Do you like the trend of smaller eyeshadow palettes?

I love seeing smaller palettes! I think it’s a nice way to try different brands, color stories, and not have to spend a ton on of money. It takes so long to finish an eyeshadow, even smaller sizes (like 0.03 oz.), and even if I was someone who did finish, I’d prefer to buy a fresh replacement periodically than every five years!

— Christine


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Mariella Avatar

I do. While I love some of my larger palettes, I can find them overwhelming to use when I’m getting ready in the morning so a well-selected smaller palette of shadows that work for me is really more practical. I’m someone who uses 2 or at most 3 shadows in a look. It’s one reason I so like the Smashbox Miminalist palette (8 shadows) and their smaller trios. Of course, it’s nice if the smaller palette also has a smaller price tag (not something you can say about Chanel or Dior with their 4 and 5 pan eyeshadows, though when those are good, they’re “almost” worth it, unlike the recent crummy releases from Tom Ford).

DVa Avatar

They tend to be more focused colour stories, so I get exactly what I want instead of having a large palette that I use maybe 1/4 of the shades.
Prices also reflect a smaller size.
I might actually hit pan on a smaller palette someday.
It’s a knee-jerk reaction for me to to add they’re also easier to pack, but who am I kidding, there will be no travel for me until 2022, and that’s still up in the air (no pun intended).

Cheryl Avatar

I only buy singles. Yes smaller might make me buy a palette which I haven’t done in a few yrs. used to buy them and used only a few colors I liked in them so stopped buying them and just purchase my favorite singles and make my own palette with singles I know I will use.

Z Avatar


Though I still haven’t purchased one. I’m over pinky browns and the upcoming trend of mint isn’t for me either. One day maybe there will be a holy grail neutral or full on gorgeous jewel-toned small palette that will tempt me.

Kate Avatar

I love it. I have enough makeup that I don’t need big pans of new colours. A small palette is a great way to try new brands and a variety of colours. I’ve gotten to know Natasha Denona, Pat McGrath, and Viseart through smaller palettes and that has lead me to invest in a couple of the larger ones.

Agona Avatar

Absolutely! I tend to use only 3 shades in a look anyway (unless I really need a blending shade because the edges are refusing to blend out; I usually use whatever face highlighter I’m using that day as my inner corner highlight) so I am loving the trend of quads/quints and smaller palettes! I don’t really like anything bigger than a 15-pan anyway.

Adrienne Avatar

I actually prefer the big ones! I wear a lot of different colors and I like how with a large palette you can make a bunch of different looks. Another thing is storage – my large palettes are stacked and easy to find in my makeup drawer, while the smaller palettes skitter around and are harder to keep track of.

Pearl Avatar

Yes – I still have trouble picking out a transition shade versus the crease shade so 4 or 5 colors only in a palette narrows it down for me and I can go from there. Too many options and I’m overwhelmed and stick with old, routine choices.

I also like the price and it’s a good way to entice me to try a new brand.

I will say though that if there are larger palettes and I can see the way to use them – I think MAC was doing it where the top row was the cool, the middle row the neutral and the bottom was the warm – I would still go for those.

I’m more comfortable with a “system” of how to use the palette. I don’t have an eye for what is cool/neutral/warm or even the saturation or depth of color. I often choose my transition color incorrectly and it messes up the look, makes it too muddy or too stark and choppy. Smaller, cohesive palettes take the guesswork out of creating a look and actually encourages (my) creativity because I can see the parameters within which I can work.

I was told once to have more confidence, that once I ‘built my confidence’ that it would be easier.
Familiarity with procedure does not equate to confidence. I’ve been at this for 7 years and has nothing to do with confidence – give me a prescriptive palette and I can do the application with precision and to my liking every single time. I just simply don’t have an eye for temperature or color theory. I have a color wheel and also an app on my phone that has been helpful.

Katy Avatar

I definitely do like them, but only if the price is reasonable relative to the smaller palette and pan size…and if the quality is as good as in the larger palettes.

Lisa Lapinski Avatar

Yes, I tend to use only some of the colors in my Bare Minerals palette. I like a select number of
shadows and usually will consult with the beauty consultant representing the brand. For me,
I want to see the application and color on my face before purchasing. Since I do not have time to try a lot of make-up, my last purchase was at the Chanel counter. Beautiful small palette.

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