red from burnt to rose and 2 stand out greens to make your eyes pop! Perfect for creating a take on the classic smoky eye, this palette is a must for party looks! The wide range of shades means endless looks all in one place to take you from one festive event to another. The signature formula of Morphe means that these shadows are easy to blend and highly pigmented with a long-lasting staying power.  

Illamasqua Firework Eye Shadow Palette

Switch from day to night in one trusty palette! The Firework Eye Shadow Palette features 12 vivid shades, ranging from matte, shimmer and satin finishes. The electric, vivid hues are perfect to create show-stopping evening looks whilst the buildable, soft pastels can be used for the office. To make application easier, each shade is carefully placed in location so that it matches with the one above/below to create a dynamic duo.  

Eyeko Limitless Palette 3

This warm, bronze palette ranges from jewel-toned red to deep, rich brown to shimmering gold. Designed to emphasise your eyes and versatile enough to craft both day and night looks, this palette is one for the wishlist! Each shade is highly pigmented with crease-proof, long-lasting colour for up to 8 hours for an easy to blend and buildable look. The staple shades result in endless options – the perfect stocking filler! 

Sigma Cor-de-Rosa Blush Palette

It’s not all about eye palettes! The perfect blush has the power to transform and elevate your look. For a range of shades all placed together in a handy palette, the Cor-de-Rosa Blush Palette is great for the girl on the go. With varying shades of pink for a full glam or natural look, each shade is buildable and buttery soft so that it glides onto skin effortlessly. If you’re wanting to invest in a palette that is timeless, check this one out!   

ZOEVA Cocoa Blend Voyager Eye Palette

Zoeva became a household name thanks to rave reviews from multiple YouTube makeup gurus and shows no signs of stopping yet! This travel-friendly palette houses 6 velvety shades that are crease-proof. The on-trend warm tones look sweet enough to eat! Featuring matte, satin and shimmer shades that blend on the lid for a sultry look. This palette ensures you are equipped with all the essentials to party perfect makeup!  

NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Utopia Palette

With an impressive 40 shades for an affordable price, the Ultimate Shadow Utopia Palette is a firm favourite amongst professional’s and amateurs alike. Boredom is a thing of the past and the possibilities are limitless – a firm, must have in every beauty fanatic’s kit. With both warm and cool tones, this palette is perfect for those transitional season looks. The finishes include matte, shimmer, glitter and reflective for show-stopping lids.  

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit - Universe Unlocked

For that lit-from-within, radiant look try the Ambient Lighting Edit featuring the highly-sought after Ambient lighting powder, bronzer, blush duo and highlighter. Designed to offer instant radiance and luminosity, this palette guarantees a show-stopping look! The velvety texture glides on the face for a multi-dimensional glow and suits a variety of skin tones.  

Top tip: For an intense glow try wetting your brush before applying to the high points of the face such as cheeks, tip of nose & inner corner of eyes.  

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow 

To transform your eyeshadow look from day time to night, try the Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow for an easy shimmer. With refined glitters and multifaceted light-reflecting pearls, this hybrid cream-powder formula is easy to apply with both fingers and a brush, making it a perfect shadow for a beginner. For a festive-inspired look, try Vivid- a glittery, taupe-green that oozes instant glamour or for an autumnal look check out the burnt red Blaze or Smoke to jazz up a classic smokey eye.  

NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette - Warm Neutrals

Always on the move? This travel-friendly, compact palette packs a punch for an affordable price! Featuring 16 shades ranging from shimmer, satin and matte that are buildable and easy to blend. The shadow melts onto the lids and the staple, warm toned shades make it a great option to invest in this season.  

Too Faced Limited Edition Cinnamon Swirl Sweet & Spicy Eyeshadow Palette

A cult classic with a variety of shades that look good enough to eat, the Cinnamon Swirl Sweet & Spicy Eyeshadow Palettewill put you in the festive spirit! The palette has 18 cinnamon inspired and infused shades – the sweet and spicy scent and sumptuous shades make this the perfect treat! With matte, metallic and satin shimmers that are highly-pigmented and blend for a vibrant look that will be the envy of any party!  



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