This summer, the warm eye shadow palette reigned. Every brand and their mother put out a warm eye shadow palette. Reds, oranges, yellows and browns were on everyone’s eyes, and it looks like the trend isn’t going anywhere. At least, it isn’t going anywhere for now. Today, we are going to compare a few of the most popular warm eye shadow palettes from this summer to see which are awesome, which weren’t worth the splurge and which ones we are still lusting after to take us into fall.
The Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette ($54; permanent to the brand)
Urban Decay finally took their Naked palette line out of the cool-toned realm by releasing their Naked Heat palette earlier this summer. Initially criticized for seemingly throwing eight of the same shade in the palette, it soon became a favorite among the influencers and gurus on the internet. So, of course, this made me skeptical af about the palette. However, once I finally broke down and used it, I was pleasantly surprised. The shadows are nicely pigmented and blend super easily. Even on a darker skintone such as mine, I did not find that the colors got muddy or blended into one weird, ashy shade. All in all, I’d recommend it for someone looking for a great blend of warm matte and shimmery shadows with minimal fallout and great blending.
If you’re swooning for this warm lovely, get it HERE.
Colourpop Yes, Please Palette ($16; availability changes depending on stock/release; allegedly limited edition -_-)
In early 2017, Colourpop brought out their pressed eye shadow formula, and the world went crazy. Traditionally, CP had their Super Shock Shadows, which are a sort of cream-powder hybrid situation. This summer, they released their first pressed powder shadow palette, the Yes, Please palette, which is chock full of warmth and goodness. Colourpop’s pressed shadow formula is a little dry, but I find them easy to blend and, most importantly, the shadows stay true to color when applied to the eye. There is a little kickup when you dip your brush into the pans, but nothing too ridiculous. I had a little fallout with the shimmer shades, but if you use a primer, you should be fine.
For $16, you can’t beat the quality of these shadows. This item goes in and out of stock, so stay tuned to Colourpop’s website for availability.
Natasha Denona Sunset Palette ($129; ‘limited edition’)
Yes, folks. You read that price right. This palette is ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-NINE WHOLE DOLLARS!!!! Now, for some people, that’s nothing. For the rest of us in the world, that is a helluva lot of money to spend on a single makeup item. Word on the online streets is that her shadows are one of the top formulas available. Highly blendable and pigmented, the palette is supposedly worth the hefty price tag. For me, a regular chick with bills and such, this is way out of my financial comfort zone, but I wanted to include it because it was one of the most talked about warm palettes to hit Sephora this year.
If you’ve got money to blow, and this palette speaks to you, head over to Sephora and pick one up while they’re still available.
Sephora Collection Pro Warm Palette ($68; ‘limited edition’)
Finally, the Sephora Pro Warm Palette is the last one we are going to discuss today, as it was all the talk online when it launched this summer. With its twenty-eight shadows, it’s the biggest palette in today’s battle. This was a huge move for Sephora, as their house brand isn’t exactly known for eye shadow palettes of this size….or price. Typically,, the Sephora Collection is fairly reasonably priced, as it is a house brand. While the price tag threw a lot of people off, there was a consensus that the shadows were worth the price tag. The biggest issue most people have with this palette, however, is that it is extremely dusty. Like, the fallout is quite ridiculous. However, they blend nicely on the eye, so most people have accepted the fallout as worth it for the end result. I have yet to use the palette personally, but have spoken to a few people that have, and their only complaint was the fallout.
So, if fallout isn’t a huge deal to you, and you’re looking for pretty much every warm shade under the sun, get your palette at Sephora before it is no longer available.
All in all, my favorite warm palette this summer is the Colourpop Yes, Please. The price is on point, and the shadows perform great. And for $16, what more could you really ask for? Tell me what your favorite warm eye shadow palette has been for Summer ’17.