6 cute and compact eyeshadow palettes you'll actually use
The Danny Devito of shadow selections
By Briar Clark
BEAUTYcrew Junior Beauty Writer / February 25 2021
There is something oh-so-satisfying about a mini version of something. Whether they’re cuter or a curated version of their larger counterparts, minis just hit different.
Here, we’ve selected a pocketful of pint-sized mini eyeshadow palettes that will give you steadfast, surefire looks - all while fitting neatly in your purse for on-the-go makeup application that doesn’t compromise on results.
Too Faced That's My Jam On-the-Fly Eye Shadow Palette
Though you might mistake this jam-inspired delight as a party palette, the matte shade selections allow for tentative eyeshadow play. With a subtle sunset orange and burgundy brown on offer you've got your daily go-to's sorted, plus you can take a dip into the pastel pink and lilac shades for a perky pop of colour that’s still wearable during the day. Come night time though, we’re delving straight into those standout metallic shades. Trust.
PAT MCGRATH LABS Celestial Divinity Luxe Makeup Quad
If the price tag of Pat McGrath eyeshadow palettes has always left you feeling a little woozy, this curated quad will give you a taste of the makeup artist’s signature silky, smooth textures and impressive use of shimmer and glitter without breaking the bank. Use the stand-out shades together to create a knockout nighttime vibe or dip into the daring picks to give any eye look that extra bit of va-va-voom.
Tom Ford Eye Color Quad
A Tom Ford quad is a covetable piece to add to any kit. From the luxe feel of the plum metallic compact to the velvet texture of the eyeshadow formulas, the entire experience is a dream to be sure. Personally, we love the shade collection ‘Pretty Baby’, it’s giving us all kinds of sparkly lilac-hued goodness.
DIOR 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette
Dior’s famous 5-colour eyeshadow palettes just got a makeover. Look forward to rich, vibrant colour and velvet-soft shadows that almost melt into skin. They’re perfect for eye looks that look like they’ve walked themselves straight off the runway.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Soft Glam EyeShadow Palette
Probably our number one pick for best nude eyeshadow palettes *ever*, the ABH soft glam palette just got shrunk into a carefully curated selection of eight wearable shades. The perfect pick for a day-to-night moment, this mini palette makes any eye look a breeze, packing practical hues into the pocket-friendly offering like you would not believe.
DEAR DAHLIA Paradise Dual Eyeshadow Palette Mini
We don’t know what we love more; the wearable soft-focus finish shades or the handy dual shadow packaging which packs two matte shades AND a shimmer moment, as well as a mirror to help with application. We’re not saying Dear Dahlia rewrote the book with this mini palette but we’re also not *not* saying that.
Briar was a Beauty Crew intern before she joined the crew full time in 2019 as a Beauty Assistant, and as a Junior Beauty Writer as of 2020. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a Fenty lipgloss.