In 2019, I reviewed 216 eyeshadow palettes (which does include duos, trios, and eyeshadow sets), so you can imagine that narrowing that down to a digestible list of favorites ended up being harder than anticipated! ColourPop was responsible for 44 additions (again, it would also include offerings like Super Shock Shadow trios!) with Natasha Denona coming in with 17 reviews (included several 5-pan, permanent palette reviews) and Tom Ford with 13 reviews (lots of quads launched this year).
I was happy to see some cooler-toned palettes available this year, like ColourPop’s Smoke Show and Marc Jacobs Steeletto, along with less orange/red-toned neutrals like ColourPop’s Going Coconuts and Hola Chola palettes.
Unsurprisingly, Pat McGrath and Natasha Denona dominated my favorites; they’re easily the two brands I reach for most often in palette format. I still think that the mini Subversive and Sublime palettes are some really excellent buys for anyone wanting to try Pat McGrath’s shimmer formula. The new, limited edition Pat McGrath Quads were all lovely to work with, while new Motherships Midnight Sun and Divine Rose performed well and were more cohesive than her original Motherships.
Natasha Denona Biba is an absolute workhorse neutral palette for me, and I love how it’s arranged. I hope we’ll see a continuation of smaller format palettes, like Natasha Denona’s Sunrise, in 2020. The newer creamy matte finish is fantastic, so fingers crossed that continues to be used in any future palettes (far superior to the original matte formula!).
Sydney Grace three different nine-pan bundles this year, and I’m always game to try new Sydney Grace eyeshadows! I like the idea of bundles since they’re like a pre-made palette but can be arranged and incorporated as you see fit within your singles. Total shocker, I know, but all three performed excellently!
If you’re unfamiliar with how I like to do my year-end favorites, here’s the low down: I pull from the products I reviewed in 2019, regardless of whether they were new, limited edition, or an established range I’ve only just gotten around to reviewing. These are personal favorites, so they may or may not be the highest rated products reviewed during the year (though they will tend to be better rated, naturally!). (You can check out best of 2018 if you missed it.)
Temptalia’s Favorite Eyeshadow Palettes | 2019
Your Year in Review: Eyeshadow Palette Edition
I thought it would be interesting to read through how readers used products throughout the year, what favorites emerged, what products fell by the wayside… so, if you want to join in, copy and paste the questions below and add your answers via a comment!
- What were your most used eyeshadow palettes this year?
- Did you use pre-made palettes or singles/custom palettes more this year?
- Do you anticipate your palette purchasing behavior to change in 2020? How?