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EyeMakeup: Quality v. Quantity

Getting your eye makeup right will be one of the hardest lessons in your makeup journey. Once you’ve graduated from the essentials, most people spend years perfecting their eye makeup.


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Getting your eye makeup right will be one of the hardest lessons in your makeup journey. Once you’ve graduated from the essentials, most people spend years perfecting their eye makeup.

Your eye makeup will be all about the product and the technique. When it comes to the product, you can use anything from drugstore brands to high-quality makeup. Obviously, you will get two different results from each of them. That’s not to say that you cannot use drugstore makeup on your eyes. However, here are a few things to keep in mind when you are faced with the decision to splurge or not to splurge on an expensive eyeshadow palette.


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Drugstore Palettes

When it comes to eye makeup, the brand name and the price of the product does make a huge difference. When you’re starting out and practicing your technique, it’s ok to use cheaper brand names since you will be messing up and losing a lot of product. However, when you use the cheaper options, you will notice that the formula will not be as pigmented as higher quality brands. Because of this, layering the product will be the only way to get any color out of it. That is, quantity will be your friend as quality will not be available.


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Quality eye palettes will tend to be pricier, but for a good reason. Their pigment is so powerful that you will need a lot less product to achieve an amazing look.

If the price is a concern for you, then drugstore brands are the way to go. However, as you will notice throughout this article, there are a lot more benefits to using a high-quality palette.

If you are dead-set on drugstore brands, or you are just starting out, here are a few of our favorite palettes to get you started:

  1. Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette, $4.99


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2. E.L.F. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette, $7


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3. L’Oréal Color Riche Palette Nude 1, $19.99


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Remember, when using these, you will need to pack on the product, and use an eye primer to achieve a decent look. If you are new to makeup, we recommend that you start here.

High-Quality Palettes


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Once you’ve mastered your technique, it’s time to graduate from the drugstore and purchase your big-girl makeup. There are a lot of benefits to upgrading your eye shadows to brand name products. Not only are the colors more varied, but they also stick on your lid all day and night. Cosmetic companies spend a lot of money and resources trying to attain a great pigment since this is what professional makeup artists are looking for. Because of this, you will need a lot less product to achieve decent results. The technique is still important but is not as essential as when you use drugstore brands. With high-quality palettes, the product will do a lot of the work for you. Even if you’re not a professional artist, anything you do will likely look amazing simply because the formula and the color will look great.


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One way to determine if a product has good pigment is by doing a single swatch on your wrist. A good high-pigmented formula will leave a bright line after a single swatch.

Actually, because you do not have to use as much product with high-quality brands, you could save money in the long run. Purchasing a single high-quality palette will last a lot longer, and end up being a lot cheaper, than buying a bunch of cheap ones from the drugstore.

Here are some of our top recommendations for quality name palettes:


  1. Urban Decay NAKED Eyeshadow Palette, $66


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2. Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette By Mario, $59

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3. Smashbox Double Exposure Palette, $45


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 As a last note, high-quality products are a lot better for your skin than drugstore brands. Your eye’s skin is very sensitive, and many drugstore brands are packed full of fillers to make them cheaper to produce. These fillers can be very damaging to your skin and cause irritation. In the long run, this can cause premature wrinkles around your eyes.

 Help your skin, and your wallet, and opt for quality over quantity!


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By | 2016-10-12T02:00:25+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Beauty, Makeup|0 Comments

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