Archived Post

Perfect Palette Tag Questions & Answers

Perfect Palette Tag

Reader Meghan sent a request for me to answer the “Perfect Palette Tag,” which is going around YouTube. I actually watched Leesha do this tag a few days ago and thought it would be fun to do at some point, so when Meghan made the request, it was a done deal.  I decided to answer in the spirit as just me, in terms of what I really, truly loved (or didn’t) and use.  To that extent, I didn’t keep my answers to only permanently (or currently) available palettes, though I think the majority are available to a degree.

I tag you. All of you! to share your list with me (and Temptalia readers)!  Here are the questions:

  1. Best Packaging
  2. Best Color Payoff
  3. Most Versatile
  4. Best for Traveling
  5. Biggest Regret
  6. Best Color Names
  7. Least Used
  8. Most Used
  9. Most Loved
  10. Desert Island

Check out my answers!

1. Best Packaging

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Palettes
bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Palettes

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Palettes — the 8-pan versions are just the right size and mix; they’re slim, compact, sturdy, have a large mirror, hold a small dual-ended brush, and have enough colors and finishes to work well together and on-the-go.

2. Best Color Payoff

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced Pretty Rebel Eyeshadow Palette is a palette where I distinctly remember being wowed by the intensity of the color payoff on nearly every shade.

3. Most Versatile

LORAC Pro Palette
LORAC Pro Palette

LORAC Pro Palette is made versatile because it has two distinct finishes: frost and (mostly) matte, and the colors tend to be similar–like a matte and frost of a similar shade–so they can be mixed to create varying levels of shimmer. It also ranges nicely from light to dark.

4. Best for Traveling

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked is the palette I travel with most often. I almost always take it with me when I go anywhere, because it’s incredibly easy to use, works well with my coloring, nicely pigmented, and sturdy.

5. Biggest Regret

NARS x Andy Warhol Palettes
NARS x Andy Warhol Palettes

NARS x Andy Warhol Palettes — pretty much all of them were dismal in pigmentation and texture; it was a huge, huge miss as a collection for me, and some of the biggest misses I’ve ever seen come from NARS. I would I regretted buying some of the additional palettes from the collection, after already having tried several and finding them completely lacking.

6. Best Color Names

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Palettes
bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Palettes

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow Palettes (or Duos or Quads) always have the right mix of punny, funny, coordinated, and memorable.  I like how each palette, quad, or duo has a theme, and the palette has its own name, plus each eyeshadow has name!

7. Least Used

Honestly, I don’t get too many opportunities to re-use products after I’ve finished testing them and then written a review. The rare occasion is when I travel, but I don’t travel very often.

8. Most Used

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked or Guerlain Turandot. I take both of these with me most of the time I travel, though if limited on space, just Naked as it has more shades and a greater variety of looks. Turandot is a go-to for when I want an ultra-flattering look for myself on a special occasion.

9. Most Loved

Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette
Guerlain Turandot Eyeshadow Palette

Guerlain Turandot is a palette that feels made for me. I love the colors, textures, finishes, and presentation. It works and wears well on me. And now, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for it, as I used it on my wedding day.

10. Desert Island

bareMinerals READY Artistry Palette
bareMinerals READY Artistry Palette

bareMinerals READY Artistry Palette because I’m a lousy cheat. I could have used this palette as my answer on most of these. It’s surprisingly compact and travel-friendly. There are 48 shades in it, so it’s incredibly versatile whether you want to use pops of color or toned-down neutrals. Light or dark. Cool or warm. Terribly sad that it was never released in the U.S. (it was a UK-exclusive). I know this is going to be a new go-to for a palette to take with me traveling.


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.
Elle Jaye Avatar

Best Packaging-I love the Urban Decay Naked 3, its durable and rose gold is my favorite metal.
Best Color Payoff-My custom MAC palette. All of my favorites (Amber Lights, Coppering, Hepcat..)
Most Versatile-Stila in the Garden/BH Cosmetics Party Girl, A ton of colors, finishes, so a lot of looks can be created.
Best for Traveling-I like my Smashbox Trios-smaller than a blush but bigger than an eyeshadow
Biggest Regret-BH Cosmetics neutral palette. The colors barely show up on my complexion.
Best Color Names-Nude T’ude palette by the Balm
Least Used-Coastal Scents Creative Me 1.
Most Used-Lately, my Naked 3
Most Loved-My custom MAC palette.
Desert Island-Again, my custom MAC palette. Its a duo so it includes blushes and highlighters (cheat!!)

anne Avatar

Best Packaging TheBalm Nudetude or any of there palettes
Best Color Payoff Inglot Freedom Palettes
Most Versatile Lorac Pro Palette
Best for Traveling Urban Decay Naked
Biggest Regret Kat Von D SpellBinding
Best Color Names Too Faced A Few of My Favorite Things
Least Used Kat Von D Spellbinding
Most Used Urban Decay Naked
Most Loved Inglot Freedom Palette
Desert Island My custom made MAC Zpalette

Sassa Avatar

1. Best Packaging – Dior 5 Colour Eye Shadow
2. Best Color Payoff – Laura Mercier Artist Palette 2
3. Most Versatile – It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty
4. Best for Traveling – ‘Pure Color’ palette from the Estee Lauder 2013 Nordstrom 7 Piece gift with purchase – sorry, I don’t think that this actually had a name, but it’s worth tracking down if you like cool mauves and greys. Incredible formula and beautiful pigment.
5. Biggest Regret – NYX Butt Naked Turn the other Cheek/ all of the Too Faced palettes that I’ve ever purchased.
6. Best Color Names – It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty
7. Least Used – Maybelline ExpertWear in Emerald Smokes
8. Most Used – Revlon CustomEyes in Naturally Glamorous/ Wet and Wild Comfort Zone
9. Most Loved -Wet and Wild Comfort Zone/Laura Mercier Colors to Go/ ‘Pure Color’ palette from the Estee Lauder 2013 Nordstrom 7 Piece gift with purchase
10. Desert Island – Laura Mercier Artist Palette 2

Mariella Avatar

Christine, I got a freebie VIB points palette from Sephora – it’s a Bobbi Brown palette with 4 shadows and a blush and it also came with a mini eye cream and mascara. It too is just amazing and even more amazing in that I got it with my VIB points.

Sassa Avatar

Strange coincidence – I just noticed that Nordstrom is re-releasing the gift with purchase that contains this palette. I didn’t even know that happened – when did they start reusing previous GWPs? Anyway, you can pick up this up with a $45 EL purchase. I think this palette is awesome, but I’m pretty sure that I wouldn’t pay $45 dollars for it.
BUT! if you have some EL purchases that you’re thinking about, it’s definitely worth spending it now to get this GWP.

Jan Avatar

How funny. I found this tag on You Tube three days ago and enjoyed several of the videos. For me, metallics – and light even shimmers have to be handled carefully. Mattes work best to accentuate my good features and hide my flaws, so it’s difficult to find good palettes. Here goes:

Best Packaging: Travel is huge for me, so although I’m not a fan of the eyeshadow formula, I love the packaging of the BH Cosmetics San Francisco palette. it’s made of sturdy cardboard and Foo’s to a very compact 4″ x 4″ x 3/4″ square that can even fit my smaller cross body bags. The packaging includes two shots of San Francisco, a small one framed in a circle on the cover, and a larger one when open the first layer. It contains 8 eight eyeshadows on the left that are great for evening, smoky eye looks, and liner, eight shadows on the right that are better by day, three blushes, a highlighter/powder and a mirror. The packaging is just so cute.

Best Color Payoff: Probably my LORAC Pro palette. In fact, with one shade, it may be too much color payoff. Not only are these well pigmented, but they are one of the few shadows that apply evenly on me. Usually, it’s very difficult to get shadow to cover evenly near my lash line, but the LORAC Pro palette does.

Most Versatile: Also LORAC Pro. One day, I took out a calculator and figured out the total number of combinations from these 16 shadows. I was shocked (try it, you’ll be surprised). I’ve done that only with this palette as it’s the only one wear I use every single color. Love the ratio of matte and shimmer/metallic (50/50). And I can wear these shimmers too.

Best for Travelling: it’s a Tie: the first goes back a few years, but it’s Lauren Hutton’s Passport to Brazil. It is perfect for my skin coloring and contains concealers, foundation, powder, eye shades (not many but enough), cheek and lip products, and two mirrors, and is great in the suitcase (but impractical in the purse). One mirror would have been enough as it’s a little heavy.
Second has to go to em Cosmetics travel palettes. I can mix and match on a per trip basis to carry 6 shadow/liners, to lip products and a blush. I usually take two. Since it’s release this summer, I’ve already taken 8 trips and used these on 6 of them.

Biggest Regret: BH Cosmetics 88 Tropical Matte. I purchased this to qualify for free shipping on an order. The color payoff isn’t great and I can only pull off 5 or so of the 88 shades.

Best Names: LORAC Unzipped or em.Life Moment – Holiday Life. Both are themed.

Least Used: Tarte Amazonian Escape: it is packed in my longer trip bag about 90% of the time so it doesn’t always get the love it deserves. It contains 2 blushes that work in awesome combination on me. It also contains 6 eyeshadows, four of which work on me. Nice neutrals but darker shades require restraint as they oxidize to much deeper colors on me.

Most Used: lately, my Chanel quad in Raffinement. It’s a nice, easy to carry set of neutrals that don’t rehire much thought. They just work. Not too shimmery either.

Most Loved: I associate this with memories of events so I no longer even own this one and they don’t make it anymore (or I’d buy it again): it was a Dior quint from ages past. It was unusual in that the colors suited my summer (darker) as well as winter skin tones. It contained very little shimmer and contained a pink, a neutral, a purple, a plum, and I forget the fifth. Anyway, I had searched high and low and only found the one palette that worked on me so it was my sole partner in crime for the entire time I owned it.

Desert Island (deserted island?): LORAC Pro (mainly neutrals). Although I love bright, cool shades too, I don’t have a HG palette that contains both – so in this case, the neutrals win it. And what a wonderful neutral/plum palette it is!

Sarah Avatar

Most palettes I own are UD palettes, so this will probably be more of a “Best of UD” list.

1.Best Packaging: I really like the packaging on Naked 2/3. It’s sturdy, droppable, and I like that you can put a brush or eyeliner in the left over slot.

2.Best Color Payoff: I think the Smoked palette had great color payoff.

3.Most Versatile: The Vice 2 palette. You can get everything from it–a neutral look, a pop of color look, or a great smoky eye look.

4.Best for Traveling: Any of the Naked palettes. They make a lot of different looks but are basically appropriate for anywhere.

5.Biggest Regret: I don’t really have many regrets honestly. I haven’t had anything yet that totally didn’t work for me–I always use at least one or two colors.

6.Best Color Names: I don’t know to be honest! Lol all of the UD’s names tend to be funny. I liked how on topic the ones in the Glinda palette were though.

7.Least Used: The new Fun Palette, the new Feminine Palette, the Glinda palette, the Kat Von D Ladybird Palette.

8.Most Used: The Naked Palettes and Vice 2

9.Most Loved: Naked 3 has already instantly won me over, though all the Naked palettes are amazing for me. The Vice 2 palette also just killed me with perfection. Only one bad one (Prank) and then a slew of really wonderful colors.

10.Desert Island: Vice 2. It’s got everything.

Lizzi Avatar

Best Packaging – the Sephora Disney collection, everything in that was beautiful. Not just the palettes.
Best Color Payoff – Too Faced Be Merry and Bright set
Most Versatile – I agree with the Pro Palette
Best for Traveling – Smashbox Master Class vol. 1 or 2. They’ve both gone sightseeing with me over the past two years.
Biggest Regret – a $59 YSL palette I bought two years ago for fall. Pretty green and purple colors but its quality is lacking.
Best Color Names – once again the Sephora Disney collection. I loved how each shade is pulled from a moment in the movies.
Least Used – so many in my collection have barely been touched. But I know for sure that my Jasmine palette has never been used. It’s beautifully but the colors are a but difficult for me to pull off.
Most Used – Tarte Femme Fatale. It’s beat up all but the blue pan are hit. Still use it every day.
Most Loved – Ariel’s palette. It’s in a special place on my vanity, and I even have a second one as a back-up.
Desert Island – Naked 3. It’s my new everyday gorgeous love.

Lizzi Avatar

I went insane with that collection, bought every piece other than Jasmine’s eyeliners and the 3 rollerballs (I didn’t see a real need to after buying the full size bottles). I wish they would renew the contract!

Lauren Avatar

Best Packaging: Tarte Call of the Wild. I love the shiny black with the leopard print trim. The colors are lovely. The mirror is a nice size. It’s a good looking palette!

Best Color Payoff: Tie between Urban Decay 15th Anniversary and Bare Minerals The Star Treatment. However, to be honest, I rarely use these particular palettes.

Most Versatile: My Smashbox Wondervision Mega Palette. It has a ton of eyeshadows in colors and neutrals, three blushes and a bronzer.

Best for Traveling: For business travel I love the Tarte Amazonian Escape palette (it has 6 shadows and 2 blushes). For personal travel, the original UD Naked palette.

Biggest Regret: Too Faced Romantic Eye Palette. I so wanted that palette for the pretty packaging but most of the colors are too cool toned for me. I also give honorable mention to the Too Faced Natural at Night palette. Colors are gorgeous but there is SO. MUCH. FALLOUT.

Best Color Names: The Balm Balm Jovi palette has the cutest color names!

Least Used: Too Faced Romantic Eye, Too Faced Natural Eye

Most Used: UD Naked 1, Smashbox Wondervision Mega Palette, and Tarte Amazonian Escape

Most Loved: UD Naked 1

Desert Island: Smashbox Wondervision Mega Palette

Audrey Avatar

1. Best Packaging-LoracPRO Palette. The aesthetics of the packaging isn’t extraordinary (quite innocuous, really), but it is extremely functional. It, being made out of cardboard, is shock absorbent and quite compact, while looking sleek.

2. Best Color Payoff-Nothing stands above the rest for what I have.

3. Most Versatile-LoracPRO. I just wish they had a more wearable purple and a green in the palette.

4. Best for Traveling-My MAC Palette. They’re all 100% colors that I like, because I was able to choose them. I can never be without my NARS Kuala Lumpur duo, but that doesn’t really count as a palette.

5. Biggest Regret-Naked 1. The colors don’t suit me well. I bought into the hype and bought it but hardly ever use it. I’ve used the Naked 3 palette much more in the last few days than I’ve used the Naked 1 in all of 2013.

6. Best Color Names-My MAC palette. I like that MAC’s names are creative, yet still relate back to the actual color at hand.

7. Least Used-Naked 1

8. Most Used-LoracPRO, MAC Palette and NARS’ Kuala Lumpur duo. (For interviews I never use anything besides the Naked Basics Palette, so that is a “most used” type of product on its own.)

9. Most Loved-I’ll say my MAC palette because the packaging is dirtier than all of my other palettes, LOL. Dirtiness of palettes usually correlates to the amount of use, for me, and I only use something if I love it.

10. Desert Island-My MAC palette. I have most of all the colors covered in my MAC palette that I’d ever want. I have natural colors and a purple, a green, an orange-ish color. Otherwise, I’d take the Lorac palette because it is so versatile with the mattes and the shimmers. Plus the “Garnet” color is to die for!

Christine Avatar

It’s funny – some of us think best packaging = functional, others best packaging = prettiest (however interpreted). I went for functionality, too. I don’t know if there’s a palette that really sticks out for prettiness, though, to me!

Rashmi Avatar

Before I write my answers , I need to quickly add items in my SEPHORA cart ( loves or in the cart )

Best Packaging – GUERLAIN palettes
Best Color Payoff – DIOR Earth Reflections
Most Versatile – UD NAKED 2
Best for Traveling – UD SMOKED
Biggest Regret – none that I can remember
Best Color Names – Sleek makeup palettes … not best but funny
Least Used – GUERLAIN # 502 Coup de foudre
Most Used – UD SMOKED
Most Loved – DIOR Earth reflections
Desert Island – UD SMOKED / VISE 2

I now want too faced , lorac and bare minerals palettes you shared plus I want
this one here :

Jessica Avatar

What fun! I was glad to see that you participated in this tag, as I value your opinion, and I know you have high expectations, and have tried many of the palettes on the market. Thanks for sharing your input with us! I know have a few more items to add to my ever growing wishlist. 😉

cassandra c Avatar

Best Packaging: UD Naked Basics. I love the simplicity and small size, and the fact that the lid snaps closed and no cardboard can be bent or stomped out of shape.
Best Color Payoff: TheBalm Shady Lady vol 2. I have 1 and 2 and really adore 2.
Most Versatile: UD Naked Palette.
Best for Traveling: UD Naked Palette.
Biggest Regret: Random UD palettes (Feminine, Skull, Summer of Love) that I got on sale, I never use them and they just sit.
Best Color Names: TheBalm Nude ‘Tude.
Least Used: UD 15th Anniversary Palette. I’m not sure why, the colors are gorgeous, formula is great, I just never use this.
Most Loved: I have a few! UD Naked Palette, TheBalm Shady Lady 2, UD Naked Basics, Too Faced Pixie Perfect quad (Does a quad count? This was part of a holiday set) and a Sephora 500 point gift from Too Faced, Eye Love. I realize these are a lot of neutrals. I promise I have lots of singles that are teals, old golds, peaches, forest greens, eggplants….hmm. Somewhat neutrals again! I seem to stick to a fall palette.
Desert Island: UD Naked Basics. What can I say, I like a neutral eye.

Looking back at my list, one would think I only buy from two companies, but I dont! I just have favorite formulas and they always come through.

Daria Avatar

I am absolutely in love with the Guerlain palette and it is entirely sold out (can’t even find any on ebay). Is there a good dupe for this? I have exactly the same eye color/complex as you and I just MUST have it!

Sara Avatar

Best Packaging – I totally agree, Bare Minerals 8.0 palettes are my favorite for throwing in a makeup bag and taking with me. I hope they have a new one for Spring 2014! Also my Disney by Sephora Ariel palette has the more gorgeous packaging! I saved all of the boxes and everything because it was just so pretty and whimsical.
Best Color Payoff – LORAC Pro palette, the metallics in there are just amazing, especially shades like Garnet and Pewter.
Most Versatile – Either Naked or my Vice palettes, they have a great range of colors from fun to tame!
Best for Traveling – I grab both of my Bare Minerals Ready 8.0 palettes when I travel since they’re so small! I also like the Urban Decay Mariposa palette, it has nice neutrals with a few pops of color.
Biggest Regret – Hmmm… definitely none of my Urban Decay ones! I don’t really think I own any duds, mainly because I let you review them first before deciding to buy!
Best Color Names – Disney by Sephora Ariel palette! Every time I read the names of the colors, I start singing the songs from the movie!
Least Used – Hmm, I have a bunch of palettes out at the same time. I think a few of my Physicians Formula shimmer strip ones have sat unused for a while.
Most Used – Probably a tie between Naked and the Vice palettes. I use Bare Minerals The Star Treatment quite a bit too
Most Loved – Disney by Sephora Ariel!!! And I love all of my Urban Decay ones (I have 11!)
Desert Island – I’d probably pick either Vice 2 or Disney by Sephora Ariel. They have my favorite colors in them and a good mix of neutrals and brights.

Nathalie V. Avatar

1.Best Packaging: Guerlain Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette (so incredibly beautiful)
2.Best Color Payoff: Naked 1 (and 2 & 3)
3.Most Versatile: Lorac PRO Palette
4.Best for Traveling: Urban Decay’s Naked 1
5.Biggest Regret: Bobbi Brown Turtoise Shell Limited Edition Palette
6.Best Color Names: Bare Minerals Power Neutrals
7.Least Used: Too Faced Boudoir Eyes
8.Most Used: Naked 1
9.Most Loved: Lancome’s Rose Coquette (it was my first eyeshadow palette)
10.Desert Island: Em Cosmetics Beach Life Palette

Tennyoceres Avatar

I love these! My palettes are getting a little absurd in number but most of them can be tucked away in a storage container (or two…or three)

Best Packaging
Inglot. Yes, there is the worry that you might scrape off a layer of color with the magnetic packaging. But I like the security that nothing short of a 20 foot drop would open this thing. Even then the colors would likely stay put. Also I put my Inglot palettes on my refrigerator door if I need to travel with them. (I forget makeup essentials when I travel. I bought at least $200 in makeup things I forgot to bring over the years =[)

Best Color Payoff
Urban Decay Vice. You want maximum party color? UD Vice delivers. Chaos is SO BLUE!

Most Versatile
Benefit World Famous Neutrals – Most Glamorous Nudes Ever. I got brights, darks, and two creams that I could use as a base. Going day to night with this is super easy. (Hint: More Kiss Me, I’m Tipsy)

Best for Traveling
Inglot. My eye shadows survived many accidental drops and tumbling in suitcases. Any dings are probably from my fingernail from overenthusiastic opening.

Biggest Regret
ELF Disney Villains palette. Far too sheer even with primer. I wanted to be Maleficent so bad that year.

Best Color Names
The Balm. Just cheeky and cute enough without making your parents blush.

Least Used
Jasmine Sephora Disney Storylook Eyeshadow Palette. Though come summer it will be back in rotation.

Most Used
The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude. Great for subtle day/work looks. Built in eyeliner colors, too!

Most Loved
Ariel Sephora Disney Storylook Eyeshadow Palette. I was bummed Belle didn’t get her own palette, but I also loved Ariel growing up. This palette combined all of my favorite things (Disney, makeup, colors, sparkle) and I can wear them!

Desert Island
Urban Decay The Mother Load. If I was stuck there with no primer Urban Decay’s eyeshadow lasts for at least 5 hours on me. This is a lot because my oily lids cut most eye shadow wear time to about 1-2 hours.

Zia Avatar

Best Packaging: Bare Minerals READY eyeshadow palettes
Best Color Payoff: Tarina Tarantino Jewel palettes -especially Dreamy!
Most Versatile: Lorac Pro Palette
Best for Traveling: Wet ‘n’ Wild Comfort Zone -I don’t like to bring my favorite palettes with me when I travel but this one has good pigmentation and performs well
Biggest Regret: Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Palette -poor pigmentation across the board
Best Color Names: theBalm Balm Jovi -the names are just fun!
Least Used: Coastal Scents 28 Neutral Palette
Most Used: Too Faced Pretty Rebel Palette -I fall more in love with this palette every day even though I haven’t had it that long
Most Loved: Bare Minerals The Star Treatment Palette -every color is gorgeous (I also really love my new Naked 3 palette, though but I haven’t used it yet)
Desert Island: Naked Original

MAJ Avatar

Best Packaging – Urban Decay Book of Shadows IV. It has pop up butterflies. It’s not the most functional, but it’s cool.
Best Color Payoff – Urban Decay Naked Palette.
Most Versatile – Urban Decay Naked 2. I love that I can create a smoky eye or a neutral look from this, plus the shades are all flattering on my skin tone.
Best for Traveling – Too Faced Natural Eye Palettes. I have both the original and the night versions. I like that I can fit them in my makeup bag and don’t have to pack it separate from the rest of my makeup.
Biggest Regret – Urban Decay Midnight Emergency Palette.The “Midnight” shadows just have awful fall out, and three out of the four eyeshadows in this palette are “Midnight” shades.
Best Color Names – Stila Lovely in London Palette. The names are all very British (hence the name). I’m a big traveler so the international city themed palettes always have fun names.
Least Used – Lorac Unzipped Palette. The colors are way too red toned and don’t flatter my skin tone at all, which sucks because the colors are all very nicely pigmented, and this also wasn’t cheap.
Most Used – Kat Von D Saint Palette. Definitely underrated!
Most Loved – Too Faced Natural Eye Palette. It was my very first high end eyeshadow palette I bought and have used it consistently since then.
Desert Island – I’m again going to go with my Too Faced Natural Eye Palette!

Mariella Avatar

A subject dear to my heart. I love almost all my palettes so choosing a “best” in any of them is really tough but a gal’s gotta do what a gal’s gotta do…. (can we choose the same palette more than once?)

Best Packaging – Too Faced Boudoir Eyes (it’s the cutest little METAL tin); close 2nd are the 8 pan Ready palettes from Bare Minerals – nice and compact AND a mirror AND an ideas booklet AND a half decent brush…..
Best Color Payoff – Tarte for Aqualillies palette (the shadows are almost “too” pigmented, even though they’re neutral and most are light!) or the ones I’ve put together with Inglot shadows – those are the best pigmented shadows I own.
Most Versatile – Urban Decay Vice 2
Best for Traveling – Urban Decay Naked 1 or 2 (probably 2)
Biggest Regret Too – Faced Natural at Night
Best Color Names – Bare Minerals Power Neutrals
Least Used – Too Faced Natural at Night and UD BOS3 (the latter because it’s just so bulky)
Most Used Guerlain – Les Fumes (is a quad considered a palette?)
Most Loved – lately, it’s UD Vice2 or Dior Bonne Etoile but it’s like trying to pick the child you love the most – I can’t pick
Desert Island – Guerlain Les Fumes or Naked 2 (or even Naked 1) or BM Power Neutrals

Christine Avatar

I ended up choosing the same one for a couple – I figured, that has to be OK, but obviously the more variety the better? in a sense. Because bareMinerals’ palettes have amazing color payoff, are versatile, great for traveling… lol, but I tried to go for more rather than less!

Sylirael Avatar

I don’t have enough palettes to actually fill this in without all the answers being almost the same 😛

I will say though that I get a lot of use out of UD’s Naked 2 palette!

I wish we had more selection here 🙁 (then again, the fact that we don’t is probably good for my wallet!)

Elena Rodríguez Avatar

I think I’m putting in a little twist into this, you’ll read that in a minute and please let me know if it’s cheating the tag haha.

Best Packaging.-

It’s not the best for traveling but for me it’s the best because of how it looks, that award would have to go to my Sigma Paris Palette, I just love that packaging a whole lot, I got it because of it and actually the palette itself isn’t bad, it was a win-win for me.

Best Color Payoff

My Naked Palettes for sure, any Urban Decay eyeshadow IMO has the best pigmentation, so there you go haha.

Most Versatile

Of course Lorac Pro Palette’s got this one, you can create any look with it, that’s why versatility is right up it’s alley

Best for Traveling

It depends, if you are a matte shadow lover Naked Basics is your go to but If you want to add something more I’d say Sleek Storm Palette would be a great addition to use with the basics, I would do that (this is my first cheat xD)

Biggest Regret

Oh this one is easy, I got it this year from a friend and I shouldn’t have, It’s the Urban Decay Book Of Shados IV, it’s so bulky that I just have it inside my drawer besides that one’s got the old pigmentation which is less buttery than the new one tho.

Best Color Names

This is where my cheat begins, this tag is called “The perfect palette tag” but it doesn’t say that I cannot choose a blush palette for this, and because of that I chose my One Night Stand Palette by NARS, I just love how they name everything they do, and the name of the palette and blushes just makes me giggle.

Least Used

I’m really sorry because I love her but I’d have to say my Defining Eyes by Tiffany D is my least used because it’s just more of the same…I’ve got all those shades somewhere else already…besides those liners are a big NONO.

Most Used

This one is hard because I pretty much rotate everything I have, I don’t religiously use one palette for a whole month, my eyeshadow combination changes everyday so does my most used palette but If I have to choose I’d say Naked Basics for work.

Most Loved

I recently got it but I have to say it, Naked 3 is my most loved palette packaging and producto wise I just love that thing a lot.

Desert Island

Well, this palette fits a lot because it’s got all I need, NARS The Happening Eye & Cheek Palette.

So, did I cheat?


Lauren Avatar

I depotted by BOS IV palette and put it into a z palette. It was pretty easy. 2 shadows broke, but I fixed them very easily. Just make sure you have alcohol when you depot it and watch a youtube video on fixing shadows in case any break.

mariamarvel Avatar

I don’t own many palettes and I haven’t found my favourites in terms of packaging, colour payoff and etc yet. But I have one, which is my BIGGEST regret ever, the worst cosmetic product I ever bought – Naked palette. It is so bad for my cool skintone, I can only use a couple of shades from it. I’m mad at everyone who calls it must-have for everyone. And I can’t bring myself to throw it out because I paid a lot for it:(

Tamara Avatar

Best Packaging- I’ve got to say BareMinerals Ready eyeshadow palette. Its compact, sleek, high end looking and has a mirror. The eyeshadows are GORGEOUS, most notably the BareMinerals Ready Star treatment palette.
Best Color Payoff- theBalm Nude ‘tude palette. Love the pigmentation. Alittle goes a long way, especially for the darker colors.
Most Versatile- Smashbox The Masterclass palette. It has a side of eyeshadows ranging from pinks, to dark teals, and on the other side it has cream eyeliners, blushes, highlighter and lipglazes. Def a great pick.
Best for Traveling- Of course I have to say the Urban Decay NAKED palette. Thin, lightweight and is cardboard, so its harder to break.
Biggest Regret-
Best Color Names- theBalm Balm Jovi face palette. Iron-maid in, Milly, Vanilly, just to name a few.
Least Used- theBalm
Most Used- Right now, Its my Lorac pro-palette. Loving the face that it has mattes and shimmer. Best of both worlds.
Most Loved- All of my Urban Decay BoS palettes. I love Urban Decay. I’m some what of a collector
Desert Island- anything that has cheek and lip products included. Would be for me the Master class palette by Smashbox, theBalm Voyage palette (although I don’t own this at the moment, I will soon. Haha!, thebalms face palette. Anything that is multi-purpose and versatile!
Loved this Tag Christine. 🙂

Mariella Avatar

I’m with you on The Star Treatment palette, Tamara. It’s a stunner and the palette itself (I also chose it) is so well designed (and has a pretty good brush compared to most). I love The Power Neutrals even more (same great design and such wearable colours).

Kirsten Avatar

Ah. It seems like people are answering with things that have four shades of complementary eye shadow, such as your Guerlain one. I’d call that a compact and not a palette, since it’s only got one highlight shade, one dark shade etc. Whereas the ones with several highlights and several dark shades seem to fit the name palette more to me because you can create many more looks. I guess I see them as different things.

JudiC Avatar

My favorite palette has been my Urban Decay Naked palette, but as a 47 year old woman sparkles are not always the most flattering look. I just bought BareMinerals Power Neutrals palette to complement it. It is a wonderful palette on its own. Most of the shadows are matte and act as a perfect blending/layering partner to UDN.

Caroline Avatar

I have absurd, unholy amounts of lust for that BareMinerals READY Artistry Palette. It’s probably for the best that it’s not available in the US, personally, because I know I’d hurl my money violently at it if it were, and the last thing I need is another eyeshadow palette.

meganlisa Avatar

Best Packaging- Hourglass ambient
Best Color Payoff- Vice 1
Most Versatile-Laura Mercier Artist palette 2013 (depends on how you define versatile)
Best for Traveling-none that I own
Biggest Regret-Marc Jacobs the Lolita
Best Color Names-The recent Kat Von D Spellbinding
Least Used- Marc Jacobs the Lolita
Most Used-Lately Urban Decay Naked 3
Most Loved- depends on my mood
Desert Island- Too Faced A Few of my Favorite Things

Chris25 Avatar

Best Packaging: Naked3 & the Dior Quints. They’re just so pretty.

Best Color Payoff: Wet n WIld Comfort Zone, For a drugstore brand the CP is excellent.

Most Versatile Sleek Storm.

Best for Traveling: NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look. It’s very small and compact. If I lose it, I can afford to replace it.

Biggest Regret: Sephora 5 in 1 palette. The quality is not good enough for me to have spent $30 on it.
Best Color Names: Urban Decay VIce 2.

Least Used: Kat Von D Adora.

Most Used: Too Faced Natural Eye.

Most Loved: NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look & Wet n Wild Vanity.

Desert Island: Urban Decay Naked

Alicia Avatar

Best Packaging
I really like my NARS ‘THe Happening’ palette. It gets dirty so, so easily, but I like having a blush, bronzer and eyeshadow all in one and it’s small so it first in my makeup bag easily.
Best Color Payoff
LORAC Unzipped
Most Versatile
Aagain, my LORAC Unzipped. There’s matters and shimmers mixed together which makes it easy for me to creaet simple or more dressy looks.
Best for Traveling
NARS ‘The Happening’
Biggest Regret
My BH Cosmetics (Coastal Scents) palette. I never use it. I just bought it so that I could experiment with different colours for cheap.
Best Color Names
Lorac Unzipped.
Least Used
BH Cosmetics palete or my QUO Naked knock off. QUO is a Canadian drugstore brand.
Most Used
Lorac Unzipped and my Stila neutral palette
Most Loved\
Lorac Unzipped
Desert Island
Lorac Unzipped

N8iveBeauT Avatar

**gasping for air** Christine, you don’t have LORAC Unzipped???? You need that in your life. Stop what you’re doing and go get it. I love this one waaaay more than UD Naked 3, sorry everyone. My first UD return ever *sigh*. I’ll be waiting for your LORAC Unzipped review Christine. I love mine but would love to know your thoughts.

N8iveBeauT Avatar

I’m not a huge fan of LORAC either. I have the Pro palette, but I hardly ever crack it open. I have 2 of their blushes and the colors are just amazing (Exposed and Velvet Rope in case you’re curious), but Unzipped just is all around amazing for me. They have some unsung hero products.

Veronica Avatar

LOL, I had to stare at Desert Island for so long before it clicked what you meant. 😛

Best Packaging: I’ve always been fond of UD’s palette design, but I really like the Ammo Palette in particular. Sleek and black, with a rather fetching design on the front, and better yet – it doesn’t get dirty easily.
Best Color Payoff – UD Ammo wins again!
Most Versatile – I was going to say my homemade one, but that would be cheating. So I’ll go with Stila’s In the Garden palette – a beautiful, cooler-toned shade range that allows for either neutrals or a more colorful look.
Best for Traveling – Too Faced Naked Eye palette. My favorite kind of neutrals!
Biggest Regret – UD Naked, so much so that I gave it away to a friend. I love my neutrals, but the line is just too warm for me, not to mention dark. There were a couple shades I used the hell out of (Sin was the first higher end eyeshadow I hit pan on!), but the rest just sat there barely dented.
Best Color Names – theBalm’s Meet Matt(e) palette is just fun. 🙂
Least Used – My Tarina Tarantino Fantastical palette could probably get more love.
Most Used – Too Faced Naked Eye palette.
Most Loved – Estee Lauder Violet Underground. I really need to work this into my regular routine more!
Desert Island – My homemade palette has a great selection of neutrals and brights suited for my skin tone. What more could I ask for? 🙂

Vineetha Avatar

Best Packaging: UD naked 2 and 3
Best Color Payoff: MAC Custom palette
Most Versatile: of course MAC custom since its custom
Best for Traveling: Again my custom palette
Biggest Regret: A palette from coastal scents. I hardly ever use it. And I hate doing that. Unused makeup.
Best Color Names : Bare minerals
Least Used: Again a coastal scents palette
Most Used: UD naked palettes and MAC custom palette
Most Loved: UD naked aplettes and MAC custom palette
Desert Island: MAC custom palette

Mandy Avatar

I don’t have many palettes mostly because I just started to really get into make up. I have UD Naked 1 and Basics. UD Naked 1 is my perfect match. My next purchase will be 3. I LOVE them so hard, it’s not even funny. I wasn’t going to get it, wasn’t going to get it, wasn’t going to get it, then I got it and I’m so glad I did!

Rachel Avatar

Palettes are my favorite! I love this post!
1. Best packaging – I’m leaning on the pretty side of this one instead of the functional side so, Urban Decay Vice 2. I love the marbled purple!
2. Best color payoff – LORAC Pro for sure!
3. Most versatile – Too Faced Pretty Rebel. I love that there’s neutrals, kind of edgy neutrals and then total party looks all in one palette!
4. Best for traveling – For me, I’d say the Tarte Carried Away palette for Holiday 2012, mainly because it comes in a travel bag and is pretty versatile.
5. Biggest regret – THIS years’ Tarte palette from Sephora, The Tarte of Giving. I got excited because of last years’ palette and asked for this for my birthday and now I feel bad that my parents spent the money because the color payoff is not great and there’s way more glitter eyeshadows than I expected. It’s all pretty dupable, too.
6. Best color names – It’s not something I really notice, but I suppose TheBalm’s Nude ‘Tude palette has good names — once they replaced the name Schitzo, anyway.
7. Least used – Stila In the Moment. Bad color payoff and Stila’s packaging is TERRIBLE for the price point.
8. Most Used – LORAC Pro.
9. Most Loved – LORAC Unzipped. I have green eyes and love reddish and pinkish shadows to bring them out, but they seem like they’re hard colors to do right. LORAC hit the nail on the head. Mattes and shimmers in pink, gold, brown and burgundy–just perfect for everyday.
10. Desert Island – It’s hard to choose, but I guess LORAC Pro again. Maybe Vice 2…maybe.
Side Note: My husband is supposed to get me Naked 3 for Christmas, so that’s why it’s not on my list. For all the hype, though, it better be pretty damn awesome.

Tiffany Avatar

1. Best Packaging: Too Faced The Chocolate Bar
The packaging is just adorable!
2. Best Color Payoff- Urban Decay Vice 1 & 2
I LOVE all of UD’s shadows! The pigmentation is insane!
3. Most Versatile- Too Faced Sexy Rebel and Lorac Pro
You can create any look with these palettes!
4. Best for Traveling- Urban Decay Naked 2 and Smoked
The packaging is perfect for traveling. You don’t have to worry about things being ruined and these palettes are very versatile.
5. Biggest Regret- Too Faced Mattes. They just don’t work well for me. I love Too Faced, but this just didn’t make the cut for me.
6. Best Color Names- Urban Decay Vice 2 and Naked 3
UD has some really creative names!
7. Least Used- Stila In the Garden
Such a pretty palette but I don’t show her the love she deserves.
8. Most Used- Naked 2
This baby gets used nearly everyday!
9. Most Loved- Vice 2
I love all of the colors in this palette!
10.Desert Island- Naked 3
My new favorite!

Phoebe Avatar

Best Packaging: Bare Minerals Ready 8.0 palettes. Huge mirror for the size, super sturdy and solid. Very decent mini brush.
Best Color Payoff: Bare Minerals The Star Treatment
Most Versatile: MAC custom 4-pan (Woodwinked, Arena, Mystery, Satin Taupe)
Best for Traveling: Either the MAC 4-pan above or the Bare Minerals The Star Treatment
Biggest Regret: Wet ‘n’ Wild 8-pan palette. I was told these have great color pay-off. Some shades do, some don’t, but all are somewhat chalky.
Best Color Names: I actually don’t pay attention to the names at all!
Least Used: I have a Smashbox quad I never use
Most Used: The MAC 4-pan above
Most Loved: Bare Minerals Ready palettes
Desert Island: I don’t own this, but I know I would probably love the Naked 1 palette.

Christine, I am so so sad I can’t get my hands on that UK-only Bare Minerals palette!

xamyx Avatar

Packaging: Kat von D 8-pan palettes; perfect amount of shades, sturdy/functional packaging, and the artwork is amazing. I also like the uniformity of the palettes for storage and/or display.

Color payoff: This ones tricky; while some palettes are heavily pigmented, that doesn’t mean that those which are meant to be less pigmented aren’t as good. That said, I have to say Urban Decay is probably the most consistent, and I always know what to expect going in, and UD always delivers.

Versatile: Neutrals are always appropriate, so I would have to go with a neutral palette. LORAC Pro comes immediately to mind, as well as NYX Butt Naked “eyes”, since I actually use every shade in both of those equally.

Travelling: I usually just grab my UD Naked palettes (1,2,Basics, & now 3), and toss them in my bag. I have everything I could possibly need, and my makeup bag, while it holds a lot, is long & slender, so most of my other palettes don’t fit.

Regret: Any of my Too Faced palettes; they’re great shadows, but I just don’t use them often, and I wish I applied the money toward other products.

Color names: NARS; I always look up the names, and actually learn something!

Least used: Again, Too Faced palettes.

Most used: For the past month-and-a-half, I’ve been partial to NYX Butt Naked “eyes”; it’s a palette that is absolutely fool-proof for my coloring, and the shades aren’t so pigmented that any mistakes can easily be fixed.

Most loved: UD Black Palette; I don’t use it as often as I’d like, but I love the colors.

Desert Island: NYX Butt Naked “eyes”; it also contains cheek colors, and a very large mirror. Then again, since I typically travel with my entire UD Naked collection, I would most likely have all of those with me if I were to be stranded on an island, LOL!

zainab Avatar

Best Packaging: Probably Urban Decay Smoked, it zips up so I never have to worry it will open in my bag, and I like the look too.

Best Color Payoff: Most of my palettes are UD so they all have that quality of payoff. Maybe Smoked again because even the mattes are good.

Most Versatile: UD BOS IV, I often do understated neutral looks with it, but half of its colours are brights or smokey colours. Otherwise all my Inglot palettes, because I can swap all the pans for whichever look I need.

Best for Traveling: On my last trip I think I only took UD Naked 2, it’s certainly all I used.

Biggest Regret: I don’t regret it entirely, but I don’t love and haven’t found much use for Naked Basics. I’m just not a matte girl.

Best Color Names: Despite all my UD palettes I’m not actually a huge fan of the names, though they are more memorable than Inglot’s numbers or many high end brand’s French names.

Least Used: Naked Basics or the UD build your own palette I always forget I own (plus it contains Shattered, which despite my wanting it for YEARS before buying it, isn’t that flattering on me. I have to buy another colour so I get more use from that palette.)

Most Used: Naked 2.

Most Loved: I don’t know, probably Naked 2 atm or Mariposa if you’re going by the dents in the pans.

Desert Island: Smoked, all those dark colours would cut the glare of the sun a bit, lol. Plus the zip would keep out sand.

Jane Avatar

This is my first post ever. Such a fun tag, I couldn’t resist!
1. Best packaging- UD 15th anniversary (not practical but so beautiful)
2. Best colour (we spell it this way in Canada) payoff: Shady Lady Vol. 2
3. Most Versatile: Cinderella Disney by Sephora
4. Best for traveling: UD Naked
5. Biggest regret: Mac Tartan Tale
6. Best Colour Names: ? All I can say is I prefer palettes that name the shades
7. Least used: Shady Lady Vol. 2. Beautiful shadows but they don’t compliment my colouring
8. Most Used: Too Faced Natural Eye. I’m on my third one of these puppies
9. Most Loved: Cinderella Disney by Sephora
10. Desert Island: My Z-palette which contains: Make Up Geek- Vanilla Bean, Shimma Shimma, Gold Digger, Unexpected, Prom Night, Homecoming(= woodwinked but better IMHO), Taupe Notch, Purple Rain, and MAC Omega

TR Avatar

Best Packaging – Urban Decay Naked 3. I’m obsessed with Rose Gold. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes is good, too.

Best Color Payoff – I usually don’t have any trouble with color payoff in any of my palettes. I suppose the Naked 2 is probably the best?

Most Versatile – My personal MAC 15-pan. It’s got Brule, Omega, Soba, Warming Trend, Charcoal Brown, Twinks, Mystery, Carbonized, Tempting, Shale, Quarry, Copperplate, Satin Taupe, Smoke & Diamonds and Sumptuous Olive. It’s honestly shocking how infrequently I use it, because it has all of my favorite shades in it!

Best for Traveling – Urban Decay Naked 2. Although I did drop it once in an airport and Blackout crumbled a bit at the back edge. Maybe Naked 1, then. I drop that every day and it’s never broken.

Biggest Regret – The 2 Coastal Scents 88 palettes I bought years ago. I’ve actually gotten some fair use out of them (Halloween costumes, crazy Holiday themed looks) but they’re just not very good quality and they take up SO much room that I never want to use them.

Best Color Names – I usually like Too Faced overall. I think they have very thematic color names, moreso than just shocking or slutty. The Chocolate Bar palette just makes me hungry, everything sounds delicious. I love the Natural Eye names. Very bedroomy without being over the top. Same with Boudoir Eyes.

Least Used – Hard Candy Naturally Gorgeous. The colors are nice and the quality is fair. I just don’t reach for it…

Most Used – Urban Decay Naked. I actually prefer Naked 2, but for some reason the original definitely gets used more often. I think I’m just afraid of using up Naked 2 and then being to cheap to buy a replacement.

Most Loved – Too Faced Boudoir Eyes. This thing is sexy. I think I’d probably love the Lorac PRO even more…if I could EVER get my hands on it.

Desert Island – Probably my MAC 15-pan. Even though I don’t use it necessarily all that often, it still has pretty much everything that I need. It should…I made it myself haha

Quinctia Avatar

This is difficult, because I only own a handful of shadows that aren’t in palettes (and they’re nearly all UD product lines that never got put in palettes), so I have a lot to choose from!

Best Packaging – Practicality: UD Naked Basics is perfect. Compact, closes nicely, has emergency mirror. Aesthetically: Lorac 3D Multiplex…it’s holo snakeskin on the outside, silver on the inside. Honorable mention to the old Kat Von D true romance palettes, because I think the packaging was fairly nice, though the applicators were meh.

Best Color Payoff – I don’t buy anything that doesn’t have good color payoff! I guess I could pick what has the best assortment of bright colors, so it’d be a toss up between UD Vice and UD 15th Anniversary.

Most Versatile – For me, it’d be the UD 15th Anniversary, has some neutrals, has some bright colors. For any palette to be really versatile to me, it’s got to have teal and purple in it, too. I wear those two colors a lot.

Best for Traveling – First time I took Naked 1 anywhere, the mirror got broken, so I don’t pick that! Haha, um, both Naked Basics and Wet n Wild’s 6-pan Lust are small and everyday wearable for me, so they live in my daily makeup bag. No matter where I go, they come wih me. A lot of times, I’ll pack a bigger palette also when I’m taking a trip, but those two I have always.

Biggest Regret – Maybe the UD Deluxe palette? It’s hard to do a cohesive look using just that palette. Though, at the time, it was still a good monetary choice to get the colors I wanted…but not too long afterwards, they reformulated the eyeshadows, so I could’ve gotten the shades separately or the palette on deep discount. But I’m still glad to have the colors, so, not a huge regret.

Best Color Names – There’s something about the name “Junkshow,” so UD 15th Anniversary wins for me.

Least Used – Probably the Lorac Multiplex one. Not because it’s bad, but it’s another situation where I need more than just that palette to do a good look, so I don’t reach for it as often as I could/should.

Most Used – Ever, probably WnW Lust. In the past year, probably UD Glinda. I really like the transformer shades in it.

Most Loved – What’s my newest UD palette? 😀 Otherwise, WnW Lust. I have so much eyeshadow, but I have made visible dents in this one, and I bought a backup. When you use something that much AND its cost is ~$4, it’s a no brainer.

Desert Island – If I owned UD’s shadow vault, it’d be that one. However, I have so much UD, that would never be a practical puchase for me. So I’d probably have to pick UD 15th Anniversary. However, I have an 88 pan Shimmer palette from Coastal Scents that has decent payoff, so if it were a desert island where I needed every color of the rainbow in eyeshadow, I’d pick that one. I still use it occasionally when I have a situation where I need a certain shade that I don’t wear often enough to seek out a good single pot.

Alisha Badillo Avatar

Best Packaging – Urban Decay Naked 2 and 3 because it is sturdy and never opens in my purse.
Best Color Payoff – Lorac Pro Palette because it is soooo pigmented!
Most Versatile – Stila Happily Ever After palette because it also has face products in it.
Best for Traveling – Urban Decay Naked because I also use it on my eyebrows.
Biggest Regret – NYX Butt Naked palette because of poor pigmentation and it always opens in my purse because the bottom “drawer” always opens!!
Best Color Names – The Balm Balm Jovi
Least Used – Urban Decay Book of Shadows… wayyyy too glittery.
Most Used – Repeat here but Urban Decay Naked
Most Loved – Urban Decay Naked 3.. I know it’s soon but I can wear every shade in this palette but one and that is so impressive to me!
Desert Island – Don’t have it but would have to say Urban Decay Eyeshadow Vault!!!!!

Phyrra Avatar

Perfect Palette Tag Questions
1. Best Packaging – Vice 2
I love the purple marbled design.

2. Best Color Payoff – Sugarpill Quads
I think they’re stunning.

3. Most Versatile – UD 15th Anniversary

4. Best for Traveling – UD Face Cases & Too Faced Pretty Rebel

5. Biggest Regret – Anastasia Beverly Hills Lavish Palette
I should have returned this one, but didn’t.

6. Best Color Names – Kat Von D Spellbinding Eyeshadow Book
This one makes me happy every time I play with it.

7. Least Used – Tarte Romancing the Glow

8. Most Used – Urban Decay Naked Basics
I use Walk of Shame almost every day.

9. Most Loved – UD 15th Anniversary

10. Desert Island – UD 15th Anniversary

I did create a video for this but didn’t think I should link it.

CeeBee Avatar

Best Packaging: I’m with you on the gold 8 pan BareMinerals – I like it much better then the usual black!
Best Color Payoff: TheBalm Shady Lady, Vol. 2
Most Versatile: Sephora & Pantone from last year
Best for Traveling: NYX Nude on Nude Natural Look kit, though I ditched the glosses and refilled the pans with my own lipsticks.
Biggest Regret: Laura Mercier Silk Road – not sure why because it’s gorgeous but I Just. Don’t. Use. It.
Best Color Names: TheBalm, Balm Jovi!
Least Used: Silk Road, see above. And I walked all over Sydney to buy that sucker too. 🙁
Most Used: Guerlain Les Fumes
Most Loved: Dior Crush Glow (worn on my wedding day, d’awww!)
Desert Island: NYX Butt Naked, Turn the Other Cheek

Meghan Avatar

Best Packaging – Christian Dior 5 shadow palette – small & packs a big punch!
Best Color Payoff – Marc Jacobs style eyecon palette in the Starlet
Most Versatile – recently the UD Theodroa Oz palette for me!
Best for Traveling – still working on that one… Currently travelling with The Balm’s Nude ‘Tude but only because it just came in the mail before my trip!
Biggest Regret – my biggest regret is not buying the Lorac Pro palette when it was available! Or the Laura Mercier selling out & being taken from my Sephora online basket during the VIB sale right before my eyes!
Best Color Names – any Tarina Tarantino palette!
Least Used – Disney Ariel quad… Doesn’t suit my skin tone at all & the shadows come off looking powdery. I just love Ariel so much 🙁 also the Sephora Natural Instincts palette totally reeled me in at only ~$35 it’s just wayy to glittery for me at any time.
Most Used – Urban Decay Naked 2
Most Loved – urban Decay Naked Basics
Desert Island – I’m gonna say Naked 2 for now but only because I haven’t received my Naked 3 yet! Haha!

Thanks again for doing the tag Christine! I’m def gonna get my hands on a BareMinerals palette & maybe Naked 1 😀

Maggie Avatar

That was a LOT of comment skimming. Looks like I need the Lorac Pro, Lorac Unzipped, and Naked 3. I very much regret not purchasing any of the Sephora Disney palettes in time. Maybe we should start a petition to have Sephora bring it back…

Best Packaging: UD Naked 1. Love the cardboard (I’m just so clumsy!) and the elegant velvet exterior. The mirror is nice too. The slim shape is excellent
Best Color Payoff: Of my own palettes? Probably my UD Deluxe Palette. Bought a backup of that. My sugarpill palettes have high color pay-off too…same with my tarina tarantino stuff… so they get honorary mentions…
Most Versatile: Hmm…UD Vice 1. (can you tell I’m a UD fan?) 🙂
Best for Traveling: Hmm… UD Naked 1 is the no-brainer. But if it’s nothing too professional or formal, I actually prefer the UD Deluxe Palette.
Biggest Regret: Maybelline Studio and Wet n Wild palettes. They crease like crazy on me! But had I not purchased these I would not have known…so it’s not really a regret.
Best Color Names: Urban Decay
Least Used: Wet n Wild palettes.
Most Used: Naked 1
Most Loved: UD Deluxe Palette
Desert Island: I guess that would be UD Vice 1?

AngieButterfly Avatar

Aw shucks. I’m bummed I’m so late to this post. I’ll post mine anyway because I truly love this tag.

Best Packaging: I would say Vice 2 because it’s just a stunner, a lot of fun to use, and is very sturdy. I can’t get over how fun it is to open it. Lol. I also like all of the UD palettes that zip for security. And heck, I have to add theBalm’s packaging for all of their palettes because I love their cute themes and the magnetic closure.

Best Color Payoff: This one took me a while to think of. Out of my collection I’d have to say UD’s Vice 2 and Naked palettes, as well as Too Faced’s Pretty Rebel.

Most Versatile: I, like usual, have at least two. Lol. First I would say again UD’s Vice 2. It has a range of neutral, smokey and fun colors that can suit a variety of skin tones. But surprisingly the most versatile for me is the Stila In the Garden palette. It only has 8 shades, but it manages to fit differing tastes and needs. It’s mainly neutral in tone, even if some colors lean more cool or warm. I can see this working for a variety of skin tones and colors (although I admit the two matte shades may not work on darker skin tones, unfortunately). I don’t find it to be overly shimmery or metallic. It’s also pigmented, but not over the top. That’s actually not a bad thing to me because not everyone is comfortable with richer pigmentation. But I don’t find it lacking, either. There are basic everyday shades, a unique take on everyday shades because there are some neutral greens, and there are bolder jewel tones. A wonderful, gorgeous and underrated palette that everyone should check out!

Best for Traveling. All of Tarte’s round face palettes, such as the Coral Crush, Romancing the Glow, and Aqualillies. They are very small and sturdy. But the best thing is the entire palette is usable and everything you need for your face besides the basics. They have Tarte’s best and most consistent eyeshadow formula in these, in my opinion. Also, their blush, bronzer and highlighter in them are really great and not duds at all. Tarte makes the best all in one palettes for me (with the exception of the Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek), which makes traveling with my makeup easier.

Biggest Regret: I have a few, but the one that stands out the most to me is Chanel’s Harmonie du Soir. :/ It was just sooo expensive for the amount of product you get and the quality was just okay. I mainly bought it for the loveliness of the quilted design, but I regret how much money I spent on something that I am not entirely impressed with.

Best Color Names: TheBalm never fails to bring a smile to my face. I think their Nude Tude is the best for their names.

Least Used: A lot of the cheaper palettes I bought, like NYX trios and Wet N Wild Color Icons. I feel It’s better to use the more expensive ones, so I neglect those. Also, Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Eye & Cheek palette. Their eyeshadow squares lack so much, in my opinion. They’re just inconsistent. I mainly use it for the blushes, which is still barely. Moreover, my UD Mariposa palette. Not their best formulation.

Most Used: UD Naked 1 hands down. I reach for it more than any other because it just works for me. A few come close, though.

Most Loved: I guess because I use it the most, UD’s Naked 1. But there are quite a few I love a lot. I’d say I have a soft spot for all of my UD palettes I made myself and my Makeup Geek palette. I love choosing my own colors because they never fail me.

Desert Island: Yikes this one is tough! I guess Vice 2 because it has enough variety that I won’t get bored. I can get my neutral, smokey and fun looks within one palette.

Christine Avatar

No worries! I’m still reading, and I know several other readers are subscribed to get replies 😉

Thanks for taking the time to share your personal favorites! This tag was really fun, and I loved reading through the responses.

What colors are in your Makeup Geek palette? 😀

AngieButterfly Avatar

Thanks for you reply! I currently have in my MUG palette: Mocha, Bitten, Country Girl, Cosmopolitan, Unexpected, Bada Bing, Burlesque, Cocoa Bear, Moondust, Prom Night, Twilight and Last Dance. Mango Tango and Corrupt are on their way. Can’t wait for those!

Karen Avatar

Best Packaging – Tarina Tarantino LE Jewel Box Palette which is a jewelry box with the shadows in the top jewel tray or UD Oz palettes which are so pretty
Best Color Payoff – all my Sugarpill palettes and Laura Mercier Artist’s palette
Most Versatile – Lorac Pro palette & Naked 2
Best For Traveling – Lorac Pro, small palettes like Smashbox Love Me palettes & Shiseido Eye Color Bar
Biggest Regret – a Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip palette which had no color payoff at all
Best Color Names – theBalm and Urban Decay palettes
Least Used – some Coastal Scents palettes and Pixi Ultimate Beauty Kit
Most Used – Smashbox Entice Me, Lorac Pro and lately Naked 3
Most Loved – all my UD palettes and Smashbox Entice Me, Z- palette of my favorite shades from different brands
Desert Island – either my own palette or something like UD Vice 2 or Smashbox Master Class 2

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