To be frank, eyeshadow palettes are my personal weakness. I buy so many of them that I’ve become somewhat of a collector but that isn’t practical for the every day makeup user. The fact is that we have so many options now that I can be very difficult to navigate, so today I’ll be recommending some of the best eyeshadow palettes – in my humble opinion anyway.
I will be recommending palettes based on quality, versatility and ease of use – so read on!
One of my all-time favourites and definitely the one that gets the most exercise from my vanity is the Soft Glam Palette (Anastasia Beverly Hills). As a wearable neutral palette, this contains a combination of mattes and metallic shimmers, making it a highly versatile palette that can go from day-to-night. I also love to bring this travelling as the shade range allows me to create so many different looks.
For a more cool-toned option, I also adore the MTHRSHIP Subliminal Platinum Bronze Palette (Pat McGrath). It contains just one matte with five shimmer shades so, at first glance, doesn’t feel like it has much variety. However, the shimmers are just so smooth and beautiful – just one or two of them all over the lid is all you need for an everyday look. I believe that this is being discontinued though, so I’d snap it up quick!
When it comes to colour and stand-out duochromes, I cannot recommend the Juvia’s Place Magic Mini enough (there is also a ‘full size’, but the mini is so substantial that you’d never need a larger one). This isn’t the most cohesive palette out there – I actually find their darker matte shades hard to work with so often reach for a second palette to create dimension. However, the metallics and duochromes are stunning! I get compliments every time, so this would surely be one that you return to often.
If you have watery eyes like me, then you are most likely going to want something you can carry around. The Natasha Denona Mini Palettes are perfect for this and my personal favourite is the Mini Gold. With a combination of neutral shades, wearable greens and a super bright gold metallic, this palette is perfect for your daily makeup but isn’t so boring that you’d tire of it. I reach for this one when ever I want something easy but still stand out.
Finally, it’s a palette that I think not many people talk about. The Urban Decay Naked Reloaded is a revised edition of their original Naked palette. It contains mostly warm neutrals, with a good variation of depth and tones, as well as both matte and metallic shades. It’s a great staple palette for every day and the soft, blendable formula makes it suitable for all experience levels too.
If you’re looking for a staple palette that would be a great investment, especially one that you would get a lot of use for, these would definitely be my strong recommendations. Check them out and feel free to comment below any questions – I’m always happy to help!