At the very beginning of 2017, I decided to begin a project I had heard about on YouTube: One Week One Palette. I wasn’t sure how long I would keep it up or if I would enjoy it, but I knew I wanted to give it a try. Nearly a full year later, I can honestly say that this was one of my best makeup decisions of the year! Each week throughout the year, I would pick a different palette in my collection and dedicate the week exclusively to it.
Since we’re now here at the end of 2017, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the project – the highs, the lows and the lessons learned. Here is my official wrap up of the 2017 One Week One Palette Project!
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My motivation for this project was simple: my palette collection was getting a bit large, and I had begun to feel like I wasn’t getting the most out of my palettes. I often get into the habit of reaching for the same thing time and again which leads to neglect of other products. I wanted to make sure I was rotating through everything I had, and I also wanted to learn more about what I did and didn’t enjoy in my collection. Not only that, but I also learned a lot more about eyeshadow application and how to push myself outside of my comfort zone with new colors. Most importantly though, I didn’t want my makeup purchases to just sit there unused. As I’ve learned from the project panning community on YouTube, we need to appreciate the things we already own in our collection. This project reinforces that idea.
This may come as a shock given all the high end palettes I tried during the year, but my favorite stand out palette actually came from a BoxyCharm. The Studio Makeup On-The-Go: The Warm Up is my most used palette in my collection, and the one I took traveling with me on vacation.
It first appeared in week 9 of the project, but made multiple additional appearances throughout the year. The quality of this palette is amazing and the color selection is exactly what I look for. I may actually try to pan this palette next year.
The colors are beautiful, shimmery and bright. Speaking of Tarte, I also ended up loving the Tarteist Pro palette and the Make Believe in Yourself shimmer palette. Tarte really had a lot of hits this year, in my opinion.
I also can’t wrap up this “best of” section without mentioning the Natasha Denona Lila Palette. This was one of the last palettes of the year, and I absolutely loved the purple tones and quality of the formula.
While there were a lot of amazing palettes featured this year, there were also a lot of duds. Let’s get it started with the worst of the worst from week 15: the Jouer Ready to Wear palette. The most egregious issue with this palette is obvious here:
There is a white CREAM highlighter right next to a black powder shadow with nothing to protect it. The black inevitably gets into the white cream, creating a mess. Not to mention the colors were not pigmented or good quality. I haven’t used this palette since, and it may need to be decluttered.
There were also a few BoxyCharm palettes that fell flat: the Pur Cosmetics Soiree Diaries and the Pure Cosmetics (different company, similar name) Buff Collection. The Soiree Diaries wasn’t terrible – it just wasn’t impressive or special. The shimmers were disappointing and the formula didn’t do anything for me.
On the other hand, the Buff Collection was a complete failure and one I will likely declutter. There was almost no pigment on these shadows and the color selection was not what I was looking for. BoxyCharm does have a lot of hits, but of course there will always be a miss or two like these.
This project was a ton of fun, and I would love to do something similar again in the future. Eyeshadow palettes are my favorite makeup item to collect, so I know I will always have a lot of them floating around. If I ever find myself falling back into the old habits of not branching out and staying in my comfort zone, I will definitely bring back this concept. I also encourage any of you reading this to give it a try if you have a large collection – you may learn a thing or two and find a greater appreciation for the makeup you already own!
Tell me about some of your favorite makeup from the year!