T.G.I.F: Anything Goes- Part 5 Nov. 17th

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T.G.I.F: Eye Shadow Pallet Must Haves (Mid- Range)

Eye palette Must Haves

Obviously the holiday season is upon us, so these are some great gift ideas to add to your list or give to the make-up lover in your life. (If you intend to give one of these as a gift, please double check that she -or he- doesn’t already have it, as some are widely know as favorites in the beauty world.) These palettes come from the mid-range in terms of price, quality, and brand. I am considering doing a separate post for low-end (drug store) must haves. There is also high-end, but who can afford that.

Below I have featured a variety of mid-range eye shadow palettes that would be great gifts for any girl -or make up loving guy- in your life (or for yourself because, you know, TREAT ‘YOSELF!) This post is not sponsored and this list was formed based solely on my opinions. I have also included a section of mini-palettes that won’t break the bank and a section of VAULTS (‘cuz it’s make-up vault season, y’all!)! Anything with a ‘*’ is something that I own personally, so feel free to ask any questions you have about those. Also if you need to know (or want to) where I got my info, don’t hesitate to ask!

  • Urban Decay- Naked 1, 2, or 3*:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $54.00 each
    • These are must haves for any make-up lover who loves a good natural look. The browns are so pigmented and they last forever. The shades vary from matte to shimmery and light to dark. Each pallet in this collection has 12 shades and each individual pallet usually centers around a different color scheme. Naked 1: Natural Browns. naked 2: Natural Taupes. Naked 3: Natural Rose.
  • Too Faced- Natural Love*:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $59.00
    • This is a pallet that is supposed to come pretty close to complimenting all skin tones. This pallet again contains matte to sparkle shades and light to dark shades. There are 30 shades in this pallet, so $59 really gets you a lot to work with.
  • Smashbox- Create and Transform Master Class*:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • Vegan
    • $65.00
    • This is probably one of the more unique, if not the most unique palette on this list. It comes with shadows, blush/contour, and lipsticks. The whole concept of the palette is to mix shades and create unique shades. This makes it huge in versatility, but you also probably want to be more experienced or at least enjoy experimenting to make this palette worth your while. It comes with 10 base shadow shades, 6 lipstick shades, and 5 blush/contour shades. It also comes with 6 shadow transformer shades and 2 lipstick transformer shades. Needless to say, the possibilities are endless with this one.
  • Stila: Matte ‘N Metal
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $49.00
    • This palette is exactly what it says it is, featuring 12 shades ranging from matte to metallic. The palette as a whole seems to have a warmer hue, but it has some classic colors that are good to work with.
  • Urban Decay- Naked Smoky*:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $54.00
    • Another great beauty from the Naked line. I feel like this is the most underrated Naked palette. It features 12 grey-focused shades in matte to shimmer. You can create everyday looks and sultry night looks with this palette. It is one of the most glamorous palettes in my collection.
  • Tarte- Rainforest of the Sea Collection:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $36.00
    • This collection, has 3 palettes. Volume I, II, and III. Volume I seems to be pretty versatile- featuring 8 shades with warmer hues. Volume II is definitely a darker palette than the others, also with 8 shades. Volume 3 has more shimmery and light shades that are primarily designed to be highlighting shadows. These palettes go on sale pretty often, so it’s always good to keep an eye out for that- VOLUME II IS ON SALE RIGHT NOW AT TARTECOSMETICS.COM!!
  • Too Faced- Chocolate Bar:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • Gluten free (This is a thing..?)
    • $49.00
    • This palette is infused with cocoa powder, so it smells so good. It has 16 shades, with 2 shades intended to be base shades (they have larger pots). This palette has both matte and shimmer shades. There are hues of brown, pinks, and plum spread across the palette, the colors ranging from quite fair to dark. I know this palette is on a lot of people’s must haves because of it’s versatility and the showstopping looks that can be created from it.
  • Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette:
    • Cruelty Free- Stated by company, not PETA certified.
    • $38.00
    • This palette is on my personal WANT list. I have seen some great looks created with this palette. It features 35 shades in everything from matte, shimmer, metallic, and everything in between. It is one of the few palettes listed, and on my WANT list, that is not neutral browns/grays/blacks/etc. Not to mention, you can’t beat that price for 35 shades!
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills- Prism:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $42.00
    • Another palette on my WANT list and another palette that branches out from the neutral colors. It has 14 shades in all the matte to shimmer variations. This palette has some perfect shades for the winter months in it. I fell in LOVE with ABH from the moment I swatched their Modern Renaissance Palette. It seems like everyone has MR at this point, so if you or your giftee has MR and likes it- then I can’t imagine Prism wouldn’t be a hit.
  • Huda Beauty- Obsessions:
    • Cruelty Free- Stated by company- not PETA certified.
    • $27.00
    • You cannot beat the price on this 9 shade mauve based palette. It features 6 mattes and 3 shimmers. It is a great palette to create every day make-up looks and the mauve hues make it great for the winter and holiday seasons.
  • Tarte- Tartlette Toasted:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $46.00
    • First off, any of the Tartlette palettes are great. Tartlette Toasted is a warm hued beauty. It has 12 beautifully warm shades ranging from light to dark and appears that it would look good on  just about any skin tone. The reviews on the site are great too.
  • Colourpop- Golden State of Mind:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $26.00
    • This palette is at the top of my WANT list. All of its 15 shades are either glitter, shimmer, or metallic shades. Coming in at $26, you can’t go wrong with that! It has some variations from light to dark with some pink hues thrown in for some shades. I can’t imagine this palette being anything but a great addition to anyone’s collection.
  • Violet Voss- Holy Grail- PRO:
    • Cruelty Free- Stated by company, not PETA certified.
    • Vegan
    • $45.00
    • This palette features 20 shades with warm pink hues, They range from lighter shades to darker shades in mattes, metals, and satin. This palette seems to be a go-to palette for any look- day/night/dramatic. I’m sure many great looks could be created with the colors in this palette.
  • bareMinerals- Hidden Treasure Ready:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $46.00
    • Featuring 18 shades in matte, satin, and metallic. Hidden Treasure Ready is a very versatile palette. Unlike many of the aforementioned palettes, this one has cooler tones in its light to dark shades. This makes it an ideal palette for the winter months. The brand also claims that the shades will last up to 12 hours on the face, so that’s good.
  • Ciate London- Chloe Morello Pretty, Fun, & Fearless:
    • Cruelty Free- Stated by company, not PETA certified.
    • Gluten Free (I need to research why Gluten Free make-up is a thing..)
    • $42.00
    • I have gone back and forth on whether to buy this palette. It has 15 shades, good variation of light to dark shades with mattes and shimmers. It was designed in collaboration with youtuber Chloe Morello and claims to purposefully push the envelope with some bold shades thrown in with the neutrals.
  • Sephora Collection- Easy on the Eyes:
    • $36.00
    • This palette’s layout features an ombre effect with the lights in one corner and the darks in the opposite corner. It features 30 shades of mattes and metallics with larger pans of the shades that were designed as base shades. This palette is another versatile palette with shades for every day and any occasion.

Don’t want to break the bank too bad? Here are some mini- palettes from the same reputable mid-level brands featured above:

  • Mini Palettes: Too Faced- White Chocolate Chip*:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $26.00
    • This palette smells AMAZING. It is cocoa powder infused and I can’t get enough. It has 11 shades, one of them intended as a base shade (in a bigger pot). Most of the shades are lighter but it does feature a pretty shimmery black. This “bite-sized” palette is the perfect size for travel and great for creating light shaded every day looks.
  • Mini Palettes: Too Faced- Chocolate Chip:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $26.00
    • Another amazing smelling, cocoa powder infused mini palette. This one also has 11 shades, with one base shade. These shades are all matte with a mix of mostly dark with a few light shades. Again, this “bite-sized” palette is also perfect sized for travel and great for every day looks.
  • Mini Palettes: Urban Decay- Naked Basics 1 & 2:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $29.00/each
    • Both of these palettes are super versatile and great for creating every day, neutral, looks. The each feature 6 matte shades. The Basics palette (1) has a range from light to dark- starting with a fair skinned color and the Basics2 has a range from light to dark, but it starts with a light brown and the colors are more brown hued. These palettes give you the Urban Decay Naked quality- but with only the essential shades.
  • Mini Palettes: Sephora Collection- Winter Magic:
    • $10.00
    • This palette is a great deal- so much bang for your buck. It has 8 shades- some matte, some shimmery. It varies light to dark, with some pink hued shades in the middle. This palette definitely gives you the basic essentials to create day to night looks.
  • Mini Palettes: Tarte- Tartlette Tease:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $23.00
    • This “pocket-prefect” palette gives you some of the Tarte signature Amazonian Clay shades, without breaking the bank. This travel sized palette was designed to be used on a variety of skin types. It has 6 shades- 4 matte and 2 shimmer. For the on-the-go person, it could be an essential to creating great looks.

Honorable Mentions:

Lastly: Holiday Season Eye Palette Vaults Available:

  • Tarte- Tartiest PRO Vault:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $148.00
    • Contains:
      • Tartiest PRO Amazonian Clay Palette
      • Tartiest PRO Glow Highlight & Contour
      • Tartiest Lash Paint Mascara
      • Tartiest Double Take Eyeliner
      • Tartiest Creamiest Matte Lip Paint
      • Tartiest PRO lashes
  • Urban Decay- Naked Vault Volume IV:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $195.00
    • Contains:
      • Naked 1, 2, & 3 palettes
      • Glide on Lip Pencil in 3 shades
      • Vice Lipstick in 9 shades
  • Too Faced- Chocolate Vault:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $225.00
    • Contains:
      • Chocolate Bar Palette
      • Semi Sweet Palette
      • Chocolate Bon Bons Palette
      • Chocolate Chip Palette
      • White Chocolate Chip Palette
      • 3 shades of Chocolate Soliel Bronzers
      • 3 shades of Melted Chocolate Long-wear Liquefied Lipstick
  • Urban Decay- Naked 4some:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $185.00
    • Contains:
      • Naked 1, 2, & 3 Palettes
      • Naked Heat Palette
  • Tarte- Tartlette Vault:
    • PETA Certifed Cruelty Free
    • $100.00
    • Contains:
      • Tartlette Matte Palette
      • Tartlette in Bloom Palette
      • Tartlette Toasted Palette
  • bareMinerals- Box of Wonders:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $79.00
    • Contains:
      • 4 Lipstick shades
      • 4 Lip Gloss Shades
      • 5 Eye Color Pots
      • 2 Mineral Veils
      • 2 Blush shades
      • 1 All-Over-Face shade
      • 2 Lash Domination Mascara Minis
      • More sample goodies
  • Urban Decay- Urban Eyeshadow Vault:
    • PETA Certified Cruelty Free
    • $245.00
    • Contains 20 FULL SIZED individual shadow pots. (Normally $19.00 each, so they are $12.25 each in the vault.)


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