Cheek Palettes | 2016 Editor's Favorites

Top 10 of 2016: Cheek Palettes

2016 was an excellent year if you were someone who likes their cheek colors in the form of duos and palettes! Here’s a look over some of my favorites from the last year…

What were your favorites?

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04. Tarteist PRO Glow Tarte

Tarte

PPermanent. $45.00/1.05 oz.

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Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Palette ($45.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes four highlighters, one cream contour, and one powder contour housed in a soft, velvety...

Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow Palette ($45.00 for 1.06 oz.) includes four highlighters, one cream contour, and one powder contour housed in a soft, velvety...

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07. Kathleen Lights Makeup Geek

Makeup Geek

LELimited Edition. $39.00/0.75 oz.

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Makeup Geek x Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette ($39.00 for 0.75 oz.) has three warm-toned highlighters--peachy gold, rosy pink, golden bronze--that...

Makeup Geek x Kathleen Lights Highlighter Palette ($39.00 for 0.75 oz.) has three warm-toned highlighters--peachy gold, rosy pink, golden bronze--that...

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09. Color Wheel Tarte

Tarte

LELimited Edition. $44.00/0.84 oz.

B+
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I got the Tarte Color Wheel and I also got the NARS Dual Intensity one, both great though the NARS is harder to work with as you need a real stiff blush brush. I usually have to use one brush to pick up and one to blend, it’s a pain, but very pretty stuff.

I love ABH Sundipped, That Glow, and Sweets. I purchased the Tarte wheel in November and am just starting to experiment with it. ( so far, I say, meh)
I think it may be time to switch to a cream formula for the winter months.

I just ordered Moonchild, since Alchemist sold out before I could get it. Hopefully it’ll re-stock.

I loved the Tarte Color Wheel and the UD x Gwen Stefani blush palettes this year.

LOVE the MAC Sweet Copper compact, so much that I got a backup! The Whisper of Gilt is so pretty, but the absolute surprise was the copper shade, Pleasure Model, on me it’s beautiful warm blush with complex shimmer, and the color is unique to my stash. Also thought that Tarte Color Wheel was a steal – 10 blushes in elegant packaging for $44, perfect for gift giving to others or to oneself.

The Anastasia Sun Dipped palette is one of my all time faves! I use it all the time. I debated getting the Tarte color wheel palette because it swatched well, but I’m worried I won’t use all the shades. I’m probably going to pick up the Moonchild palette too!

Generally, cheek palettes just don’t work for me because (a) most will contain coral and peach colours along with the lovely pinks and berries and those warmer colours simply do not work for me and (b) I don’t find the size of a cheek palette very practical. I was perfectly find being away for almost 3 weeks with just ONE blush (my fave non LE one which is Tarte Natural Beauty). I think the only cheek palettes I own are 2 from IT Cosmetics – CC+ Radiance and the Live, Love, Laugh Vitality Face Disc; one from Sephora from a few years back called “The Bronzed and Blushing Face Palette” and a very old trio from MAC’s A Tartan Tale. I have to force myself to remember to use these by taking them out of the drawer ahead of time as they’re just not things I remember to use because I find the size of all of them sort of impractical.

I find I like trios a lot, that’s when there are often enough colors I like/will wear – though it helps that I’m warmer so a lot of the pre-made palettes can work for me.

There were so many great face palette releases in 2016. Some of my favorites were the BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Palette, BECCA Blushed with Light Palette, and Anastasia Sweets Palette (which I just got for Christmas and am loving!). I also picked up the Makeup Geek Kathleen Lights palette on Christmas Eve, but it’s not here yet, but I can’t wait to use it!

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