Urban Decay Naked2 Palette
Urban Decay's Naked2 palette truly gives you a little sample of everything. Urban Decay reimagined basic hues in this not-so-basic palette by adding satin, matte, and glimmering finishes to each shadow, making this the ideal set of shades.
e.l.f. Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette
e.l.f. always keeps it simple, cheap, cruelty-free, and vegan — all at an unbeatable price. These 10 matte shades, ranging from a light, creamy beige to a dark taupe gray, are a perfect combination.
Natasha Denona Lila Palette
Natasha Denona's Lila palette features 15 shades in both warm and cool tones. The buttery shadows blend like a dream, and there are plenty of colors for both understated and glammed-up looks. It's definitely worth the splurge!
Too Faced The Chocolate Bar
This Too Faced eyeshadow palette comes with 16 shades of matte and shimmer neutral shades. These colors will work for any occasion. The best part? They're all made with real chocolate!
Fenty Beauty Galaxy Palette
This 14-shade glitter palette from Rihanna's beauty line is unique, and, true to its name, will make you feel like you're in outer space when you rock these out-of-this-world shades.
Eyeshadow palettes are essential for anyone who loves blended, multicolored looks and creating depth around the eyes. Gone are the days when you needed to buy 15 single-pot shadows to have a varied collection: Now you can just purchase a palette where the colors are already expertly curated for seamless, coordinated eye looks.
The best thing about eyeshadow palettes in today's makeup landscape is the amount of quality picks to choose from. From budget buys to splurgeworthy shades, there's something for everyone. Check out our top 10 eyeshadow palette picks below.
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1. Urban Decay Naked2 Palette — $54
Pro: Versatile shades with excellent color payoff
Con: Only neutrals, so if you want more adventurous colors, look elsewhere
With the recent demise of the original Urban Decay Naked Palette, it's no surprise that its equally iconic successor claimed our top spot of must-have eyeshadow palettes.
Ever since its launch in 2010, the Urban Decay NAKED series has gone viral, winning praise from makeup artists to beauty bloggers alike. We love all of them, but it's the Naked2 that's currently number one in our hearts (and on our lids). Urban Decay reimagined basic hues of brown and pink in this not-so-basic palette by adding satin, matte, and glimmering finishes to each shadow, making this set ideal for upping the ante on daytime looks.
The shades within the palette are incredibly versatile, too. We're a little obsessed with Chopper. It's a pinky-beige with just a hint of shimmer that makes for an excellent shadow base all over the lid. Half Baked is another cult favorite, due to its metallic finish and copper tone that pair well with literally every outfit you can imagine. If you're looking to go a little darker, Busted's rich chocolate hue does wonders as an intense cut crease.
Just trust us on this one — if you don't already have it, you should get it ASAP.
2. e.l.f. Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette — $10
Best Budget Buy
Pro: Affordable, comes with a mirror inside, cruelty-free, vegan
Con: Not the most pigmented
e.l.f. — which stands for Eyes Lip Face — has been serving up makeup under $10 since 2004. For quality makeup at a killer price point, e.l.f. can't be beat. This 10-shade palette is an all-matte collection with a slight satin finish on top. We also love that even though you're paying a dollar per color here, the packaging still comes with a mirror.
Of course, due to the low-cost nature of the product, something's gotta give. It isn't as pigmented and opaque as it could be, but for 10 bucks, we'll take it.
3. Natasha Denona Lila Eyeshadow Palette — $129
Pros: Buttery consistency, offers both warm and cool shades
This stunning palette from Natasha Denona just may take your breath away. Swatching this beauty in-store is reason enough to make the trip to Sephora! It comes with 15 shades of pinks and purples, in both warm and cool tones.
The colors blend like a dream on your lid, and there are plenty of colors for both understated and glammed-up looks. The only downside, of course, is its steep price. Put this one on your birthday wish list!
4. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette — $49
Pro: Versatile, blendable
Con: Not a huge range of cool shades
If we could only have one eyeshadow palette in our arsenal, Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette would definitely be the winner. It's versatile enough to create a wide variety of looks, and the quality is super blendable, making it easy to use for any person, from novice to expert.
The palette, which is decorated like an actual chocolate bar, has 16 warm shades named after sweet desserts. Use Hazelnut and Haute Chocolate for blending shades, and mix together Marzipan and Creme Brulee for the perfect rose gold all-over lid color. Plus, did we mention the shades smell like chocolate? You're in for a sweet treat with this palette.
5. Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette — $59
Pro: Unique colors
Con: No matte shades, so this one's best for nights out and special occasions — not necessarily every day
Fenty Beauty released this Sephora-exclusive Galaxy Eyeshadow palette, and we're obsessed. It comes with 14 glimmery, sparkly eyeshadow colors that'll make any dreary winter day instantly better.
Choose from baby blue, green, navy, gold, yellow, and peach tones. This palette won't necessarily be your go-to every day, but that's fine! This doesn't need to be the only palette in your collection, and it can be something fun to play with when you want to experiment with bolder looks.
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If our five top palette picks aren't enough for you, no fear. We have way more than five in our collection, too. Read on for more of our favorites!
6. IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol. 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette — $42
Pros: Pigmented shadows, pretty packaging
Con: Very few dark shades
One of the most key things to creating a successful smoky-eye look is using blending shades, and this palette from IT Cosmetics has plenty of them that'll make your smoky eye look smooth, without any harsh lines.
This palette has shades of brown, red, orange, and blue, so you don't have to stick with a simple smoky eye. This palette also has plenty of lighter blending shades, but it's missing some darker ones other than its dark navy and black options.
7. Morphe 35O Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette — $23
Pro: 35 shades in the palette
Con: No mirror in packaging
Morphe is a makeup force to be reckoned with. The brand is known for its affordable brushes and 35-color eyeshadow palettes that are loved by the most popular YouTube beauty gurus like Jaclyn Hill, MannyMUA, and Laura Lee.
This palette has both matte and shimmer shades, from creamy whites to red-oranges, all the way to taupes and dark browns. The only negative to this pick is its lack of a mirror on the packaging.
8. Dose of Colors Marvelous Mauves — $32
Pros: Portable, mirror and brush included
Con: No warm tones
For a no-frills, to-the-point mauve palette, Dose of Colors hits the spot just right. It has a shade for highlighting your brow bone, an all-over lid shade, a transition shade, a darker transition shade, and an inner corner color.
We also love that this cool-toned palette comes with a mirror for easy application on the go, as well as a double-sided brush. Bonus points for being cruelty-free, too!
9. LORAC Unzipped Eye Shadow Palette — $42
Pro: Buttery formula
Con: Fallout can happen
LORAC shadows are widely known to be creamy, blendable, and highly pigmented, and this palette is no different. It comes with 10 shades of neutral shimmers and mattes, with a mirror and eye primer included with purchase.
With such finely milled shadows comes, of course, the opportunity for shadow fallout. Combat this con by applying your shadow before your foundation, so you can wipe away any loose pigment.
10. Stila Matte ’n Metal Eyeshadow Palette — $49
Pro: Variety of shade finishes
Con: Needs primer to be long-wearing
Stila's Matte 'n Metal Eyeshadow palette comes with six shimmers and six mattes, giving you enough potential combinations for stunning rose-gold looks.
The luxe, gold-checkered packaging is a nice added touch for Stila's price point, and the large mirror inside will help you with lipstick touch-ups, too, when you're not at home.
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