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I think one of my all-time faves would have to be the Lorac Pro Palette (but don’t ask me to decide between 1 and 2). I love that there are so many matte shades which are musts if you work in a more conservative office. Also the tartelette palette! Tom Ford and Charlotte Tilbury also make great quads for a quick and easy eye look but now we’re getting a little on the pricey side of things. Love your blog!

I have a lot of palettes (my collection rivals the makeup collections I see on YouTube – I have dozens of palettes) and for me, the best palettes are (1) the MAC Nordstrom Naturals palette, which was LE in 2015 and (2) the MAC Warm Neutrals palette (permanent). I am in my 30s and work in a professional environment. I love my MAC palettes more than my UD Naked 1 and Naked 3 (I rarely use most of them – too much shimmer and glitter), Too Faced Chocolate Bar, Lorac Pro, or other popular brands/palettes. The MAC palettes have a lot of shades which I really like and the Nordstrom Naturals in particular has great mattes to choose from. My favorite mid-tone crease color of all time (Saddle) is in both palettes. I was hesitant to try MAC for a while because a lot of people seem to love the BAM pigmentation you get from UD or Too Faced. But… permanent MAC shadows are very buildable, I don’t get fall out, and they blend beautifully. If I want a look that I know for sure will look amazing and sophisticated and will last all day, I go for those palettes.

Completely agree with you Lauren. I love all my MAC eye palettes and feel the exact same way about their performance. For travel and to the office I love Macnificent Me (now called Dusky Rose) and the MAC Cinderella shadow palette. I get beautiful looks using both in combination.
I’d love to see MAC make the Nordstrom Naturals permanently available the way they did just recently with Nordstrom Finest. These Nordstrom palettes were very difficult to come by for those of us living internationally.

I’ve been loving using UD’s Theodora palette, but as for permanent palettes, I have to agree. Naked 1 or Lorac Pro Palettes.

My go-to for more formal meetings is always the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, usually paired with black or plum liner. For everyday work, I like the UD Naked 3 since I can add a little subtle glow to my fave crease color of all time (Limit).

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My pick would have to be Marc Jacob’s The Dreamer palette. I don’t know how well this would translate for other people because the reason I love it is how well it works with my skin tone (pale, warm). The shades in the palette are warm toned, in the yellow/coral vein and quite light. There’s really only one darker color in it, which works perfectly for me because I find it hard to wear darker colors without automatically looking really dramatic, even if I use them in the most subtle way. I have found that I can use the matte peach color as a crease color and still get some depth, without making my eyes look super done up, and the shimmery gold and coral colors are wonderful for bringing out the color in my eyes while still being neutral. So yeah, basically any day that I want a complete eye look that compliments my skin tone without standing out against it and looks nice and neutral, I go for this palette.

Probably Naked 2 Basics. The mid-tone neutrals are limiting for creative looks, but they’re good for the office. Someone who works in a high-end department store once told me that Naked 2 Basics is their #1 selling Naked palette to their particular clientele (career women over 30).

Yeah, I think the original Basics is great for filling in gaps in the Naked palettes, but Basics2 is a better standalone set. The gray shade set me on a path toward branching out from taupes and exploring grays/lavenders, which helped me develop my makeup style.

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I have been grabbing my Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book lately for hurried mornings – it’s perfect for a subtle but complete eye look (Starlight as the lid pop, looove!), and I give it super bonus points for being able to fill eyebrows with the sculpting shade!

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I’m completely smitten with MUFE’s 9-Artist Shadow Vol.1 Nudes…. I also reach over to Naked and Naked 3 since I am a huge fan of rose golds! They are just so versatile and have the right amount of shimmer that’s not too ‘disco ball’ intense for my workplace. I tried putting on other colours to work besides nudes…people were asking me which bar I am going at night! 😀

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There are more than a few that I like using on work days.

I reach for both the original Urban Decay Naked palette and the Naked 3 palette quite often. I possibly use the Naked 3 more if I’m honest. I like rose-hued colours and shimmer! There’s so much choice, you can get all kinds of looks with these! You can’t go wrong with the Naked palettes I think. 😊

Alternatively I also like the Bare Minerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette. Eyes and cheeks in one, that has to be handy, right? It has a nice selection of eyeshadows in varying formulae and they range from light to deep. The blushes, bronzer and highlighter are lovely too, especially The Natural High blush. The only thing I would maybe change would be the highlighter as it’s a little dark for fair skin tones. You can always use the lightest eyeshadow to highlight instead though and that works out just fine.

Do personalised palettes count? My neutral MAC palette is just perfect for doing my eyes for work. It has some of my all-time favourite eyeshadows, not just from MAC but any company. Satin Taupe, Naked Lunch, Corduroy, Handwritten, Vanilla, Patina, Sketch, Typographic…the list goes on and on! I made the palette years ago and it remains my favourite palette ever! I only wish it was a bit more portable but I’m ordering new Z Palettes to put my MAC eyeshadows into so that should help.

Speaking of Z Palettes, I have one with nearly all the Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadows plus all the neutral Rouge Bunny Rouge Matte Eyeshadows. This works really well because you have the matte basics and then you can add whatever shimmer you like. If you don’t like shimmer then a smaller palette with just the Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadows would be perfect because you’d have every colour you need. They are great quality eyeshadows! Expensive mind you but at least if you buy just the pans you save a bit.

Finally, a recent purchase that I’ve used so much already is the Becca Afterglow palette. I just love shimmer and a few of the products included in it, like the Flowerchild Mineral Blush, I had already planned to buy anyway. I use it on eyes and cheeks and it works out great! The Wild Honey Mineral Blush is great for contouring both the face and eyes and the Shimmering Skin Perfectors are good for highlighting and as lid colours. I use Flowerchild on my eyes too. It’s nice and versatile! Sadly it was only limited edition and it’s kind of expensive to buy now, but you can still get it if you’re willing to pay the asking price. I was lucky enough to get the last one that my local Space NK had.

So there, those are my choices. I rambled on for a bit so I apologise for that. I have too much free time these days. Personally I think that although there are great pre-made palettes out there I ultimately much prefer the palettes I have put together myself. Then you can, hopefully, get exactly what you want. If I could only have one palette for the rest of my life I’d be very happy with my neutral MAC palette. It has served me very well over the last seven or so years I’ve had it! 😄

My go-tos are the original Naked and Naked 3, and I also find the ColourPop Kathleen Lights/Where the Light Is collection to be great for work and travel.

Hands down, UD Vice Reloaded!! It has the perfect combo of neutrals, pops of colors, and mattes/satins/glitter. For work/school, it’s so much more interesting than an all-neutrals or all- matte palette. And while some of the shades are on the softer side for pigmentation, they are appropriate for work/school, and can usually be built up for more dramatic look. With this palette, I usually do neutrals with pops of color.

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My first pick is MAC MACnificent Me, now permanent with a new name, Rosy something or other? Very versatile because it has everything one needs to put together a neutral, but not dreary eye look. I also love how the new Tarte Rainforest Of The Sea palette could produce a similar type of look, although it lacks that super deep shade MACnificent Me has that can work as an eyeliner, even a brow powder for brunettes. The Viseart Paris Nudes remains on my list for a near-future buy. Same thought, great as an office appropriate palette that isn’t boring as heck!

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Probably the Naked 2 Basics. When I was at university I couldn’t be bothered to get up early and do my makeup, so the few times I did I usually reached for the Naked2 Basics (and before it came out, the Naked Basics). Health-wise I can’t really work right now but for more professional settings that’s my preferred palette as well as it’s simple, quick, and looks natural but also polished. For something like an evening work event I’d probably reach for the Naked2 (normal one) as it has a good mix of matte, satin and a few shimmers while tending toward more natural shades.

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Golly, there are so many, starting with the original UD Naked palette and also Naked 2, Naked2Basics and the Pulp Fiction palette (discontinued but amazingly perfect as an every day work eyeshadow palette), Stila’s In the Light (discontinued) and the 2 Eyes are the Window palettes I have – Spirit and Soul. Too Faced’s original Chocolate Bar palette is terrific but I think my fave, along with the first 2 Naked Palettes, would definitely be Lorac Pro2. Honorable mention to KvD Monarch and Shade+Light.

I mix it up quite a bit (lately, I’m loving the Anastasia Self Made palette), but TheBalm’s NudeTude is my go-to for work travel.

UD Naked Basics. Boring perhaps, but my work attire is rather boring as well. I also really like the Tarte Be Mattenificent pallete but that was LE.

Zoeva En Taupe palette has the perfect mix of taupe greys and light colours and Stila’s A Whole Lotta Love holiday palette is a good go-to for me for subtle day eye looks. I use BareMinerals’ The Royal Court for subtle cheeks. I’m at a stay-at-home mum so it doesn’t really matter what I wear on my face, I just wear what I feel like wearing, lol.

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My go-to palette for school is Tarte Tartelette (the first one). It’s all matte with natural shades from cool to warm tones! I also agree that NAKED orginal is a good one for school!

My office isn’t terribly strict about color, so I wear almost everything I’ve got to work, just slightly toned down from what I’d wear on a weekend. But when I want to lean more conservative/neutral, I like both Tartelette palettes.

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