There are two types of people in the world – those who buy single eyeshadows and those who buy eyeshadow palettes. I am the latter. I’ve never bought a single eyeshadow as I find it a lot easier to have a palette that offers me a variety of looks. In addition, I’m not creative enough to really put a look together with single eyeshadows. Seeing everything in one place helps people like me. The con of eyeshadow palettes is that it is very possible that you end up with very similar shades across palettes. But that is a risk I am willing to take. If you’ve been thinking about getting a new eyeshadow palette, I strongly recommend you check out any of the following.
1. Eye Reflections Shadow Palette in Natural Beauty (Pixi Beauty)
I received this palette complementary from Pixi Beauty, but it had been so long since I received something and felt the urge to use it right away. Unlike most (all?) the other palettes on this list, this is a cool-toned palette. The formula is so nice, it is nothing crazy, but it isn’t patchy, it is pigmented enough and it is easy to work with. In addition, the shimmers are beautiful and there is a variety of shades in this palette to create multiple looks. If you’ve been looking for a cool-toned palette, I strongly recommend this one. It is amazing.
2. Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette (Anastasia Beverly Hills)
I reviewed this palette recently, but overall, it has the staple Anastasia formula, and the color composition offers the perfect blend of neutrals and colors. I particularly like that it has some deeper shade like Mulberry to make a more bold look.
3. Focus Eyeshadow Palette – Palette 3 (Thrive Causemetics)
I received this product complimentary from Thrive Causemetics, but I was SO impressed by how creamy these eyeshadows feel. This is an all-matte palette, and it is the perfect every day palette. The tones are just so beautiful and they look stunning on the eyes. I am definitely interested in trying out more from their eye products, because the formula is amazing and they deserve a lot more attention.
4. Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Eyeshadow Palette
This is a recent addition to my collection, but I felt like I needed to include an eyeshadow palette that offers a lot of options. The quality of these eyeshadows is so good, and because of the size, I think the price is SO worth it. If you’re someone who is interested in just having one eyeshadow palette, I strongly recommend this one as you’ll have some neutral shades, but also some color if you want to spice things up. (Also, not a fan of Jaclyn Hill, but can’t deny this palette is amazing).
5. Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette (Anastasia Beverly Hills)
Another Anastasia favorite. Modern Renaissance was my first Anastasia palette and what introduced me to the amazing Anastasia formula. They’re so easy to work with and I particularly love the reds/pinks in this palette. The only con of the ABH palettes is the velvet packaging. My Modern Renaissance palette got stained with black eyeliner. So there’s that.
BONUS: Natasha Denona Biba Palette
I never thought I would have a Natasha Denona palette. I’d been drooling after them for so long. Natasha Denona is a luxury brand. Their most recent release, the Biba palette, is their “all neutral” eyeshadow palette. Because I am a neutral girl and don’t really have the need for blues and pinks and purples, this is a palette I could see myself investing in. The first thing I noticed was how blended these looked without much effort. I had never experienced such a smooth look. The only reason it is a bonus entry it is because it is a ridiculously high price point.
I definitely have more eyeshadow palettes than one single person needs. But I really do love them and they make my life so much easier. Very rarely do I reach into multiple palettes for one look. I prefer to stick to one at a time. The ones on this list are definitely the ones I have been reaching the most for the last few weeks. Especially the Pixi palette (*gifted). I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did.