No more hemming and hawing at the beauty counter: here are the best eyeshadows that are worth the precious space in your makeup bag, from creamy eyeshadow pots to super-saturated color palettes. Plus, some of the best metallics, shimmery tones, and champagne hues to help you stock up for this holiday season.
Your one-stop shadow bar for thick, blendable color that's available in basically every finish, from matte to shimmer to satin.
Buxom Eyeshadow Bar Single in 'Backstage Pass,' $12; sephora.com.
Chanel's four-shade, pressed-powder compacts are known for their vibrant colors, layer-ability, and shimmery finish. (This one comes with super versatile colors, in a jewel tone, a shimmery silver, flattering yellow, and a warm peachy pink.)
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in 'Tisse Dimensions,' $61; nordstrom.com.
Yes, this shadow is pricy, but it's certified organic, vegan, and doesn't contain any artificial ingredients. Plus, the luxury shadow doesn't crease and the finish is oh-so-silky.
Kjar Weis Eyeshadow in 'Wisdom,' $45; kjaerweis.com.
An organic eyeshadow that can appear transparent or opaque, depending on whether it's applied wet or dry. It's super grippy on skin, too, for all-day coverage.
Chantecaille Lasting Eye Shade in 'Peony,' $26; chantecaille.com.
For bold, pigmented color, look no further than Charlotte Tilbury's creamy eyeshadow pots. It swipes on smooth, lasts long, and comes in six shades specific to every eye color.
Charlotte Tilbury Long-Lasting Easy Cream Eyeshadow in 'Eyes to Mesmerize,' $32; charlottetillbury.com.
For a vivid, super-saturated color palette reach for one of Make Up For Ever's eyeshadow compacts that can double as a blush (an easy win-win). See this Kristen Stewart look for inspiration if you're worried about pulling off an unusual deep red.
What's better than one NARS shadow? Two—especially when the colors happen to be made for creating a flawless evening smoky eye.
Duo Eyeshadow in 'Quai des Brumes,' $35; narscosmetics.com.
Drugstore beauty at its best—the color stays strong, the powder won't dry out on your eyelids, and it's easy to swipe on with just a finger.
L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in 'Amber Rush,' $7; target.com.
This deep aubergine mousse gel comes with just enough attention-grabbing shine, so it's the ideal choice for the holiday season.
Dior Fusion Mono Eyeshadow in 'Olympe,' $31; sephora.com.
We don't know how so much glitter was packed in this little eyeshadow, but we are so happy it was. This neutral champagne color is flattering as a base but also light enough to look like you aren't wearing much makeup at all.
Moondust Eyeshadow in 'Cosmic,' $21; urbandecay.com.