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.
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.
Keep scrolling for the best, Marie Claire-approved buys on the market right now.
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 one, like this one featuring 12 hot, bronzed-up shades that'll heat up any make-up look. Grab 'em fast, cos they'll sell out...
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.
SUQQU's eye quads are some of the best in the beauty world. The colour payoff is excellent, and the shade range covers just about every shade you could ask for to make your eyes truly pop. 05 is a particular favourite on the MC beauty desks.
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...
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 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.
Those who aren't afraid of colour will love experimenting with these shimmery warm colours.
From their collection Healthy Glow, that celebrates the natural look, comes this beautiful palette that works
We had to put more than one Urban Decay palette in here, because they are the Kings & Queens of eyeshadow palettes. Their newest Cherry palette is perfect for the rich, berry trend that we are loving at the moment.