best eyeshadow palettes

The best eyeshadow palettes to totally transform your make-up game

We put the best to the test, so you don't have to

Buying eye make-up needn’t be a chore these days; there are hundreds of the best eyeshadow palettes lining every drugstore and department store beauty hall.

As well as the best liquid eyeliner to make the whole look truly pop, a sweep of shadow adds colour and depth to your overall look. And of course, the whole thing is only completed by fanning out the lashes with your best mascara.

When it comes to SS18, green is having a major moment. We know what you’re thinking – green eye make-up? It’s not exactly sexy. Except when it’s in the hands of Tom Pecheux; at Elie Saab, he mixed bright green with brown for an earthy take on the shade, before spreading it along the lash line and lids.

best eyeshadow palette

Get the look by smudging out Sisley Phyto-Kohl Star Waterproof in Mystic Green, £36 at John Lewis, or use your fingers to sweep Chanel Les 9 Ombres Exclusive Creation in Affresco, £67 at House of Fraser.

Whether you want a compact quad à la Charlotte Tilbury, Tom Ford or SUQQU, or a mega-range of shades sprawling a giant palette from the likes of Huda Beauty, one of the best eyeshadow palettes will get you your colour fix.

The best eyeshadow primer

But, as with any blank canvas, there’s one essential first step: prep the area. No smokey eye can go the distance without a little help from the best eyeshadow primer on the block (because who wants to re-do the whole look a few hours later?).

While Bobbi Brown and Clinique both offer solid options, none holds a candle to Urban Decay’s Original Primer Potion, £17.50, Fabled. Smoothing the whole surface of your lid out, it grips onto shadow for smudge-free wear all day (or all night) long.

Without further ado, allow us to give you a quick tour of the best eyeshadow palettes in the beauty biz.

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