Origin Palette by Beauty Bay – Review

Origin Palette - Beauty Bay - image of the palette

You can never have too many eyeshadow palettes, right? That’s why I was super excited to see Beauty Bay had created their own range of eyeshadows. I knew immediately that I had to get one of them! I fell in love with the Origin palette by Beauty Bay and that’s what I’m going to be talking about today. Believe me, I wanted to own their entire range, but since I’m not on any PR lists (sadly) it would have been too much for me to buy all of them. So, the one I’m going to focus on is the one I own.. being the Origin palette.

Origin Palette by Beauty Bay

I love everything about this palette; it is giant in size, with a massive 42 colours to choose from – all embossed with a B for Beauty Bay. Not only that, but it comes with its own giant sized mirror on the underside of the lid. I just love the way this palette looks overall and the way everything is laid out is so nice.

Price point

The Origin palette is £25.

It’s a steal really when you consider that it works out at £1.68 per shadow. Some single eyeshadows cost a lot more than that! Although, I’d say that each shadow probably costs even less than that really, when you factor in the giant mirror and lovely packaging too. The palette even came in a sleek holographic box with bubble wrap inside to keep it extra safe.

This is how the palette looks when it’s closed:

Origin palette by Beauty Bay closed



Talc, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Dimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Polyisobutene, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 7 CA Lake (CI 15850), Red 40 (CI 16035), Red 27 (CI 45410).


Talc, Mica, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, Magnesium Stearate, Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin. May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 40 (CI 16035).


Polyethylene Terephthalate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Petrolatum, Ceresin, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 40 (CI 16035), Aluminum Powder (CI 77000)

These eyeshadows are Vegan friendly and PETA certified cruelty free.

Why I love the Origin eyeshadow palette so much

I think that the Origin palette is gorgeous, with warm neutral shadows that enable you to get so many stunning looks. I mean, how can you not fall in love with it when you see what it has to offer? Some of the shadows even have a gorgeous duochrome shift to them, which makes them extra special.

Origin Beauty Bay palette close up

One reason in particular why I love the Origin palette is that it is so user friendly. It would make a perfect palette for beginners or for people, like myself, that don’t want to have to think too much about what shade to put with what.

Each row is labeled with a recommendation for where to apply each shadow. For example, row one is the ‘base’ row. Along the top margin it is numbered, so that you can go down column by column creating looks. I say “recommendation” because makeup really has no rules and you can use these however you like, but it’s nice that there’s a guide for those of us that want that.

If you go column by column, there are seven different looks in total that you can achieve.

Here’s a close up of the left hand side (in different lighting, which is why it looks slightly different) to show you what they say:

Origin palette by Beauty Bay - close up of the side

The base is the first step, followed by transition, crease, liner, pop and highlight.

How I do my eye makeup

I do these in a slightly different order when I do my makeup.. I do base, transition, crease, then sometimes back into transition to blend it more, pop (which I assume means colour all over the lid), highlight and then liner. Let me know what order you would use these in. I’m curious as to whether I’m just a weirdo that does my eye makeup differently.

I don’t really use eyeshadow as a liner because I tend to just make a mess of it, my older wrinkly eyelids don’t get on with it.. so I wish that the liner had been named the outer edge instead. I may end up using the liner for the outer edge, as there isn’t one listed for that purpose and I like to deepen the outer edge slightly. Anyone else do that? I also may drag this colour on the lower lash line too in the future.

Origin palette by Beauty Bay opened on its side

Final thoughts

Overall, I absolutely love this palette. It’s so easy to use, the shades are very pigmented, the shadows are easy to blend and there’s minimal fallout. I really enjoyed applying my eye makeup and following the steps to see what kind of look I can get.

I definitely recommend this palette to anyone really, but particularly those new to makeup as I think this would be a perfect fit for them. It would also make a lovely gift!

The other two palettes in this particular collection are equally as gorgeous: Identity and Evolve.

What do you all think of the Origin palette? Have you tried any of the Beauty Bay range yet? Would you buy any of these palettes? Let me know all your thoughts below in the comments. I love hearing from you guys! ♥

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I was not paid for this review. I bought this palette myself. All images and opinions are my own. ♥


  1. October 30, 2018 / 6:22 pm

    Really informative review! The palette looks great, so many colours to choose from. I love the packaging as well, and for £25 that’s not too bad!

    Chloe x

    • merkitty
      October 31, 2018 / 1:08 pm

      It’s definitely priced very reasonably and I highly recommend it.

      Thanks for commenting! ♥

  2. October 30, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    You have included such detail and information in your review. You have taken some pretty blog photographs! Thank you for sharing! X

    • merkitty
      October 31, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Aww, thank you so much. I am actually extremely proud of how these photos came out, so to have you comment that made my day.

      Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment, lovely ♥

  3. October 30, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    This looks like a perfect eye shadow palette, you get such a nice range of beautiful shades. I’m impressed that you get so many for just £25. I also love that the rows are labelled to make it even more user friendly. I wouldn’t have a clue where the base, transition or crease even is, let alone what colours to choose, ha ha. Your photos are gorgeous and this is such a detailed and helpful review. Thanks for sharing your thoughts lovely <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • merkitty
      October 31, 2018 / 1:17 pm

      I was impressed that you get so many for £25 too! It’s such a bargain.

      That’s really interesting that you said you wouldn’t have a clue what they all meant though.. I guess it’s not as beginner friendly as I thought. Just to help you out a little, in case you did want to know (or for anyone else reading my comments) the base colour is the initial shade that you place all over your eyelid. The transition shade is usually a shade a little darker than your actual skin tone that acts as a way to blend all the colours together. The crease shade is applied in the crease of your eyelid, where the top of your eyeball is – right in that socket area to help add some definition. Then you would usually blend these out with a fluffy brush so that your crease edge and transition edge look blown out and not so harsh and merge together more. Hope that helps!

      Thanks for coming by and leaving such a lovely comment too. ♥

  4. October 31, 2018 / 11:09 am

    Wow, this is such a detailed and informative review! I don’t really use eyeshadows but this palette has some beautiful colours and it’s clearly fantastic value for money as well. And how helpful to have little reminders of what to use where to achieve the effect you want. I love your photos too, Beauty Bay is not a brand I’ve heard of but I’m curious about what else they do now 🙂 xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • merkitty
      October 31, 2018 / 1:20 pm

      Thank you so much, Lisa.

      If you wanted to start using eyeshadows, then this would definitely be one I recommend as it’s so easy to use and is a complete bargain.

      Beauty Bay are more known for their website having cosmetics that you can’t usually get in the UK. They are great for that.. but they’ve only recently started their own range and as far as I know, it’s just eyeshadows at the moment. Hopefully they expand more.

      Thank you for coming by and leaving a lovely comment ♥

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