Artist's Palette

Ciaté's 9-Piece Trend Edit Eye Shadow Palette Is My Idea of the Perfect Palette

It gives me options and a useable selection of warm shades

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Ciat's 9Piece Trend Edit Eye Shadow Palette open and shown against a peachy pink background

TL;DR:

What it is: A nine-pan eye shadow palette of warm neutrals in matte and shimmery finishes, plus a sparkling burgundy
What it does: Gives you the option to create a beautiful daytime neutral look, or a stunning, show-stopping night look
Who it's for: Anyone who is a fan of warm, neutral shadows

The makeup industry is smitten with eye shadow palettes. They're absolutely everywhere and, in my case, spilling form the drawers of my vanity. 

Burgundy and warm-toned palettes are by far some of the most popular, so when I come across one, admittedly I'm kind of meh about it. Do I love coppers, deep reds, and spicy browns? Why, yes I do. Do I have enough of these colors in my overall collection of shadows? Also yes. But Ciaté London's Trend Edit 9-Piece Eye Shadow Palette is one I consider worth keeping in my collection.



For me, the key to a good eye shadow palette is options. Meaning, if I leave the house for a trip somewhere, and I pack one palette and nothing else, I should have everything in that single group of shadows to create a complete look. Now, I know not every palette is created to do this — there are some that are just shimmers and others that are exclusively glitter shades meant to be used in combination with other hues in your collection. But generally speaking, I like the convenience of a palette that has a cohesive color story, mattes, shimmers, and hell, maybe even a glitter or two.

This Ciaté palette gives me all that. Of the nine shades included, four are neutral browns (hello, crease color options). Five of the shades are shimmers — there is a light champagne hue, a deeper gold one, a frosty, slightly purple-toned option, a pinky color, and dead center is an extremely foiled copper color. Each is creamy and rich in texture, but I have to say, when I swatched the palette, the copper was definitely the most satisfying to run over the back of my left hand. 

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The very first look I actually created with this was all matte. I was shooting something in my backyard, and I needed natural-looking eye shadow. I dipped into the matte caramel shade as my crease color — it's slightly redder than my skin tone and was the perfect transition for the brown desert hue that looks brown in the pan, but has a red tint to it on my eyes. That's it — I used just those two and while the look was extremely simple, it was impactful and gorgeous. I loved it so much, I'm putting a pin in it for when things open up again and I can go back to the office. That look is a perfect work-to-drinks moment. The second time I used this, I did the same basic look for the lids, but at the lower lash line, I added the coppery hue, blended it in with the rose gold color, and then dabbed the champagne shimmer in the corner of my eye to brighten up the look a little bit.

I always use my eye shadows with my favorite Urban Decay Primer Potion. These blended out seamlessly, and even the mattes were pretty creamy and showed up nicely on my medium-brown skin tone. What can I say? I loved it. Plus, its compact size doesn't take up too much space in your makeup bag and if you need to re-apply your shadows, you can do so in the mirror included in the palette. The only thing I would say I wished this palette had was a very deep, dark matte warm-toned brown, just so I could define my lash line with an angled brush. But other than that, at $24, this palette is definitely worth the coins.