3 New and Noteworthy Eyeshadow Palettes

Product reviews of Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Palette, Lorac Pro Palette 2, and the Physician's Formula Natural Nude Palette are featured.
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Must buy eyeshadow palettes

It's no secret that eyeshadow palettes are some of my favorite things in the world. I have a bit of an addiction to buying them, mostly because they're just so much fun and make it so easy to follow makeup trends! I've built up quite a collection over the years, starting with Urban Decay's Naked palettes and then moving on to others. I buy both drugstore and high-end ones; if it's good, I'll try it.

Read on to learn about my three favorite new eyeshadow palettes:

Smashbox On The Rocks Photo Op Palette

Smashbox on the Rocks photo op palette

$29 at Smashbox

At first glance, this palette is beautiful. And for the price? This limited edition high-end palette by Smashbox is actually well-priced for the quality and number of eyeshadows you get. The colors are a bit more "fun" than what I usually go for, but the balance between neutrals and fun colors is just right. I also like the number of shimmers versus number of matte shades, so this palette is definitely an all-in-one.

My only complaint about this palette is how close together all the shades are. Sometimes I get fallout in other colors, but that's not too bad if you consider how many shadows there actually are - 28 to be exact! Also, all of the shades are ones that Smashbox already makes, so it's pretty cool to have a palette full of bestsellers. The shades are very pigmented with little fallout on the eye, so overall, this palette is great quality and a great buy.

Lorac Pro Palette 2

Lorac Pro Palette 2

$42 at Ulta

As I've mentioned before, I'm a huge fan of the Lorac Pro Palette 1. This one, the sequel, does not disappoint! There are definitely fewer "everyday" colors in this one, but I've found that this palette works much better for nights out and more dramatic looks. There are 16 shades - 8 matte, 8 shimmer, all very pigmented. This palette also has the wet-or-dry feature, meaning you can wet your brush a little to make the eyeshadows much more intense and longer-lasting.

Overall, I recommend this palette to anyone who has the Lorac Pro Palette 1 and wants the perfect night-out palette to complement it, or to someone who likes darker, more dramatic shades. I personally believe that the pigmentation is better on this palette than the original, but I still am still a loyal fan of the first one!

Physicians Formula Natural Nude Palette

Physicians Formula natural nude palette

$9.59 at Drugstore.com

Physicians Formula has always been a great brand, and this palette is no exception. As far as drugstore palettes go, I've never been a huge fan... however, this one is pretty good for the price. The colors are pretty basic neutrals, nothing too dark or too bright! This is an everyday palette, and every shade is a shimmer one.

The pigmentation is pretty average, but I've found that these shades actually work better with a damp eyeshadow brush. I recommend this to someone who's just starting to work with eyeshadow, or someone who wants lighter shades in their collection.

What do you think?

What eyeshadow palettes do you use? Do you use any of these? Would you like to see more posts like this in the future? Remember to tell us your thoughts by leaving a comment!

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