Palettes are functional makeup kit items for makeup artists and enthusiasts alike. For weddings, other special occasions, or even just a night out, having several coordinated colours in one place takes the guess-work out of that perfect look. Space-saving is also a plus; storing your go-to look in a sleek, flat kit can be a lot easier than digging through a box of loose eyeshadows, blushes, etc.
But it’s actually a huge challenge to find palettes that are paraben and toxin-free, as well as high in quality and colour pay-off. When I first decided I wanted to train as a makeup artist (I’m still studying), I did a lot of research on makeup palettes. Ingredients are one of my top beauty priorities, and I became increasingly frustrated when I found it difficult to locate palettes with natural ingredients. In fact, it was a google search for “paraben free eye shadow palettes” that eventually (finally!) pointed me towards Painted Earth. I’ve never looked back.
As I mentioned, colour pay-off and quality is often compromised in palettes. I read countless reviews written by bloggers, beauty journalists, and makeup lovers complaining that many companies seemed to scale down the quality and pigmentation for their palettes, throwing a bunch of lacklustre colours into a big kit, seemingly for a cheap way to make a quick sale. For this reason, I was skeptical when ordering my first Painted Earth Complete face Palette in Bronze. ($37.50, which is actually very reasonable given that the kits contain three eyeshadows, two cheek colours, a face powder and an eyeliner, inside a sleek silver package that includes a generously sized mirror). Each palette boasts expertly coordinated colours carefully selected to achieve the perfect look. This all sounded great, and I already knew I could cross “toxic” off the concern list, as Painted Earth’s products are made with natural, organic ingredients free from parabens and other harsh chemicals. But would the palette perform, or would I be faced with the dreaded low-quality theme that seemed to cast dark shadows over my palette parade?
Not to worry. When my palette arrived, I dove right in, immediately creating a look using everything in it. The shadows were richly pigmented, silky in texture, with just the right amount of sheen. I found them to be long-lasting, even without using a primer. (I checked my makeup five hours after application and it hadn’t budged.) The liner had a hint of sparkle, but nothing over the top, and it applied and blended easily. The blushes were very pigmented and had the same soft, luxurious feel as the eyeshadows. I don’t often use face powder because my skin tends to be dry, but I am also prone to shine in my t-zone. I steer away from powder mostly because I find it maximizes my pores and tends to get chalky. This powder seemed to glide on and become invisible on my skin, concealing shine effortlessly.
Overall, I was so impressed with this palette that I ordered another (neutral eyes) right away, and have been equally impressed with that one. I plan on obtaining the whole collection by fall. These palettes are versatile (you can mix and match with other palettes or other shadows, you can use one colour for a simple look, or all three with the liner for a classic four-toned eye), beautiful and true to the color you see when you lift the lid. The colours are build-able for a more dramatic look, or can be swept on gently for a more understated, simple look.
Whether you’re an aspiring makeup artist like me (these palettes will come in so handy for bridal makeup!) or just someone who loves high-end makeup and has an interest in the ingredients your cosmetics contain, you absolutely can’t lose with the Painted Earth Complete Face Palettes. But please don’t take my word for it! Below, you’ll find two looks I’ve created with my palettes. The first was created with the Neutral eyes palette and the second is a Beachy/Summery look using everything in the Bronze palette.
Soft and pretty natural look using the Neutral palette:
Lightest shade all over lid up to brow bone,and in inner corners, medium shade in crease, dark shade on outer “v”, upper and lower lash line traced softly with liner. Blush (darker shade) applied to apples of the cheeks and blush glow (lighter shade) swiped on cheekbones. Powder added to shine-prone spots, and voila! (Also used: Painted Earth concealer palette (third lightest shade), Painted Earth Super Lash Mascara in Black, and Painted Earth Baby Hint of Mint lip gloss in Baby Doll (quite possibly the most gorgeous gloss ever!)
Beachy Summer look using the Bronze Palette:
Please excuse the messy mirror- I have a toddler who has declared an early passion for cosmetics! I did not swatch the liner as it is in the same colour as the Neutral palette (brown spark), and I forgot to include it in the palette photo).
Lightest eyeshadow as my base (all over lid to brow-bone), and left it as my highlight as well. I popped the medium shade in my crease and the darker shade in my outer corners. I applied the liner along my upper lash line and a small amount in my waterline. For extra intensity, I also used my SuperWear Gel Liner in Sienna on top of the liner in my upper lash line.I swept the medium shadow (the one I used for the crease) along my lower lash line, and in the outer 3/4 of my lower lash line, I applied the dark shade, smudging and blending to create a soft line. I then applied the liner to my waterline and smudged. I used Superlash mascara in black to finish the eyes. Also used: Perfect Every Thyme baked mineral foundation in Dover (a light-as-air feel with a coverage that can range from light to full, always giving a polished, flawless look that doesn’t cake or dry.) Powder mineral camouflage concealer in Saffron (a pastel yellow that neutralizes dark circles and redness- I love this concealer!)
I hope I’ve inspired you to try one of my beauty essentials. You’ll be glad you did!
*all photos by Stephanie Deline
*all content written by Stephanie Deline