November 18, 2009

The Muse’s Gift Guide: 20 Palettes for $20 or Under

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I love gift cards.

Gift cards for holidays, birthdays, special occasions, I don’t care whatever it is I love ’em. I like giving gift cards alot.

Ok, go on, you can say it. OMG Muse you impersonal biatch! But listen….my sister is the type of person that freaking has everything and alot of my friend’s are like that too. It’s really difficult settling on a gift for people like that so gift cards are so awesome. I really like the idea of giving someone a little extra cash to spend at their favorite store, it’s a rather great thing for the receiver in my humblest.

Now to some extent I agree they are kinda impersonal which is why I always try to spice up the gift card with a small gift or little goodies to make up for the impersonal aspect of the card itself.

Here are 20 GREAT palette ideas that are $20 and under which would be great to stuff in a stocking, give as a small gift to people, or to accompany with a gift card.


Pop Beauty Pin Up Pop Palette ($9.99)

Make Up Palettes 1

This is a nice one in my humblest and lord knows at $10 bucks you can’t beat the price.

Set includes:

  • Jet black Liner
  • Smokey Steel Liner
  • Sapphire Blue Liner
  • Silver Liner
  • Deep Plum Eye Shadow
  • Deep Blue-Violet Eye Shadow
  • Burnished Bronze Eye Shadow
  • Emerald Green Eye Shadow
  • Green Olive-Gold Eye Shadow
  • Perfect Nude Glow Eye Shadow
  • Opal Gold Eye Shadow
  • Sparkling White Eye Shadow

Sonia Kashuk Starry Eyes Metal Frame Eye Palette ($14.99)

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I absolutely love this palette. I have one and truly I can’t think of a single makeup lover that wouldn’t dig right into this. The cool packaging, the beautiful shadows, and the incredible price tag make it a must have for holiday gift giving.

Milani Runway Eyes Fashion Shadows ($8.99 or Less)

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In my humblest nobody does drugstore cosmetics like Milani. There Runway Eye Palettes are $8.99 or less in some cases and a perfect little stocking stuffer.

Sonia Kashuk How to Look Organically Natural ($19.99)

Make Up Palettes 5

This palette is an ideal one for those just starting out in makeup or even the advanced user who likes a natural, fresh look.

mark Flip For It Face Palette ($20)

Make Up Palettes 10

Can’t thing of many tweens or adults for that matter who wouldn’t dig on a mark Flip It Palette. These contain all the basics for eyes, cheeks, and face.

mark Super Flip Color Kit ($20)

Make Up Palettes 11

Amp up the flip palette with the new Holiday edition which includes 18 total shades for lips and eyes.

Avon 8 in 1 Lip Palette ($4.99)

Make Up Palettes 9

It’s not illegal to cheap up your holiday palette shopping! Under $5 bucks, 8 shades of lip treats? Why not!

Avon 12-in-1 Eye Palette & Avon SuperCurlacious Mascara Duo ($14.99)

Make Up Palettes 12

Ah why not, go to hell in a hand basket and just snag the shadow set too! Hey, it comes with mascara!

Sephora Makeup Palette To Go ($15)

Make Up Palettes 8

8 Eyeshadows, 4 Lip glosses, A Blush, and funky cool pull out draw packaging, total winner to slap together with a Sephora Gift Card.

Stila Can Cam Palette ($18)

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Bella Beauty Bella in Bloom Face Palettes ($20)

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Available from QVC, Item Number A178983.

Stila Record A Message Palette ($20)

Make Up Palettes 16

I brought about five or six of these last year, hit record, went into the shower, sung a quickie Christmas jingle, and gave them to friends, no joke, true story.

Bella Beauty Bella in Bloom Eye Shadow Palettes ($13)

Make Up Palettes 14

Available from QVC, Item Number A178981 in three shade selections. Looks like a great cheap dupe for the new Too Faced Holiday Palette and heaps cheaper!

Urban Decay Get Baked Eyeshadow Palette ($18.99)

Make Up Palettes 2

Marked down at Ulta, it may be a Summery look but who wouldn’t want Urban Decay for a gift?

Ulta Gift of Color Mini Gift Set ($14.99)

Make Up Palettes 4

Trying to keep it real with the Ulta sets as I’m not a fan but I give them props as some sets are looking nice!

NYX Smokey Look Kit ($8.99)

Make Up Palettes 6

Likey NYX, ’nuff said.

Ulta Glitterati Palette Gift Set ($14.99)

Make Up Palettes 3

I like this alot actually.  Again, I’m  not really a fan of these all in one cheapie palettes but this looks very nice.

Bella il Fiore “Bella’s Powder Room” Makeup Boudoir

Cosmetics Too Faced 2

Too Faced Glamour to Go III ($19.50)

Cosmetics Too Faced 1

All in one face kit with gorgeous shades of shadow, lip colors, and blush!

Pop Bronze Face Palette ($14)

Cosmetics Palette 1

The shades in this are festive enough to pull off for the holidays in my humblest and the price can’t be beat!

Hopefully some of these will appeal as a friendly little gift or as I said above to tuck in with a gift card of some sort. Some aren’t the best choices in my humblest as I’m not sure on quality, such as the Ulta palettes, but for $20 bucks and under it’s worthy of a try out for a stocking stuffer or a Secret Santa.

Happy Hauling!

Tell me your fav palette finds $20 or under!

Disclosure: Please take note links included in this post are NOT affiliate links. They are simply links to online stores I’ve shopped from in the past and enjoyed. I do not make money from these stores, I am not paid to post about them nor do they even know they’ll be featured on my blog, this is a simple and fun gift guide created by me.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Mara

    Lorac has several $35 palettes on sale under their VIP discount category for only $17.50 (I’m eyeing the Snake Charmer). It even has the $37 Picture Perfect palette on sale for $9.95!

  • Ashleigh

    I was totally planning on hauling the Pop Pin Up Palette and the Ulta Glitterati Palette this weekend! Hopefully Ulta has picked up some of the NYX palettes too.

  • Kaoru

    I love not only to send giftcard, but to receive them as well! My mom hates it when I ask for a giftcard for a present, since she thinks it’s not very personal, and I’m always like “ummm, but I’m asking for it?” I know I’m hard to shop for, and I know I have a lot of things right now, but a giftcard means that my Christmas present from December because my swimsuit for July!

    I don’t know, I think it’s only me. Even my husband thinks I’m odd…

    • the Muse

      me too kaoru. Everyone thinks they are so impersonal but it’s such a great gift imho I mean it’s like giving someone what they really WANT right? 😀

      No way I’m the same way 😀

  • Hollie

    I love you for this post! I was just thinking about what good palette I could get for under $20. I’ll definitely be checking out the first Sonia Kashuk palette you listed. I saw the Pop Beauty Pin Up Pop Palette in my Ulta catalog and wasn’t sure about it because I’ve never tried Pop but it’s only 10$ so might as well!

    • the Muse

      hollie it’s nice. It’s in a sequin clutch 😀 and the shadows are gorg, review popping up shortly for you! I’m of the same mentality it’s 10 bucks and cute can’t go wrong right!?

  • Chelsea

    LOL on the recorded jingles … I won’t be torturing my friends and family that way this year; instead, I hauled a bunch of Korres that I’ll be handing out like candy (canes). Yup, the Muse got me addicted to Korres. I treated myself to some goodies during their promo (it’s still going on, BTW), and as soon as I tried the Lip Butter in Plum I dashed to my computer to order several more for me, and a bunch for my mom and sis. Also, the samples they sent worked wonders on my skin. Korres is the new Lush!

    • the Muse

      hey chelsea

      They LOVED it LOL! 😀 The torture brought tidings of good cheer LOL 😀 awesome awesome good hauling hun! which promo? I know my promo is still going 30% off using promo code MUSE weeeeeeeeeeee 😀 which one did you use? Love love love the plum lip butter!

      Truly they have seriously awesome stuff!

  • Smirking Valet

    If my middle name wasn’t “Rachel”, it would totally be “Palette”!! I’m loving the Sephora-to-go palettes! I’m getting them for tween girls I nanny for, as a great introductory makeup kit. I refuse to have young ladies painted up in sparkles on my watch!! Remember Tinkerbell Cosmetics??? Anything’s better than that!

    • the Muse

      dude I am so all about sprinkles, shimmer and glitter hahahahahaha 😀 Can’t help myself!!!!!!!!! 😀

      But I hear you they make cute gifts 😀

  • Tavia

    These are really some great palettes at amazing good prices 🙂 I don’t know which one to choose yet: )

  • dee

    OMG, muse! you make me want to shop more and more. which one should I choose? which one?

    • the Muse

      LOL dee!!!!!!! 😀 they are all under 20 and great deals 😀 Pick 1 or 2 or 3…LOL!