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Mark the start of summer with the latest must-have palettes

Verity Douglas
Writer and expert4 years ago
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Palettes, palettes everywhere... but where does one begin? It's an eyeshadow jungle out there but we've helpfully cherry-picked six of the grids we're obsessed with right now - from brand new arrivals from iconic brands (*cough* Urban Decay *cough*) to those with a generous dose of philanthropy, these are the summer essentials that merit a splurge.

We told you that we'd 'cherry-picked' and Urban Decay's {Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette} is cream of the crop with its swathe of sweet shades from cerise to smooth, black forest gateau (delicieux!). Jam-packed with pigment (see what we did there?), these velvety colours are beautifully blended to generate limitless looks, so whether you're down for a whisper of shimmer or cool, berry twist on traditional smoky-eyed smoulder, this palette of suedes and phenomenal shimmers is the cherry on your make up sundae.

NARS never put a foot wrong when it comes to a lust-worthy launch and the soon-to-drop {Motu Tane Face Palette} is set to dominate your summer make up menu. A trio of brush, bronze and highlighting heroes – including the best-loved ‘Laguna’ – these buttery powders are dreamily creamy and ‘kiss’ your complexion with buildable pigment that grants a post-holiday glow.

A quartet of dazzling ‘lid illumes’,RÓEN have seen your eyeshadow and raised it to something that’s totally out of this world. Four shades of pearlescent pigment that glide over eyes for a twinkling finish, each powder-meets-cream in the {11:11 Palette} is the key to achieving a beautiful, ‘lived in’ effect (just think: glitter for grown-ups). Plus, there’s no need to confine it to night-time – the wardrobe of wearable, petal-hued foils look as great over brunch as a bottle of bubbles…

A new {Luxury Palette} from Charlotte Tilbury is always cause for celebration and her latest awesome foursome – ‘Desert Haze’ – is yet another stunning string in an already gorgeous bow. The warm, toffee tones work to ‘prime’, ‘enhance’, ‘smoke’ and ‘define’, and are beautiful worn on their own for a wash of soft, nearly-bare colour, or used to achieve a chic, smoky-eyed spin on traditional charcoal. A palette you’ll keep coming back to, get ready to fine dune your everyday look…

Can’t stop, won’t stop raving about Natasha Denona’s sensational {Mini Eyeshadow Palette} – sleek and slimline strips of mesmer-eyes-ing matte and metal shadow that facilitate the kind of power payoff that Denona is renowned for. The ‘Gold’ iteration spans smooth, creamy greige, sludgy green and a shade-shifting khaki-gold-taupe, not forgetting the jewel in the crown: the most jaw-dropping glittering gold.

Created in partnership with WildAid, Chantecaille’s {Vibrant Oceans Radiance Chic Cheek and Highlighter Duo} has made major waves with its beautiful, butter soft textures and flattering tones. An NGO that works with governments to counteract consumption of increasingly endangered marine species – such as the gentle whale shark – WildAid is one of the many incredible charities Chantecaille help through the sales of their highly prized palettes, meaning that this stunning suede-effect highlight and buildable, colour-pop blush are both good for your looks, and your conscience.


Verity Douglas
Writer and expert
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Cult Beauty’s Content Editor and a Cult Beauty OG, Verity loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm. A quintessential Libran, she’s a self-professed magpie for luxury ‘must-haves' and always pursuing the new and the niche — from the boujee-est skin care to cutting-edge tech. Balancing an urge to stop the clock with her desire to embrace the ageing process (and set a positive example for her daughter), Verity's a retinol obsessive and will gladly share her thoughts about the time-defying gadgets, masks and treatments worth the splurge...