Friday, September 21, 2012

Favorite Drugstore Eyeshadow Palettes - Mini Reviews, Photos, Swatches


Today's post will feature my Top 4 Favorite Drugstore Eyeshadow Palettes. I not only love eyeshadows, but even more so when they are highly pigmented and budget friendly! The color payoff in all of these palettes are excellent and they are all shades I would wear (most are in the neutral family). All of these palettes cost under $7 and you can find them at Ulta, Mejer, Walgreens, etc

Physician's Formula
Matte Collection Quad Eyeshadow
"Canyon Classics"
Price: $6.79 
(Ulta runs many BOGO 1/2 off sales on PF & you can use a $3.50 off $10 coupon on this too)
Ulta link: HERE 


This palette is one of my most used & all time favorites. I have used this matte eyeshadow quad for years now and I have been so happy with it. It is hard to find a good matte eyeshadow quad in the drugstore (sometimes even high end!) that has excellent color payoff AND doesn't feel chalky or stiff. All of the colors are easy to blend and complement many different looks. For example, I will use the top left shade (top finger swatch) to help blend out my crease or soften a darker shade (aka transition color in the makeup world). I also have been using the bottom right shade (bottom finger swatch) for my eyebrows a lot. There is also a little mirror in this palette that is perfect if you are doing your makeup on the go or need to be precise. I really like that it's located on the top of the palette when you open it instead of a flip up mirror! Overall, this is a fantastic product that I highly recommend. It is versatile and you can use it to create looks or in conjunction with other shades (colorful or neutral...either or!)


Wet n Wild
Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
"Walking on Eggshells"
Price: $2.99
Walgreens link: HERE 


This is a trio palette I bought soley because of rave reviews. I've heard about this on YouTube & beauty blogs from many different people. I have to admit, I am so impressed with the pigmentation of this palette. I remember Wet & Wild being less than great back in the day, but now WOW! I really like this palette for a quick lighter day time look. The middle shade is a nice warm golden brown (top finger swatch) that works well in the crease (as it suggests ha). The browbone shade (middle finger swatch) is very shimmery and reflective and works as a brow highlight or lid color (I prefer it as a lid color as I like a matte highlight most of the time). The eyelid shade (bottom finger swatch) is a really pretty champagne (hint of pink) shade that works as a lid color but I think some might even like it for a highlight. I would recommend this palette to anyone who prefers a softer day time look (IE work, school, etc) and this would be a great gift for those who are new to makeup & eyeshadow. Every shade is wearable and it is very budget friendly!

Wet n Wild
Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio
"Silent Treatment"
Price: $2.99
Walgreens link: HERE 



This is another palette that I heard good reviews on it. I love all of the shades in this trio so much. The bottom eyelid shade (bottom finger swatch) is a beautiful taupe. If you haven't guessed by now, I am a huge taupe eyeshadow fan. Taupe is just one of those shades that I think can work on everyone. Anyway, this palette is the same excellent quality as the other Wet n Wild palette mentioned above. I think those who like using neutral eyeshadows (like myself) will really enjoy this! This is a trio that I like to bring along with me on short trips because I can easily create a look for daytime and transition it into nightime!


Rimmel
Glam Eye Quad
"Smokey Brun"
Price: $5.99
Ulta link: HERE 


This is another great neutral (can go bronze too) quad. This palette is different from the others because of all of the shades are metallic & have shimmer. I heard about this palette from a YouTube video and I knew I had to get it. The color payoff from this trio is packed with pigmentation and shows up well with a quick swipe. I really like using the brown (top finger swatch) in my crease and the champagne shade (2nd finger swatch) on my lid. I can easily create a quick eye look that looks like I put my time into it. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes neutral/bronze looks, prefers shimmers & metallics and is looking for a day or night look!



So there you have it. 4 great eyeshadow palettes that are high quality but at the same time are affordable! I love getting a great deal as I'm sure you do too! Next time you are at the drugstore give these palettes a look...I don't think you will be disappointed!



18 comments :

  1. thanks so much for checking my blog out! I love yours too, so cute :)
    I'm definitely going to have to check out the Physician's Formula one!

    I followed :)

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    1. Aw well thank you!! You will love it!

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  2. The Rimmel quad looks like something I would love! Must check for it the next time I got to Wal-Mart. Thanks Carly:)

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    1. Love your comment...thank you so much! It made me smile.

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  3. I have the Wet n Wild walk on eggshell and love it! Now you have me convinced that I need the Rimmel quad. The colors are so perfect for fall. I need it now!

    found your blog through Brightside beauty blog hop and what an awesome blog you have, definitely following :)

    Hope you will check out my blog some time too , http://mui28.blogspot.com

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    1. You are right...they are great fall shades! :)

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  4. Love this post! I'm going to have to go get the Physician's Formula one or the Rimmel...orrr maybe both! Following your blog now! Hope you follow back!

    http://dashofglamm.blogspot.com/

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    1. They are both awesome so either works! Thanks for following :)

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  5. I totally just went to Walgreens at lunch and picked up the Wet n Wild Eye Shadow trio in Egg Shell. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  6. We have such similar taste, I have all of those except for the Rimmel one. I agree with your reviews on them!

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  7. Great post! I've seen so many rave reviews on those Wet n Wild palettes. I have been wanting to check them out but haven't got a chance to buy them! :)

    Rosie xo

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  8. Hi Carly! I found you on the Beauty Blogger Blog Hop. Great make-up reviews. I love that you also mix affordable brands in :-)!

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  9. Wow the wet n' wild palette's are so pigmented! and the physicians formula palette is right up my alley!! I love matte eyeshadows, best ;) great review xoxo

    curlsandmindy.blogspot.com

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  10. please dont buy that Rimmel one, I have it, it sucks. absolutely no color payoff. read other reviews.

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  11. Completely disagree with you. As you can tell from the photos the pigmentation is pretty good. Sorry to hear you felt different. Remember - to each their own.

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  12. I'm not huge into eyeshadows but I'm needing to "dress up" my face in a couple of months and the silent treatment one looks very pretty. Can you please tell me how you would wear them as a daytime and a nightime look? I'm really terrible at doing my eyes but I'm determined to get this right. Can you also recommend what brushes preferably drugstore brushes I could use? I'm super nervous about looking just right for this occasion and need help!! Also, I plan to wear nars orgasm blush and not sure what lip color to wear... I haven't looked through all your pics, but from judging by your photo, our coloring is very similar..can't tell what eye color you have though..mine are blue..Please helppp!!!

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  13. ....or if you could just recommend a color combination of eyeshadows and lipstick to go with nars orgasm blush that would be awesome! Preferably drugstore as I'm on a tight budget! I'm so glad I found your blog..finally found someone with same basic hair/eye coloring etc.

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    1. Hi! Can you please send me your email? I'd love to send you a detailed reply :)

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