The Autumnal Drugstore Palette You Need Right Now

When Urban Decay dropped their fire Naked Heat palette, I knew I needed to search for a cheaper alternative (student life). I’d been saving up my Boots advantage card points and had around £18 on there, so that was my budget.

Originally, I had been saving to buy the NYX Love Contours All palette, a dupe of the Smashbox Shape Matters 3-in-1 palette, at £20 as opposed to Smashbox’s £60 palette, however since Urban Decay’s release, I wanted something more autumnal.

As soon as I saw it, I had to get it: The NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals at £16. Whilst NYX is classed as a ‘luxury brand´ it’s still really well priced for its high quality products, and so it is a brand I’m really happy to buy and know that what I’m getting is a bargain.

This beautiful 16 colour palette (even more than Naked Heat!) includes a mixture of warm and cool tones, lights and darks, mattes and shimmers. It’s so versatile and it’s rich, earthy shades are perfect for autumn. I’ve created a couple of different looks with this palette and I am so happy with how they turned out; super pigmented, super blendable, super lovely smashing.

This first look includes shade 12 blended over the lid as a transition and shade 10 in the crease, with the gorgeous burnt orange shimmer shade 11 on the center of the lid. To highlight, I used shade 2 in the inner corners and brow bone. I wore this with Sleek’s Velvet Slipper and added a touch of shade 11 over my lips for a metallic finish. One thing that I will say I don’t like is that the shades don’t have names – that probably wouldn’t matter to anyone else other than a blogger or an MUA.

My second look I wanted to be a little bit darker and less vibrant than the redder look I tried out first. For this look I used shade 5 as a transition, shade 15 in the crease and shade 10 on the lid. I don’t often go for dark shades on the lid, I usually have an ombre going from light at the inner corner to dark on the outer, but I saw the MUA’s on Anastasia Beverly Hill’s instagram stories do something similar with the Subculture palette so I thought I’d try it out. I’m also waiting on someone like Revolution to drop a Subculture dupe. I decided this would look best with a winged eyeliner as the look was quite dark, and I added shade 9 to the inner corners. On my lips I wore Mac’s Liquid Lipcolour in Simply Smoked.

The final look is a much softer, neutral look, as suggested by my blogger babes. I used shade 6 as a transition with a touch of shade 14 in the crease, adding shade 4 on the lid with shade 9 in the crease. I then went with Mac’s Velvet Teddy on the lips with a shimmer of shade 4 over the top.

As you can see this palette is so versatile, it’s small in size so is really travel/on-the-go friendly and it doesn’t break the bank. It’s definitely a must-have palette for this autumn.

Beff xx


19 Replies to “The Autumnal Drugstore Palette You Need Right Now”

  1. Ah this palette looks stunning! I have a few Boots vouchers as well, so I know what I’m getting now!


  2. The first look is beautiful! & so happy you went with the natural look, shows how this palette can be worn day and night! Defo purchasing this today sooo pretty x


  3. I love these colours! 🍁 but do they last for long? Do they stay in place on the eyelid? 🤔


  4. Omg I was going to do a post on this when it got nearer to autumn haha great minds! I used mine literally everyday through winter I can’t wait to crack it out again! The looks you made are STUNNING, you’re so talented girl. Great post, Clare xxx


  5. Loved this post! That pallete is definitely now going on my list for my next shopping trip!


  6. What a fabulous dupe and so affordable too! Great find girl, LOVE the looks you’ve done too, they all look so fabulous on you 😊
    Alice Xx


  7. I’m so glad you convinced me to buy this palette.. reading this post has me even more excited to try the palette out! I love how you created three lovely different looks, my fave is defo look number two as I always tend to wear darker shadows xx

    Ronnie //


  8. The looks you’ve created are beautiful 😍 This palette is amazing! 100% need this in my life!x


  9. I definitely need to purchase this palette, the shades are amazing! Side note, you are absolutely gorgeous!
    Great post 🙂


  10. This looks so nice and considering I wanted to try the Naked Heat it is definitely interested me in trying this instead. Also your makeup looks are incredible girl!


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