The best budget eyeshadow palettes under $30
These underrated gems are worth knowing about
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / June 19 2019
While we all love to splurge on luxe beauty products, most of us have absolutely no sense of self-control and can end up dropping, like, half our pay cheque in three seconds (guilty!). But truthfully, although it’s nice to have *that* expensive foundation or mascara, not every item in your makeup kit needs to be high-end.
And your eyeshadow palette is one of them.
See, when it comes to eyeshadow, we’re wise to the game. We know that there’s a whole heap of affordable eyeshadow palettes out there that are just as great (or sometimes even BETTER) than those pricey ones you see beauty bloggers raving about on YouTube and Instagram.
You just have to know which ones are worth your time. We’ve done all the hard work/sneaky swatching for you and pulled together ten of the best budget eyeshadow palettes that cost less than $30.
So, whether you’re looking for a mix of bright tones, neutral tones, mattes, metallics, or all of the above, you’ll find it in this list.
Nude by Nature Natural Illusion Eyeshadow Trio
Love a good neutral palette? Well, Nude By Nature's handy little travel-sized trio is about to become your new go-to. And don’t be fooled into thinking three options aren’t enough – this small but mighty palette can create *any* look. The shades are super versatile and have a mix of matte and iridescent finishes that can be layered together for ultimate definition, or simply worn on their own for a subtle daytime eye look. Plus, it also comes with a double-sided brush, so it’s perfect for those on-the-go/makeup-on-the-train mornings. This gem also scored a whopping 4.5 stars from our Review Crew®, so we know it’s the real deal.
NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette
This pro-level palette is packed with 16 high-performance eyeshadows and is available in a rainbow of striking colour combinations, with the Smokey & Highlight and Cool Neutrals versions both going for under $30. From matte to satin and foil finishes, this guy offers a bazillion different makeup looks in one little perfectly portable palette.
Maybelline New York Lemonade Craze Eyeshadow Palette
The Maybelline Lemonade Craze Eyeshadow Palette has managed to tick both boxes in one affordable palette – it offers an impressive selection of both neutral and bold hues, and they’re all super easy to wear. Whether you’re going for an office-approved daytime look or want to add a little bit of flair to your usual going-out look, this palette offers endless possibilities. Our Review Crew® gave it four out of five stars, and loved the versatile shades and how easy the formulas was to build and blend.
Flower Beauty Shimmer & Shade Eyeshadow Palette in Golden Natural
We were next-level excited when Drew Barrymore announced that her personal beauty brand Flower Beauty would be launching in Australia, and now we can *finally* get our hands it! And what better way to start your Flower Beauty obsession than with this versatile palette. Featuring 10 different shades, this Flower Beauty Shimmer & Shade Eyeshadow Palette offers a range of neutrals that you can mix and match to create just about any look: something pared-back and neutral, a sultry smoky eye, or a glistening golden look. Plus, as a nice bonus, it comes with a proper eyeshadow brush that you’ll *actually* use.
Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
Um, 12 shades for just $21.95? Yes, please. Featuring a range of matte, satin and shimmer finishes, this crease-proof formula has a smooth buttery consistency. The colours blend well and are totally buildable, making it easy to create both day and night looks. One of our SUPERcrew members said, “The pressed powder formula is smooth, silky and unbelievably pigmented. The staying power for the shadows is impressive, living up to the 'wears all day' claim.”
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Ring The Alarm Eyeshadow Palette
Feast your eyes on Morphe’s Ring The Alarm Eyeshadow Palette, which combines a series of next-level warm-toned hues under one lid. This bad boy is full of bright, fiery colours in both matte and shimmer finishes, offering some insane colour payoff. It’s the perfect addition to every makeup kit, and is just the ticket for amping up your usual going-out look.
Innoxa Nude Eyeshadow Palette
We’re just going to come out and say it: the Innoxa Nude Eyeshadow Palette is pretty much everything you’ve ever wanted in a palette. It offers the perfect base shades that so many palettes don’t have enough of, making it a fantastic option for creating almost any look. Whether you’re going for a ‘no makeup’ makeup look, or something a little more defined, the selection of matte and shimmer finishes has you covered, plus the silky-smooth formula is totally blendable and crease-proof. Psst: It’s also oil-free, cruelty-free and vegan friendly!
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow
La Palette Nude offers an *infinite* number of looks in one - from minimalist to sophisticated to sultry eye looks, it’s about to become your new Holy Grail. You can play with monos or mix two, three or more shades and invent a multitude of combinations. Featuring neutral mattes and rich shimmers, who would’ve thought a nude palette could be so darn versatile!
Australis Metal and Matte Eyeshadow Palette
We love this Australis palette because it combines the best of both worlds! The top row features an explosive line-up of metallic shades, while the bottom of the palette features a selection of warm-toned, buttery mattes in a range of hues - from dark and moody to creamy and light, so you’ll be able to create almost any look. Heaven.
Bourjois Palette Les Nudes
We are ALL about this cream-powder combination from Bourjois. It contains eight different subtle, complementary nude hues with a soft and easily blendable texture. The best part? The integrated primer formula provides up to 12 hours of hold, meaning you no longer have to worry about your entire eye look vanishing off your face by midday. Yay! It also comes with a decent-sized mirror, which is perfect for on-the-go makeup applications.
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What’s your favourite budget eyeshadow palette? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.