Are high-end palettes worth the hype?

And are they worth the investment?

Palettes included in this post:

Jeffree Star, Androgyny Palette: £40.00 
Out of five?: ♥♥♥
Jeffree Star, Blood Sugar Palette: £46.00 
Out of five?: ♥♥♥♥
Juvia’s Place, The Masquerade Mini Palette: £30.00
Out of five?: ♥♥♥♥
Anastasia Beverly Hills, Modern Renaissance Palette: £43.00
Out of five?: ♥♥♥♥/♥

Jeffree Star, Androgyny Palette. 

This was one of my first ‘high-end’ palettes, and is relatively frequently put on sale for about £24.00 on Beauty Bay, so it’s worth waiting to see if that happens again!
This is probably my least frequently used palette. It has an odd assortment of colour, which I find means it has to be used alongside other palettes, rather than on its own. With only one shade suitable as a crease colour and one light shimmer, it doesn’t offer suitability for a wide range of skin-tones. The shimmers, similarly to most palettes, have the most pay-off, and the blue tones do tend to stain. While Jeffree Star products are great quality and Jeffree has made a name for himself like no other indie-brand has, I’d maybe pass over this one for the Blood Sugar or the Beauty Killer palette, depending on your shade preference.
Total Rating: (Out of five) ♥♥♥
Shade selection: ♥♥
Payoff: ♥♥♥
Longevity: ♥♥♥
Shimmers: ♥♥♥♥
Mattes: ♥♥♥

Jeffree Star, Blood Sugar Palette. 

If warm tones and reds are your cup of tea, then you literally need to look no further. After playing with the red-tones in my other palettes, I took the plunge to buy this one, and haven’t looked back! One of my favourite palettes to go to for brighter looks, this one has smaller pans than the Beauty Killer and Androgyny palettes, and offers a variety of colours. The first row when looked at independently offers varying shades of warm browns, alongside a white and a shimmer called ‘Donor’. The second row offers a shimmer called ‘candy floss’ (the only shade I don’t use – it’s incredibly soft and doesn’t offer much in the way of colour) and ‘sweetener’ (This one I use a lot). Next to these are a salmon-pink tone, a pink and a purple, and a neutral grey. On the third row are the reds and deeper purple/maroons. ‘Blood sugar’ the name given to the palette itself, is a beautiful shimmery red.
The red colours do stain, as has been mentioned by Star himself. (This seems to be because the vegan dyes seem to stain more than those that are non-vegan. I’ve got to say, I don’t mind.)
I can imagine this would be suitable for a range of skin-tones, although some shades may pull ashy on darker skin.
The only thing I think this palette is missing is a black.
Total Rating: (Out of five) ♥♥♥♥
Shade selection: ♥♥♥♥
Payoff: ♥♥♥
Longevity: ♥♥♥♥
Shimmers: ♥♥♥
Mattes: ♥♥♥♥

Juvia’s Place, The Masquerade Mini Palette. 

It’s worth noting that this palette comes in 2 sizes. The mini (the size of the pans is the same as most palettes, and the larger size. The prices are as follows: Mini – £30, large, £35.)
Juvia’s Place is everything you need if you’re looking for high-quality, pigmented shimmers. I haven’t got much to say about the mattes in this palette – they aren’t outstanding, some have an odd texture, and a few are quite similar.
The shimmers, however, are incredible.
This indie beauty brand is the fastest growing black-owned cosmetics brand on the market, so these shadows aren’t just great for darker skin – they’re made for darker skin, which makes a change!
The price is lower than the other eyeshadow brands, and leans towards simply indie rather than high-end. I still thought this was worth a mention, though, as it isn’t the price of a shadow palette you’d pick up in the drugstore.
Total Rating: (Out of five) ♥♥♥♥
Shade selection: ♥♥♥♥
Payoff: ♥♥♥♥♥
Longevity: ♥♥♥♥
Shimmers: ♥♥♥♥♥
Mattes: ♥♥♥

Anastasia Beverly Hills, Modern Renaissance Palette. 

As you can probably see in the photos, this is possibly my most-used palette: I’m even hitting pan! This one is a cult-classic, and possibly the most popular of the four that I’ve discussed today. Coming from Anastasia’s popular makeup brand, this palette offers a variety of warm colours – particularly a range of pink and orange tones. These are a little dusty (though nothing debate-worthy like the Subculture palette), but offer great pigmentation and stay all day. I’m not the biggest fan of the shimmer ‘Primavera’, but that’s just a personal opinion. This has a great range of shades for mostly lighter skin-tones, as I think some of the colours would be too light or pull up ashy or darker tones.
This palette is home to some of my favourite matte shades, and is one I take solo for trips away, with the knowledge that I can pull a few solid looks out of the one kit. I’d say this is definitely worth the investment, and is my favourite, reliable basic high-end palette by far.
Total Rating: (Out of five) ♥♥♥♥♥
Shade selection: ♥♥♥♥♥
Payoff: ♥♥♥♥
Longevity: ♥♥♥♥
Shimmers: ♥♥♥♥
Mattes: ♥♥♥♥♥

What’s your favourite palette? High end or drugstore. Let me know! 


– Lauren



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