Trying out the palette-a-month attempt this year and it’s been interesting!
Each month of 2018 is devoted to consistently using one palette. The only main exception has been January when I was busy planning it out.
I’ve seen varying rules people give themselves, depending on what they want and what their goal is. Since my daily schedule isn’t hectic at the moment, I don’t need to get ready to out every day and can keep this setup relatively flexible. The basic rules I’ve set up are:
1) Use a majority of shadows from the selected palette
2) Start from the beginning of the month to the very end
3) Try to use as many shades from said palette as possible
To get an idea of how much I’ve used overall each month during my casual use, I’ve also weighed each palette at the start and finish each month (It goes without saying but keep in mind they’re all in their original packaging so naturally the weigh will be a high number. This is to deduce how much change there’s been over the month, thus telling me how much I used). Here are the results so far, starting with February…
FEBRUARY | URBAN DECAY, NAKED 2 PALETTE
start weight (oz) : 7.058 oz
end weight (oz) : 7.055 oz
Most used shade: Foxy
Least used shade: Blackout
One of the most iconic eyeshadow palettes, Urban Decay’s Naked 2 was honest-to-God my first one. Naturally it’s high on my list to tackle. My skin tone is yellow and runs from light to medium (depending on the season) but I find these shades flattering year-round, good for all occasions – whether you’re going out or keeping casual. For bolder looks, I kept returning to Busted, Verve, Suspect and Pistol. Since black eyeshadow enhances drama ten fold, I restrained its use to simply softening a liner on the upper lid. The shimmers lasted best with glitter eye primer but can hold their own if you use a basic one. And out of all the neutral eyeshadows I’ve tried, Foxy stands out as the only one that perfectly matches my skin tone and one I’ve been using every single time – so much that I finally hit pan!
MARCH | PAT MCGRATH, MOTHERSHIP II SUBLIME
start weight (oz) : 13.323 oz
end weight (oz) : 13.315 oz
Most used shade: Iconic
Least used shade: Skinshow Astral Ghost Orchid
Pat McGrath’s palettes aren’t just to “treat yourself” – they’re a super-splurge. But when it comes to this stuff, I’m a risk-taker. When March rolled around I was eager to see what can happen with the Mothership. Unfortunately, I ended up sick half of March and took a bit of time to heal so I didn’t get to utilize this palette with the attention it deserves.
If you haven’t seen it in-person, here are some key points: each pan is bigger in-person, and the palette is heavy. You’re definitely paying for one-of-a-kind packaging and the name. While there aren’t shade names under each pan, the palette comes with a card to reference. Blitz Emerald was by far the biggest surprise with its duochrome effect – I didn’t have a chance to wear it with dampened application but I sensed it would probably perform best that way. You could get away with an everyday wear with these gorgeous shades if your skin tone runs on the deeper/darker end. If you run medium to lighter, there’s a way to work an on-the-go-shimmer look in here with Skinshow Glow, Bronze 005, and VR Nectar. I highly recommend using Astral Ghost Orchid as a layer effect over medium to dark mattes – it’s stunning. At the end of the month I still felt happy investing in this palette.
APRIL | MARC JACOBS, THE TEASE (202)
start weight (oz) : 3.696 oz
end weight (oz) : 3.693 oz
Most used shade: #2
Least used shade: #6
At some point I received this in a mystery grab-bag but where from I fail to remember. The main gripe I have is the shades aren’t named/labeled so they’re listed here numerically from left to right. It was a bit of a challenge to go with a strong color scheme for the entire month. The second shade was the most everyday-friendly one of all seven and served as my go-to hood-crease shade, going so far as layering different shades on top of it (which I loved). The third and fourth shades applied well on the lid but found #3 didn’t last as long as I’d like. I ended up applying the shimmers over Urban Decay’s matte Foxy to prolong their weartime. The least used shadow was the sixth one, which takes a lot of care when using. It tended to fade during blending and over time, no matter how much is packed on. Overall this palette seemed it would be paired well for a romantic, soft look (if you’re going to a romantic event, for example).
If you actually read this whole post, you get a gold star. We’re halfway through the year, so still a few more palettes I’m going through and can’t wait! Have you tried this type of project out before? If so, do you give yourself strict rules or try to keep it flexible?