Do you use eyeshadow quads on their own or paired with larger palettes?

I am an eyeshadow maximalist, so I tend to use a lot of shades per look. When I pull out a quad, it’s usually as a companion to a larger palette.

— Christine
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xamyx Avatar

Unless the “palette” contains an exquisite shade, I won’t bother to even purchase it if I can’t get a complete look from it (with the exception of pulling in a transition and/or highlight shade). I also tend to depot singles/duos & anything less than 6 shades if I can’t get a complete look from it… While I do have a bit more time to spend on my makeup (I live walking distance from my job, and don’t have to account for the probability of traffic), I still have a limited amount of space, so I’ll only pull in superfluous products I haven’t put away and/or I keep in my “everyday bin”.

Deborah S. Avatar

In all honesty, it depends on the quad. If the quad has a light enough shade for my under-brow and inner corner, a deep enough shade for the crease and the other two are not too similar, then yes I will only use the quad. Most times that isn’t the case and then I will pull in another single shadow or palette. It is usually the under-brow shade that I can’t find in most quads and so I will use a single shadow for that.

Genevieve Avatar

My answer to this question is mixed: sometimes I use the quad on its own – eg Chanel’s Tisse D’Automne because it has all the shade colours I require for an eye look or Dior’s Bonne Etoile. But at other times I reach for shades from other palettes – for example instead of using the gold shade in CT’s The Rebel 2020, I may reach for one of the creamy or silvery sort of shades from NG’s Glam or Heart Dog from the On the Horizon palette as an overall eye colour.

DUA Avatar

I try my best to avoid buying quads as I tend to use other pallet with them.

But I fell in Pat McGrath’s trap and bought her quads and 10 times out of 10 I pull another pallet (ususally Jackie Aina’s ABH) to use with it.

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