IT’S TIME TO CHEAT: ON MY EYE-PALETTE

IT’S TIME TO CHEAT: ON MY EYE-PALETTE

By Simoneel Sidiki.

  I have serious commitment issues with eyeshadow palettes. More often than not I swatch them on my arms lusting after their gorgeous hues and saturated colors, but the love affair lasts only long enough till my roving eye abandons one for another deeply gorgeous tablet. I can swatch endlessly in the labyrinthine aisles of beauty stores, forgetting all the other tasks piling up by the hour. The exercise leaves me palette saturated and dashing out of the store with nothing but a makeup wipe and an arm full of mad swatches. 

While I’m confessing my palette disorder, I would like to add that there is one true constant in my life and my first crush. It’s none other than Huda Beauty’s Remastered Rose Gold palette. Until recently it is the only palette I have needed. It might sound shocking and almost scandalous to most who would think that as the founder of Soorat, I have such a limited collection of personal palettes, but this Rose gold wonder has delivered countless looks on endless nights out and never ever has this beautiful palette ever failed me. Before I wax rhapsodic any further, it’s time to cheat a little and see what’s out there and I have already found 2 palettes that I think are real winners.

Huda Beauty Nude Palette:

I always thought that the Rose Gold Remastered palette was more than enough for me, until I was implored by my beauty editors to check out Huda Beauty’s New Nude palette. I shrugged at first, thinking will I really care to invest in another Huda Beauty Palette, but as I smeared each color on for the first time, the heart skipped a beat and each one of the colors blew me away. It is no wonder this palette with its glimmering textures and vibrant shades remains one of the industry’s most favorite. To truly understand the genius of the New Nude, you really need to just try it in person.

It’s also perfect for executing different looks from a quick and light workday look, to date-night look, or a good old fashioned girls’ night-out in Dubai look. The palette comes complete with 18 pans of highly-pigmented shades in matte and shimmer finishes. Kattan has intentionally designed this palette to house a balance of cool and warm tones, experimenting with countless color variations and textures until she landed on this masterpiece. Huda believes that “everyone has their own interpretation of nude,” and I can’t agree more. So she decided to “reinvent” a traditional nude palette and how she delivered

Ten of the shades are satin mattes—smooth, flat colors with a soft-focus finish, perfect for blending and building dimension. There are also four multi reflective pearls pans that combine the best qualities of duo-chrome and metallic shadows. Two pressed glitters, a creamy pressed pearl, and a beige cream base complete the set.

Start by layering a selection of plum and berry shades: Raw, Kinky, Fantasy, Excite, and Teddy. You can then further emphasize the lids with the iridescent quality of the multi reflective pearl shades with Charmed and Play, resulting in a dreamy lid wash that flashes both violet and peach tones by dusk and late night. Finally, for a gleaming halo of shimmer try mixing Crave, Play, and Infatuated.

Start by layering a selection of plum and berry shades: Raw, Kinky, Fantasy, Excite, and Teddy. You can then further emphasize the lids with the iridescent quality of the multi reflective pearl shades with Charmed and Play, resulting in a dreamy lid wash that flashes both violet and peach tones by dusk and late night. Finally, for a gleaming halo of shimmer try mixing Crave, Play, and Infatuated.

These beautiful, neutral tones along with the darker hues are perfect for all year round looks. The most beautiful thing about this palette and( if you are short on time as I’m always) is that you can wear one shade alone or a few shades combined for an endless combination of looks too.

I must confess that my faithful love for the original Rose Gold palette had me blindsided as all tales of love stories go, and though I won’t be giving this palette up anytime soon or ever, I now understood why so many people are falling hard for this New Nude hotness. So take it from me, if you buy only one palette this year, this is it. Once you get your hands on it, remember to comment on your experience below and share the vast array of looks you are experimenting with.

Too Faced Palm Springs Dream Palette.

The second contender in my search led me to Too Faced Palm Springs Dream Palette. It was Miami Vice at first sight. Maybe it was my own short stint in Miami in the 2001, that made me linger on this quirky palette or perhaps it is a super cool 60’s retro vibe that this funky fuchsia pink compact gives off, but my eyes lingered. At first I thought this palette belongs on my daughters’ Laea and Naiya’s vanity and not mine. They love looking at my makeup even though at age 10 and 7 they aren’t allowed much save for a gloss here and there. I know that just claiming this frivolous and playful palette as mine would be enough to get them reeling with jealousy! But as looks can often deceive this youthful tablet carries a powerful punch of colors that are killer cool.

This super cool palette is a fresh cocktail of dazzling party ready colors that capture the swank glamor of vintage retro palm springs with a strong dose of Miami Beach. As I opened the palette the air filled with the smell of peaches and vanilla and I was instantly teleported to the Delano sipping a Bellini. To this day this hotel is one of the places where the sheer coolness of old school Miami Beach continues to live and breathe.

But yes coming back to the job at hand this soft, velvety palette of 12 pans delivers extreme color payoff in one swipe. The shades blend beautifully into each other, and come in matte, shimmer, and glitter shades with incredible dimension.There are plenty of matte transitional shades here that are ideal for blending in the crease, which is what we look for when the other shades in the palette are a lot bolder.

As for all the glitters within the pan, it’s best to use your fingertips to apply these and rather than using a brush with a sweeping motion, you just want to pat and press these on. As many MUA’s might suggest with glitters, it is best to use glue but I didn’t feel the need , and found that these applied perfectly with the tips of my very washed fingers. Alternatively, the mattes and shimmers can be easily applied with a brush. The difference between a shimmer and a glitter I find is mainly the texture and the way they swatch.

So what’s the real reason you should buy this palette? It’s essentially for the intense shimmers it showers on your lids. The glittery gold shade “Dirty Martini”, the sparkling hot pink “Swizzle Stick”, the shimmery moody broody blue teal “Swank” and the dusky pink “BuzzKill” will deliver sizzling looks that will turn heads and heat things up! I also love the handy size of this palette and look forward to travelling with it.
If you want some inspiration on how to use these bold shades, there’s a step-by-step “glamour guide” that accompanies the palette. Too Faced constantly pushes the make-up boundaries with fun shades and packaging, without compromising on delivering great formulas with impressive colour payoff. So go ahead and enjoy ladies, it’s time for me to order that Bellini.

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