When in doubt, gift someone (or yourself!) an eyeshadow palette. You’re giving the gift of creativity, because whether it’s day or night looks, smoky eyes, matte ones, a bold glitter eye, sunset hues—we could go on and on about the possibilities of eye makeup. Every eyeshadow palette comes with multiple options for mixing and matching, and if you’ve got the right kind of eye makeup brushes to go with, there’s nothing stopping you from achieving a stunning eye look. With all the eyeshadow palettes on the market—and new, limited edition ones coming up everyday—we compiled an edit of 10 must-have eyeshadow palettes that come with saturated pigments and textures to set you up for success for every kind of eye makeup look. Go ahead, take your pick.
Make Up For Ever Star Lit Eyeshadow Palette
The brand’s newest eye makeup launch, this palette will have you covered for every kind of shimmer and smoky eye look possible. It comes with six matte colours to be used for the base and 12 shimmer hues ranging from soft, beige nudes to brick tones, darker blues and a shiny black. If there’s one palette you’re going to buy for all your party makeup needs, this is it.
Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette
It’s almost a sin to talk about eyeshadows and not bring up Huda Beauty. As the name goes, this palette is perfect if sunset, coral hues are your go-to when it comes to eye makeup. It’s a combination of bright colours in matte and shimmer finishes to give you room to explore multiple combinations. If you’re going all-out for brunch, these shades will serve you well.
TheBalm Nude Dude Eyeshadow Palette
If you’re all about warm, earthy and brick colours and shimmer textures, you’ll love this one by TheBalm. The colours look beautiful when used as a simple wash over the eyelid, or blended with each other for more depth.
Smashbox Full Exposure Palette
There’s nothing better than an eyeshadow palette that comes with matte and shimmer colours that complement each other. This set includes seven matte and seven glitter shades in coordinating colours—from browns to blues—that’ll help you create gorgeous eye makeup looks. Got a destination weddingcoming up? Make sure you pack this one.
Flower Beauty Shimmer & Shade Golden Eyeshadow Palette
If you’re not a fan of loud glitter or bright colours, you can still play up your lids. This nude palette by Flower Beauty by Drew Barrymore—recently launched on Nykaa—is the perfect buy for minimalists who like to stick with soft beiges and nude shimmers.
NYX Professional Makeup Love You So Mochi Electric Pastels Eyeshadow Palette
This one’s a dream for the pastel-loving person. Each of the pop colours come with a metallic finish and are ideal for the days you’re in the mood to take your eye makeup up a notch. If you have a music festivalin the cards, or just a playful party on the calendar, add this to your makeup kit. The formula is marshmallow-soft (like mochi!) and the cream-to-powder finish is easy to blend in.
Makeup Revolution Fortune Favours The Brave 30 Eyeshadow
Makeup Revolution is known for their eyeshadow palettes that come with an extensive shade range, and this one is no different. Expect 30 different hues from all colour families along with a few mixed with hints of gold. It’s the perfect palette for the wedding season—it’ll complement the metallics of wedding wear best. The finely-milled eyeshadow doesn’t crease and stays put through the night.
Maybelline New York The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
This eyeshadow palette by Maybelline New York is the best budget-friendly nude palette ever. It’s also extremely lightweight, which makes it perfect for when you’re taking off for a weekend getaway and have to keep an eye on baggage weight.
Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette
If you’re a girl who loves all things matte, we’ve found you a winner. Beiges, creams, browns and brick colours make up this beautiful eyeshadow palette. Spritz on makeup setting spray on your eyeshadow brush and then pick up the pigment for the best possible payoff—this is a trick you can use with all your powder eyeshadows.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette
This palette includes the freshest edit of eyeshadows if you’re a fan of pink for your lids. It covers the complete gamut of baby pinks to salmon, sienna, rust, a dark berry, and of course, black to make them all take the smoky route. Lay down a neutral base before smudging on the creamy foils, glitters and shimmer shades.