The possibilities are endless...
They say the eyes are the window to the soul, so let’s make sure that they pop. Arm yourself with the best mascara, best eyeliner and eyebrow products as everyday staples, but few products allow for us a much creativity as the best eyeshadow palettes.
Eyeshadows can add a subtle wash of flattering colour and allow you to create smouldering smokey nighttime looks or bright, colourful combinations. Playing with different textures, finishes and shades will allow you to create looks for every occasion with one product, making them so worth the investment.
‘Eye shadow palettes are one of my obsessions! I love the versatility and many different looks that can be achieved with a palette mix of gorgeous shades,’ explains pro make-up artist Cher Webb. ‘My go-tos are the NARS Skin Deep Palette [£56, Lookfantastic] for a classic bronze smokey eye; so versatile for both daytime and evening looks, the carefully selected shades are flattering on everyone and every eye colour.
‘The Urban Decay Palettes are iconic; the pigment levels and shade selection set them apart and your desired look can be achieved with each palette and the array of flattering shades. One of my personal favourites and an ideal starter palette is the Naked Reloaded, a perfect mix of colour and texture. BECCA Cosmetics have the very beautiful Pearly Glow Shimmering eyeshadow palette, each shade is like a colour wash, very eye catching and easy to blend and work with.
It’s really creative, fun and economical to customise your own palette and as you are choosing your favourite colours the whole palette will be used, so no waste. Brands such as MAC, NARS & NYX offer this service with palettes ranging from mini two shade palettes all the way up to large palettes of fifteen.’
So, no matter your budget, keep reading as we take you through the best eyeshadow palettes on the market. The possibilities are endless.
Best eyeshadow palettes for blue eyes
The best eyeshadow colours for blue eyes are browns, bronzes and golds, all of which can really help make eyes stand out. If you’re looking for something bolder try blues, pinks or corals.
Best eyeshadow palettes for brown eyes
Greys, warm browns and plum tones are all great picks for brown eyes and, for bolder options, bright pinks and purples make a great pairing.
Best eyeshadow palettes for green eyes
Browns, copper and silver tones all work really well on green eyes, while shades of purple will really make them pop.
Best eyeshadow primer
If you have oily eyelids and your shadow and liner likes to slip and slide all over the place, it’s essential to use an eyeshadow primer. Probably the best in the biz is the below, which will grip shadow to your life all day long.
Best drugstore eyeshadow palettes
Between them Sleek’s palettes have every single colour you could ever possibly need; A New Day contains the essential neutrals for day-to-day wear, while All Night Long (above) takes those up a notch for brighter, more shimmery looks. Want something bolder? Try 3AM on for size. Be sure to check out other drugstore brands like NYX and Rimmel for other great, affordable buys.
Keep reading for the latest and greatest eyeshadow palettes on the market right now.
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Enjoy experimenting with bold, bright colours? Get hold of Illamasqua's crazy Christmas palette and get playing with glitter and colour all party season long.
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. The Bella Sofia (pictured) balances warm, rich brown with taupe and is a great day-to-night buy. Try The Sophisticate for daytime neutrals or the Vintage Vamp to experiment with rosier shades.
If you struggle to nail a smokey eye, then you need this in your kit. Combining any of these shades will automatically help you get the look.
Look at the stunning shades on this palette. If you're frightened by the brighter shades, don't be because they perfectly compliment the more wearable tones. Get playful with the three different textures - matte, shimmer and full-on glitter. There are so many possibilities in this palette.
Chanel's Les Beiges collections are always so covetable and 2019's is no different. The nudey brown and beige shades in this palette work with all eye colours, but if you have blue or green eyes this is going to make them stand out.
Green and brown eyed people, meet your evening palette. These lilacs, violets and poppy purples can be turned into smokey eyes, subtle nods of glitter and full on Studio 54 disco vibes.
This is like an eyeshadow wardrobe - there are muted light shades for, deep moody colours and matte and pearl finishes all with nude undertones.
OK, we know this palette is super spenny and you might need to save up for a bit before purchasing, BUT you have never seen pigments like this. The staying power and the colour payoff is outstanding and as eyeshadow doesn't have an expiry date, this will last you years. Worth every penny in our opinion.
You probably haven't heard of the clean make-up brand, Róen Beauty, but all you need to know is that the creative director is Nikki DeRoest. She is the woman behind Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's incredible beauty looks. Glow is her thing, as you can see from this insane palette. It's only available on the website at the moment, but they ship to the UK. Huzzah.