Top 10 of 2013: Best Makeup Palettes

Choosing my top ten favorite palettes from the ones I tested and reviewed in 2013 was a lot more difficult than I anticipated! To give you an idea on how stiff the competition was, there were 128 reviews filed under “makeup palettes,” so you can see there were plenty to choose from! (And if you were curious, I have 1,261 posts filed under “reviews,” and the majority of those posts feature more than one shade, for the past year.) I considered which ones gave me warm, fuzzy feelings, that were high quality, and that I could really reach for over and over again. With those things in mind, here are my favorites…

What were your favorite palettes that you tried this past year?

bareMinerals Swoon Blush

bareMinerals Swoon Blush ($19.00 for 0.03 oz.) is described as a “petal pink satin.” It’s a light-medium, pink-coral with a matte finish. Fyrinnae Nordic Angel (P, $6.50) is warmer, slightly more orange. MAC Lured to Love (LE, $25.00) is lighter.MAC Passion for Colour (LE, $21.00) is a touch warmer. Edward Bess Secret Affair (P, $43.00) is darker. MAC Supercontinental (LE, $21.00) is pinker, less matte. Burberry Blossom (P, $42.00) is several shades darker. See comparison swatches.

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bareMinerals Swoon Blush
bareMinerals Blush Swoon
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
10
Longevity
8
Application
5
Total
91%

bareMinerals Heartbreaker & Feel the Love Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss & Lipstick

bareMinerals Heartbreaker Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss ($18.00 for 0.15 fl. oz.) is described as a “peony pink.” It’s a light-medium pink with warm, yellow undertones and a fine gold shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color coverage with noticeabe translucency that enabled the natural lip color to come through. I noticed that was some very faint settling into lip lines. It had a light-to-medium-weight texture that was non-sticky and lasted for three hours. It was somewhat hydrating while worn. MAC Floating Lotus (LE, $20.00) is darker. Chanel Caprice (LE, $32.00) is similar. Chanel Confidence (P, $32.00) is pinker. Bobbi Brown Pink Sorbet (P, $24.00) is a bit lighter, less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

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bareMinerals Heartbreaker Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss
bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss Heartbreaker
B+
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
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bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad

bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad ($30.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a new and limited edition palette for spring. I had really good wear with the palette on the whole with all shades reaching nine ahours with ease, and then some lasting as long as nearly ten hours. One shade was surprisingly sheer (Woo is Me) for the Ready formula, so that was a disappointment. The color payoff of the other three shades was good to great.  When worn, the palette ended up being rather warm-toned, so if you tend to prefer cooler tones, this will be an easy skip.  The colors complement each other, though, and for someone who likes warmer, peachy/orange eyeshadows, this may work well.

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bareMinerals The True Romantic Eyeshadow Quad
bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Quad The True Romantic
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
5
Total
92%
Limited Edition
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bareMinerals The Mix Master Eyeshadow Palette (Quick)

bareMinerals The Mix Master Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00, now $34.00, for 12 x 0.05 oz. / 0.60 oz. total) consists of twelve READY eyeshadows inside a medium-thick, plastic palette. The palette contains a palette within it–a 3-eyeshadow palette that slides out of the larger palette. You can pop in and out your favorite shades to take with you as a trio, rather than the whole kit ‘n’ caboodle, should you desire. The trio also holds a travel-sized, double-ended brush. Generally, I get between ten and twelve hours of wear (no primer) with bareMinerals’ formula–some of the sheerer ones that have a drier texture will show fading before ten hours (usually after eight or so).

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bareMinerals The Mix Master Eyeshadow Palette
bareMinerals READY Convertible Eyeshadow Palette Mix Master
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
89%
Limited Edition
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bareMinerals True Romantic Collection & New Launches for Spring 2014

bareMinerals True Romantic Collection
bareMinerals True Romantic Collection

True Romantic Collection

Unabashedly enchanting and fiercely feminine, our new limited-edition spring color collection in custom rose gold components captures the beauty of a true romantic. Twinkling eyes, juicy pink lips, petal pink cheeks in full bloom…this rendezvous of soft shades sprinkled with shimmer will have you falling deeply, beautifully in love.

The True Romantic Eyeshadow 4.0 ($30.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Love It Light mint shimmer
  • Woo is Me Apricot pink sheen
  • Louder Burnished copper
  • Head Over Heels Warm slate

Marvelous Moxie Lipstick ($18.00)

  • Feel the Love Caramel rose pink (Limited Edition)

Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss ($18.00)

  • Heartbreaker Peony pink (Limited Edition)

Marvelous Moxie Lipliner ($15.00)

  • Liberated Blushing almond (Limited Edition)

Blush ($19.00)

  • Swoon Petal pink satin (Limited Edition)

Beauty in Bloom Set ($36.00) (Limited Edition) (Sephora Exclusive)

Create a radiant, ethereal look just in time for spring. Mix, match, and layer these loose and solid mineral colors for a soft, fresh-faced effect. Includes The Inspiration Ready Eyeshadow 2.0, Nude Beach Eyecolor, bareMinerals The One READY Blush, Rose Radiance All-Over Face Color, Speak Your Mind Marvelous Moxie Lipstick, Spark Plug Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss. Available at Sephora now.

New Launches

Lasting Line Long-Wearing Eyeliner ($16.00)

It’s never been easier to create endless eyeliner looks that last. This twistup pencil glides on a precise line for maximum color intensity. The mineral-rich formula stays soft and creamy for blending, then sets to a long-wearing finish. Includes a built-in sharpener
plus an ergonomically angled smudge tip for smooth, eff ortless blending. From natural daytime allure to sleek definition to seriously smoky glamour, it’s lasting liner love all the way.

  • Always Charcoal Charcoal
  • Endless Orchid Orchid
  • Nonstop Navy Navy
  • Infinite Sage Olive
  • Eternal Bronze Bronze
  • Lasting Brown Brown
  • Forever Brandy Burgundy
  • Absolute Black Black

7-Day Skin Detox Mineral Brightening Peel ($75.00)

Hit the reset button and bring youthful clarity and vitality back to your skin in just seven days. This intensive week-long skincare peel is specially designed to reveal your best skin ever—brighter, clearer, smoother and more even-toned. Each daily vial addresses the needs of skin and builds on the benefits of the day before to detoxify, reinvigorate and fortify resulting in a revitalized and renewed complexion. Powered by our proprietary ActiveSoil™ Complex, this series of formulas contains a high concentration of targeted ingredients, including exfoliating acids, potent hydrators and Kombucha Black Tea to reinforce your skin’s support network and deliver rapid visible results.

Biolucent Mineral Brightening Treatment ($55.00)

Diminish the look of dark spots and discoloration while brightening skin with this eff ective mineral treatment that harnesses the power of antioxidant-rich red mangrove. Inspired by the bioluminescent bay of the Caribbean Islands where marine life naturally radiates an ethereal light, this innovative formula combines the benefits of this extraordinary plant with ActiveSoil Complex and a unique brightening mineral blend for an instant skin-illuminating eff ect. An infusion of fruit acids retexturizes skin and white sapphire* helps to capture and refl ect light for an immediate, soft-focus luminosity. The result? A more vibrant, even-toned complexion.

Availability: Now @ Ulta, January 2014 everywhere else

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