In an ideal world, we’d all have a perfectly decked-out vanity with eyeshadows, bronzers, blushes, and concealers in every customized shade of the rainbow, just waiting for us to pick and choose and create our perfect look.
But more likely, your vanity is just a dingy makeup bag from 2005 (sad, but true), and your beauty stash is a hodgepodge of affordable, random, not-at-all-exciting products. And that bums us out.
So to make everyone happy, here are the absolute best, most long-lasting, and incredibly pigmented makeup palettes. Not only are they all worthy of a coveted spot in your tiny makeup bag, but they're affordable, too, so you can promptly buy them all, sans feelings of guilt later.
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With three super-blendable and soft powders, this mirrored palette makes contouring really, really simple: Just blend the contour under your cheekbones and around the edges of your face, sweep the champagne shade over your brow bones and bridge of your nose, and add the peach over your cheekbones, and you’re good to go.
We’re pretty sure the reason this palette is called Resurrection is because it’s the only thing that can bring you back to life after you see it. Basically, we’re dead. Thirty-two matte, shimmery, and pearlescent eyeshadow powders, ranging from violet-hued taupes to terracotta browns, all incredibly pigmented and long-wearing. Dead. We’ve died and gone to heaven.
Don’t fear the color-corrector—it’s actually incredibly simple: Yellow and green neutralize redness; lavender perks up dull, sallow skin (in very fair skin types); and pink (for fair skin), peach (for medium), and orange-y tan (for deep skin) cancels out dark circles.
Unlike some highlighting powders that are infused with all of the leftover glitter from the ‘70s, this five-powder palette is finely milled and subtly iridescent. Sweep them over your cheekbones, forehead, inner eyes, and jawbone, without looking like a Studio 54 holdover.
This eyeshadow palette is so versatile, we feel guilty having ever called anything else versatile. With four matte shades (in cinnamon, peach, beige, and chocolate), plus their four glitter-flecked counterparts, this eight-shade shadow palette works for any and all subtle and smoky eye looks.
With 12 options of eyeshadows, bronzers, highlighters, and blushes, this palette is perfect for the girl who wants it all...but doesn't want to carry it all in her purse. There's something for everyone here: matte shadows, shimmery highlighters, and a sun-kissed blush that will make you feel like you're in St. Tropez.
This palette has everything you need to achieve sculpted brow greatness. Natural arches, super dramatic brows—whatever your heart desires, this palette can create. With eight brow shades and four highlighters, these milled powders will help you channel your inner Brooke Shields.
Natasha Denona is known for her high-quality eyeshadow palettes (that come with a hefty price tag). The pure pigment found in her products results in a gorgeous color payoff. Not sure? This mini palette is great for those who want to see if Denona's shadows are as great as her fans say (yup, they are). Plus, with its unique duochrome blue shade, this palette is unlike any other.
If your bag is 50 percent lipsticks, 50 percent other items, you're in luck. The My Only 1 Lipstick Palette includes 22 blendable shades you can mix and match to create the unique lip color of your dreams, while saving some space in your bag.
This one's for anyone who likes to do it their own way. Wear each shade alone, or blend them together for a custom cheek color. Ranging from a gorgeous gold highlight to a deep raspberry blush, the vibrant hues in this palette will help anyone stand out.
The highlight palette to end all highlight palettes, if we're being honest. With eight shades, this palette is both perfect for everyday wear and for those times when you want a pop of glittery blue. With icy peaches, rich, shiny golds, and iridescent pinks and purples, this palette has a shade for every possible moment. When Beyoncé wrote "Shining," she was talking about this palette.
For this price point and for this quality, you won't find anything else like it (we've tried). The brights are ultra-bright, so pigmented your friends will see you coming before you've even left your house. Featuring six matte shades and three shimmering metallic shades, this vibrant palette is key for artistic looks—not for the faint of heart.