And now for an, um, palette cleanse: 10 splurge-worthy spring makeup palettes

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Even though I’m more of a single-serving makeup kind of girl, there’s something about a pretty palette that makes me swoon. But it’s not just their obvious cuteness that gets me. I look at their expertly coordinating shades, all organized in neat little rows, and imagine that using them will make my life equally organized and therefore better.

It’s the little things.

Anyway, to celebrate spring’s impending arrival (let’s hope!), here my top 10 picks. Most (all?) are limited-edition, so run; don’t walk.

Chanel Poudre Tissée Highlight Powder and Blush in Brompton Road ($70)

Chanel Poudre Tissee in Brompton Road And now for an, um, palette cleanse: 10 splurge worthy spring makeup palettes

Obviously we want this; I mean, it’s Chanel. But aside from that, here’s a fun factoid: this palette is part of the limited-edition Knightsbridge collection and thanks to our Commonwealth hookup, we’re the only ones who are getting it in all of North America (it’s exclusive to Holt Renfrew). (Sorry, Americans! I’ll try not to rub this in.) It’s a must-own for Anglophiles—it was created to celebrate 100 years of Harrods—but it’s also very wearable. I let a Chanel makeup artist apply it on me at the launch, and it gives you a rosy glow with a hint of subtle shimmer.

Urban Decay Naked2 Palette ($60)

Urban Decay Naked 2 And now for an, um, palette cleanse: 10 splurge worthy spring makeup palettes

Suddenly, everyone’s buzzing about this palette… including me. Now, I don’t have the eye shape to handle much eyeshadow (there’s just no point; everything disappears in the crease on me) but if you do, it’s a wise investment. I like the shades better than the original Naked palette—they’re a little more wearable for peeps like me with cooler- or neutral-toned complexions.

Stila In the Garden Eye Shadow Palette ($50)

Stila In the Garden Eye Shadow Palette And now for an, um, palette cleanse: 10 splurge worthy spring makeup palettes

Don’t let the bright colours on the far right throw you off. They’re actually brighter in this image than in my real-life sample… and you’re also getting seven totally neutral, wear-anywhere shades (two are flat; five are shimmery). PLUS a waterproof eyeliner. Do I have to tell you that this is great value?

Benefit Cabana Glama Destination Makeup Kit ($42)

Benefit Cabana Glama And now for an, um, palette cleanse: 10 splurge worthy spring makeup palettes

Dear Benefit: Not.Cute.Enough. If you’re a sucker for these things, they’ve gone and done it again: this time, an adorable little kit filled with holiday beauty essentials. You get Hoola bronzing powder, Posietint stain, Some Kind-A-Gorgeous Foundation Faker and a three-colour eyeshadow palette.

YSL Vinyl Candy Palette ($68)

YSL Vinyl Candy Palette And now for an, um, palette cleanse: 10 splurge worthy spring makeup palettes

So this is for eyes. And I KNOW. I don’t generally recommend hot pink for that, er, region. However, it IS YSL, the theme is CANDY, and it looks like an objet d’art in their inimitable fashion…. Plus! The Glitter Geek has some great pics of how to wear it.

Giorgio Armani Spring Collection 2012 Eye Palettes ($70 each)

Giorgio Armani Spring Collection 2012 Eye Palettes And now for an, um, palette cleanse: 10 splurge worthy spring makeup palettes

I don’t know if you’ve ever tried any makeup from Giorgio Armani, but let me tell you: nothing ever disappoints. Mainly because the textures are INSANE. I can’t decide which one I like better: the soft pastels with antique gold (on the left), or the metal mix (on the right) of gold, copper and silver. Either way, it’s a win-win situation.

Lancôme La Roseraie des Délices Blush ($48)

Lancôme La Roseraie des Delices Blush And now for an, um, palette cleanse: 10 splurge worthy spring makeup palettesThis palette is part of a collection inspired by a rose garden (the shadow palettes are totes pretty too!). My BFF swears by Lancôme blush, so….

Chantecaille Coral Reefs Palette

Chantecaille Coral Reefs Palette And now for an, um, palette cleanse: 10 splurge worthy spring makeup palettes

I think I want this the most. (And of course, it’s the one I don’t have.) Why? Let me count the ways. Not only is it gorgeous to look at, but the colours are universally flattering (there are three shadow shades, a blush and of course the shimmery highlighter in the form of the coral branches). Best of all, five percent of the proceeds benefit the Marine Conservation Institute in an effort to protect 10 percent of the world’s oceans by 2020.

Clarins Colour Breeze Face & Blush Powder ($40)

Clarins Colour Breeze Face Blush Powder And now for an, um, palette cleanse: 10 splurge worthy spring makeup palettes

Clarins is making some cute stuff these days. This is a face powder, available in three shades, which promises to both illuminate AND mattify your complexion. Sweet.

Estée Lauder Pure Color Five Color Gelée Powder EyeShadow Palette in Bronze Sands ($48.50)

Estée Lauder Pure Color Five Color Gelée Powder EyeShadow Palette in Bronze Sands And now for an, um, palette cleanse: 10 splurge worthy spring makeup palettes

Beauty products that have a beach theme usually get an endorsement from me. (What can I say? I should not have been born in this country.) This is part of the annual Bronze Goddess collection, which has a Capri theme this time around. I’ve never been to Capri, but these shades make me want to—I love that they’re all quite neutral, save the awesome pop of turquoise.

Tell me:

Do you prefer your makeup in single servings or in palette format?
Which of these prodz intrigues you most?
What other makeup is on your spring ’12 wish list?

5 Comments

tanveer
Friday, March 9/2012 at 10:08 pm

They all look so pretty! But I definitely prefer singles as I have deep set eyes & the dark shades get lil love frm me in palettes :)

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Ilse
Saturday, March 10/2012 at 9:03 am

Wow! articles like this just make me so happy :0 want! I have been thinking hard and long about getting the naked 2, but I’m more of a single shade person, and I like creamy textures rather than powder ones, eyeshadow wise.. so I decided not to. but that clarins face powder pallette looks & sounds amazing! I need to drop by a clarins counter anyway, so who knows! I hope my wallet can handle this spring collection!

x

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Lelo Therese
Monday, March 12/2012 at 10:19 am

That Clarins face powder is calling my name!

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ayen alvia
Wednesday, March 14/2012 at 2:23 pm

I bought the clarins colour breeze a month ago.And i’m feeling major love for this powder.It’s just too pretty to use though. It’s gorgeous to use as a setting powder for my bb cream,and best of all no retouching! it’s worth every penny.at 40$ you get a lot of product.Glad you included this one!
now im eyeing the naked 2. :)

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Gimped
Tuesday, March 20/2012 at 1:58 pm

While the YSL palette is very “Hello, here I am!” and a bit daunting … I’m LOVING what Glitter Geek did with it!! It’s so pretty! I might have to try that one out …

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