Looking to add some variety to your same old boring make-up routine? A quick and easy option is to brush on a little eyeshadow. You’re probably thinking, “what color will look best?” Or “what should I buy?” Eyeshadow palettes are a great way to try out fun new shades without having to commit to full-sized versions of every color. With palettes containing dramatic colors, you can dress up your peepers for a fun night out. Other palettes are filled with pre-coordinated colors to help you build the perfect smokey eye. These eyeshadows make great additions to your make-up collection (and also make cool gifts for the make-up enthusiasts in your life.)
The fact is, make-up lovers often focus first on their eyes. They know the impact of a daring, sexy or furious look, and eyeshadow is the dramatic punctuation on that stare. It pays to start with a fresh, clean face. Long and luscious lashes add to the impact. And make sure to moisturize the eye area first, to keep skin from looking crepey and dry. Once you’re ready to dust on that first splash of color, start lightly because some colors will darken as they mix with your skin’s natural oils.
Expert application also calls for professional brushes. They can make the difference between looking like an amateur or looking like you’ve got your own personal stylist. From neutrals to brights and bolds, matte finishes to shimmers and glitters, get ready to transform your look in the wink of an eye. Here are our picks for the Top 10 Best Eyeshadow Palettes.
1. Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft & Sexy Eye Shadow Collection
Designed to help you create perfect bedroom eyes, the Too Faced Boudoir Eyes Soft and Sexy Eye Shadow Collection features many different shimmery, glittery, and matte colors. It also comes with a Glamour Guide of step-by-step instructions so even the most novice make-up user can obtain perfect “boudoir eyes.” This new hand-picked collection of eye shadows creates looks for the bedroom and beyond. Along with four boudoir-worthy colors, we created five new shades just for this palette for a total of nine soft and sexy colors.
Need additional help with those smokey eyes? The Complete Guide to Smokey Eyes: Professional Techniques for Daytime Wearable to Ultra Glamorous Sultry Eye Makeup provides all the help you could ever need to make your eyes look perfectly smoldering.
2. LORAC PRO Palette
Featuring 16 ultra-pigmented colors, the LORAC PRO Palette can be used wet or dry to create a variety of eyeshadow, eyeliner, and highlighter looks. And even better, it is formulated without the use of sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs, or triclosan and it’s infused with soothing botanicals. It is make-up you can feel good about using.
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3. SHANY Makeup Artists Must Have Pro Eyeshadow Palette
The Ultimate Makeup Artist Pro Eye Shadow Palette features an ideal blend of warm and neutral eye shadows in matte and shimmer finishes. With anti-crack matte shadows and ultra shimmer shadows, this palette is great for everyday use. Use the lighter hues to highlight under eyebrows. The oranges, browns, and purples of this kit can be mixed and matched on your eye lids, and the darker hues are great for the corners and creases of eyes, delivering that oh so sensual smokey eye look. These long-lasting eye shadows are highly pigmented and blend well. With 96 smudge free colors, you’re assured you’ll never run out of ideas for new shadow combinations. SHANY’s six color blush palette is a great add on, giving you the ultimate flexibility in makeup looks. Natural hair brushes make application smooth and easy.
4. stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette
Create endless looks with the new “Eyes Are the Window” shadow palettes. Inspired by the spiritual notion that true beauty is revealed from within, each palette is curated with 12 luxurious eye shadows to illuminate your inner beauty. Encased in exquisite, jewelry-inspired compacts – a precious mix of rose, yellow and white gold – these shadows will inspire intrigue and delight. Enhance your gorgeous peepers with stila Morning To Moonlight Waterproof Eye Liner Trio. Mascara is a key to gorgeous lashes that cause people to notice your wicked prowess with shadow. Try out stila Lash Stunner, a primer mascara combo, for dramatic lashes to the max.
5. LORAC Unzipped Gold Shimmer and Matte Eye Shadow Palette
The universally flattering LORAC Unzipped Gold Shimmer and Matte Eye Shadow Palette is a warm-toned collection of shadows containing 10 colors in varying shades of gold and brown. These neutral shadows are perfect for a day time look but can also be used wet to create a bolder look for night. This palette also comes with a sample of the LORAC Prime eyeshadow primer. Shade, shadow, line and define – the LORAC Unzipped Gold Shimmer and Matte Eye Shadow Palette does it all.
6. Clinique – Party Eyes Made Easy – All About Shadow Eye Palette
Featuring 13 shadows, three brushes and one applicator, the Clinique “Party Eyes Made Easy – All About Shadow Eye Palette” contains cooler-toned colors packaged in a cute silver clutch compact. This palette has softer, subtler shades perfect for adding a hint of color to your usual look to transition from day-wear to “party eyes.” Three brushes and two sponge-tip applicators are included in the compact.
7. Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar
The antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder-infused Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar contains 16 matte and shimmer eye shadow shades in fun colors such as Nougat, Hot Fudge, Pink Sugar, Peanut Butter, Frosting, Rum Raisin, Caramel and Bon Bon. Featuring a mix of neutrals and highly-pigmented colors, this palette also comes with a How-to Glamour Guide to help you masterfully apply these shadows.
However, working with highly pigmented shadows and seamlessly blending colors is nearly impossible without a good set of make-up brushes. There are options available at all price points, but my personal favorites are the ones by NARS.
8. theBalm NUDE ‘Dude Eyeshadow Palette
Introducing theBalm’s latest addition to the NUDE series NUDE ‘dude. Get a quick look using any combination of these triple-milled shadows, or add water to transform your favorite shades into loyal liners. The long wearing shadows have a velvety-smooth texture and true-to-pan payoff. This total package includes 12 full-bodied shadows that can be worn alone or layered for added intensity, so go ahead and cover (or uncover) your eyes. These naughty neutrals can be worn on all skin tones and eye colors.
Price: $32.40 (10 percent off MSRP)
9. butter LONDON Shadow Clutch Eye Shadow Palette
An ever-expanding wardrobe of flexible color options is at your fingertips. The butter LONDON shadow clutch delivers primer-infused, oil absorbing, skin-balancing shadows that pack true color payoff. That means you get all day, crease-free wear. Show off one color or layer more of them on because these shadows offer seamless blendability. You’ll love the luxe range of irresistible, go-to hues and textures. All this flexibility in a chic, customizable clutch, featuring a unique, dual-ended brush for limitless color potential and eye-popping style. Welcome to covet-worthy color with care. butter LONDON’s Lippy Liquid Lipstick is a personal favorite that comes in a wide range of colors.
10. UD Shadow Box Palette
Urban Decay’s Shadow Box Palette contains 12 of their best-selling shimmer eyeshadows in bold, fun colors. Arranged vertically in color-coordinated pairs for easy application, they can also be mixed and matched to create bright and dramatic looks that are all your own. This palette also comes with Urban Decay’s Mini Shadow Brush and a sample of their Eyeshadow Primer Potion in ‘Original.’ This set is perfect for creating a chic and unique take on the standard smokey-eye look for a night out. Further define your eyes with Urban Decay’s Double-ended Eye Pencils. Don’t forget to finish up with Urban Decay’s awesome mascara.