Makeup Monday: New Palette Releases

Emma Frankart Henterly

Hi, my name is Emma Frankart Henterly, and I have a mild obsession with eyeshadow palettes.

That means that fall is usually a great time of year for me; that’s when brands tend to release new or limited-edition palettes, just in time for the holidays. Today we’re going to take a look at some of the most notable.

First up: Urban Decay’s Naked Cherry. Pics of this palette—which is part of an entire Naked Cherry collection that also includes a highlight/blush palette, eye pencils, setting spray and lipstick—leaked just a week after the brand announced it was discontinuing its original, iconic Naked palette. (That one is still available on at half price, if you want to snag it!) The collection officially dropped in late September.

Anyway, Naked Cherry has 12 takes on the namesake hue, ranging from a super-light baby pink to a deep burgundy. As someone with hazel eyes, I’m stoked about this newcomer. It looks a bit like if Naked Heat (which I own and love) and Naked 3 (which has mixed reviews) had a baby—you get the tonality of the latter with the vibrancy of the former. The packaging is similar to the Naked Smoky palette—acrylic and boxy, with some good heft to it and a decent mirror and brush. It’s $49 and available at the brand’s website, as well as Ulta and Sephora.

Next, we have Too Faced’s Gingerbread Spice palette. I’m a bit torn on this one—the brand is known for its sweetly scented eye palettes, though this one lacks a distinct gingerbread smell that you’d expect. Instead, I get more of a vanilla vibe—not unpleasant, but not what I’d hope for. It, too, launched in September.

The colors themselves—18 mattes and shimmers—are an interesting mix. There are a lot of warm pink and burgundy tones, but also an orange, a gold, some purples and even a greenish shade. This is the one I’m least jazzed about, if only because the color combinations don’t seem particularly wearable. I think the ones I’d be most likely to sport, namely the rose golds and such, can already be found in my collection. Packaging is consistent with Too Faced’s other palettes: a metal tin and smallish mirror, and no included brush. You can get it for $49 at Ulta and Sephora; it’s currently sold out on the brand’s website.

That brings us to Sultry, the newest offering from Anastasia Beverly Hills. ABH has been cranking them out this year, releasing Soft Glam in February, Norvina in July and Sultry in September. Like all of her palettes, Sultry has seven mattes and seven shimmers, with a great mirror and decent brush included. The packaging itself is similar to ABH’s other palettes, but with a glitter finish instead of that easily-smudged felt fabric.

You’ll find a ton of wearable neutrals here, with one unexpected pop of bright pink. At first glance, it reminds me a bit of soft glam, though the colors in Sultry are more brown-leaning. This is another one of those palettes that I could do without, if only because it seems to overlap quite a bit with my (admittedly extensive) collection. Still, if you haven’t jumped on the ABH train yet, this could be a great first purchase. It’s $45 and available at the brand’s website, as well as Ulta and Sephora.

Finally, there’s the Lorac Pro 4 palette, the only one from this list that I’ve made a point to purchase. Part of that is my affinity for the Lorac eyeshadow formula—velvety soft and wonderfully blendable—and part of it is the colors themselves. They remind me a bit of ABH’s Norvina, actually, which I also own; but Pro 4 has more neutral colors and is, in my opinion, more wearable. Others are comparing it to a lovechild of ABH’s Soft Glam and Modern Renaissance, which is somewhat fitting as well, I think.

This one was released way back in June, making it the oldest of the bunch here. Packaging—heavy cardboard with a thin profile, a great mirror but no brush—is identical to the other Pro palettes. And the price point is similar too, at $44 with the included mini eye primer. Get Pro 4 at the Lorac website, select Ulta stores (and online) and Kohl’s.

Are any of these palettes on your must-buy lists? Have you already purchased one or two and have feels about it? Let us know!