I’m a sucker for a good eyeshadow palette.  I have so many that I can barely close the drawer I keep them in.  Talk about overkill! But ever since my parents gave me the go-ahead and allowed me to wear makeup to school, I’ve been hooked.  As a teen, I used whatever palette my mom gave me.  That usually meant whatever came in the free gift with purchase at the makeup counter.  Mom and I had no idea that those free eyeshadow palettes often came with a free dose of toxins.  


A few things you should know about this review: I am a Beautycounter Consultant.  But long before I was an affiliate, I was a fan–having used Beautycounter for well-over 2 years before becoming a consultant.  And it is from the perspective of a clean beauty lover that I’ll be writing this completely honest review.  To find out more about my disclosures click here. That’s all I have to say about that. Without further ado, let’s dive into the Necessary Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette Review.

Necessary Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

This cleverly-constructed limited-edition palette is packed to perfection with 18-long-wearing shades.  Designed with every skin tone in mind, this collection includes both warm and cool shades with matte, satin and shimmer finishes.  The compact is made of recyclable materials (as opposed to plastic) and features a removable mirror and a double-ended brush.


What Makes It Better?


Beautycounter takes pride in having some of the most stringent safety rules out there.  With that being said, every batch of color cosmetics is tested for heavy metals to ensure that it meets their industry-leading safety standards.  A quick search in google and you’ll see that there are a ton of potentially dangerous makeup ingredients that should be avoided. Beautycounter has a Never List of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that will never be in any of their products.  It is also Vegan, Gluten-free and Nut-free.



Flame: matte orange. Clove: matte sienna. Brandy: rich burgundy brown. Cava: peach shimmering neutral. Suede: neutral taupe. Bittersweet: shimmering warm brown. Fog: light neutral taupe. Slate: shimmering gunmetal grey. Smoke: matte grey brown. Blush: shimmering pink. Sable: matte warm brown. Port: deep aubergine brown. Slipper: shimmering soft pink. Burgundy: warm violet. Haze: warm eggplant purple. Buff: matte neutral cream. Mist: shimmering silver. Midnight: matte black.




I’ve included a list of every ingredient found in the Necessary Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette.  


Mica, Talc, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride, Cetearyl Dimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Methicone, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Potassium Sorbate, Trimyristin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Barium Sulfate*, Triethoxycaprylylsilane†, Tin Oxide‡. May Contain/Peut contenir (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510).*present in / présents en Clove, Haze †present in / présents en Fog, Blush, Slipper, Mist, Haze ‡present in / présents en Fog, Blush, Slipper, Burgundy, Mist, Haze

My Necessary Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette Review


First off, the exclusive, gold-patterned compact is very beautiful.  It looks clean and elegant. I love the inclusion of the double-ended brush.  The bristles are extra-soft. And I’m so glad they are made with synthetic bristles.  I love, love, love that the palette was designed to make it really easy to make color combinations that work well together.  The top shades are for base and highlight. The middle shades are for crease and lid. The bottom shades are to define. This just makes it so easy, no?!


Does it crease?

How long does it last?

What is the pigment like?

Eye irritation?