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Mascara, foundation and eyebrow products might be your 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, allow you to create smouldering smokey nighttime looks, or even crazy colourful combinations. Armed with the right palettes and your best liquid eyeliner and you’re set for pretty much every occasion.
So, no matter your budget, keep reading as we take you through the best eyeshadow palettes for every colour and finish.
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.
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 them pop, and if you’re looking for something bolder try blues, pinks or corals. Bobbi Brown’s Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick, £23.50, Fabled, in Golden Pink or Golden Bronze.
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. If you’re bold enough, give NARS’ Eyeshadow in Fatale, £17, John Lewis, a whirl.
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. Try Charlotte Tilbury’s Colour Chamaleon pencil in Amethyst Aphrodisiac, £19, John Lewis for a standout look.
Best eyeshadow primer
It’s especially essential if you have oily eyelids and your shadow and liner likes to slip n’ slide all over the place. Probably the best in the biz is Urban Decay’s Original Primer Potion, £17.50, Fabled, which will grip shadow in place on your lids all night long. Many a Marie Claire editor swears by it.
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Huda Kattans are so popular that there's a 'three palettes per customer' policy on Desert Dusk purchases. From bold packs of colour to glittery washes, there's everything you need to create mega eye looks with pinks, mauves and taupes, and everything in between.
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.
For some, having lots of different palettes to play with is the dream but others like a simpler affair. If you're going to have just one palette to rely on this is the ticket: It has taupes, shimmery shades and darker shadows so you're equipped for every occasion.
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 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.