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As I sit here wracking my poor old brain, all I come up with are various quads during the mid to late 90’s by Revlon and L’Oreal? In 2002 I bought a beautiful quad by L’Oreal called Hopeful Bouquet with the letters HOPE imprinted on each shadow, with proceeds going to ovarian cancer research. First non-DS, larger palette was Lorac Unzipped, which my daughter talked me into getting while she was working at Sephora. It is so perfect for green &/or hazel eyes!

Coastal Scents 88 Original Palette was the first palette I purchased. I thought I was really doing something great, because it has every color of the rainbow. I still have it six years later, but I haven’t used it in so long.

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Oh, wow! I think I still have my first palette. It was either one of the Milani ‘Runway Eyes’ Eyeshadow Palettes or one of the Tropez Sunrise to Sunset Eyeshadow Palettes; circa ’08 or ’09.

Was about 30 years ago, probably a Maybelline shadow kit. Then due to oily lids, I wasn’t wearing eye shadow for decades, but decided to jump back in a few years ago. My first purchase was a cheap shadow kit to see what colors looked good on me. I bought a Pop Portfolio kit on sale, very shimmery, ok quality for a DS brand but needs a base to last on my oily lids. As I got more sophisticated, this kit fell out of favor, but I keep it around out of nostalgia. But I’m digging it back out again for spring. It has some shimmery pastel shades that I can use as pops of color.

I remember getting one of the Ulta mega holiday palettes when I was in high school during the mid 2000’s. But the first one I bought was the UD Deluxe eyeshadow palette.

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I’m never sure what the definition of a “palette” is. If quads count, then it was in the 8th grade, circa 1983-84. It was a CoverGirl quad with browns/nudes. Otherwise…later that year, and probably a little 10-pan DS palette by CoverGirl, Maybelline, or Revlon. I don’t remember which, but it had a variety of shimmery shadows in gray, blue, pink, purple, etc. My best friend and I got the same one, of course.

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I purchased a Lise Watier eyeshadow quad quite some years ago but the first 2 that I really remember and which made an impact were the original Naked palette when it first launched in Canada and the Too Faced Enchanted Glamourland palette. I got them around the same time and they’re what really opened the eyeshadow “floodgates” for me.

Urban Decay Summer of Love!! It’s a quad with Flash, Chopper, Maui Wowie, and Smog! It’s what got me started on my palette obsession!

If quads count then Covergirl’s A Rose Romance, I think it was called. I actually panned the whole thing and bought another one.
More than a quad would be another Covergirl palette with 8 shades of browns and greens, in the early 90’s.
My first non-drugstore palette was UD Smoked. So began my love with buttery pigmented shadows…

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For drugstore I had some Maybelline quad that I only used for high school. All I know is that it had browns, that’s all. But my first high end brand I got is the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes palette from Sephora. I got it for Christmas and thought it was just awesome, at the same time I’ve been loving Too Faced products since.

first that i owned was a gift :Dior 5 coleurs iridiscent pink may – beautifull, awesome pigmentation, still have it.
first that i bought myself: the first edition of too faced mattes, it was ok but didn’t wow me

I think it was Yardley Glimmericks. Circa ’67-68. Late Mary Quant era. Swingin’ London Mod! Right. I don’t remember it as shimmery, so why the name? It had pastel to light blue, green, and brown… Probably a six palette, laid out like a paintbox. I glued in some other shadows, my attempt at Z palette before its time. Have to look to see if it is hiding somewhere, and if anything has so many preservatives that they are still usable. Eat your lids off! Don’t recall any black. Funny, bec. There were a lot of black/white high contrast looks then, in clothes and m/u.

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