Make-up palettes: Box clever with the best beauty buys for this autumn
From cute quads to sizeable all-in-ones, autumn sees a slew of cool make-up palettes arriving in shops. Katie Wright rounds up the must-have new sets.
Make-up artists love them. Beauty bloggers can't live with out them. But if you happen upon a palette in the average make-up bag, chances are one shade will be almost completely obliterated, while the others remain virtually untouched.
Hopefully, that kind of favouritism will be a thing of the past when you set your eyes on autumn's multi-hued make-up sets, packed as they are with covetable colours.
And we're not just talking eyeshadows either - lips, cheeks, brows and zygomatic arches (that's cheekbones, dear) are all catered for.
From everyday essentials to glam going-out kits, these are the palettes to get pally with this season.
THE CAMO COLLECTION
Inspired by the camouflage print seen on the catwalk, Burberry's Limited Edition Autumn/Winter 2015 Runway Palette, £50, combines nude beige, khaki green and black eyeshadows, plus three tiny brushes, in one very chic compact. These dense, moody hues work well with brown and hazel eyes (www.burberry.com).
THE CHEEKY TRIO
Sail away with Sleek's trio of blushers, part of the limited edition Nautical Collection. The Blush By 3 in Santa Marina, £10, comprises bright Calypso Island coral, pale Phoenix Sand and plummy Coral Dune, offering a cheeky hue for every occasion (www.sleek makeup.com).
THE ROSE QUARTZ QUAD
Give your smoky eye routine a seasonal switch, with the Givenchy Vinyl Prisme Quatuor Metallic Reflection set, £38.50, a quartet of pink and purplish tones. Start with one of three pearlescent shades then add definition with the matte red-black - the highly pigmented formula delivers long-lasting definition (www.houseoffraser.co.uk).
THE QUICKIE QUINTET
The perfect portable kit for easy eye make-up looks, Clarins 5-Colour Eye Palette Pretty Day, £33, pools five wearable shades, from palest nude through to shimmering chocolate. Keep it in your handbag or desk drawer for instant after-work transformations (www.clarins.co.uk).
THE SCULPTOR'S SET
Fans of contouring will adore Illamasqua's Sculpting Palette, £44, which goes way beyond the usual duo of dark and light powders. Featuring two highlighters and four darker hues, the line-up cleverly includes ash and bronze shades, so you can tailor the warmth of your cheekbone-enhancing shadow (www.illamasqua.com).
THE LIPSTICK SIX
The B. Kissable Palette, £9.99, brings together half a dozen of the vegan make-up brand's best-loved lippies, from the dusky rose Doll's House to super-bright Lollipop, giving you a whole new lipstick line-up for autumn. Given that a B. lipstick usually costs £7.99 a pop, it's a major bargain, too (www.super drug.com).
THE GOLD STANDARD
Housed in a gorgeous rose gold case, this Models Own Chrome Eyeshadow Palette, £5.99, takes the metallic trend to new heights, with six molten cream colours. Joining bronze, silver and gold (of course) are a shimmering dark brown, holographic white and galactic grey (www.modelsownit.com).
Part of the Swedish fashion brand's all-new cosmetics range, H&M's Eye Shadow Palette, £9.99, is a good place to start if you want to expand your eye make-up repertoire beyond browns and nudes. The nine-colour collection adds greens, greys and blue into the mix, but the shades are muted enough to make them easy to wear (www.hm.com).
THE MAC DADDY
Worthy of a YouTube beauty vlogger's kit, MAC's Warm Neutral Palette, £65, runs the gamut from delicate to dark and matte to molten in 15 shades, giving make-up mavens hours, if not years, of experimental fun (www.maccosmetics.co.uk).
THE FULL MAKE-UP MONTY
Split into three sections, the Smashbox Shape Matters Palette, £60, provides everything you need to whip your eyebrows into shape, contour and highlight your face and create a plethora of eyelid options, with nine different shadows. Just add mascara to complete your shapely transformation (available September 16, www.smashbox.co.uk).