Splurge or Save: Make-up palettes

Splurge or Save: Make-up palettes

Face party palettes are just about all you need when getting ready for a night out about town.

Blush, eyeshadows and lipsticks (and sometimes mascara and liner) all fit into a neat compact or pouch for convenience.

Often sold around the festive season at attractive prices, these palettes are perfect for the light traveller too.



$260, from Cle de Peau Beaute counters 

There are three shadows and two cheek colours inside the compact (photo 1). An additional mini lipstick and mascara are also part of the coffret.

REVIEW: The three complementary eyeshadows - champagne, milky brown and plum - are luxuriously fine with a subtle metallic finish and floral scent.

The two cheek shades - a light coral pink and bronze - are made for face contouring.

I also like the soft bristle shadow brush, bristle blush brush and double-tipped sponge applicator in the compact that work well enough on their own; I did not have to whip out separate tools to paint my face.

Although the pigmented deep berry red lipstick and black mascara do not fit into the compact, they are small and slim enough to be slipped into a small clutch.

Skip the red lipstick and you have a simple make-up kit for an everyday look.

The beautiful constellation design on the compact makes it a collectible.



$118, from Lunasol counters

A quartet of shadows, a clear gloss, a jar of loose powder and a brown pencil liner in a zipped pouch (photo 2).

REVIEW:This coffret is a steal, considering that all four items are full-sized and each Lunasol item usually costs at least $40; plus you get a sparkly make-up pouch.

I have always loved Lunasol eyeshadow palettes for their good colour payoff - one swipe with a brush leaves a decent amount of powder on the lids - although you will need a shadow primer to help the particles stick.

The sparkly neutral palette in this set does not disappoint.

I can imagine myself using all the products often as the colours are flattering for a simple make-up look.

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