I always used to be so afraid of using red-toned eyeshadows on my eye. I feared it would make me look very sick (or very high) with my pale complexion. However, after watching countless tutorials, I finally bought some. Now, most of my palettes have some form of red-tone in them; here are my three favourites.
This was one of the first higher-end red-toned palettes I invested in. I actually bought this through recommendation of a friend a few years ago and today it remains a firm favourite in my make-up collection. One of my all-time favourite eye-shadows lives in this palette and that is the golden shade ‘Aura’, which is the most pigmented and gorgeous shade not only for your eyes but also for a face highlight. Another shade that I am obsessed with in this palette is Creation, which is a terracotta brown. It looks stunning through the crease with Aura on the lid, or just patted on your eye lid by itself for a really simple, everyday look. The deep red in this palette – Muse – is also stunning when applied this way.
As for the pigment of these eyeshadows, I can’t complain. They are some of the most buttery, pigmented shadows I’ve ever owned, and some of the most beautiful colours too. I’d say that this is a really great palette for Autumn, but I wear the shades in this palette all year round. And, I know for some this palette is probably quite pricy, but compared to the other palettes in this post, it’s a bargain at £28.00. Plus, that makes it £3.50 per eye-shadow, which really isn’t bad at all when you think about it. You can pick up the Lime Crime Venus palette on Cult Beauty here.
This is the newest palette of the three in my collection and by far the one I’d been lusting after for the longest. Finally, when we went to Paris a few weeks back, I picked this up in Sephora. I ummed and ahhed about it for ages but finally decided I wanted enough to warrent spending 45€ on it. Immediately, I fell in love with it. While I find that the shadows do kick up quite a bit, they’re some of the most pigmented and beautiful eyeshadows I’ve ever owned, which blend into each other effortlessly and beautifully. One of my favourite looks to do with this palette is a subtle, red smoky eye with ‘Antique Bronze’ as a transition shade, ‘Burnt Orange’ and ‘Red Ochre’ through my crease, ‘Love Letter’ and ‘Primevera’ on my lid and ‘Cyprus Umber’ packed on the outer corner.
The packaging of this palette is also stunning. It reminds me of the original Naked palette, which was my favourite packaging Urban Decay ever did for those palettes, due to it’s velvety exterior, decent sized mirror and its sleekness. It’s also blush pink, which really appeals to me as pink is my favourite colour. This has definitely shot up to one of the best palettes in my collection and I totally see why everyone hyped it up so much and I will definitely be buying more ABH shadows for myself in the future. You can grab the ABH Modern Renaissance palette from Cult Beauty here.
The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette || £39.50
I haven’t mentioned this palette on my blog since its launch, where I compared it to it’s sisters. However, you’ll be pleased to know that the Urban Decay Naked Heat palette is still very much a favourite of mine for the autumn. I know that ‘Heat’ implies summer, but I think these shades are far more suited to the colder weather. The darker shades on the end are especially lovely for the winter months. The pigment in these shadows, as you’d expect, is phenomenal. They apply so beautifully, they kick up far less than the ABH palette does and they blend into each other so smoothly and easily, without turning into a giant muddy mess on my eyelids.
Some of my favourite shades from this palette are ‘Cayenne’, ‘En Fuego’ and ‘Ashes’, which are the three mattes at the very end of the palette. They make a really lovely look together, with ‘Sauced’ as the perfect transition shade. I love the shimmery shades in this palette too, but for me it’s really the matte ones that are unbeatable. They’re soft, pigmented and really blendable and you can make a really simple look with these, or a far more extreme one. The palette is diverse and I think would suit most people and it’s been my favourite Naked launch from Urban Decay since the original one. I thought they could never top that, but I was wrong. You can buy the Urban Decay Heat Palette on Fabled, with 15% off!
Which palettes do you recommend for those red-toned lovers out there, like me? In my opinion, you can’t beat these three but I am very tempted with the Tarte Toasted palette as my next big purchase!