Streamline your beauty stash with these compact palettes that are full of pretty hues
By Samantha Francis & Nicole-Marie Ng
Stila Convertible Colour Dual Lip & Cheek Palette in Sunset Serenade
With the Stila Convertible Colour Dual Lip & Cheek Palette in Sunset Serenade ($67), you can easily rock a different look every day of the week. These warm shades complement Asian skin tones and the sheer formulation is pigmented enough to show up on the lips and cheeks.
When used on the lips, the cream tends to settle into fine lines and emphasise cracks, so be sure to keep your lips exfoliated and moisturised. The cheek colours were easy to blend and left a soft, lit-from-within glow on the skin.
Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Collection
Delicious isn’t a word we’d use on makeup but Too Faced’s Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Collection ($76) truly fits the bill. As the third palette in Too Faced’s bestselling Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection, the Chocolate Bon Bons Eye Shadow Collection houses 16 matte and shimmer shades in cool pops of colour, sugary-bright shades, and beautiful go-to neutrals.
Our favourite shades include Totally Fetch — a bright, powdery pink, as well as the super-versatile Almond Truffle, which comes in a beautiful taupe hue. Applying the eye shadow is pleasurable, as all the hues are infused with the brand’s chocolate-scented, antioxidant-rich cocoa powder formula.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette
Imagine having your face constantly lit by the most flattering light, resulting in flawless looking skin and a glow at all the right places. With the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($97), you can have that and more. The compact palette includes a trio of the brand’s best-selling Ambient Light Powder collection: Dim Light to help blur imperfections, Incandescent Light to highlight your cheekbones and Radiant Light for a sun-kissed warm glow.
Blend-able and lightweight, these three shades were a breeze to contour our features with, resulting in a soft-focus and multi-dimensional look. No longer will we have to endure ‘flat-looking’ makeup!
Zoeva Rose Golden Palette
Graced with filigree print and a key motif, the Zoeva Rose Golden Palette ($32.99) looks fit for a princess. The eye shadow palette, inspired by femininity, comes with ten shades in a harmony of rose-golden hues and dark browns.
We found the eye shadow formula luxuriously pigmented, with a little dab going a long way, especially when it comes to creating and blending a smoky eye. For a daytime look, opt for matte shades like Luster and Harmony. When night falls, amp up the glam factor with shimmering shades like the beautiful rose gold shade in Just a Rose.
All palettes available at Sephora outlets.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of Weekender, Issue 148, March 18 – March 31, 2016, with the headline ‘Palette perfection’.