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!
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 Eye Couture Day-To-Night Eye Palette daytime eye
Tarte Eye Couture Day-To-Night Eye Palette nighttime eye
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 Eyes Palette daytime eye
NYX Smokey Eyes Palette nighttime eye
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 True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ludwig daytime eye
Kat von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Ludwig nighttime eye
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?