Monday, December 27, 2010

Rant against combination palettes


I've been having a fairly good Christmas home with my parents, and it's been really nice to see them again. In a few days, I'm going to visit with the man's friends and family a bit, too, and I'm also looking forward to that.

Anyway, I haven't used up or bought anything new lately (SN order did come through, yay! And I also have a new luminzer!) but I have been looking at a lot of makeup.

Every November, gift sets and palettes come out from brands of all prices, and even from brands whose sole purpose is cheapie makeup kits. Invariably, no matter what the price, these palettes suck for me.

The very first allergic reaction to makeup I ever had was to a Color Workshop kit that I bought at Wegmans when I was fifteen or sixteen. The stuff turned my eyelids and lips into a dry, red, flaky mess. On principle, I will not buy from that brand again. Ever. I have no idea what ingredient caused the reaction as I've looked at the kits they sell now, read the lists, and not found anything that usually bothers me - so all I can assume is that they're so cheap that something nasty snuck in. I don't remember the stuff being of super great quality, anyway.

In my mid-twenties, I developed an allergy to beeswax that I talk about incessantly in hopes that it might spare someone else the medical trauma I went through before I figured that out. This rules out most palettes that include lip glosses or cream shadows because if it's from a brand I recognize, it's usually got that ingredient; and if it isn't, it's usually cheap as hell and I don't trust it. ELF might be the exception, but I talked about my ELF hate in my last post. Most of their lip products skeeve me out because they're essentially a gooey mess of dyed petrochemicals, and gooey messes of dyed petrochemicals like that only come off on everything I eat, drink, or kiss; dry my lips out because they seal moisture OUT, and don't even last that long. I don't mind one or two petroleum-based ingredients in a product where the bulk is natural oils and butters - but if there's nothing from a plant that didn't die in the Cretaceous in there, I don't want it.

Plus, allow me to point out the sheer idiocy of packaging cream and powder products in the same container - you drop that and not only are your shadows broken, but you also have to dig them out/off of the cream products. And lip products are the only thing I reapply throughout the day, so not being able to take that color with me would be very irksome.

Some companies make palettes that look awesome, then package them with a bunch of stuff I can't use. Tarte is terrible at this - they either include beeswaxy eyeliners or mascara in the palette/set or they include lip gunk. I got halfway through a deluxe tube of their lipgloss before I got sick and had to throw it out, and it was ok - but not really enjoyable.

Urban Decay seems better at sticking with eyeshadows in their palettes, which I prefer (a coordinating blush is ok, though, and blush/eyeshadow palettes are the only combo I find acceptable).

All in all, I despise these palettes that everyone seems to want so bad.


  1. I so agree with you. I'm not a big palette fan to begin with. The idea of having a ton of colors is great, but I can buy a lot of MMU samples and get a great range of colors. The one thing I hate most about the palettes that come out this time of year is they are mostly cheap ones you see at the drug stores. I don't want the cheap, no-brand makeup!

    The other thing that kills me is the crazy packaging of some of the palettes. It seem like I've seen some bloggers going crazy over the Too Faced and Urban Decay palettes. They look like HUGE packaging with some products in it. I'm running out of space for my makeup the way it is, I don't need a huge palette to try to store!

  2. I totally agree with you and The Peach. Creams and powders do not belong in the same container. How hard is that to understand? I'm not even going to comment on the quality of those holiday kits. It just stands to reason... if you were able to get an 80 color palette for $2... odds are it's cheap makeup that isn't gonna work too well. If that's all you can afford, then you rock that $2 for all you can. But if you can, try to get slightly better quality for the same money. Better to me to have 4 or 5 shadows you love and wear than to have 80 that sit in the drawer and never get used.

  3. I used to buy the palettes because I thought they were the best value for the buck. I also bought expensive brand makeup because I figured, hey, a girl's gotta have a few nice things right?

    Guess which one has been sitting in the corner of my bathroom cabinets for 2 years now. :D

  4. I am so glad I am not alone here. I see some of those palettes and might drool for a second or two before thinking "Do not want!" and passing them up.