It is the year of the palette in 2016 as there have been so many amazing and exciting palette releases (most of which, in honesty, came from Urban Decay) with literally something for everyone, but the nudes and neutrals fans have been especially catered for, with a good example of that being the Palette One from the Blank Canvas Cosmetics Master Series.
Palette One is a collection of 12, mostly warm, shades of various takes on nudes, with a really great array of colours. I was right on this palette the minute it arrived as out of the 12 shades, 11 are matte, and I do love me a good matte. The one shimmer shade is a highlight colour which I think is a great inclusion, as always like a little bit of shimmery light on my eye looks – usually in centre as I find it merges the whole look together and adds a bit of brightness.
The pigmentation is good and solid, although it’s not the most buttery formula I’ve ever tried, but all shades do blend well, just with a little more effort. Every level of shade is included in the palette with the very pale for a sheer wash of colour, right through to the very deep for either serious smoke, or a line of smudgy definition. My favourite shades are Hibiscus, Downtown, Forza and Strut, although I really like Carmin and Corruption too; if I have more time to add more colour and definition then those two come into their own.
Blank Canvas Cosmetics have a huge, lust-worthy brush range, so it makes sense that the brush included with the palette is going to be a good’n. It’s a double-ended brush with a Crease Blender at one end and a Smudger at the other, so you can easily put together a variety of looks with the handy brush, whilst the blender is perfect for bringing all the shades together and smudging any lines. This is a great little palette that’s putting up a strong fight in an area that’s so heavily dominated by the big players. I enjoy using it, the colours and finishes are great and I look forward to seeing what Palette Two brings! Find Palette One here – link – for £31.11.