May 23, 2019

Clean Beauty Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette Options – Beautycounter, Honest Beauty, Jane Iredale, Aether Beauty, Ere Perez, Lily Lolo, W3ll People

Hi Friends!

I recently posted my recent purchase of a clean/non-toxic eyeshadow palette on social media and I got such an overwhelming response that I thought it would be helpful to share a couple other eyeshadow palettes that were also on my wish-list.

I say overwhelming response because I shared a short video review of Beautycounter's Necessary Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette on Instagram Stories and asked if was worth the $89. So many of you responded "no" and some of you said "yes."

"...they wanna preach about healthy beauty and women not being in danger with toxic ingredients but then they make it so expensive that a lot of woman can’t afford it?"

"That’s a bit pricey but it’s an MLM Brand. So they pay heavy commissions to all their sales people – you did get many colors though"

"Anything above $50 is excessive. But this is lovely."

"I love my Tarte Bloome Palette but next purchase I may get this! Seems like it’s worth the investment"

I agree, A concern that I've always had with Beautycounter is that although they say that their mission is to "get safer products into the hands of everyone," their inflated price point makes their line of cosmetics inaccessible for many. For $89, the Necessary Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette is very expensive and, honestly, I don't think it's the cleanest option out there. With that being said, I  don't regret my purchase and I really like the Neutrals palette for many reasons. It's a good product and I'll be sharing a full review & swatching soon.
Image © Beautycounter

So, why did I break the bank for Beautycounter's palette when there are other options that are just as good, free of Talc, and more wallet friendly!? Personally, it was all about color choice. I was looking for an all encompassing palette with a stark black [for eyeliner], a cool toned brown [for eyebrows and contour], with cool and warm tones in matte and shimmer shades all mixed in. One of the only palettes that included all of these shades was Beautycounter's Necessary Neutrals palette and that's why I ended up fishing out $$$ for this product. But if you're not hugely particular about having a midnight black and/or a cool toned brown in a single palette, there are so many lovely eyeshadow palettes in the clean beauty market to choose from!

Here are six other palettes that were on my wish-list that I believe would be just as good or better than the Beautycounter palette. The price ranges from drugstore affordable to luxury steep but according to reviews online by other beauty bloggers they all seem to perform well. If you are/or have been looking for a clean eyeshadow palette, I hope this post helps narrow down your search!

P.S. this is not a sponsored post, and none of the links are affiliate links. I'm just sharing my honest thoughts on palettes I've discovered through hours of research so that you won't have to waste time searching the web for THE perfect palette. Don't be like me... haha

Honest Beauty – Eyeshadow Palette – $20

This palette was in close second to the Beautycounter Neutrals palette and it should be arriving in my mailbox any day now! It has a total of 10 shades and a variety of cool and warm tones with a black for eyeliner and a matte neutral light-beige to be used as an all over the lid base. This palette also comes with a mirror attached and has a great mix of subtle mattes, silky shimmers, and glittery finishes that would suit daytime and evening looks. I hope this one comes back in stock soon!

Also, I appreciate that Honest Beauty's price point [their entire makeup line raging from $12-$20] makes clean cosmetics a possibility for a more diverse demographic.

"The pigment-rich shades come in a versatile mix of mattes, shimmers and satins with velvety texture and seamless blendabilty.... The matte hues can double as bold eyeliners."  

– photo and quote by Honest Beauty ©

Aether Beauty – Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette – $58

Twelve shades with ingredients that claim to "reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and redness while illuminating the skin with its light-reflective crystals," this palette by Aether Beauty was also a high contender on my wish-list. This palette has four matte shades that seemed like they would work well as an all-over-the-eyelid base and/or as transition shades with a good mix of warm and cool toned shimmery shades. 

Like Honesy Beauty and Beautycounter, the Rose Quartz palette packing is composed of cardboard and is designed to be 100% sustainable.

– photo and quote by Aether Beauty ©

Ere Perez – Chamomile Eye Palettes – $36

Within the Chamomile Eye eyeshdow line there are four palettes: Beautiful, Gorgeous, Pretty, and Lovely. Most all of their shades seem to range in the warm browns and peaches. The beauty of the Ere Perez's palettes is that you can purchase individual single pans to replace or replenish colors of your choosing. 

I had my eye on the one pictured below [Beautiful] for it's black and beige shade and was hoping to purchase the shade "Katiana" separately – a cool-toned brown.

One of the downsides for those of us living in the States is that, as a clean Australian brand, Ere Perez products can only be purchased though US based clean beauty shops. I believe, out of the four palettes, only the 2 of them are currently available to us in the States.

"... Made with chamomile, traditionally known for its calming and soothing properties, ideal for sensitive eyes. This palette has 3 matte base shades and 3 shimmer shades for soft to smokey eye looks."

– photo and quote by Ere Perez ©

Lily Lolo – Aurora Eye Palette – $34

The Aurora Eye Palette, as well as Ere Perez's Chamomile Palettes seem to be perfectly sized for traveling. I do like its compact size, sturdy plastic exterior with a mirror built in. The Aurora Palette's eight shades included the black and cool brown I was looking for but lacked a lighter matte shade that I would need as an all-over-the-lid base and a matte transition shade. 

Due to the Aurora palette's lack of a base and transition shade, this palette was slightly lower on my wish-list for an all encompassing eyeshadow palette. But looking through their five eyeshadow palettes, many of the colors look really beautiful and I may look into trying the "Smoke & Mirror" as a fun supplementary eyeshadow palette.

– photo by Lily Lolo ©

W3ll People – Nudist Eyeshadow Palette – $25

This one was also slightly lower on my "all emcompassing palette" wish-list due to the lack of cool tones and a highly pigmented black but it I can see where this would be a useful supplementary eyeshadow palette. It has a good range of warm matte shades to be used as an all-over-the lid base or as a transition shade for the crease area. The warm browns could also be used as a powder bronzer option to warm up the face for a mid-summer tanning effect. 

"These plant-based shadows won’t disappear or look chalky, instead they’ll drape your lids in a heavenly veil of light for added dimension and definition. The proprietary blend of botanicals gives each shade its creamy velvet texture, rich color, serious staying power and superior blendability."

– photo and quote by W3ll People ©

Jane Iredale – Eye Shadow Kits – $59

Jane Iredale is high-performing LUX clean beauty brand and their golden packaging and elevated price point show it. There are 6 different palette options in their Eye Shadow Kit collection ranging from mattes and shimmers, reserved neutral shades to bright pops of fun colors [like the "Let's Party" pictured below]. I also appreciate the logical layout of this palette and that the lighter/all-over-the-lid base shade is double the size of the other colors and placed on the very left in a circular pan. This one is also travel friendly and comes with a dual tipped wand and a built in mirror. 

"From elegant to edgy, our silky smooth shadows deliver the style you want while staying put for long-lasting, crease-free color."

– photo and quote by Jane Iredale ©

There are just so many great options!

I'll post an extensive review and swatching of Beautycounter's Necessary Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette with a couple different looks in the next couple weeks! And if I can get my hands on some of these other palettes that I've mentioned above, I'd love to give you a full side-by-side comparison look. 

BTW, I'm wearing the Classic Eyeshadow Palette by Beautycounter in these photos. Here's how I like to use these beautiful shades to create an oh-so-romantic look and a full color swatching

Wishing you all a BEAUTY-Full Day!


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