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To find information, I look at the magazines’ editorial picks for beauty buys. People magazine’s Style section often has celebrity or editors’ picks. My favorite is Allure’s Best of Beauty. I also rely on the book “Don’t go to the cosmetics counter without me” by Paula Begoun. She takes the chemist’s view and supplies information on the ingredients and which drugstore brands are essentially the same as the high-end brands.
Tarte Works of Art – Pretty Paintbox is a makeup palette in a large box that stays closed with a magnet. I could not resist the pop-art fabric cover. The twenty-four eyeshadows are organized in 6 sets of 4 related colors. The colors are fairly neutral, but have a tinge of pink, blue, and purple. Four cheek colors are included which can be used as blush, bronzer, and highlighter. I especially love the pearly color Authentic.
The makeup palette box also has a little pop-up drawer with a large mirror. The kit comes supplied with mascara, pencil eyeliner, and lip gloss. I removed the plastic holder for these items and can use the drawer to pack my eyeliners, tweezers, concealer, and brow products. This makes the Tarte Paintbox the perfect thing to keep in my carryon luggage for travel.
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette was irresistible to me. The makeup palette has the brightest colors that I enjoy pairing up with my wild summer tropical outfits. The box has 7 sets of 3 eye shadows in rainbow colors from white/black to pink/red. It even has a set of oranges! The top of the box has a large mirror and you can use the included double-ended brush. I like to use the lightest shade to cover my eyelid. I use the next darker color on the outer corner of my lid. Then I finish with the darkest shade in the crease. So much fun!
You can check out makeup palettes at Ulta or Sephora. Brand names to look for online: BH Cosmetics, Coastal Scents, Tarte, Mac, Urban Decay, stila, elf.
Resource links for makeup palette picks
- Allure beauty awards 2016
- Marie Claire’s Iconic Beauty Buys
- Best in Beauty 2017 from Like Honey
- People Style
- Into The Gloss Top 25 products for 2016