Which do you prefer: pre-made or customized eye palettes?

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I like the idea of making my own palette but often times it doesn’t turn out the way I should have made it. You know, you see some beautiful shades you purchase them all and they have little or no relationship to each other and then you can’t make a decent eye look without another palette.

Deborah S.,
I totally agree with everything you said. I checked the customized box for one reason…I have way too many black eyeshadows. Lol, I’m talking a scary amount. It’s a shame I hardly use black except to darken up some looks. I really want to go and count them now but I’m kind of afraid to be honest. Ha, we should do a “whats your number?” of black eyeshadows in your stash. They are the repetative bane of my makeup world. I cannot be alone on this one. If I die and go to hell then a lifetime of black eyeshadows will be there waiting for me!!!

I know what you mean. It seems like the black shadows multiply when I am out of the room. The sad thing is that many of them aren’t very good! I use them very infrequently as I am 63 now and deep black around the eyes is not a good look but I still use a little just to darken the outer V. No way I will ever come anywhere near to finishing even one.

In theory, customized palettes should be better, I think, but they are always disastrous for me. I just end up picking a million shades of shimmery beige and taupe. I am better off being forced to try some new colors! Plus the custom ones are so expensive! Pre-made are always a way better value.

Both. I love the idea of what someone else puts together, even if it’s out of my wheelhouse. Chloe Morello 1 has a whale of warmish neutrals that I might not pick, were I picking. But, i’ve Almost panned some! This iPad update is error prone; refuse to correct. Kat von d has some exciting combos, as does (obvi) mod ren. I make palettes as extensions of things I like, like Zoeva En Taupe, which led to an expansion palette of sephoras, which is fine, too. Have ventured to a few self made, but there’s some agony and ecstasy involved. With premade, there’s always a challenge. So, I like both. Gotta clean Patti’s shipping crate, pad it up, and walk Jussi. Then I get my girl. You can see where my mind is. Thanks for your support. The person who answered my call back said, ‘She’s the cutest, sweetest girl.’ And she is. She deserved so much better. And i’m Going to give it to her. See the problem with the expletive deleted update? Arrrrrgh.

I prefer pre made palettes, but of course the drawback is that you get shades you don’t use. However pre made palettes offer a variety of colours that might end up using and often include all kinds of shades to effect one look.
Custom made ones are more cost effective in the sense that you can choose the shades you want. This is generally not an option here in Aus – I have never seen a brand offer custom made eyeshadows other than Inglot.
I think it’s harder to put together a custom made palette than what most think.

I used to prefer custom palettes, but recently I’ve preferred to just use singles to build looks. At this point, I have so many eyeshadows that I can almost always dupe at least part of a palette, and the more I can dupe, the less cost-effective it really becomes. Plus, maybe it’s just me, but so many of the recent palette releases have just been SO boring (I love warm neutrals, but COME ON). I mean, there’s the occasional one that catches my eye (Desi + Katy x DoC quad, and I have the Kylie Purple palette in the mail), but even then I’m picking palettes that I can easily depot and mesh together with other palettes. I know that they can potentially be more expensive, but I like the freedom. Plus, looking at pre-made palettes gives me inspiration for color stories that I can piece together.

I have had sooo many pre-made palettes over the years. I think I’ve figured out what works for me and what doesn’t – So I prefer custom palettes to ensure colors/textures/finishes that I like and high quality as well.

I very much prefer choosing my own eyeshadows so all the colours are ones I love and will use. I like the creative freedom and I have a pretty solid understanding of colour theory so my choices usually work well. Knowing that I created something unique and with my own artistic style is also nice 🙂

I feel like I used to prefer premade ones but now (I’m going on 9 years of makeup junkie-ism) I prefer customizeable ones/singles. I notice most palettes have something missing whether it’s a highlight shade/shades that would work on multiple skintones, defining shades, blending out type shades. Other than those “staples” I know the colors I tend to use most and just with those 4 things there’s a quad so…. Lol

If i ever made my own customized palette right now would be made of all sorts of gorgeous bronze colors. Purples or rose golds in a row. I like the variety.

I prefer pre-made palettes for colors I would not have combines or tried without a pre-made palette. When I find a combination if colors and finishes, I do occasionally by a customized palettes.

Customized palettes in theory are better because you would pick all the shades you would actually use but I’ve never attempted to do it. In reality I always just pick pre-made palettes that have a lot of shades that interest me that I think I’ll use. I just don’t think I’m skilled enough to create a palette that would be organized in the right way.

I love to make my own. I started doing it more often when I discovered Inglot single shadows. They have an endless range of shades and finishes, and they go for like 6 or 7 bucks a shadow. Their empty palettes also have mirrors and for me that is a huge bonus.
I’ve also fallen in love with Colourpop shadows, and they’re like between 4 and 6 bucks a pop. So I can customize and also not end up with 25 more black shadows haha.
I am not opposed to regular palettes. I just like having the shadows I want. I lean towards matte shadows, and it seems like such a waste to spend $45 on a palette that won’t get the use of all shades.

Making your own palette sounds amazing but can be so much work to do so I just still buy pre-made ones. Maybe when I understand more what I want in terms of colors maybe then I can attempt to make my own

I prefer custom palettes – they save a lot of time in the morning as everything I need is in one place so I don’t have to scrabble around looking for stuff.

I have medium to dark skin, and so premade palettes can be frustrating if there are too many light colors that I cannot use. I really enjoy a palette I put together that is a mix of Inglot and MAC shadows!

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