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We get it: Eyeshadow can be hard . There’s a lot of blending involved, and a lot of pondering about which shades and textures suit you. But that’s why palettes are so fun—you don’t have to choose just one color or one texture, you get them all! And yet, with so many brands putting out so many shadows, picking which one is right for you can be a challenge. From office-appropriate to rave-ready, there’s a lot to consider before pulling out your wallet.
Yes, the aesthetic appeal of eyeshadow palettes is undeniable. I mean, that cornucopia of colors nestled between a compact is basically makeup porn. But you can’t let yourself get sucked into temptation without thinking hard about it. Buying a palette is like getting into a relationship—it’s a big commitment. Have you ever shelled out $100 on a palette only to use two shades from it? Same. To make sure your dedication doesn’t go to waste, we scoped out the market to find the most eligible palette bachelors. From powerful pigments to wearable colors, these goodies passed all the tests to come out as MC’ s most worthy investments.
The Day to Night Colors
Norvina Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills sephora.com
Anastasia is the queen of eyeshadow palettes, but this has to be one of their best. There’s a gorgeous mixture of rose-gold and nude matte shades, plus a scattering of brighter colors for when you’re feeling more adventurous.
The (New and Improved) Classic
Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette
Beauty lovers everywhere mourned when Urban Decay announced the discontinuation of their iconic Naked palette. Fortunately, this gem came along to appease our sorrows. Their "reloaded" palette comes with the same versatile shade selection that we know and adore.
The Party Monster Shades
Desert Dusk Eyeshadow PaletteHUDA BEAUTY sephora.com$65.00 SHOP IT We can’t say enough good things about this palette. The glitter payoff? Astounding. The shade selection? Stunning.4The Warm-Toned PaletteBronze Eyeshadow Palette Natasha Denona sephora.com$65.00 SHOP IT If cool tones aren’t your thing, warm up your skin with these bronze, copper, and gold eyeshadow colors. Packed with pigment, these colors suit every skin tone. For a glam smokey eye or a subtle hint of warmth, this palette offers it all.5The Treasure TroveMega Mothership: Celestial Divinity Eyeshadow Palette PAT McGRATH LABS sephora.com$78.00 SHOP IT I mean…this is a party palette if we’ve ever seen one. While there are shimmer, satin, and chunky glitter finishes to spare, our favorite shade is Dragonfly: a warm red and blue duo-chrome that gives off the same glint as its namesakes wings.6The Juiciest OptionEye-conic Multi-Finish Eye Palette in CherrificMarc Jacobs Beauty sephora.com$49.50 SHOP IT Cherries aren’t just a summer pleasure. The designer’s limited edition holiday palette offers matte, satin, and glitter formulations inspired by the stone fruit.7The Denim Wardrobe5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette in DenimDior sephora.com$62.00 SHOP IT Every closet needs multiple washes of denim, and this palette delivers from acid wash to classic true blues.8The Easy-As-Pie ShimmersBejewled Instant Eyeshadow Palette Charlotte Tilbury sephora.com$75.00 SHOP IT Even beginners can craft a bold smoky eye with this step-by-step set. Apply the first shade in each trio on the lid, the second in the crease, and the third, well, wherever.9The Editorial EyeLuxe Cream Palette in The NudestDanessa Myricks amazon.com$44.00 SHOP IT Cream shadows are perfect for creating those dewy, watercolor eye looks you see in glossy magazine pages and all over Insta. Use your fingers to warm up the pigments and blend them as you see fit.10The Bejeweled BoxKaleidoscope Eyeshadow Quad in Heaven’s VaultStila ulta.com$28.00 SHOP IT This quad was made for a more sultry festive gaze, and since the shades play off each other perfectly, you can blend them together with abandon.11The Travel-Friendly TreasureSoft Glam II Mini Eyeshadow PaletteAnastasia Beverly Hills ulta.com$29.00 SHOP IT Whether you’re trekking to your favorite outdoor bar or home for the holidays, this compact option has the perfect combo of shades to keep things subtle or draw some attention.12A Greyscale MomentEmphasize Eyeshadow Design PaletteKEVYN AUCOIN sephora.com$46.00 SHOP IT Festive doesn’t have to mean technicolor. These purple-tinted neutrals have a cool-girl edge.13The Spectacle of LightAll the Glitters PaletteHipDot ulta.com$16.00 SHOP IT You know those festive strings of lights you drove around your neighborhood to see as a kid? Same vibe here.14The Beginner’s PaletteEssential Matte Shimmer Eyeshadow PaletteJouer Cosmetics dermstore.com$40.00 SHOP IT If eyeshadow palettes are still daunting, this classic shade range is a comfortable place to begin your journey. These neutrals can be used for subtle, barely-there makeup looks, or amped up for smokey, glitzy Hollywood glam.15The Bold Eye-LookThe Warrior III Eyeshadow PaletteJuvia’s Place ulta.com$20.00 SHOP IT Juvia’s Place, renowned for its pigmented eyeshadows, released this palette for the disco queen that lives inside all of us. […]