Makeup Gets Artsy: Palettes and Powders That Are Too Pretty to Actually Use

Arguably you shouldn't pay attention to the way a makeup is packaged--it's all about how it looks on you, right? We all know (and so do cosmetics companies) that subconsciously we're drawn to the most appealing and beautiful packaging. Companies have taken this concept a step further lately by making the palettes themselves into tiny works of art: Embossed designs and colorful patterns mixed into pressed powders are making our medicine cabinets a lot prettier. From the poshest of brands to the drugstore, you can find these gorgeous palettes everywhere. Click through to see makeup that looks as good in the package as it does on your face.
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Arguably you shouldn't pay attention to the way a makeup is packaged--it's all about how it looks on you, right? We all know (and so do cosmetics companies) that subconsciously we're drawn to the most

Chantecaille: This brand has been bringing awareness to endangered animals and environments for many seasons now with its beautifully rendered compacts. (

Nars: This "Hanamichi Kabuki" Eye Shadow palette is part of the brand's beautiful Japanese-themed Kabuki collection. (

Dior: This limited edition Lady Dior Palette was inspired by the bag of the same name. Good luck finding one, though--it was released in a limited edition as part of Dior's spring/summer 2011 collection. We found one for $199 on eBay.

Revlon: These palettes come in a huge range of colors and best of all? They look like cable knit sweaters. (

MAC: The

Chanel: This Lumiere Sculptée highlighting powder is super chic. Can't afford a

Guerlain: This eye shadow quad was a summer offering, but it's still available and the colors are perfect for fall/winter. (

Lancome: Can't make it to Paris? That's ok--swipe a little bit of the Eiffel Tower all over your cheekbones with this Maison Lancome powder blush. (Nordstrom, $40)