8 eyeshadow palettes your collection is craving right now
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / November 22 2021
Ah, eyeshadow palettes. Lovely to look at, a struggle to store, and impossible to not want a million of... vicious cycle alert.
Who could blame us though? It really doesn't seem too much to ask to own the colours that suit us, the colours we wish did, and enough spare shades to suit any party theme at any time? Right?!
Okay, fine, perhaps we're being a tad unreasonable. We do tend to commit all kinds of shadow shopping sins after all, from picking up a full palette for that one shade we actually want, to adding options to cart that we know go way outside our colour comfort zones even on our most adventurous days.
And so somehow we end up with a cluttered eyeshadow drawer, and still no palette we're dying to use on the daily.
So how does one choose from the literal thousands on the market with full confidence they're making a decision their eyeshadow game will thank them for?
Well, it all comes down to knowing the brands, colours and formulas that the beauty industry trusts. And so we've rounded up eight eyeshadow palettes that cater for all finish, shade, size and colour payoff preferences that we guarantee no beauty buff will ever regret buying...
Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette
If you're an 'I want it all' type, picking just one palette can be a tall order. But the impressive versatility of this metallic, matte and foil shadow mix (in shades of teal, violet, silver and everything in between) may just hit your broad brief out of the park.
$103 at Sephora
Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Palette
This cult-fave nude edit never met a neutral eyeshadow look it didn't like, and trust us, it's seen and done everything from a plain matte taupe lid to a chocolate cut-crease, sooty smokey eye and beige to bronze metallic blend.
$60 at Sephora
Wander Beauty Wanderess Escape Eyeshadow Palette
Meet the slimline palette we affectionately refer to as 'vacation eyes in a case'. It's got all the delicious honey and blush hues you could ever wish for, plus a 'sea glass' blue brighter than the ocean you'll be ditching for your glammed-up dinner.
$71 at Sephora
Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 2
So you're a colour chameleon and you want a couple (okay, a lot) of daring shades at your disposal? This option houses a unique offering of shades with enough pigment and depth to ensure you pull off whatever statement look you're lusting after.
$121 at Sephora
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Instant Eye Palette
Pillow Talk obviously has a stellar reputation in lipstick land, but we're here to confirm that its eyeshadow palette alter ego is just as glorious. If you're lost as to where to start, it even suggests shade trios for 'day', 'desk', 'date' and 'dream' settings.
$120 at Charlotte Tilbury
Morphe x Sour Patch Kids Sour Then Sweet Artistry Palette
Morphe is known and loved for their cheap as chips palettes (packed with wild amount of pans for the price point) so honestly any bet is a safe one with them, but this Sour Patch collab (with a range of rainbow brights plus 'sugared' glitter shades) is our current fave.
$34 at Morphe
Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette
What list could be complete without an Urban Decay Naked suggestion? While we miss the O.G., we will admit that this wonderfully warm gold, amber and toffee eyeshadow edit has everything you'll need for everyday and after dark makeup moments.
$83 at MECCA