We tested 17 of the BEST eyeshadow palettes (from Morphe to Huda Beauty)
courtesy of brand Finding the best eyeshadow palette is a little like trying to find your next date, except harder, because no one's created a Tinder to match you and...
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Finding the best eyeshadow palette is a little like trying to find your next date, except harder, because no one's created a Tinder to match you and your eyeshadow soulmate (yet).
For starters, if you're looking for an everyday palette, it's worth considering at a neutral colour spectrum (to ensure the shades are as wearable as possible). A great option would be Huda Beauty's NUDE Obsession eyeshadows. The trio of mini palettes each contain a selection of 'nude' hues, in super-flattering light, medium and deep tones.
However, if neutral colours leave you yawning, be sure to check out the e.l.f. Retro Paradise Eyeshadow Palette. It's packed with 39 super-pigmented, rainbow-inspired hues, in both creamy matte and glossy metallic finishes. You can create endless looks with this multi-coloured palette, from an emerald smokey-eye to a wash of neon pink, it covers all bases.
And finally, if you fancy something with a bit of both, stunning neutrals and bold colourful shades, prepare to fall for Anastasia Beverly Hills' infamous Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette. With stunning crimson hues, glossy golds and warm, creamy browns, you'll never get bored of it.
Yup, there's a lot to choose from, so we've tried and tested some of the industry's most-talked-about palettes, to help make eyeshadow shopping that tiny bit easier. You're welcome.
1 Maybelline Nudes of New York Nude Eye Shadow Palette
Most drugstore palettes struggle to nail the neutral eyeshadow palette, but not Maybelline. It’s bold to say, but this could very well be the best neutral palette your local Boots has ever seen. Smooth, creamy shades (zero chalkiness in sight) that are just as highly pigmented as our £40+ palette. Even better, we would and will use every single colour.
2 NARS Cosmetics Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette in Copper
NARS Space NK
NARS have somehow managed to craft the perfect travel-size eyeshadow palette, with three creamy mattes in a mix of neutral shades and three ultra-glossy shimmers, it's covers all manner of looks whilst still being tiny enough to pop in your pocket.
3 e.l.f. Retro Paradise Eyeshadow Palette, £14
4 Naked Honey Palette
Urban Decay lookfantastic.com
If you're a fan of gold-toned eyeshadows (aka, everyone) Urban Decay's newest Naked offering will give you all the feels. With a range of mattes, satins and metallic shadows, there's enough variety to create a dreamy eye look. The foil shades in the palette can be worn wet or dry, meaning you can dial up the intensity of you a blinding sheen.
5 35G Bronze Goals Artistry Palette
Guys, Morphe have done it again. Yup, this bronze palette is the ultimate mix of dreamy neutrals all under one roof (or lid, even). With every single matte and shimmer shade you could ever think of, it's basically the only palette we need.
6 Fenty Beauty Snap Shadows Eye Shadow Palette in Smoky
7 MAC Art Library Palette in Flame-Boyant
Sunsets, ice tea, Flamin Hot Cheetos… all good things are on the warmer side of the colour spectrum and you can now add this stunning palette to the list. The 12 shades mix mattes and shimmers to create a variety of looks with hues from deep burgundy to bright orange and warm brown.
Couture Colour Clutch Eyeshadow Palette Marrakech
Inspired by the dazzling colours of Marrakech, this newly-launched Couture Colour Clutch is the ultimate palette for a statement eye. From rich ambers and vivid sky blues turquoise to versatile neutrals, it's a bold and opulent way to update your makeup look.
The faux black leather clutch with the iconic YSL logo is a glamorous finishing touch.
9 Juvia's Place The Warrior II Palette, £19.50
Couture Colour Clutch Eyeshadow Palette Paris
YVES SAINT LAURENT
YSL has also launched a second palette as part of their Couture Colour Clutch collection. This version is inspired by the landscapes of Paris, from the metallic twinkles of the Eiffel Tower at night to the pretty blush hues of the city's 'golden hour' sunsets.
The mix of shimmery metallics and warm, vibrant hues strike the perfect balance between daring and chic. C'est bon, oui?
11 Reloaded Palette Velvet Rose
Makeup Revolution revolutionbeauty.com
I can't quite believe this palette only costs five pounds, yes, FIVE. Yet you get 15 eyeshadows, so it works out at just 33pence per shade - ah-mazing. All of the shades are creamy and easy to blend; the foils and shimmer shadows are packed with pigment, which means they apply like a dream. The mattes are a liiittle less pigmented, but for the price it's still ridiculously good value. Go pick it up now, trust me, you won't regret it.
12 Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay lookfantastic.com
If you're looking for one eyeshadow palette that does everything (and then some), this is the one to pick.
With a stunning range of neutral shades and bold colours, it's perfect for getting creative with your eye looks. The matte formulas are creamy and super blendable, whilst the shimmer shadows offer up a high-shine metallic finish.
13 Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills cultbeauty.co.uk
This palette started something of a revolution across the internet, with every YouTuber out there singing it's praises. It arguably kicked off our obsession with warmer shadows and prompted oh-so many brands to launch their own red and pink-toned palettes.
As with all the Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes, the quality is impeccable, so this is a worthy investment for your makeup collection.
14 Meteor Storm Eyeshadow Palette
Barry M Cosmetics lookfantastic.com
Forget everything you thought you knew about Barry M, they're way, way more than just cute nail polishes and glitter-packed dazzle dusts (you know, the ones you used to slather over your eyelids in year 8).
Now the budget makeup brand have branched out to create some killer formulas. This eyeshadow palette is the perfect example, with eight duo-chrome shimmer shades it's awesome value for money.
15 NUDE Obsession eyeshadow palette
HUDA BEAUTY selfridges.com
There's no denying that Huda Beauty knows how to make an in-cred-ible eyeshadow palette, she's mastered it time and time again. From her Rose Gold Remastered palette to the latest launch, Mercury Retrograde. But our all time fave? Has to be her NUDE Obsessions trio, the three palettes have the ultimate selection of neutral-toned shadows to flatter every skin tone.
16 I-Divine Palette - A New Day
Sleek MakeUP lookfantastic.com
Speaking of drugstore makeup brands that are killing it, Sleek have also upped their game in the eyeshadow dept. Their range of I-Divine palettes contain super-pigmented shadows that look incredible on all skin tones. They're blendable and easy to work with, for £8.99 it's well worth picking up one of these palettes.
17 Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust
March Jacobs harveynichols.com
Marc Jacobs eyeshadows are famous for their staying power, and this nude-toned palette lives up to the hype. With a range of matte and shimmers it's easy to build up a dramatic berry-bronze eye look. Yes it's a expensive, but the sleek packaging and pigmented formulas are A*** quality.