Today I am taking you along with me as I finish a little project I’ve been attempting for a while. I figure this will help motivate me to finally make it happen, and I can also give a little eyeshadow tour along the way.
The goal: to create an everyday, travel-friendly palette from my individual eyeshadows collection.
I have been using the medium size Z-palette which comfortably housed my individual pan eyeshadow collection for a long time. But over the summer I decided to de-pot my Han shadows and add them to my Z-palette in the hopes that I would end up using them more. Then after a tiny Root order to try a couple of their new Fall 2016 collection pressed shadows, they no longer all fit in my palette.
So I decided to create a new palette for my most loved shades to use on an everyday basis. I also wanted smaller and more travel-friendly packaging.
Hence, the small z-palette. I ordered this a few weeks ago from Amazon (here) and am just now getting around to filling it.
I have 16 individual pan shadows total, many of which are neutral shades since that is what I tend to wear daily.
- Snow Peach from Root
- Butter Cream from Root
- Truffle from Root
- Golden Glow from Han
- Chocolate Bronze from Han
- Iced Mocha from Red Apple Lipstick
- Matilda from Root
- Cobblestone from Root *from Root’s Fall 2016 collection
- Coco from Root
- Duke from Root
- Oh Schnapp! from Red Apple Lipstick (no longer available)
- Rosewood from Root *from Root’s Fall 2016 collection
- Dolce from Root
- Brow Powder in Ash Brown by Root
- Goddess from Root
- Macaroon from Root
After much debating, I chose my top nine shadows for the new palette. They are Snow Peach, Butter Cream, Coco, Oh Schnapp!, Rosewood, Iced Mocha, Cobblestone, Dolce, and Duke. I love that I can wear them on their own, or mix almost any of these shades together for a beautiful eye look.
Snow Peach is a beautiful shimmery light peach shade that I use almost daily to highlight the brown bone and/or inner corner of my eye.
Butter Cream is a matte cream color that I use to create a more subtle brow bone highlight.
Coco is a matte deep brown color that I use most often to line my eyes. This is not crazy pigmented, so it creates a defined but natural look. I also occasionally use it on the outer V of my eyes.
Oh Schnapp! was part of Red Apple Lipstick’s Christmas 2014 Collection, and sadly is no longer available on their website. It is a shimmery rose-gold with just a hint of terra cotta to it. I like to use it when I want a bit more color on my eyes.
I think I have used Rosewood every single day since I first got it in September. It is a gorgeous matte rosy color. I wear this all over my lid, blended into the crease. This alone would be a lovely minimalist eye look, but I use it most often as a base before adding other colors.
Iced Mocha is a taupe shade with a bit of rose and a soft shimmer finish. I like to tap it onto the very center of my lid, on top of Rosewood. This adds just a touch of dimension and highlight to my eyelid.
I have actually never used Cobblestone on my eyes, although I’m sure it would be lovely. What I like it for is filling in any sparse spots in my brows. I used to keep Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in medium brown on hand for that, but over the past several years (yes, years) I have been on the hunt for an eco/natural substitute. After watching a YouTube tutorial which included Root’s new Cobblestone shade, I just knew it was exactly what I was searching for. And it was. It is that perfect grey-taupe-brown brow shade that can be quite difficult to find.
Dolce is a shimmery reddish-brown, and is the color I use most often on the outer V of my lid. It adds such a lovely depth and pop of color to the eyes.
Finally, Duke is one of my all-time must have shadows. It is a matte, warm light brown that is just right color for swiping in my crease and blending out. I use this without a doubt every single day.
And that does it! My newly curated everyday eyeshadow palette.
Here you can compare the two palettes. I am really loving the size of the new one. I am going to be traveling in the next couple weeks, so that will be the perfect chance to try it out on the go.
After using the smaller palette at home I realized that I never really needed the medium one for everyday use. I’m glad to retire it for my extra shadows that I only reach for occasionally. Now bring on the road trips!