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29 Irresistible Eyeshadow Palettes Worth Investing In

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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.

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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
Urban Decay urbandecay.com

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 Palette
HUDA BEAUTY sephora.com

We can't say enough good things about this palette. The glitter payoff? Astounding. The shade selection? Stunning. 

The Warm-Toned Palette
Bronze Eyeshadow Palette
Natasha Denona sephora.com

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.

The Treasure Trove
Mega Mothership: Celestial Divinity Eyeshadow Palette
PAT McGRATH LABS sephora.com

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.  

The Juiciest Option
Eye-conic Multi-Finish Eye Palette in Cherrific
Marc Jacobs Beauty sephora.com

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.

The Denim Wardrobe
5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette in Denim
Dior sephora.com

Every closet needs multiple washes of denim, and this palette delivers from acid wash to classic true blues.  

The Easy-As-Pie Shimmers
Bejewled Instant Eyeshadow Palette
Charlotte Tilbury sephora.com

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. 

The Editorial Eye
Luxe Cream Palette in The Nudest
Danessa Myricks amazon.com

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. 

The Bejeweled Box
Kaleidoscope Eyeshadow Quad in Heaven's Vault
Stila ulta.com

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. 

The Travel-Friendly Treasure
Soft Glam II Mini Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills ulta.com

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. 

A Greyscale Moment
Emphasize Eyeshadow Design Palette
KEVYN AUCOIN sephora.com

Festive doesn't have to mean technicolor. These purple-tinted neutrals have a cool-girl edge. 

The Spectacle of Light
All the Glitters Palette
HipDot ulta.com

You know those festive strings of lights you drove around your neighborhood to see as a kid? Same vibe here. 

The Beginner's Palette
Essential Matte Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette
Jouer Cosmetics dermstore.com

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. 

The Bold Eye-Look
The Warrior III Eyeshadow Palette
Juvia's Place ulta.com

Juvia's Place, renowned for its pigmented eyeshadows, released this palette for the disco queen that lives inside all of us. The color payoff of each shade is unreal, so if you're not afraid to go bold, this palette might have just met the warrior it's ben waiting for.

These Pastel Pleasures
Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette
Fenty Beauty sephora.com

If Easter were a rave, these shimmering shadows would be perfect for the party. Charmingly pastel, these shades are anything but meek. They're capable of creating a girly soft-eye or a bold statement look. It seems like Rihanna hit another one out of the park.

The Grayscale Moment
Venus Immortalis Eyeshadow Palette
Lime Crime nordstrom.com

For the woman who knows what shades suit her, why not try out this monochromatic palette that can go from day to night with a quick sweep of a brush? Whether you prefer mattes, shimmers, or full-on sparkle, Lime Crime has you covered.

The Good-Enough-To-Eat Palette
Breakfast in Bed Eyeshadow Palette
Beauty Bakerie ulta.com

Just like in the kitchen, these shades can be mixed and matched to create the perfect eye-recipe. With nine complimentary shades that come in matte and shimmery formulas, you can whip up a morning cappuccino-appropriate or nightcap-ready look with this palette. 

The Neon Explosion
Viva Neon Palette
Makeup Revolution ulta.com

If playing it subtle and safe isn't your style, this neon green palette will be your love language. Perfect for an '80s-themed rave or quick trip to the grocery store, this palette will draw all the right kinds of attention. If you're feeling a little less wild one day, pick one of the subtle shades, swipe it on, and go. 

The Fallen Angel Shadows
Paradise Fallen Palette
Ace Beaute acebeaute.com

These cool-tone purples are serving fallen angel with neo-Gothic vibes. Whether you gravitate towards the top row of neutrals or the bottom-row of saturated shades, this palette can create more looks than you can imagine. 

The Petal-Esque Eye Look
Sakura Blossom Eyeshadow and Pressed Pigment Palette
Violet Voss sephora.com

Enjoy watching cherry blossoms bloom? This palette will take you there. From golds, pinks and reds, this palette definitely has a shade that suits your preferred look. With intense payoff and a range of textures, this 18-shade compact is a game-changer.

The Envy-Instilling Look
Allure Black Magic Color Palette
UOMA Beauty ulta.com

For those who aren't afraid to make their friends green with envy, this palette might be perfect for you. With one row of matte shadows and another of glistening shimmers, the possibilities are endless with these shades. One thing is certain: With an eye look created with these colors, you'll be the center of attention at every party.

The Most Versatile Shade Range
PRO Palette
LORAC ulta.com

What can we say? It's a classic for good reason. Beloved by makeup artists and beauty junkies alike, Lorac Pro's palette offers soft and natural tones with a delightfully buttery finish.

The Best-for-Work Palette
Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette
tarte sephora.com

This compact palette brings it back to basics. With metallic, sparkly, and velvety options, it has all you need to contour, highlight, and color your eyes. 

The Best Investment
Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette: Bronze Seduction
PAT McGRATH LABS sephora.com

Inspired by extraterrestrial goddesses, these eyeshadow colors certainly stun and daze. Plus, the pigment payoff is, well, out of this world. 

The Cool Skin-Tone Shadows
Eyeshadow Palette 28
Natasha Denona sephora.com

For cooler-toned gals, Natasha Denona's palette has a handsome assortment of hues to complement your skin tone. The formula is infused with moisturizing ingredients for a silky-smooth application and crushed pearls for a radiant glow.

The Warm Skin-Tones Palette
Afterglow Eyeshadow Palette
NARS sephora.com

The bronze, gold, and rust shades in this palette will illuminate those with warmer undertones to their skin. Pair it with some gold jewelry to make your eyes pop.

The Best Shimmer Shades
Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Eyeshadow Palette
Aether Beauty sephora.com

Aether Beauty's palette is infused with actual crystal gemstones that help diminish the look of wrinkles, redness, and fine lines. What better way to sparkle?

The Going Wild Colors
Take Me Back to Brazil
BH Cosmetics ulta.com

‘Tis the season for festival makeup. BH Cosmetics has you covered with a full range of neon eyeshadow that's brighter than a pack of Crayola. 


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