Makeup on a Budget: My Top 5 Eyeshadow Brands

I've been thinking for a longer time to do some posts about drugstore purchases or better said budget purchases. In a drugstore there are many products that are a hit or a total miss and since I tried quite few products that impressed me, I thought to share them with you, specially if you're a makeup beginner and you don't want to spend a whole lot of money on makeup. I'll do two or three posts, it depend from the longevity of each, but I decided to do a separate post with eyeshadows. As you know they are very special part of my makeup, very adored, and since I tried - I can say - a lot of them, I'll talk about my favourites today. But of course I haven't tried all drugstore and inexpensive eyeshadows or other makeup ... There have been written posts like this before, be bloggers have different experience, we live in different countries which means we tried different makeup brands, so I think posts like this are always welcome. One thing I also have to mention - when I'm talking about eyeshadows, I mean mono eyeshadows and palettes as well.

Sleek palettes
Sleek palettes are on the top of my favourite list of eyeshadows. Their quality is amazing, and not just that, Sleek also has big selection, so anyone can find a palette for themselves. My favourite palette is Storm, which has eyeshadows with matte and shimmery finish and the shades are neutral and dark, so it's appropriate for day and night looks. Other everyday palette is Au Naturel. I don't have it, but from the swatches on other blogs I'd say it's a perfect palette for everyone who is just starting with makeup (you probably want to wear more natural looks at the beginning) and of course for everyone who prefers neutral looks. Sleek eyeshadows are always nicely pigmented, easy to apply, blend and last whole day on lids (sometimes they do crease, but that depends from each eyeshadows, for example matte colorful shades can crease quicker than shimmery ones etc.). Shimmery eyeshadows fall out, but there are more than one solution to this: 1. do your eyes before foundation, 2. use a wet wipe to clean all fall out from your face and re-apply foundation under your eyes or 3. use a tissue under your eyes when you're applying eyeshadows. 
The other thing I like about Sleek palettes a lot is the packaging. They come in a sturdy matte black packaging with a big mirror inside. Each palette has 12 eyeshadows and in Slovenia you can get one palette for around 12 €, it depends where you buy it. They are available on Ličila.si, Moja drogerija, Zapikonai, Click2Chic.

Swatches of palettes I own: ChaosVintage Romance CuracaoStorm, Ultra Mattes V2 DarksAcid.


I tried few MUA palettes, but none impressed me a lot, only Undressed. This is a dupe for Urban Decay Naked 1, which has my favourite shades from all three. Undressed has 12 eyeshadows, mostly shimmery, that are great for everyday looks and smokey eyes. Eyeshadows are easy bleandable, pigmented, longlasting, don't crease. I definitely think this is a perfect palette for someone who's just starting with makeup. It was available on Ličila.si for a long time, but as I see now they don't sell this brand anymore, so you may also try Makeup Revolution Iconic 1 which is basically the same palette, since is a dupe for Naked 1 as well. It's inexpensive, it costs only 6 €.


Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows
Creamy eyeshadows can be used alone or as a base for powder eyeshadow. Maybelline has great ones. I own three Color Tattoo shades: On and on Bronze, Pomegranate Punk and Permanent Taupe. On and on Bronze is a shimmery shade that I like to use alone on lids with addition of mascara on lashes. What I love about these is that they can be applied with fingers or with an eyeshadow brush. Pigmentation is very nicely, although Pomegranate Punk is a bit sheerer than other two. They have such a great formula that blends easy, but the problem can be, that they can crease if you wear them alone (it depends if you have oily lids or not). But I noticed that if I used them as secondary base (which means I apply powder eyeshadow over them) they don't crease. I think there are around 6 shades available in Slovenia and you can get them in any drugstore that has Maybelline stand. Price is around 5 €.


Miyo eyeshadows
When it comes to matte eyeshadows, Miyo has the best ones I tried. It's true I mostly have colorful ones and one brown, but the selection is big, they have 40 mono eyeshadows, from amazingly pigmented white and black to browns for daily looks and colorful ones for more daring ones. They do fall out, but they look amazing on eyes, even after many hours and I didn't had problems with creasing at all. These eyeshadows are available only in Nama, so if you'll visit Ljubljana, I recommend a stop there, specially because they cost less than 2 €. Unfortunately I don't have swatches of these eyeshadows. I thought I already reviewed them, but I haven't, so that needs to be done soon.


Wet n Wild is a new brand on Slovenian market, but if you'll check Destination Pretty store you'll see their selection of palettes isn't bad at all. They have mono eyeshadows, trio palettes and palettes with 8 eyeshadows. My favourite is Comfort Zone, a palette with 8 eyeshadows, that are perfect for delicate daily looks. They also have engraved a purpose on each eyeshadows which is amazing for beginners, so that they'll know, where to put any eyeshadow, but of course that doesn't mean it needs to be used only on that part of the eye. Pigmentation, blending, application, longevity - I have no complaints here. Comfort Zone costs 8,48 € and it's available on Destination Pretty.


I bet you tried many other brands that you love as well, so I'd be happy if you'd share your choices with my readers in a comment below or even in your own post. Be sure to tell me your opinion about my choices as well. Thank you for reading!

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  1. Great picks Tatjana :)
    I would say Wet n Wild Comfort Zone is one of my all time favorites, since it's so compact & i can go on a trip with it, without missing important colors for different looks. I also own Sleek The Original palette (594), but am not using it as much anymore for some reason, even though the colors are really pretty.

    xo, Luchessa.
    http://luchessa.org/

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    1. I definitely agree with your about Comfort Zone.
      Definitely try some other Sleek palettes, like Storm or Au Naturel, if you like more natural shades. :)

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  2. Sleek so moje najljubše po nizki ceni, največkrat posežem po Oh so special paletki, imam pa Storm že dolgo na WL ampak letos ne bo prišla na vrsto. Sem pa Miyo senčke kupila, ko sem videla eno tvojo objavo o njih (mogoče new in) in so zares super :)

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    1. No, me veseli, da si zadovoljna z njimi. Jaz se moram že res spraviti k objavi, tako dolgo jo že obljubljam, da sem mislila, da sem jo že objavila. :)

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  3. Sleek imam samo barvno mat paleto in nisem bila grozno navdušena. Imam pa MUA Undress in Undress Me Too in sta moji najbolj uporabljeni paleti. Res odlični odtenki in kvaliteta. Maybelline tatuji so pa itak must have, res odlični. Meni je samo škoda, da ni na voljo še več odtenkov.Wet n Wild prav tako izgleda super:)

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    1. Za tatuje se strinjam, super bi bilo, če bi bila izbira večja. :)

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  4. Great post! I only have the Vintage Romance palette from Sleek but have been eyeing the ultra Mattes V2 for a very long time so I might get it after all. I also have a couple of Maybelline tattoos and like them a lot!

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    1. Thank you. I personally love Ultra Mattes V2 a lot. I think you'd like it too. :)

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  5. The palettes look really good for the prices :-)

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  6. Sleek so tudi meni najboljše. Imam dve (Storm i Divine in Oh so special), na WL pa Garden of Eden. Embalaza je kulska, ampak meni sta oba pokrova (ogledalca) odpadla od paletke. Pa aplikatorji so brezvezni, no saj so pa povsod :)
    Drugače pa sem navdušena nad Lilylolo, ki so tudi super pigmentirane in obstojne. So pa samo single.
    Keep up the good work :)

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    1. A res? Jaz pa teh problemov nisem imela. Tudi meni so aplikatorji brezvezni, jih porabim za kaj drugega. Za Lily Lolo pa sem že slišala veliko pohval. :)

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  7. joj kako ta miyo sjenila dobro izgledaju, krasne boje, i k tomu još mat *.*
    i ja volim sleek palete, naročito ultra mattes v2 dark :D

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    1. Ljubiteljica mat senčil. :) Ultra Mattes V2 so meni tudi zelo všeč. :)

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  8. Sleekice so res zakon. :)
    Za Miyo še pa sploh nisem slišala prej, ampak izgledajo zanimivo!

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  9. Definitivno cu morat probat sleek jednom :D iako me i MUR kopije nejkedica zanimaju :D

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Thank you for all your sweet comments, I appreciate every one of them. <3