Eyeshadows are an essential part of your eye makeup kit. Although you will buy one or two eyeshadows when you start your makeup journey, you would soon want to try more eye makeup looks and experiment with different colors. That’s where eyeshadow palettes come in. Being an eyeshadow palettes hoarder, I am compiling a list of the best eyeshadow palettes from my collection.

Why Should You Buy Eyeshadow Palettes

  • Variety: You can create different looks with just one handy palette.
  • Ease of Mixing: If you are a newbie to makeup, you are most likely confused about what eyeshadows to pair together. This is where pre-made eyeshadow palettes make life easier. They are color co-ordinated. Most colors go well with each other and you can easily create different makeup looks.
  • Value for money: A lot of eyeshadow palettes can start from containing as less as 2 eyeshadows and can go upto 40-60 eyeshadow pans. A good 8 or 12 pan eyeshadow palette costs you lesser than if you were to pick those many single eyeshadows.
  • Easy to travel with: Eyeshadow palettes are compact in size and weight so you can easily take them around with you.
  • Different finishes in one palette: a lot of eyeshadow palettes have different finishes such as matte, satin, metallic or shimmer in one. You can easily play with different products and create different looks for day and evening both.
  • Last you long: Since there are various colors to play with in an eyeshadow palettes, they last you really long. Even if you hit pan on 1-2 colors, there are other shades that you can use and find value for your money.

How to Choose Eyeshadow Palettes

  • Stay True to Yourself: I think one of the first things you should look while buying an eyeshadow palette is if it is true to your style. There might be the most coveted, most instagrammable palette on the market but if you are not comfortable wearing those colors it is of no use to you. To keep things interesting, buy a palette that has your favourite colors but also one or two colors that are a little different but in the same tone. So that ways you have a room to play but you would still be in your comfort zone and you would enjoy using that palette more.
  • Read the reviews: Most eyeshadow palettes are expensive so you want to be sure what you are putting your money in. Look for trusted reviews online. You can see the photos, see how the colors are performing and then make an informed decision. If you want the best for your buck, read the reviews.
  • Look for textures: You might be an ‘all mattes ‘ person but if your palette has a mix of textures even if it one or two colors, you can really play around while still being in your comfort zone. Just picking up a palette with same textures can be a bit restrictive.
  • Professional Use or Personal Use: For personal use ‘stay true to yourself’ is the way to go. But if you are a makeup artist, you do need a bit of variety in your kit. In that case you have to see what kind of work you mostly do – is it more editorial, more bridal, creative or red carpet. It is advisable to have your major kit with the products that you mostly use but nice to have a palette with some fun colors. To grow as a makeup artist you should always keep a room to be creative. This would help both you and your work grow.

8 Best Eyeshadow Palettes For Beginners

Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette

1. Zoeva Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette : It includes soft shades of neutrals and a mix of metallic and mate eyeshadows. There is one shimmery color added, which would help you take your makeup look from day to evening with just one palette. Can be used every day without fail.
pigmentation: 4/5
blending: 4/5
variety of colors: 3.5/5
everyday use: 5/5
Price: $22.78 (BUY NOW)

Urban Decay Naked Basics and Naked 2 Basics Palettes

2. Urban Decay Naked Basics and Naked 2 Basics Palettes: If you are a beginner there’s nothing better than these little compact neutral palettes to get your hands one. If you are fair to medium, get Urban Decay Naked Basics and for medium to dark skin tones Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics is a get go. There is little room for mistake. These are a set of 6 matte shadows. You can carry them with you to office and totally go from day to evening. The darkest color is mid-tone shade so even if you try your hands on doing smokey eyes, there is little room for error.
pigmentation: 4/5
blending: 4/5
variety of colors: 5/5
everyday use: 5/5
Price: $29 (BUY NOW)

Jeffree Star Thirsty Eyeshadow Palette

3. Jeffree Star Thirsty Eyeshadow Palette: This palette is for people who want to have a bit more fun with the colors but also want a good basics in place. I do wish this palette had a black as well but you can do so much with this palette. There are 5 shimmers in the palette. You can literally just pack the shimmers with your finger tip, use the colorful eyeshadows just as a little pop or just use the neutrals. The texture, finish , pigmentation and overall selection of products in the palette are A class.
pigmentation: 4/5
blending: 4/5
variety of colors: 4/5
everyday use: 4/5
Price: $56.96 (BUY NOW)

Dior Backstage Eyeshadow Palette Warm Neutrals

4. Dior Backstage Eyeshadow Palette Warm Neutrals: This is one of the most extensive and nicest neutral palette you can have in your collection. It has 8 neutral shades and a primer. There is a mix of metallics and mattes but all in a bit subtle way. It’s the kind of palette that you will hit pan on because you can use it very single day for work, for daily makeup, for evening makeup and then there is one primer too to always keep your ready for any on-the-go looks you might have to do. I do wish there was a little place for the brush in this palette and it would have been just perfect.
pigmentation: 4/5
blending: 5/5
variety of colors: 4/5
everyday use: 5/5
Price: $49 (BUY NOW)

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

5. Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette: This is probably one of the most updated warm brown eyeshadow palette you can have in you collection. There are 12 gorgeous warm brown shades. There are 4 metallics to add that bit of fun but it’s the palette you can use on its own or mix it up with other palettes, it would work and would work for all skin tones.
pigmentation: 4/5
blending: 4/5
variety of colors: 3.5/5
everyday use: 5/5
Price: $54 (BUY NOW)

Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette

6. Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette: If you want a bit more variety from the basic browns, this is a nice palette to look into. It has your neutral beiges, sofy browns but also a  teracotta, orange and a wine. It’s an all matte palette but nicely workable and something that gives you variety toe explore other colors. .There are also warm tones and cool tones in the palette so it’s a nice way to always keep changing on a day to day basis.
pigmentation: 4.5/5
blending: 4/5
variety of colors: 4/5
everyday use: 5/5
Price: $22.78 (BUY NOW)

Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette

7. Laura Mercier Extreme Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette: if there is one eyeshadow palette that I have really made a dent into, this is the one. I just could not stop using it. It’s a very unique neutral eyeshadow palette. There are warm tones, cool tones, some nice purple thrown in, soft shimmers, mattes, a brow color.. and even the packaging- it feels very luxurious and compact. I have travelled with it because it is so complete and not boring at all. The eyeshadows feel expensive and sophisticated. It’s not the most crazy pigmented eyeshadow palette out there , it’s just enough. But I feel that way there is less room for making mistakes and it’s the palette that would help you grow on your skills. It’s kind and gentle on you. πŸ™‚
pigmentation: 4/5
blending: 4/5
variety of colors: 4/5
everyday use: 5/5
Price: $58 (BUY NOW)

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Matte Eyeshadow Palette

8. The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Matte Eyeshadow Palette: If you are on a budget and looking for a fun neutral matte palette, this is a good one. It has burgundy, a mix of warm and cool browns and a jet black.. you would always find use for this one in your kit.
pigmentation: 4/5
blending: 3.5/5
variety of colors: 4/5
everyday use: 5/5
Price: $42 (BUY NOW)

Best Eyeshadow Palettes For Makeup Artists

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette

9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette: It has the most gorgeous selection of shimmers and matte eyeshadows. The color selection is quite varied from light golds to gorgeous wines and browns. It is also a great bridal / party makeup palette. you can create variety of smokey, shimmery, and glam looks in minutes.
pigmentation: 5/5
blending: 4/5
variety of colors: 3.5/5
professional use: 5/5
Price: $42 (BUY NOW)

Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette

10. Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette: Think of all the gorgeous colors of the sun- warm orange, yellow, brick red, golden, teracotta, copper- this palette has it. It also includes different textures of mattes and metallics that help you in creating both simple and party makeup looks. The color selection is such that it can work for all skin tones. There is a nice selection of browns as well that are handy in creating just about every makeup look.
pigmentation: 5/5
blending: 5/5
variety of colors: 4/5
professional use: 5/5
Price: $129 (CHECK AVAILABILITY)

Pat Mcgrath Mothership Palettes

11. Pat Mcgrath Mothership Palettes 1, 2, 3: These are makeup artists / makeup lovers must have eyeshadow palettes. You would get the most exclusive selection of colors, textures (sheer, matte, metallic, duochrome) all in a single palette. As a makeup artist, you would already have a good basic palette, these palettes are icing to your cake.
pigmentation (since there are various textures, the pigmentation is different. (All in an excellent way): 5/5
blending: 5/5
variety of colors: 5/5
professional use: 5/5
Price: $125 (BUY NOW)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

12.Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette: This would easily become your go-to palette for creating just every single look. The palette includes 14 shades of neutrals in both matte and metallic finishes. It’s like one of those palettes that you have and you can add it with other palettes or just use it on its own, it is always going to work. It’s a lovely palette to create bridal makeup looks, everyday looks or party makeup looks. An all rounder win.
pigmentation: 5/5
blending: 5/5
variety of colors: 3.5/5
professional use: 4/5
Price: $42 (BUY NOW)

Morphe 35O Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette

13. Morphe 35O Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette: If you are a makeup artist, you need this palette. 35 shades of neutrals in one palette. A mix of cool and warm tones. No matter what palette you pick, this would always come in handy/ Some colors you’d use more and some less but this would be the palette you would always use.
pigmentation: 4/5
blending: 4/5
variety of colors: 5/5
professional use: 5/5
Price: $28.99 (BUY NOW)

Viseart Grande Pro Volume 1 Eyeshadow Palette

14. Viseart Grande Pro Volume 1 Eyeshadow Palette: If you want to invest in super high quality matte eyeshadows, invest in this palette. It comes in a palette of 30 colors and with a unique selection of colors. There are neutrals, wines, shades of greys, a lovely purple and a pink too. High quality mattes, this palette is the way to go. You can also remove the pans of the palette and put them in your custom palettes.
pigmentation: 4/5
blending: 5/5
variety of colors: 5/5
professional use: 5/5
Price: $184.81 (BUY NOW)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette

15. Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette: If you are a fan of doing various kind of smokey eyes, get the Sultry palette. It has your basic mattes for creating your smokey eye – beige, black, slate, dark brown and creamiest metallic (champagne, gold, rose gold, bronze etc) to add jazz to any smokey look. Beautiful. Beautiful.
pigmentation: 5/5
blending: 5/5
variety of colors: 3.5/5
professional use: 5/5
Price: $58.23 (BUY NOW)

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette

16. Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette: There are times when you don’t have time to go through the whole glitter application process. This is where this stunning palette comes in play. Whether you are a makeup artist or a makeup lover, this is a gorgeous glitter eyeshadow palette. It is easy to use with just a swipe of finger tip. You can layer it on top of any eyeshadow or just use it on its own. It has the most gorgeous selection of sparkles from lightest pinks to green, midnight blue , black etc. It can be a special platte for anyone who love to add that bit of glitter in their makeup routine. This palette is delicious.
pigmentation: 3.5/5 ( it is best layered on top of other eyeshadows. on its own, it has medium pigmented sparkling eyeshadows)
blending: 5/5
variety of colors: 3.5/5
professional use: 5/5
Price: $49 (BUY IT NOW)

Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette

17. Fenty Beauty Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette: This was the first eyeshadow palette Fenty released and it was stunning. This palette is all sparkles and metallics and has to be used in combination with other palette and also can be layered on top of other eyeshadows.  But this has a unique medley of colors thrown in one palette. There is a green and a blue and a copper and a duo chrome , a khaki and a champagne… they are all different but together in one palette. Something that can help you create some unique fun makeup looks.
pigmentation: 4/5
blending: 5/5
variety of colors: 5/5
professional use: 5/5
Price: $59 (BUY IT NOW)

Morphe Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

18. Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette: I would say that there are a few inconsistencies in this palette here and there but I would still recommend it wholeheartedly. It has a lovely selection of colors and textures. Also the neutrals are all in place so you can find a A LOT of usage out of just on palette. It’s a keeper for sure.
pigmentation: 4/5
blending: 4/5
variety of colors: 5/5
professional use: 5/5
Price: $38 (BUY IT NOW)

Sephora Pro Editorial Eyeshadow Palette

19. Sephora Pro Editorial Eyeshadow Palette: One of the prettiest colorful palettes you have in the market. And not only that there are different textures as well. think of true matte white, brightest pinks, royal blue, and then metallic khaki, metallic copper, a gold and a silver all packed in one. If you are a makeup artist, you need this one.
pigmentation: 4/5
blending: 4/5
variety of colors: 5/5
professional use: 5/5
Price: $68 (BUY IT NOW)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette

20. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette: It is one of the most iconic palettes and would holda special place in every one’s kit. The prettiest burgundy and brick red are the base of this palette and then you can work your way around in creating some of the most special looks. πŸ™‚ It’s a great palette for both personal and professional use.
pigmentation: 5/5
blending: 4/5
variety of colors: 5/5
professional use: 5/5
Price: $42 (BUY IT NOW)

Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette

21. Urban Decay Born to Run Eyeshadow Palette: It is a mix of all the good palettes around and probably one of the most interesting releases recently. You can create most basic neutral looks, smokey looks or some colorful fun looks with it. The color variety in this palette is beyond brilliant. πŸ™‚ A must-have. πŸ™‚
pigmentation: 5/5
blending: 5/5
variety of colors: 5/5
professional use: 5/5
Price: $49 (BUY IT NOW)

That’s all guys! Hope you enjoy using these eyeshadow palettes as much as I have enjoyed using them. πŸ™‚

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