Save/Splurge: Five face palettes that have it all

Travel-friendly products are always a good thing, especially when the holidays roll around and space is at a premium in the ol’ suitcase; this is why I love palettes. Think capsule wardrobe – but for your face.

I often find that many palettes have “filler” products in them, be it a blusher that isn’t a particularly flattering shade or a sparkly gold highlighter that only a five-year-old could love, so to save you some time here are some of the best options – without the extra baggage.

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  • Sleek Eye & Cheek Palette €14.49

Available in four different colour combinations, these palettes from Sleek are a total bargain. Ideal for popping in your handbag whether you’re off to work or heading away on holiday, each one contains four eye shadows and two blushers in complementary shades.

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  • YSL Kiss & Love Limited Edition Palette €75

If you want to treat yourself then this is how to do it. The limited edition Kiss & Love palette contains four eye shadows (high pearl gold, dark brown, silvery shimmer and champagne gold), a soft coral blusher and two Rouge Volupté lip shades so all the bases are covered whether you want to keep your look simple and sophisticated or glam it up come night time.

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  • Charlotte Tilbury Instant Beauty Palette €69

Designed to create a “natural, smoothing, radiance enhancing” finish to skin in five minutes flat, this palette is an absolute beauty, housing three eye colours, two blushes and the now iconic highlighter/bronze duo. The shades are flattering and easy to use for any age, eye colour or skin tone and give a subtle “lit from within” glow. The only problem is – it’s currently sold out, but fear not, it will be back soon!

The only problem is it’s currently sold out, but fear not, it will be back soon!

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  • The Balm AutoBalm mini palette €19 

If you’re short on space then this cute little palette from TheBalm is ideal. In it, you’ll find a highlighter, blusher and then two eye shadows which can also double up as either a brow powder or eyeliner.

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As investment pieces go, this palette is a winner as it offers high-quality eyeshadows and blushers in easy to wear shades that will work all year round. The texture is soft and buttery with little to no fallout. My only gripe is that they cheaped out on the applicator – would it have been so hard to add a little brush instead?

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