From bright colours to warm neutrals, below we’ve revealed our pick of the best eyeshadow palettes that the beauty world can’t stop raving about. Some are cult classics that have lasted the test of time and continue to top Best Buys lists, others are new entries.
When it comes to eyeshadow, you can never have too many (trust us!) The beauty of buying multiple palettes is that you can mix and match them. If you prefer a particular purple from one palette or want to combine two colours to create a new hue, then don’t feel restricted. Experimenting with makeup is one of the best ways to learn what looks good on you. There are no rules!
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In our list, we’ve tried to find something to suit all eye colours and budgets from the likes of Huda Beauty, Sleek MakeUP, Charlotte Tilbury, Urban Decay and more. If you need inspiration, we’ve selected our favourite eyeshadow looks for different eye shapes and our resident makeup artist, Victoria Howe, recently let us in on her tips on how to apply eyeshadow like a pro.
Earlier this year, Charlotte Tilbury launched her Eye Colour Magic eyeshadow palette collection, and we’ve included it in our round-up. However, if you want to know if these palettes are worth the money, read our Charlotte Tilbury eyeshadow palette review. And if £40 is out of your budget, or you’re just not a Charlotte Tilbury fan, we’ve handpicked the best eyeshadow palettes for blue, green, hazel, brown and grey eyes in our What eyeshadow goes with your eye colour? guide.
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£56 | Buy now from Cult Beauty
Why we love it: Renowned as the must-have product for creating the perfect day-to-night look, as well as being a popular choice with brides, the New Nude palette from Huda Beauty offers 18 shades of buttery mattes, duo-chromes and glitters in neutral, pink tones. The pigment is incredible and there is minimal fall – when the eyeshadow falls on to your cheek during application.
The downside is that the New Nude palette isn’t cheap, but this really is the perfect palette to create neutral day-time friendly looks for all eye colours, as well as show-stopping creations when you pack on the glitters. In particular, these glitter and shimmery shades reflect the light in ways we haven’t experienced with others in our best eyeshadow palettes list. We often come back to this palette when it comes to applying glitter, even if we’ve used another palette for the rest of our look. For this reason, we believe the New Nude is good value for money.
The big shadow pans, and the lack of fall/high pigment also means this palette will last you a long time. What’s more, the colours can double up as contour and blush powders. This is, hands-down, the best eyeshadow palette we’ve ever used and that’s why it’s our Editor’s Pick.
£8.99 | Buy now from Sleek Makeup
Why we love it: Looking for the best eyeshadow palette without breaking the bank? This 12-shaded beauty is an absolute steal. Known for its super-pigmented shades and available in a variety of colourways, the I-Divine palettes contain pearlescent shadows that suit every eye colour and skin tone, and are guaranteed to illuminate any eye look.
The browns and copper colours suit blue eyes, the blues brighten brown eyes, the greens enhance hazel eyes and the black and silvery blues are great for grey peepers. Check out our What eyeshadow goes with your eye colour? article for more information.
Since we included this in our best eyeshadow palettes list, SleekMakeUP has launched a follow-up, Limited Edition i-Divine palette called Chasing the Sun. It’s not quite as versatile as this original, however, it’s beautiful and creates some standout looks. It’s particularly great for lighter eye colours because the pigments are so bright and deep. If we were allowed to go to festivals, this would be our go-to! The pans are matte, as opposed to the pearlescent shadows of our featured palette, which also offers an alternative.
Sleek MakeUP is one of our favourite cheap makeup brands and you can read why – and discover new Sleek products – in our Brand Spotlight. We highly recommend its primer, for example, if you have oily skin.
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Why we love it: If you’re in the market for a luxury palette, look no further than celebrity makeup artist extraordinaire Charlotte Tilbury and her curated mini-palettes. With four colour-coded shades, the Pillow Talk palette – officially known as Luxury Palette of Pops – of is raved about its luxe rosy pink pigments and offers the signature Tilbury glow in its iconic shimmer shades.
The best thing about the Pillow Talk range – including the Pillow Talk lipsticks, blushes, lip liners and more – is that, not only do the products complement each other perfectly, they’re neutral enough to suit most skin tones and eye colours. In pictures, the shades in this palette, and the lipsticks, look more pink than they do in real life. We’d say they err more towards a light pinky/brown but don’t let that put you off. That just adds to the versatility.
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Why we love it: We’re so enamoured with Charlotte Tilbury Luxury palettes that we also want to give a shout out to her Eye Colour Magic range. Released in March, this collection is available in four different colours, each one designed to enhance the four main eye colours.
As we explain more in our guide to colour theory makeup, choosing eyeshadows in complementary colours on the colour wheel can make them stand out more and make them appear larger.
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With this in mind, Charlotte’s palettes come in copper, maroon, blue and green to enhance green, blue, brown and hazel eyes. There is also a dual-ended liner to go with each.
We’ve tested both the Copper Charge and Mesmerising Maroon and they offer the pigment and quality you’d expect with an absolutely perfect colour match. Below is what the Copper Charge looks like on our founder, Victoria’s, greeny/blue eyes.
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It’s been a while since I even thought about putting makeup on so it was nice to spend some time doing so today, inspired by my recent @ctilburymakeup delivery. I have a mix of green and blue eyes (so bought both the Copper Charge and Mesmerising Maroon) and this is the former. I also took the opportunity to put the new @dysonhair Corrale to a proper test and my verdict will be on @mama_bella_uk soooooon
Why we love it: NYX has become a firm high-street beauty hero, and this Ultimate Shadow palette has a cult reputation, known for its fiery tones and budget-friendly price. This pint-sized palette packs a punch with 16 warm toned shadows in both matte and shimmer finishes, the perfect purchase for those starting out their makeup collection.
£42 | Buy now from Urban Decay
Why we love it: If you’re looking for something to turn up the heat in your makeup looks, what better palette to get than the famed Urban Decay Heat palette. Filled with fiery amber hues and deep reds, this shade-driven palette looks incredible on all skin tones and for all eye colours. Pro tip: wet your brush when using any of the four foil shades for ultra-blinding pigment.
£46 | Buy now from Cult Beauty
Why we love it: Fans of Ru Paul’s Drag Race will be familiar with the fantastic Anastasia Beverly Hills makeup brand and the most-coveted eyeshadow palette in the range has to be the Modern Renaissance palette.
From its velvet packaging, to its 14 highly pigmented shadows, makeup lovers can rejoice as the warm pink tones will suit all skin tones. The palette also comes with a mirror and dual-ended brush – perfect for packing on the mattes shades and blending them out too.