Fall has gone into full swing here in Boston so I figured it was only appropriate to do a post about my favorite fall eyeshadows. And great news - many of the eyeshadows mentioned in this post are super affordable! I live the broke life so I try to utilize cheap products whenever I'm able to.
My first eyeshadow palette of choice for the fall season is the Ipsy x NYX 3 color shadow palette. I subscribed to Ipsy for a couple of years, and this eyeshadow trio was one of the products I received in a monthly bag. This unfortunately isn't a palette sold in retail, but you can find it on eBay and makeup swap groups pretty frequently.
This palette is great for traveling with. The three shades in the trio are perfect for creating a simple neutral eye look to pair with a sultry vampy lip. The champagne and the chestnut shade are both shimmery shadows whereas the black is mostly matte with a subtle hint of shimmer. The shadows are powdery and definitely not the most creamy/blendable formula that I've come across, but the ease of creating a simple and quick eye look with the trio really appeals to me.
The next eyeshadow that's a part of my fall collection is the bareMinerals eyecolor in the shade "blush". You can buy this shadow for $15 here by selecting "blush" from the drop down menu.
I received this eyeshadow in a bareMinerals holiday set that I was gifted for Christmas 2015. This is a loose shadow that conveniently comes with a strainer in the container to avoid picking up too much shadow. The color itself is a sheer, shimmery pink that can easily be built up to be more pigmented. I looove using this shadow as an inner eye highlight for fall-toned eyeshadow looks instead of using the typical white shade that a lot of people use.
Surprise, surprise - another NYX product. Can you tell that I'm a huge NYX fan girl yet? This is the NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow in the shade "addiction". You can buy it at Ulta for $4.50. Can you believe what a steal that is!?
This shadow is the perfect brownish plum tone that reminds me of autumn leaves. As you can tell in the picture, it's a shimmery shadow but I've never experienced any fall out with it. The glitter is very finely milled, which prevents the shadow from being a complete and utter glitter bomb. Like with the NYX eye color trio, this shadow is definitely more powdery than creamy. However, I find it's still easily blendable and I reach for it often when I want a nice pop of color, as this shade is pretty pigmented right from the get-go.
As you can see from the swatches above, the bareMinerals eyeshadow is initially sheer but can be built up, and the NYX eyeshadow is surprisingly very pigmented for its price.
And now for my holy grail product - the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette. You can buy it at Ulta or Sephora for $42, although it's currently out of stock on both websites (for good reason!) Realistically, $42 for 14 shades is not a bad deal at all.
I seriously cannot rave about this palette enough. I tried to tell myself I didn't need it, but every time I saw swatches of it I drooled. This palette is so unique - I've never seen shade ranges like this in any other palette. It's the perfect mix of matte and shimmer textures. There are shades for your highlight, crease, outer v, lid, and transition area. And the best part is, there isn't a single shade in here that I've never touched. It's so easy to play around with every shade in the palette, and you can create an insanely wide range of looks with it.
The shadows themselves are the creamiest shadows I've ever tried. They're similar to the consistency of the shadows in the Lorac pro palettes, but I find that these are even more blendable than the Lorac shadows are. They're also insanely pigmented with just one swipe. These shades also seem to be universally flattering - these colors have looked impeccable on every skin tone I've seen them flaunted on. I reach for this palette almost every day, especially more-so this season because the mix of pinks, reds, oranges, and golds are stunning for fall-themed eyeshadow looks.
I love to use tempera or vermeer as an inner corner highlight, buon fresco, warm taupe, and raw sienna are crease shades, antique bronze, cypress umber, and red ochre as outer v shades, and the rest of the colors as lid shades. Realgar looks gorgeous when placed just above the crease, and venetian red and love letter are perfect for using on the outer third of your eye (or even your entire lid if you're brave!)
So there you have it! These are my current favorite shadows for autumnal looks. What are your favorite shadows for the fall season? Comment below!