The 'Go To' Eye Palettes // Current Favourite Four

For someone who always failed to master the art of applying eyeshadow, I've definitely progressed. Now, I am in no way an expert or up to a make-up artist's standard, but I like to think that I have semi got the hand of transforming my lids with a wash of colour.. or three. The reason I always avoided eyeshadow was because I have quite small, hooded eyes, which makes it hard to see any product without taking it all the way up to my eyebrow and looking like a drag artist (totes fine if that's what you're in too, though). I am continuously sat in envy of the gals who can combine a variety of different shades that glisten from first glance; but unless I walk around with my eyes closed, no one sees it. I have really loved bringing eyeshadow under my bottom lash line though, which seems to change my look completely.

Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamo Quad; Clinique Pretty Easy Eyes; Bobbi Brown Rich Caramel; Zoeva Cocoa Blend
In terms of shades, I primarily stick to the neutral brown and golds, but also like to go for burnished coppers and purples for a heavier look. In the warmer months, I totally dig the pinks, champagnes and rose golds (that's why the Naked 3 palette catches my eye the most).

My most used eyeshadow palette - for probably the last year - has been the ZOEVA Cocoa Blend (£15.50) palette, which most of you know I adore. Comprising ten shades, with most on the warm side, this palette can create so many looks; however subtle or dramatic. I've recently discovered that some of these shades are even more pigmented when applied using a damp brush, especially the bronze and gold hues. Wet or not, all shades blend seamlessly and are really easy to work with. I definitely need to pick up some other ZOEVA palettes - do you have any recommendations?

A more recent addition to the line up is the Clinique Pretty Easy Eye Palette (£35)*, which includes eight versatile neutral shades in a selection of different finishes. You have a couple of mattes in there, along with pigmented shimmers, accompanied by two Skinny Stick eyeliners - all you need for the neutral, every day smoky eye. 

Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamo Quad; Clinique Pretty Easy Eyes; Bobbi Brown Rich Caramel; Zoeva Cocoa Blend
For more of the evening look, I have been gravitating towards my Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Quad in Vintage Vamp (£38). The palette features four shades (to prime, enhance, smoke and pop) which fit into one of Charlotte's make-up looks. Vintage Vamp is very burgundy/crimson toned with a really gorgeous gold glitter thrown in for the 'eye pop'. I do find these need a little bit more building to get my desired look, but the formula is smooth and the packaging is divine. 

Another recent addition is the Bobbi Brown Eye Palette in Rich Caramel (£38)* which I received around Christmas time. I think it formed part of the Sterling Nights Collection. I love palettes where I actually want to use each and every shade, and these five work harmoniously together. These aren't the strongest in terms of pigmentation, but sometimes I don't always want my neutral shades to be too distinctive and the formula is really smooth and blendable. The cream, caramel and brown-hued shades (a mixture of matte, shimmer and glitter) help my eyes look more awake and bring all my make-up together. I tend to use this palette a lot when I am travelling because it's super compact and can be used to create a day or night look - super versatile and one I really do recommend. Bobbi Brown is the Queen of neutrals after all!

Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamo Quad; Clinique Pretty Easy Eyes; Bobbi Brown Rich Caramel; Zoeva Cocoa Blend
What are your 'go to' eyeshadow palettes?

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