If you had to pick just one make-up product for your entire vacation, what would you pick? Lipstick, mascara, blusher…? The smart answer is a multi-purpose palette.
Find yourself a versatile palette (aka, one of our CF six) and it should consolidate a multitude of make-up favourites into one can’t-live-without, very packable product. Whether you’re into eyes, face or cheeks, the latest wave of palettes mean you can get away with travelling light when it comes to your make-up haul. Think eyeshadow shades that double up for bronzing, highlighting and contouring.
Meet our Citizen Femme six spring palettes to pack in your suitcase that will see your face through spring to vacation season.
THE YACHT LIFE PALETTE Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eye Shadow Palette, £46
Shade countdown: 14
If make-up palettes were boats, this would probably be a Kardashian super-yacht… Anastasia Beverly Hills’ new Riviera palette includes summer hues in mattes or metallics, whatever floats your boat. Think ultra-pigmented cool neutrals, oceanic blues and shimmering golds. Way superior to your average eye palette, some shades double up as highlighters – try dusting Yacht above the browbone to illuminate, or brush on Bahamas for sun-blushed cheeks.
THE SUN LOVER PALETTE By Terry Sun Designer Palette, £47
Shade countdown: 6
Forget Terry, if you’re all about a bronzy face on vacation this palette has your name written all over it. The Sun Designer Palette is probably the chicest thing you’ll pack in your suitcase, thanks to that oh-so-Instagramable zig-zag lid. In two colour options, ‘Hippy Chic’ (hello, Ibiza) features rose gold and apricot-hued highlighters, mid-bronze and three shades of colour-pop blusher, while ‘Happy Sun’ has cooler-hued highlighters and richer bronzers for a deeper, Bahamas-esque glow.
THE OFF KILTER PALETTE Lime Crime Venus XL II, £56
Shade countdown: 18
If you’re forever seeking shades that aren’t Insta-obvious, introduce your face to Lime Crime’s Venus XL II. Like a gift from the gods, you’ll find unconventional colours like green ‘Sage’ and olive gold ‘Laurel’. The buttery shadows come in four finishes – matte, metallic, foil or sheer iridescent – so you can go super-subtle or punchy. While the foil shades are ultra-reflective for sundowners, the sheer iridescent hues give you an otherworldly wash of subtle pigment for casual days.
THE ART FANATIC PALETTE MAC Art Library: It's Designer, £39
Shade countdown: 12
Time to get Expressionist, or avant-garde, or whatever art form you like with M∙A∙C’s trio of Art Library palettes. Developed by M∙A∙C Pro Artists who know their faces, there are 12 runway-ready colours (10 eyeshadows and two blushes) that can be used wet or dry. Our favourite shade names in the bold ‘It’s Designer’ palette include Gallerina, If It Ain’t Baroque and Can’t Afford This. Time to make your vacation face worthy of an exhibition? If neutrals are more your taste, pick up the MAC sister palettes in Art Library: Nude Model or FlameBoyant.
THE AU NATURAL PALETTE Too Faced Natural Lust Eyeshadow Palette, £52
Shade countdown: 30
For the indecisive amongst us, this palette contains 30, yes, 30(!), colours that you’d actually want to wear. The chinoiserie-inspired, blendable shades include warm shimmering golds, sun-kissed neutrals and cool pops of colour. To make a vacation statement, we’re digging Peacocking green and Pinned purple. One swipe is all you need for maximum colour pay-off.
THE MAKEUP ARTIST PALETTE Roén Beauty 52° Cool Eye Shadow Palette, $42
Shade countdown: 4
Want the insider on who the supermodels have on speed dial to get their glow? Think Bella Hadid, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Hailey Bieber… LA-based make-up artist, Nikki DeRoest. Nikki’s new make-up line, Roén Beauty, includes two handbag-sized compact hero palettes in Cool or Warm. Use the quad of versatile shades to mix, layer, smudge with fingers, or pack on pigment with an eye brush. It’s the perfect weekender palette.
Take a look at April’s Suitcase Hotlist here, the wardrobe to match your perfect colour palate