As you all know I am kind of a makeup hoarder and what pops up is the number of neutral palettes I have, urban decay naked palette, urban decay naked 2 palette, urban decay basics, the balm nude tude palette, coastal scents revealed palette, Smashbox full Exposure Palette and very recently the Lorac Unzipped Palette. Below is my opinion of what suits me best and incase they all got stolen which one I would rebuy.
I have read a lot of blogs where they have mentioned Coastal Scents Revealed palette is a dupe to the naked palettes, which I would somewhat agree to but not in quality ofcourse. 17 out of the 20 eyeshadows can make up the 2 palettes, so if you are not looking to splurge on 2 palettes you can get away with a much cheaper option. The eyeshadows are pigmented but for me sometimes blending is an issue and they look like blobs on eyelids. The plus side is they don’t contain glitter like the naked palettes which helps me purely since I have very oily eyelids.
The Balm nude tude palette was sent to me as a sample from the balm cosmetics team, I fell in love as soon I opened it. It sits in my office and I usually use it to touch up makeup for my evening outings straight after work. This palette is similar in size to Urban Decay’s Naked Eyeshadow Palette, and the theme of nudes/neutrals is similar, but there isn’t much overlap in the shades themselves. Overall, the quality is high and consistent with theBalm’s eyeshadow formula, however the shade silly was super glittery and I had issues of fall out.
Urban Decay Naked Basics is my travel buddy, I love the smaller/thinner size, and it has mostly matte shades with one beautiful highlight shade (Venus). The rest of the colors are the basic ones that every one needs. The colors are saturated but buildable. This is my second purchase as it is used by my sister as well. The Swatches is below.
Smashbox Full Exposure palette, I have a personal incline to this brand as I started experimenting makeup with it a decade back. I loved their cream eyeliner, brow highlighter which I used as basic shadow on daily basis. So it was only obvious for me to buy their signature palette as soon as it was released. This 14-color beauty will meet all your neutral needs; what I like about it is that half of the colors are matte and half are shimmer. I am not a fan of the shimmer but these are chunky shimmer and perfect for a clubbing night. One needs to apply with caution and watch for floaters. I wouldn't repurchase this palette only because I find myself reaching for the matte shades mainly.
Lorac Unzipped my latest addition, I picked up one of the damaged units that arrived, 2 of the shades were broken but that wouldn’t stop me from using this beautiful palette. Lorac specializes in amazing shadow palettes, and this one is no exception. You get a collection of 10 stunning shadows with shimmers, satins & mattes to please everyone (and a mini Behind the Scenes Eye Primer). This palette is perfect for a simpler Neutral Eye and perfect to create a beautiful wedding look. I have seen some youtube tutorials and was tempted to get it. The pigmentation of these shadows is wonderful. The shades inside are rosey/warm bronzey tones that just work together beautifully.
Finally, which I would rebuy - Naked Basics and Lorac Unzipped. These would solve my neutral warm look requirement.
My opinion is, if the eyes are the window to the soul, why not make that window as pretty as possible?