By Fiona McKim
Everyone loves a fabulous makeup palette, don’t they? And Beauty Bay sells some of the best.
There’s something so pleasing about the ‘open sesame’ effect of pulling up a lid to be faced with rows of pretty colours you can’t wait to dive into – like the pick & mix wall at the multiplex. On a practical level palettes deliver too, cramming tonnes of options into a slim, flat and light compact. Pick a great palette and it’ll provide everything your face needs, for your handbag, travel bag or makeup collection full stop.
With that in mind, and the fact that online retailer BeautyBay is always ahead of the game in stocking the latest palettes loved by make up fans and pros alike, I present four palettes worth investing in now. Each one is beautiful, practical and very much capable of seeing you through the rest of the year in style.
The best Beauty Bay palettes for party season
Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette
You only have to glance at this palette to know how useful it will be – every eye and cheek shade here is flattering and fresh, the sort of thing you would buy individually anyway rather than an "oh well I guess I’ll give it a try seeing as it’s in there" sort of thing. Even better, there are two palettes, one for fair and one for deeper skintones, with accordingly complimentary shades. The five shadows can be worn alone for day or graduated for a modern party eye, and come in a mix of matte and sheeny finishes. As always with Stila the textures are refined and ultra-finely milled.
RMS Beauty Signature Set Pop Collection
Make Up Artist Rose-Marie Swift puts a lot of love into everything she creates, and it really shows in this beautiful, uncomplicated palette. Cream textures are generally more flattering than powders on mature or dry skin, and every colour here is soft and blendable from the two lip and cheek creams, luxurious highlighter, sheer bronzer and vanilla lip and skin balm. The beauty of this palette is just about everything works outwith its prescribed area too, use the bronzer or lip and cheek shades as glossy eye creams, or the balm on brows to set.
Kevyn Aucoin Emphasise Eye Design Palette in Focused
Eye palettes are getting a bit out of hand these days, with some topping 50+ shades, each one sparklier and less wearable than the last. This is the opposite of those; an ultra considered and curated collection that puts you in safe hands for experimentation. I can’t imagine anyone finding a single one of these shades unflattering, they all work alone or together and you can top them with the creamy liquid foil, or not, as you wish. The copper cream also works well as liner on its own for an easy but impactful party look. As you’d expect from the house of the late great make up artist, the shadows have excellent pigment and staying power.
Revolution Pro X Lyan Nguyen-Grealis Ultimate Artist Palette
Truly a one-stop shop, and a total bargain at that, this pleasingly light and portable compact is packed with bronzers, blushers, highlighters, no less than 16 eye shadows and 8 lipsticks to top it off. It’s been created with top Make Up Artist Lyan Nguyen-Grealis and as a limited edition I predict it won’t hang around long. Yes a few of the shadows in the Brights section are a tad, er daring, but everything else is entirely unscary and with this many shades to play with you can afford to experiment.
As woman&home's Senior Beauty Editor, Fiona Mckim has tried more beauty products than she’s had hot dinners and nothing makes her happier than raving about a brilliant beauty find on womanandhome.com or her instagram grid (@fionamckim if you like hair dye experiments and cute shih-tzus)
Fiona joined woman&home as Assistant Beauty Editor in 2013, working under legend Jo GB, who taught her everything she needed to know about the industry (clue: learn about ingredients and employ extreme cynicism).
In a previous life, Fiona studied journalism back home in bonnie Scotland and honed her skills as a features writer at publications including Junior and Prima Baby, with a brief and terrifying stint on the showbiz gossip pages of a tabloid newspaper in between. She's a skincare fanatic who can’t resist adding an extra step to her routine if it’s all the rage in Japan, loves fragrance, has fun with makeup and never turns down the chance to test a new hair tool. Basically, she loves it all.
When not slathering herself in self tan or squinting at a tiny ingredients list on a moisturiser, you’ll probably find Fiona enjoying something to do with food - cooking it, eating it, cajoling her friends into trekking across London to try a hyped pop-up in a dirty car park.
Come to think of it, the hot dinners and beauty products are probably about even.
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