3 Palettes, 3 Ways: From Day to Night to Drag!

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Rockin’ Robin of Beautyburg runs three palettes through their paces in today’s guest post.

3 Palettes from Day to Night to Drag

Ever get an eyeshadow palette and wonder, “What am I going to do with this?” Whenever it happens to me, and it does happen, I look everywhere for ideas. Here are three different palettes with examples of ways to use each of them for day (work), night (play) and drag (dramatic) looks. By no means are these looks the only combinations you could create, but I hope they give you some ideas! ๐Ÿ™‚


Tarte Eye Couture Day-To-Night Eye Palette

The Tarte Eye Couture Day-To-Night Eye Palette ($44 at Sephora) contains 8 eyeshadows, a double-sided brush and double-sided eyeliner to take your looks from “day-to-night.” This palette has an interesting mix of very cool and very warm shadows, and the combinations doesn’t always work for me. The cool and warm shadows don’t really seem to work well together (at least on my skin tone), and I found that the paler shades, though great in texture, are way too frosty. I’m also disappointed by the bulky packaging (the lock and key, albeit cute, make it pretty chunky) and the lack pigmentation from the black shadow.

Tarte palette

Tarte palette

Tarte palette day
Tarte Eye Couture Day-To-Night Eye Palette daytime eye

Tarte palette night
Tarte Eye Couture Day-To-Night Eye Palette nighttime eye

Tarte palette drag
Tarte Eye Couture Day-To-Night Eye Palette dramatic eye!

NYX Smokey Eyes Palette

The NYX Smokey Eyes Palette ($9.75 at nyxcosmetics.com) comes with 10 eyeshadows. I admit I’m not the best makeup artist around, but I find myself more at a loss to come up with creative ideas with this palette than with the other two here. Though the shadows look grey, blue, and buttery cream in the palette, they apply with rather limited color payoff. The shadows themselves are very nice for $10, but I think the arrangement is a little too monochromatic to create a very wide variety of looks…

NYX offers other palettes with more striking color, but this is a great base palette for the money. You just might have to offset it with some additional colors or be content with grayscale eyes.

NYX Smokey Eye Palette

NYX Smokey Eye Palette

NYX Smokey Eye Palette

NYX Smokey Eye Palette day
NYX Smokey Eyes Palette daytime eye

NYX Smokey Eye Palette night
NYX Smokey Eyes Palette nighttime eye

NYX Smokey Eye Palette drag
NYX Smokey Eyes Palette dramatic eye!

Kat von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ludwig

The Kat von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ludwig ($34 at Sephora) contains 8 eyeshadows. When this line first came out, I completely dismissed it because I thought Sephora was degrading itself by putting together a makeup line for a reality TV semi-star, but I changed my tune immediately after swatching the palette in store. These shadows are greatly pigmented and have a soft, buildable texture. Although the line is based on someone who embraces “extreme” beauty, I find Ludwig to be incredibly wearable. Of the three palettes here, I think this is the best one to take from day to night to drag. It has it all.

Kat Von D Ludwig Palette


Kat Von D Ludwig Palette

Kat Von D Ludwig Palette day
Kat von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ludwig daytime eye

Kat Von D Ludwig Palette night
Kat von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ludwig nighttime eye

Kat Von D Ludwig Palette drag
Kat von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ludwig dramatic eye!

Please tell me what you think in the comments. I’m very curious. Do these give you any new ideas? And do you have a favorite eyeshadow palette for going from day to night to drag?

Robin of Beautyburg

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Robin, aka ApplePark, is a lifelong beauty enthusiast who goes gaga for makeup, nails and French Bulldogs. She and her dog Marlowe can be found “beautificating” on Beautyburg.com.


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  1. Christian says:

    Great post! I love all the eye looks you created. Can you tell us what lashes you used for each of the drag looks? I LOVED the ones you’re wearing in the Tarte drag look ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. knownever says:

    Kat Von D’s products are really great. The shadows in her palettes coordinate really great even if they don’t seem to in the pan.
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  3. Solangel says:

    I absolutely love Kat Von D’s products! Her Beethoven palette was the very first thing I bought in my Sephora when it opened, I use it basically every day ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. BlovetBeauty says:

    love the dramatic eye!
    very pretty palette

  5. Linda says:

    Nice look.. Good inspirations… รฎยโ€“

  6. Karen B says:

    I have to agree that the Kat Von D palette seems the most versatile. Very pretty looks with the green ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Kat Von D palette all the way.
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  8. S says:

    Love the post! Which mascara did you use in each of the dramatic looks?

  9. Tracy says:

    Great post! I’ve always dismissed the Kat Von D makeup too.
    I’m not a fan of Tarte eyeshadows period-they don’t last on me very long even with a primer. I love almost everything else they make though!
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  10. Kelly G says:

    I’m with Christian! Love all the looks but I couldn’t get past all the lashes! Love! I need to know what you used. The Tarte ones were my favorite, too.


  11. Gina says:

    Ahhh Tarte shadows. I’m not huge on them, either. I got the Spring Greening palette, and some of the shadows take THREE coats to show up! And that’s with a primer. But this is a fantastic post, and I think this is very helpful! My favorite palette right now for day-night-drag is the UD Naked palette, it’s perfect.

  12. Kim says:

    Awesome “drag” lashes! Is it sad that I’d like them to be part of my daytime eye look? ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Wow! NYX smokey eye! That’s my favorite! I need to start adding more color, but hey. I just like what I like. Its beautiful.

  14. Deb says:

    Your drag looks are especially gorgeous! Thanks for the eyedies!
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  15. pia says:

    The looks you created out of the NYX palette should’ve earned you a beauty medal! They’re gorgeous!!!

  16. Anh says:

    NYX smokey eyes for drag. Your lashes look so pretty in that picture. What brand are you wearing??
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  17. Shabby says:

    I totally like the dramatic eyes for all. The NYX dramatic eyes looks so sexy+seductive while the Tarte dramatic eyes is just the right sexy. ๐Ÿ˜€
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