Sunday, December 29th, 2013

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?

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88 thoughts on “Top 10 of 2013: Best Makeup Palettes

  1. Too Faced Pretty Rebel, UD Naked 3, bareMinerals The Wild Thing, and Sugarpill Cold Chemistry are all on my list. I also loved the UD Theodora and Glinda palettes, Kat Von D Spellbinding, and Aqualillies for Tarte, too.
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  2. LORAC Pro and NAKED2 have been the best for me, I think!
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  3. My faves (not all may have been released in 2013 but I got them in 2013) would be:
    Bare Minerals Power Neutrals
    Stila In the Garden
    Clarins Forest quad (thanks to Christine for alerting me to this beauty)
    Dior Bonne Etiole (ditto on the thanks)
    Clarins Odyssey (from last Holiday season but I got it in 2013)
    Urban Decay Vice 2

    • and seeing Phyrra’s answers, I wonder how on earth I could forget the Tarte Aqualillies palette. I love that one, especially for the shades Hammock, Bikini and especially Barefoot

    • All awesome choices, Mariella! I haven’t tried Clarins Odyssey or Stila’s In the Garden. I almost included Power Neutrals, but I ended up with The Wild Thing for its more unique color combo!

      • I really love In the Garden (much to my surprise, to be honest, but so many of the colours in it are actually the sorts of neutrals I really love). Odyssey was LE and it’s not available any longer. It has a gold shade in it, though, that looks like particles of gold leaf – very beautiful to look at though a bit tricky to apply.

  4. I am really loving the recent posts and adding things to my wish list Christine :D
    I have naked 3 ( which will arrive in a month or two soooo ) also have GUERLAIN and i want too faced pretty rebel badlyyyy
    and i havent tried Bare minerals till now :D so want one palette to start my journey :D

    my fav would be UD VICE 2 i guess :D
    too faced is very under rated brand and i need to start buying their palettes now :D

  5. CatG

    I love these year end posts… Wow, I own half of these! But oh, Dior Bonne Etoile, the one that got away… *tear*

    • Fingers crossed Dior repeats the formula at least sometime this year!

    • It nearly got away from me too because my Dior rep went on vacation and the gal filling in, who was supposed to call me, DIDN’T!!! But I managed to get the very last one at the store and I am so happy; I’d have been really distressed if I’d missed this beauty.

  6. CatG

    My top palette of the year is Too Faced Pretty Rebel! A++ palette in my book! Runner up for me would be the Sleek Sunset palette, the pigmentation and quality of that palette for the price blows my mind!

  7. Avatar of Deb Deb

    Nice timing, the BareMinerals Wild Thing Quad is on the sale section of Sephora and with the extra 20% off sale items right now I just snagged it for about $17! Always love your year end Top 10 posts!

  8. Karen

    I own 5 of your top 10, they are also on my top list as well! (Naked 3, Laura Mercier Artist’s palette, Too Faced Pretty Rebel palette, Sugarpill Cold Chemistry palette, Lorac Pro palette), I also love love the Kat Von D Spellbinding palette, Kat Von D Ladybird palette, Urban Decay Glinda palette, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette, as well as Too Faced A Few of my Favourite Things palette. Love these all so much!

  9. The Naked 3 palette is definitely on my list too. I would also put the Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things palette as one of my favorites.

  10. I’d add IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty, an alternative to UD Naked 3, and I loved my little bargain from the Stila warehouse sale: Under the Mistletoe
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  11. I mostly used single shadows this year for colorful looks but LORAC Pro, Naked, and theBalm nude ‘tude (all bought in 2013) got plenty of use too – I actually hit pan on a few shades!

    I really wanted to try the Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette but couldn’t get my hands on it sadly.

  12. xamyx

    My “Number 1″ pick is NYX Butt Naked “eyes” palette, although I’m not sure when it was released. Although I’m not loving the “face” products, at $25 for 15 eyeshadows, which are completely foolproof for me, it’s well worth it. This is the only palette I’ve used almost exclusively for the last 2 months, which os something I’ve *never* done!

    Kat von D Ladybird is another top pick, but more as a “companion” palette for the others. Since picking thos up, I used my other palettes a lot more than I ever have.

    LORAC Pro is definitely one that needs to be on the list. While not “unique” in any way, it’s a complete workhorse, and is nearly as foolproof as the above stated NYX palette.

    Rounding off the top 5 are Kat von D Spellbinding & UD Vice 2, although they’ve both been sitting virtually untouched… I love them for the quality & value, as well as variety, so although I haven’t used them much (yet!), I see myself using them quite a bit in 2014!

  13. I own the Sleek Makeup Sunset palette, and I agree with you the quality of the eyeshadows is amazing, they are so pigmented, but I thought they were a bit more on the brown side when I bought it, only to discover it was a nice mix of different colors. I’m dieing to get my hands on the urban decay naked 3 palette but it’s sold out everywhere

  14. CeeBee

    NYX Butt: Naked Turn the Other Cheek and the Smokey Look Collection (which I received 5 days ago and am still playing with but so far, so good) were cheap and surprisingly decent quality.

    I loved Sleek i-Divine Vintage palette and the Sweet Cheeks Candy Blush by 3.

    And I just bought Dior’s Constellation e/s palette yesterday – I haven’t used it yet but I KNOW I am going to love it.

  15. SabrinaW

    My favorites for 2013 is Naked 3 and Laura Mercier. I am still trying to track down the Anastasia Lavish palette! The Lorac pro palette has been sold out on Sephora’s site every time I try to purchase it. :)

  16. I got Sleek Sunset and UD Naked3 and I love them both! I also got Too Faced Natural at Night palette, and I like it a lot. In 2013 I bought all 3 of the Naked palettes and I can’t believe i waited so long to buy them. :)

  17. I love Naked 3 (just got it for Christmas) and Sleek Sunset – haven’t tried the others on your list, but I also love Balm Voyage, Too Faced A Few Of My Favourite Things (a Christmas buy) and Sleek Vintage Romance from this year!
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  18. My biggest regret was not picking up Dior Bonne Etoile. Seriously, it’s glorious.

  19. grlnxdor

    I’m loving the new Naked 3–my first Naked palette. It’s pretty much a no-brainer for people with green eyes like myself. I snagged the last one in stock at the Fox River Mall in Appleton, WI a few days before Christmas. I was surprised to see that they still had Laura Mercier’s Artist Palette in stock at the time. If some of you are still looking for that palette you might want to try that Sephora location.

  20. Donna

    The palette I almost didn’t purchase and use more than most is the Urban Decay Glinda palette, it also seems to be the palette I go to for that “gosh what color do I need now” color.

  21. Kathy

    Kat Von D Spellbinding and Urban Decay Smoked make this girl very happy!

  22. Miss J

    My favorites of this year were theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude, LORAC Pro, UD Naked 2, and I have a feeling Naked 3 will be a 2014 favorite.

  23. Dkla_diann

    Do you think the LM Artist’s Palette has a lot of dupes to Naked3?

  24. Aida

    My obsessions this year:
    Chanel Charming
    Chanel Seduction
    Chanel Raffinement
    Dior Constellation (Mystic Metallics)
    Dior Smoky Khaki
    Guerlain Les Violets
    Guerlain Les Roses
    Tom Ford Sahara Haze
    Urban Decay Naked 3 (totally addicted to it!!)

  25. I swatched the Pretty Rebel palette when I was in a Paris Sephora, and then moved on, assuming there would be other things. *kicks self*. We don’t have the brand (or Spehoras) here, and I don’t think I’ve ever swatched a sparkly black eyeshadow that matched up to the Miss Sparkles in that palette!

    I’ve been eyeballing that Cold Chemistry one too…! :-D

  26. Oh ! I missed on the Laura Mercier Artist Palette! Love Naked 3 and Lorac Pro Palette.few of my favs would be voyage palette by thebalm and kate von d ladybird palette
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  27. oh wow i have 4 of these!!!

    i’m really impressed with the lorac pro palette, as i just got it for christmas.
    i LOVE the naked 3 and can’t believe i was so scrooge-y about it haha
    i just ordered the sleek sunset palette!
    and i bought the dior one based on your post about it! i love it so much!
    and i just adore every palette kat von d releases!!!!

  28. I have Naked 3 and Lorac Pro Palette and I love them both! Escpecially the Pro Palette. Its just so versatile! I really want that Sleek palette though. Its so pretty and I don’t own a lot of orangey shadows
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  29. Are you doing the Editor’s Choice Awards this year, or are these “Top 10 ___ of 2013″ posts taking its place?
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    • Hi Audrey,

      I do both – you can see that I have done these in the years before as well. Editor’s Choice is completely different and separate from these, as Editor’s Choice is, for the most part, focused on formulas, not necessarily shades :)

  30. Cindy KC

    I love the Guerlain palette mentioned above with the Naked 3. I didn’t expect to like the Naked 3 but really love it.

    The Laura Mercier palette I really tried to love. The colors seemed like something I would love but I couldn’t. I even went to return it and the sales girl at Sephora convinced me to keep it, only to take it back after two more tries. It just really disappointed me.

    Faves of the year:
    The Balm Meet Matte
    The Balm Nude Tude
    Naked Basics
    Nars Voulez Vous
    Tarte Off theCuff

  31. orangyployly

    still kicking myself for not getting the Laura Mercier pallete, not it’s gone =(
    love your year-end list and your review!
    x

  32. My favorites are:
    1) Chanel Ombres Matelassees Eyeshadow Palette in Charming
    2) Dior 5 Couleurs Mystic Metallics in Bonne Etoile
    3) Guerlain Ecrin 4 Couleurs in Coup de Foudre
    4) Laura Mercier Artist’s Palette for Eyes
    5) Urban Decay Naked 3

  33. Lol, I own five on your list Christine. My most used of the five is the Too Faced Pretty Rebel palette. I like to put Girly on my lid with Totally Fetch in the crease, Charming on my outer corner and a touch of the gold on the tear duct. It makes for a really eye catching look :) I used Nars’ Lovejoy on my checks and Bite’s Mulberry on my lips with a sparkly nude MAC glass on top…colorful but not over the top.

  34. shelley

    LoracPro, YSL Pure Chromatics, Naked3

  35. The palette I have used more than any this year is the Urban Decay Glinda. Love it!!

  36. PJ

    I vote for Chantecaille’s Wild Horses!

  37. Jennifer

    I have the Lorac Pro palette and Too Faced Pretty Rebel. I was so disappointed I couldn’t find The LM Artist palette anywhere. I’m always on the hunt for an awesome cool toned palette. Besides Sugarpill Cold Chemistry what other cool toned palettes could you recommend?