Around the holiday time of year, a lot of cosmetics companies produce makeup kits and palettes for their customers. Some of these are quite beautiful and very hard to resist! I love the concept of having everything in one little container, especially when it comes to travel, but I find that these all-in-one palettes rarely live up to my expectations.
First of all, I will always use up the lightest eyeshadow shade in a palette before I even make a dent in the eyeliner shade. Now I’m stuck with a very large container for one or two colors that will take me a lifetime to use up.
Second of all, I don’t like to spend money on shades I don’t even expect to wear. The palette may have two beautiful nude tones and one bright blue. I will not be wearing that bright blue shade, and it will again take up space in my drawer.
So I have found that while they are pretty to look at, palettes are just not for me.
Kits, on the other hand, have a much wider application. With individual items assembled in a kit, I can now pick and choose what I want to use. I may not end up using all of the items in the kit, but I can re-purpose one individual mini mascara much easier than I can find a use for that bright blue eyeshadow.
One thing that I love about the kits is that usually they are made up of deluxe sample sizes. I am a sucker for pocket-size cosmetics! I so rarely use up any one item that having minis allows me to play with new goodies without worrying about adding too much to my collection.
Which do you prefer?