Makeup Palettes | 2015 Editor's Favorites

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

86 Comments

Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

I really like the Edward Scissorhands! It was a lil’ somethin’ different. I hadn’t bought any other palettes all year, but I just broke down and ordered Gwen Stefani and Chocolate Bon Bons because it’s rare that a palette really caters to my specific color taste.

I could not agree more on the Nudes You Need. Love it. I keep putting off Paris Nudes, but I really want it. You’re right. It looks incredible.

So many goodies here. It’s so fun to see the end of the year posts.

My favorite eye palettes for 2015 are:
1) Urban Decay Urban Spectrum
2) MUFE Artist Palette Vol 1 – Nudes You Need
3) MUFE Artist Palette Vol. II – Artistic
4) MUFE 15 Artist Shadow Palette
5) Too Faced Stardust by Vegas Nay
6) Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist Palette 2013 Relaunch
7) ABH Shadow Couture World Traveler
8) Urban Decay Vice 4
9) Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette
10) Tarte Tartelette In Bloom
11) Hard Candy Shadow Spheres Baked Eye Shadow Palette in Light ‘N Night
12) e.l.f. Mad for Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

Blush:
1) Too Faced Love Flush Blush Wardrobe
2) Tarte Bling It On Blush Palette
3) Morphe 9B – The Blushed Blush Palette

There were some good palettes this year, especially looking back through the whole year! Sounds like you did well this year πŸ™‚

I love that you have the Spectrum in first!

I have my list of ones I picked up this year in order of most loved.
1) Urban Decay Urban Spectrum (excluded from my favourites of 2015 on the count that it is LE with LE shades. πŸ˜‰ )
2) MUFE 15 Artist Shadow Palette
3) MUFE Artist Palette Vol. II – Artistic
4) Too Faced Semoi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette
5) Kat Von D Monarch Palette
6) Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette
7) Becca Champagne Glow palette
8) NARS NARSissist Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow Palette
9) Essence ALL ABOUT … EYESHADOWS palettes 01 to 05.
10) Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette
11) MUFE Artist Palette Vol 1 – Nudes You Need
12) Hard Candy 20th Anniversary Top Ten Eyeshadow Collection palette in Sky’s the Limit
13) Tarte Tartelette
14) theBalm Nude’tube palette
15) Urban Decay Smoky (I acutally use this one alot but the quality could be improved)
16) Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume I (the highlighter is my skin tone sore it sort of fails as a highlight for me)
17) Maybelline The Brights palette (really good and sadly LE)
18) Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette (just not shades I wear and too many midtones for fair skin)
19) Annabelle Smokey Nudes palette (a dud)

A lot didn’t get reviewed this year so they are in the ueue for next year. lol

I didn’t put mine in a particular order, except for Spectrum. I’m madly in love with it. I really hope the re-release it for those who didn’t get it the first time around. Everyone should have a chance to buy that beauty.

Of the ones I did get, MUFE 15 Holiday Palette and also MUFE Nudes You Need.
Ones I missed out on: UD Urban Spectrum and TF Pink Glow.
One I love, but haven’t gotten *yet*, Viseart Paris Nudes.

Hmmm, hard question! I am still quite peeved at how UD handled its release, and I know I just spent way more than I ought to have in an effort to replicate most of the shades, so I seriously doubt it. Although it does have Protest, Junkie, Bordello, Flatline and West…eh, there’s dupes!

LOL! I wait with baited breath to see how it plays out if/when it finally releases ;P

I really hope that they don’t do it again this year, because that would make two years in a row where they’ve really botched an LE release only to come out with it again (but so much later that people have moved on).

Right?!? It’s insanity on their part, because two yin a row doesn’t make them look very good. By the time I did finally get the Vice LTD, I noticed that it took MONTHS for Ulta to sell them all! LoL!!! ?

Tom Ford PINK GLOW was such a neat palette in that it was really fallowing the rose trend, but all the products could be used all over the face. But at the potential price of $130CAN it’s too little product to justify for me.

Funnily enough most of the palettes I own or wanted to get. πŸ˜‰ EN TAUPE, BRIDAL SATIN (03), and PARIS NUDE (06).

I really adore both the Chanel Tisse d’automne quad (do quads count as “palettes”?) and, even more, the MAC Posh Pedigree one…I just love using that! I also really like the Buxom customizable palettes (I now have 2 of them!!) and I’m probably the odd woman out, but I very much like UD’s Naked Smoky. Oh, and the Kat von D Shade+Light eyeshadow palette – I enjoy having that one too but I have to use it with other shadows/palettes much of the time because I really do love a bit of shimmer and that’s totally lacking in that palette.

Gee willikers – how did I forget MUFE’s Nude You Need (so aptly named!). But those 2 quads I mentioned – real standouts. I can’t wait for that Bare Minerals 8-pan to be released in Sephora in Canada (please…please makeup gods, let it come here!)

I don’t have any of these, but I love the ones you picked – Pink Glow, Soft and Smokey and the Viseart and MUFE ones in particular are ones I remember really liking the swatches of from your reviews – still waiting for MUFE palettes to become available here (or to find somewhere that can ship them for a reasonable price).

I really love these end of the year lists by the way!

Sephora Mild to Wild Khaki colorful palette and the MELT Love Sick shadow stack were the only palettes I was impressed with enough to buy this year. I love them both.

I almost added KvD Innerstellar but that was December 2014 πŸ™‚

I was surprised I didn’t pick up a single UD palette this year! As much as I love Urban Decay, all the major palette offerings this year either contained colors I already have, colors I have dupes for, or colors I’ll never wear.

Alice, that was my predicament with the UD Urban Spectrum palette. I already had at least half of the shadows contained in it and even though there were 2 or 3 others that I really loved, I decided to be practical about it (and, of course, now I’m having mild regrets but I’m sure I’ll get over it in time….or maybe not – I’m still regretting not buying the very first Vice palette).

Oh, I love that Sephora Mild to Wild Khaki kit, even got a backup, SO sad it’s now gone. I don’t see it in stores or on their website anymore πŸ™ I have an entire drawerful of khaki green shadows, and I keep going back to that kit.

Argh! I would love to get Bare Minerals Soft and the Smoky palette but can’t find a retailer in Canada & QVC doesn’t ship up here…if anyone knows where I can get it (not on ebay) it would be greatly appreciated!

The Visearts are confusing and you just made which , V palettes are the best, so easy for future purchase. I bought the MUFE and Spectrum on your recommendation. I also bought the Mac Macnificent Me palette on your recommendation. Happy that the MUFE neutral you need is P. Hopefully they will carry it in Sephora after MUFE closes at SCP.

I really enjoyed the MUFE Holiday. I just haven’t pulled the trigger yet due to the colors being a bit bold for my every day looks and the store swatches were good but two were very dry and powdery (the first two blues). I wasn’t using primer and I was using my recently sanitized fingers so I didn’t really think it was 100% the fault of the palette. If it goes on sale, I might pick it up. I was very interested in the CiatΓ© palettes but I haven’t gotten them either. If they are still around at Valentines day, I’ll tell my hubby to get them for me.

i liked the marc jacobs the most. the colours are mine and i really enjoyed that greyish colours in general appeared more often. at least i had the impression..

After raving like a lunatic about Viseart Paris Nudes, I’m so glad you finally tried it, and it’s now one of your personal faves! I really hope Viseart comes out with more kits this year. My faves this year were UD Spectrum ( such hard colors to find in a palette and to get right, but UD knocked everyone of them out of the ballpark), MAC Guo Pei Night Sky (awesome blue palettes are so rare), MAC Guo Pei Morning Light (thanks to Nicole for tempting me) , Chanel Tisse L’es Automnes, Chanel Tisse Les Smoky (my long search for a smoky eye palette that will hold up on my oily lids is finally over!), and Becca Afterglow Palette

If you like a lot of shimmer, MUFE, and if you prefer more subdued shimmer, Paris Nudes πŸ™‚ You can get smokier/more contrasting looks with the MUFE palette as well.

I only have two of these, and I love them, The Free Spirit and MUFE Artist one. The others I missed or they weren’t available here. Not that I would have bought them all anyway πŸ™‚
Holiday 2015 would have been really nice to have as would Urban Spectrum.
It’s fun to remember the makeup year like this!

I’m not much of a palette girl. But, I had to buy Vice4 when it went super cheap and I bought BonBons because I thought it was the most adorable thing ever! I Just got them the other day and today I got to break out the bonbons. I loved it!

I totally understand! I’m not sure what I would prefer if I was using makeup as a normal consumer – palettes, singles, or custom palettes.

MAC Macnificent Me, MAC Amber X 9, MAC Burgundy X 9, and MAC Nordstrom’s Finest and I actually like the MAC Cool Neutrals Palette more than I thought I would!

I went easy on palettes this year…only picked up Paris Nudes (LOVELOVELOVE) and TF Nude Dip. I’m really loving both.
I’ve had my eye on the Nudes You Need, but I already have several of the shades in the singles. Maybe for my birthday in March…?

I really love the Soft and Smoky palette – that I am STILL trying to buy. I have the UD Spectrum, which is wonderful.
I also like the Lorac Pro Metal palette too. That was a really good one as well.

Pro Metal is nice! That was on my consideration list (I usually end up with far more than 10, then I narrow it down!).

The Spring LE WnW release had a few 6-pans that were nice, but monochromatic enough that they didn’t excite me. I picked up two, because the pink one had a nice deep berry shade in it, and the aqua one was nice, had a grey-green sort of shade that was a much better version of the one in that watercolor palette that was in your list of 2015 duds.

I also grabbed one of the Milani fierce foil eyeshine quads…that’s an “interesting” product, to say the least. I’ve found a way to work with it, and it can have a really cool effect when used well, but it’s crazy as a release that got slotted into the main product displays.

I’ve just slowed down on palettes in general, though. I’ve got a lot of eyeshadow, things have to be really unique or somewhat unique + cheap for me to spring for it these days.

Pink Glow TF is my favorite. I cannot believe I was so hesitant to purchase this. Here we are in December and I am still using this summer palette. I am definitely going to preorder next summer’s offerings. I also gifted the Marc Jacobs and MUFE palettes on your list as well as UD Gwen Stefani. I love eye palettes!

That’s amazing to hear, Pamyla! The Tom Ford palette was pricey but ended up being a real favorite for me, too.

the price of Viseart palette make my purse in grieve situation but they don’t make me feel regret to buy it.Sultry Muse is totally a dear for me this year! πŸ˜‰ for MUFE 15 Artist Shadow(and many palettes from MUFE) was in my top 5 in my first used. I’m also like Zoeva Palette in Rose Golden too.

My favorite palettes this year are the MUFE holiday and both 9-pan palettes (Vol. 1 Nudes and Vol. 2 brights), Viseart Bridal Satin and Paris Nude, Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book/the Art of Sculpting Vol. 2 (even though there are cream and powder products in the same palette — something I usually avoid — so far the powders aren’t messing up the cream products), and Ciate London x Olivia Palermo The Smoldering Eye Palette and the Smokey Suedes Eye Palette. I wish I hadn’t missed the Urban Spectrum palette, even though quite a few of the shades are ones I’d use infrequently (pinks, teals). I debated a long time about the Free Spirit Style Eye-Con palette; it just didn’t have that many shades that really spoke to me personally, even if the quality was there. I’d like to try Zoeva and hope their products become more readily available in the U.S. The Ready eye shadow palettes don’t seem to apply as pigmented on me as they do for you, Christine. And I’ve discovered that I often don’t make very good use of blush palettes, especially if a lot of the shades are warm; with my rosacea, I apply cheek products so subtly that I seem to be better off with a tightly edited collection of carefully selected singles (except I do use my Hourglass blush palette from time to time — the formula works really well for me).

Whew! You picked up some really great palettes this year, Fran.

It makes sense that the Hourglass blush palette has worked so well for you, based on how you like your blush, since it is a subtler formula!

Thanks for the compliment, Christine πŸ™‚ I did spend a bundle, but I really love these, and I’ve gotten better about selecting palettes that I’ll actually use and passing on those that have a couple of colors that I adore but that I won’t really get all that much use out of otherwise because of my own coloring and preferences (like Vice 4, Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani).

My favorite eye shadow palette is definitely the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix because I’m such a sucker for green/teal/blue/purple shades! I’m just so in love with it and I can’t stop saying it! πŸ˜€ My favorite shade is Lemmy (btw, may he rest in peace). I’ve also really enjoyed the Sephora Ombre Obsession Eyeshadow palette, especially the green/teal shades. The Vice 4 palette has grown on me and I especially love the *gasp!* green + purples shades. Oh! And the Anastasia Self-Made palette was a nice surprise. For face, I really like the Sephora Ombre Obsession Blush palette and the Becca Champagne Glow palette. I’m really interested/want the Viseart Bright Editorials palette, Urban Decay Electric palette, Urban Decay Spectrum palette and the Too Faced Love Flushed Palette. Also, I’m looking forward to more info on the Too Faced Peach palette as well their PB&J palette.

The Mi Vida Loca palette was a cool one! I liked that it had both your typical neon brights as well as lighter and darker variations on them.

My favorites have been the NARS Dual Intensity, the ABH World Traveler Couture, and (my absolute favorite) the UD Gwen Stefani palette. If I could pull myself away from the UD palette, I’d probably love the KVD Mi Vida Loca palette, too!

This year was a win-win year for me and great palettes! And all super cheap! Nothing near 10 pounds!

Here are my faves –
1) MUR Makeup Revolution London Ultra Blush Palette Sugar and Spice
2) MUR Flawless Ultra Eyeshadows
3) MUR All About Cream Utlra Blush Palette
4) MUR Ultra Cream Contour Palette (as good as ABH)
5) bh Cosmetics Carli Bybel Eyeshadow & Highlighter Palette
These all stacked up against my higher priced
usuals and the color pay off and texture and beauty of the Carli Bybel
eyeshadows beats my expensive brands. I took a chance and it paid off.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! πŸ™‚ If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!