10 Irresistible Eyeshadow Palettes Worth Investing In

More than just a pretty face.

Marie Claire

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 bucks 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 (New and Improved) Classic
Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette
Urban Decay urbandecay.com

Beauty lovers everywhere collectively 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. 

Most Versatile
PRO Palette

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.

Best for Work
Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette

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. 

Best for Parties
Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

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

The Low-Key Option
Natural Lust Naturally Sexy Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced

Going au naturale just got a major makeover. This 30-shade palette, featuring everything from soft nudes to rich teals, has every shade you could ever need to elevate your next neutral look.

Best for Gifting
The Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette
Too Faced

Adorable packaging aside, Too Faced's palette is as indulgent as a slice of chocolate cake. Packed with everything you'd need to create a warm taupe lid, all the colors blend together beautifully so you can serve an infinity of looks. And if you're not sold already, the shades smell like chocolate. Yep, chocolate.

Best for Day to Night
Norvina Eyeshadow Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills

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. 

Best Investment
Mothership V Eyeshadow Palette: Bronze Seduction

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

Best for Cool Skin Tones
Eyeshadow Palette 28
Natasha Denona

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.

Best for Going Wild
Take Me Back to Brazil - 35 Color Pressed Pigment Palette
BH Cosmetics

‘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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