The Best of the Rest

The beauty industry finally seems to have cottoned on to the fact that makeup addicts as a whole are neutral eyeshadow palette hungry junkies, ready for their next hit of bronze lidded goodness. It’s taken them a while, but counters are being flooded with them at the moment and I for one am not complaining. I love me a good neutral palette. Of course I have more of them than I can bare to count and my container that holds them is well and truly brimming, but I can’t help myself. There are plenty that I’ve shone a light on individually on VDM, but for today – here are the best of the rest…

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette – £36 – from Boots. There’s a rumbling of complaints against this palette concerning wear-time and pigmentation, but I have to say – I love it. Yes things are a little sheer and sans primer it can get creasy (though I always have to slap it on anyway), but just let me count the ways in which I think this palette is awesome. One – the matte shades are kick-ass. Start in the middle with the creamy shade all the over the lid and work out in either direction blending in each one and you can’t go wrong. Two – it’s quite nice to have a corresponding shimmer shade to each matte that you can always add in the centre of the lid if you need somethin’ somethin’ – it’s almost like the Charlotte Tilbury ‘Lid Pop’ theory. Three – the brush is fab. In fact the only other brush I ever have to use with it is an angled one when I want to do some faux liner. I could go on, but I’ll leave it there.

Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette – £32 – from Clinique. I have to say I’m a big fan of the Clinique shadow formulas; they’re creamy, pigmented and easily blendable – even for an eyeshadow noob like myself. Ranging from a white highlight shade to a deep smokey bronze, it’s a comprehensive lineup. Personal favourites are Hazy (third from right) which just has the whole taupe thang down and Black Honey (second from right), but you all know about my love affair with that shade already. The packaging gets a thumbs up too for being small and sleek and the value for money is good with it being just twice the price of two single shadows. The only thing this does lack is a matte and I do like a good shine-free shade from time to time. In fact, if you paired this with the Smashbox Full Exposure – there you’ll have yourself one stellar palette…


  • Laura Birch

    Need to get my hands on the smashbox palette, it looks awesome. x

  • Angela Sandez

    Omg love the smashbox palette, so gorgeous! And your youtube channel is amazing, you are so funny and beautiful. Love watching your favorite videos. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    I’m willing to give the smashbox palette a good home – it’s just so lovely :o) Xx

    Makeup by Candlelight

  • Ayesha Siddique

    Bought the Nars Narsissist Palette yesterday, and I am loving it!

  • Alexheartbeauty

    I’ve also done a round up of neutral palettes here:

    I’ve been using blue tack to stick make up down for my pics. Brilliant tip! Alex xx

  • molly

    i adore neutral palettes, they all look so pretty xxx

  • Have been tempted by both of these! Love that the Smashbox palette offers a mix of matte and shimmer and the Clinique offering looks lovely too. Though I recently (finally) just bought the original Naked palette, so will be relying on that beaut for now 🙂

  • Marlenne

    Black Honey is indeed a pretty shade, but I ordered the Smashbox palette, so that I can rotate between shimmer and matte!

  • dannii ofe

    Definitely picking up the clinique palette asap, it will be welcomed into my palette collection with open arms (not that it really needs to grow any more!)

  • I love the look of the smash box palette, it looks so pretty! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • ambi

    i love the smash box palette 🙂 its super pretty ! xx

  • Mel Zia

    the smash box palette looks amazing , lovely shades !

    Melissa x

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  • Cassie

    They both look so nice!

  • I love the look of every shade in the Clinique palette, gutted that there are no matte shades looks can be decieveing I still really want this though :p


  • Linda

    That smashbox palette looks so pretty, the colors are<3

  • Me gusta más la paleta de Clinique, la veo más especial.

    Kyllie | Make Up Fragrances

  • Emily Golding

    I love the look of that smash box palette!

    Emily xx

  • Out of the two, the Smashbox one looks the most impressive, I agree witih you Anna that it’s nice to have the combination of matte and shimmery shades. The wear time would annoy me though, hate it when eye shadows slide off your eyes straight away. On the other hand, I’ve always found Clinique eyeshadows to be really reliable and wearable. My money would go to that palette!

    Shel x

  • Chloe

    Need to control my palette obsession and this certainly isn’t helping!
    Just got the NARSissist but want Lorac pro now too! Keep walking past the smashbox one and eyeing it up but for now I’ll have to keep walking..


  • sarazbeautytonic

    i like the clinique one cuz of the compact size…not a great fan of smashbox one

  • Ellen Findley

    *chants to self* I will not buy the Clinique palette…I will not buy the Clinique palette…I’ve only heard the best about Clinique shadows, but I know I have enough eyeshadows already! Grrr!

  • Grace

    absolutely dying to get my hands on the new clinique palette! its so perfect and i love the mirror packaging.

  • Amber Hunter

    Both of those look so gorgeous and you are right–I think everyone loves a neutral palette. I’ve been dying to get my hands on the Narsissist one but I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon haha.


    Lovely Notions

  • I need the clinique palette in my life, so gorgeous and all the shades are so wearable.

    Amelia Rose | Beauty Blogger

  • Megan Capon

    I need both of these in my life, well maybe not need but I WANT THEM SO MUCHHHHHHHHH!

  • God both of those palettes look fantastic! Going on the wishlist!

    Tiny Alis

  • Abi Smith

    If you had to pick one which would be best? I’m looking to branch out into a new nude palette but don’t really want to get two!

  • Louise Smith

    That Smashbox palette looks so amazing, I love the range of mattes and sparkles!

  • Lovely palettes, really like the smashbox one.

    Ash xx

  • Celina

    Both of these palettes are lovely and I definitely want to get them but I really don’t need them!
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

  • Bittersweet Shelby

    I agree there are so many new ‘everyday’ eyeshadow palettes coming out. I don’t particularly like wearing only neutrals so this kind of upsets me but many of the new palettes coming out look amazing. MUA also has a great dupe for the Naked palettes so any of you from the UK check them out 🙂


  • Josie

    Anna I don’t really think you can describe yourself as an eyeshadow noob anymore… you’ve said yourself that you now wear it everyday and I’m willing to bet you own a hell of a lot more eyeshadows, palettes and brushes than the average make-up wearer. Plus you’re totally immersed in the beauty community so you’d be learning lots of tricks of the trade.

  • Stefanie Meier

    definitely two palettes I am lusting over even though there is no way I need more neutral shades. They’re just so so lovely


  • You would know it…LOL. Smashbox and Clinique is a brand I haven’t tried yet.

    Beauty Blogger

  • The Smashbox palette looks beautiful!

  • The Clinique palette looks so nice and compact. I also love that it has a lot of lighter shades in it.


  • Jessica Duffy

    Oh the colors look absolutely beautiful! Definitely have to save up for the Clinique palette!

  • Zazie Bibi

    that clinique palette sounds so good! x

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

  • MyOwnLoves

    They both sound worth a try. Thanks for the review!

  • Hayley Thompson

    I need to try the smashbox palette, I can never have enough neutral palettes!

  • PeonyandPeach

    The Clinique palette doesn’t really appeal to me to be honest, I need mattes in a palette and I feel on the shades are, on the whole a bit on the light side for my liking. The smashbox palette on the other hand….oh my!

  • Been waiting on that Clinique palette. So gorgeous…Unfortunately, last time I checked it hadn’t hit counters in my hometown yet :$

  • Gigi :)
  • Sophie Bird

    Which is the palette at the top of the photo with the round pans?

    • Zoe

      A mac one 🙂

  • Zoe

    That’s it, I need that smash box palette in my life. It’s stunning!

    The Caribbean Flower

  • Lisa Always

    oh my both those palettes are beautiful! i see myself investing in one of them very soon..

  • Sharlotte

    I really want to check out the new clinique palette!

    Sharlotte //