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?

5 Metallic Silvers for the Holidays

If gold isn’t quite your style when it comes to the holidays, how about silver? I personally love wearing silver as an eyeliner or as an eyeshadow base for a smoky eye.

  1. Lit Tinsel Town — a glittering, holographic silver perfect for adding sparkle and dazzle to any look
  2. Maybelline Silver Strike — a bright, metallic silver that’s easy to use as an eyeliner or as a cream eyeshadow
  3. Urban Decay Cuff — a bright, silver eyeliner with a soft metallic sheen
  4. NYX Ice Glitter — silver and holographic glitter top coat to add just that touch of wintry dazzle to your nails
  5. Inglot #447 — a bright, light metallic silver powder eyeshadow that opens and brightens the eye

What are your favorite silver-hued beauty products?

Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette Launches December 6th at Sephora, Beauty.com, Ulta

Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay’s Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette now has an official online launch date of December 6th, 2013 for retailers (U.S./Canada). The in-store launch date for Sephora is December 12th (U.S./Canada/Mexico). You can read my review and see comparison swatches. The official information regarding this palette can be found here.  This date has been confirmed via Urban Decay through their Facebook page.  Urban Decay is currently listing December 16th for Europe, December 20th for UK.  February 2014 for Brazil.

Updated @ 12/5 at 8:50PM PST:  Sephora and Ulta have Naked3 available for purchase NOW!

Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette ($52.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows, each 0.05 oz. (equivalent of a full-sized eyeshadow), in hues of pink and brown. It also includes a dual-ended eye brush, and a week’s worth of samples of each of their primers. The case is a rose gold metal with “waves” indented across the exterior.  Overall, it’s a really lovely palette filled with eyeshadows that are highly pigmented, soft, blendable, and easy to use.  With ten of the twelve, they wore well for just over eight hours without fading or creasing.  Darkside was my favorite shade, as it was somewhat unusual, and it wasn’t too frosted.  Dust was the worst performer, which isn’t unexpected, as it has a fair amount of glitter, which makes the texture less smooth and results in fall out during wear.  Trick had minor fall out during wear, but it applied better and had more color payoff.

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Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Palette Naked3
A
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%
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Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencils

Urban Decay Blackheart + Darkside 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil ($16.00 for 0.02 oz.) is described as a “smoky black matte with rosy red micro-glitter + purple-taupe satin.”

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Urban Decay Blackheart + Darkside 24/7 Glide-On Double-Ended Eye Pencil
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Eyeliner) Blackheart
B+
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9
Application
4.5
Total
88%
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Urban Decay Zodiac & Blackheart Nail Colors

Urban Decay Zodiac Nail Color ($15.00 for 0.30 fl. oz.) is described as a “smoky green with gold, green and blue 3-D micro-glitter.” It’s a deep, dark forest green with flecks of blue, chartreuse, and emerald green shimmer and micro-glitter. It was mostly opaque after two coats, but you might do a third to get a really rich, inky color. The consistency was slightly on the thicker side, but it didn’t pool along the edges and dry down was average to slightly quicker than average. It dried to a nice, shiny finish and could be worn without a top coat if desired. Zoya Chita (P, $8.00) has a totally different texture and is lighter. NARS Night Porter (LE, $19.00) is a bit darker, but the composition is similar, though the sparkle seemed finer in it. China Glaze Glittering Garland (LE, $8.00) is brighter, warmer, with predominantly green micro-glitter. Zoya Logan (P, $8.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

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Urban Decay Zodiac Nail Color
Urban Decay Nail Color Zodiac
A-
Product
9
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
9
Longevity
9.5
Application
4.5
Total
92%
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