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Your search for your perfect eyeshadow ends here. We’ve done the dirty work for you and trawled the beauty market to find the best eyeshadow palettes that money can buy.
At the moment, everyone is talking about the newly-released Naked Heat Palette from Urban Decay. It’s the first new Naked palette for over two years, so naturally its arrival has caused quite a stir among make-up addicts and beauty bloggers alike. Complete with 12 matte and shimmery shades, it’s guaranteed to turn up the heat on your make-up game this summer.
For a compact palette that’s great for on-the-go, try one of Charlotte Tilbury’s trusty Luxury Palettes. Not only do the four shades in each boast excellent pigment intensity and staying power, but with the handy guide you can create a day or night time look in just a few easy steps. MAC’s professional grade eyeshadow palettes are also tiny enough to fit in a handbag, boasting several shades, and they regularly make an appearance in our edit of the best MAC makeup deals around.
If you want long-lasting colour, get a cream eyeshadow. They glide on with ease before setting in place. The result? Crease-free colour that lasts all night. And if you want serious staying power, dust a powder pigment over the top. Not only will it last you until the morning, it’ll provide you with richer colour.
If you want to combine or blend more than one colour, use a powder formula. They’re perfect for creating smokey eye make-up looks. Plus, they can be worn sheer or packed on for a bold look. All you need to do is sweep across your eyelid and then follow up with what you consider to be the best mascara. After all, the best is really the only way to go when you’re buying make-up.
Need to brighten your eyes? Add a touch of shimmer to the centre of your eyelids. And then apply a neutral tone along your brow bone to highlight your arches and add extra shape to your brows. This will also draw attention to your eyes.
When it comes to application, invest in the best make-up brushes to be sure that your look is on point. A good angled shadow brush is perfect for precise application, but if you’re trying a smokey eye use a larger flat-head brush for blending.
Cream shadow can be applied with a brush, but if you want it to blend really well, use a clean fingertip for an accurate, easy finish.
We’ve hand picked the best eyeshadow palettes on the market in our gallery below and in our Black Friday makeup deals edit, so you don’t have to. Find your favourite in our round up below…
Can you really count yourself a beauty junkie if you’ve never owned a Naked palette? First released back in 2000 (seriously), Urban Decay’s Naked palettes have rightly earned their place as worldwide bestsellers with every new release. All the more reason to grab yourself their newest, the Heat palette, featuring 12 hot, bronzed-up shades that’ll heat up any make-up look. Grab ’em fast, cos they’ll sell out…
Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic palettes get the perfect balance of neutral and bold shades for the girl who likes a bit of everything when it comes to make-up. Don’t know about you, but we’ve got our eyes on that bold blue shade…
Go for gold with this NARSissist eye palette, packing 12 velvety rich shades that’ll both highlight and emphasise the “windows to your soul”. If you’re after that intense, smouldering eyeshadow look, this one’s for you. Definitely worth the spends.
Make-up bag sized eyeshadow quads are probably one of the best beauty inventions to date; so much colour choice taking up such little space. We love the shades in the Silvered Topaz quad by Tom Ford Beauty – dab a little of the lighter shades on the eyelid for an understated daytime look, or go all out with a bold smokey eye.
It’s no surprise that Charlotte Tilbury’s eyeshadow quads, promising a different “look” in each palette, are insanely popular among beauty lovers. Colour rich and velvety, these shades are everything you want from an eyeshadow and more – and the glitter adds the perfect finishing touch at the end.
If you’re hoping not to break the bank with your new eyeshadow palette, fear not – it IS possible to get some bang for your buck if you don’t want to part with the best part of fifty quid. Maybelline’s Blushed Nudes palette comes with all the essential shades, from burgundy to taupe and burnt sugar. Not bad for a tenner, hey?
Want a lot of shades to play with? How does 35 sound? Morphe’s palettes are well known for the incredible variety offered in each set, and are held up by beauty bloggers as one of the best (with good reason). You’re spoilt for colour choice with one of these.
Pint sized but full of colour, this one by Bobbi Brown packs a punch with its golden beachy shades. Big enough that it’ll last you a while, small enough that you can fit it in your beach bag. It’s Limited Edition, so be sure to get your hands on one quick before they all sell out.
If you don’t the hassle of putting your own MAC palette together yourself, have no fear, because there’s a handful of specially put together nine-pan palettes available. For a smokey combination of greys, navy and black, choose the Navy Times Nine palette.
Like Laura Geller’s baked eyeshadows? This palette brings you 14 all in one place, all of them long wear and paraben-free. Expect bold purples, soft nudes and intense blue and blacks.