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The 17 Best Eyeshadow Palettes for Every Mood & Look

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We’ve all seen our favorite makeup artist create an epic eyeshadow look and thought to ourselves, “I could never”—but we’re here to tell you that with the right palette, “never” doesn’t have to be a thing. Whether it's a natural matte daytime look, the perfect shimmery smoky eye, or something bright and bold, the best eyeshadow palettes allow you to build and create a variety of looks from one single product. Add pigmented color payoff and shades that match a variety of skin tones, and you’ve got yourself an amazing eyeshadow palette that you can reach for again and again.

Of course, finding the best eyeshadow palette to make you feel as glam as your favorite MUA can take some trial and error, so we’ve rounded up our favorite eyeshadow palettes that are perfect for everyone from beginners to eyeshadow extraordinaires.

IBY BEAUTY Enlighten Eyeshadow Palette
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IBY BEAUTY Enlighten Eyeshadow Palette

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Best Pastels

“I love that this palette has so many diverse colors.”

We couldn’t agree with this Ipster more. Feeling soft and feminine? This one's for you! With 20 seriously pretty shades ranging from soft lavenders to punchy greens, this palette is your pastel playground. It also comes in a variety of matte, shimmer, and sparkle finishes that give you endless options of the looks you can create. Plus, each shade is infused with rosehip seed oil for buttery, blendable pigments that also look great on a wide range of skin tones.

CHELLA La Vie Eyeshadow Palette Deluxe
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CHELLA La Vie Eyeshadow Palette Deluxe

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Best for Everyday Wear

“This eyeshadow palette is an everyday must for me!!”

That pretty much sums it up—this eyeshadow palette is a handy go-to for everyday wear. There may only be four shades, but each one is buildable, blendable, and seriously pigmented. The shimmery shades transition effortlessly from day to night, while the matte shades are water-resistant for whatever comes your way.

VIOLET VOSS Fun Sized Eyeshadow Palette - HG
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VIOLET VOSS Fun Sized Eyeshadow Palette - HG

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Best Travel Palette

“Love this palette! The pigment is awesome and they blend so well!”

We call this the ultimate glam-on-the-go palette. It’s a mini version of the brand’s best-selling HG palette, so you can easily take all of your favorite shades on the road with you without bulking up your makeup bag. Each of these 10 blendable, intensely pigmented pressed shadows also contains jojoba oil so you can get all of the bold looks you want without creases or caking.

REALHER Do Your Squats Eyeshadow Palette
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REALHER Do Your Squats Eyeshadow Palette

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Best Neutrals

“Great pigments that last long and do not wear off!”

Not too hot, not too cold—this palette full of neutrals is just right. But don’t get it twisted, these colors are anything but boring. Enjoy nine wearable earth tones like soft vanilla, rose gold, dazzling copper, and rich burgundy, to name a few. Take your palette even further by using the light, shimmery shades as a highlight or gently contour with the deeper shades.

COASTAL SCENTS Revealed Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
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COASTAL SCENTS Revealed Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

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Best Smoky Eyeshadow Palette

“Excellent palette, with all usable, heavily pigmented and gorgeous colors.”

This palette is the answer to all of your smoky eye problems (OK, OK, not all of them, since you’ll still have to blend the shadows yourself!). Whether you love matte looks or shimmery finishes, this palette has something for you. It has 20 sultry shades to choose from that range from golden brown to plum and blue, so you can create the rich smoky eye look of your choosing.

MAKEUP GEEK Champagne and Rosé Eyeshadow Palette
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MAKEUP GEEK Champagne and Rosé Eyeshadow Palette

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Best Pink Eyeshadow Palette

“The shades are awesome, especially Champagne. It's one of the best duo chrome rose golds I've ever put on my lids!”

Rosé anyone? This wine-inspired palette is full of fun nude, pink, and berry shades that blend together effortlessly. With eight shades and two different textures—five mattes and three high-shine folds—you can choose to sheer them out with a fluffy brush or build them up to add opaque drama to your lids.

VIOLET VOSS Crème Brûlée Fun Sized Eye Shadow Palette
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VIOLET VOSS Crème Brûlée Fun Sized Eye Shadow Palette

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Best Gold Eyeshadow Palette

“This was such a wonderful palette to work with. The colours are pigmented with little to no fallout.”

Decadent, toasty, and a little sweet, this fun-sized palette has all of the beautiful gold shades that you need. You’ll find 10 richly pigmented gold hues ranging from creamy caramel to shimmery chestnuts formulated as mattes, creamy foils, metallics, and satiny sheers. Use it to create full head-turning looks, or simply highlight your inner eye corners with dabs of gold.

HUDA BEAUTY Obsessions Palette in Emerald
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HUDA BEAUTY Obsessions Palette

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Best Green Eyeshadow Palette

“These shadows have great pigment, so easy to work with and create great looks.”

Ipsters know what makes a great eyeshadow, so you’re bound to be obsessed with this versatile nine-shade palette from HUDA BEAUTY. The gorgeous olive, gold, and green tones look great on every eye color and deliver epic color payoff. It features both chrome and matte shades that bring on the glam, so don’t be shy when rocking these bold pigments.

BELLE EN ARGENT Panchromatic Eyeshadow Palette in Nude Intuitive Vision
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BELLE EN ARGENT Panchromatic Eyeshadow Palette

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Best Nude-Toned Eyeshadow Palette

“The mirror inside the palette is amazing! Pigments are great. Beautiful colors.”

Versatile and fuss-free, this eyeshadow palette of eight nude shades is great for day or night. Whether you want to go glam or keep it simple for an everyday makeup look, you can’t go wrong with these highly pigmented hues. Finish off with your favorite liquid eyeliner for a clean, striking look.

TARTE Dream Big Eyeshadow Palette
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TARTE™ Dream Big Eyeshadow Palette

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Best Longwear Eyeshadow Palette

“This may be my new favorite palette.”

This best-selling, dermatologist-tested eight-shade palette was formulated to help you stand out and get ahead. Featuring a mixture of metallic and matte shades, this compact eyeshadow palette is great for slipping in your makeup bag for on-the-go touch-ups (not that you'll need them). The formula includes Amazonian clay, a blendable and non-chalky powder that keeps pigments bright and bold.

HUDA BEAUTY Obsessions Palette in Coral
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HUDA BEAUTY Coral Obsessions Palette

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Best Warm-Toned Eyeshadow Palette

“I love the shades in this eyeshadow palette.”

Honestly, same. Huda Kattan outdid herself with this vibrant palette! It features a selection of brilliant coral, peach, saffron, and burnt orange hues, as well as a range of creamy, matte, and duo-chrome shimmers. Apply them with a brush or your fingers—they go on smooth no matter how you choose to wear them.

Ipster tip: Use one of these bright colors with a wet eyeliner brush to create a simple but instantly gorgeous eye look. Then pair it with mascara, and you're good to go.

DOMINIQUE COSMETICS Sweater Weather Eyeshadow Palette
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DOMINIQUE COSMETICS Sweater Weather Eyeshadow Palette

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Best Cool-Toned Eyeshadow Palette

“Really like the colors and it lasts. Glides on and doesn't crease.”

The cozy neutrals and pretty pastels of this palette make you want to cuddle up, no matter the weather. The six matte shades include taupe, pale pink, mauve, warm brown, lavender, and a deep purple that are sure to please. You’ll also love that these glitter-free looks are perfect for daytime and barely-there makeup.

ZOEVA Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette
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ZOEVA Cocoa Blend Eyeshadow Palette

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Best Blendable Eyeshadow Palette

“The shades are beautiful and so pigmented but blend wonderfully. They also really do last all day.”

This warm eyeshadow palette of chocolate-inspired pigments features an array of 10 delicious matte and shimmer shades. But you don’t have to be a makeup artist to make this palette work for you—the creamy shades blend like butter for easy, streak-free application, making it great for eyeshadow newbies. Indulge in warm truffle and nougat tones when you want something neutral, or take it up a notch with shimmery marzipan.

CITY COLOR COSMETICS Ooh La La Eyeshadow Palette
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CITY COLOR COSMETICS Ooh La La Eyeshadow Palette

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Best Wearable Color Eyeshadow Palette

Looking to add more color in your life? Then this palette is the way to go. This Parisian-inspired palette is packed with five matte shades and five shimmer shades that are surprisingly wearable and blend like a dream. To get the most out of your pigments, apply them with a firm brush or your fingertips.

WANDER BEAUTY Wanderess™ Seascape Eyeshadow Palette
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WANDER BEAUTY Wanderess™ Seascape Eyeshadow Palette

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Best Beach Color Eyeshadow Palette

“Such beautiful shades and they stay for a long time!!”

Whether you want to rock a bold makeup look or a neutral one, this eyeshadow palette will allow you to create it in no time. The six shades in this palette—including foils, shimmers, satins, and mattes—bring to mind tropical vacations and dramatic skies, and are just as pigmented out of the pan. The crease-free formulas are also super buttery, enriched with moisturizing sea buckthorn extract and sunflower seed oil for an ultra-smooth feel.

LAURA MAKEUP LABS Moods Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette
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LAURA MAKEUP LABS Moods Eyeshadow and Highlighter Palette

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Best Bold & Bright Eyeshadow Palette

“I love the colors, and they are super easy to apply and buildup for some amazing eye-makeup looks.”

This bold and beautiful palette is not for the shy! It features eight matte and metallic shadows, plus two highlighters, to help you get as creative with your eye makeup looks as you want to. The mix of warm and cool tones allow you to create both daytime and nighttime looks, and the bright shades are buildable for intense color payoff.

COMPLEX CULTURE Full Time Eye Shadow Palette - The Party Edit
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COMPLEX CULTURE Full Time Eye Shadow Palette - The Party Edit

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Best Night-Out Eyeshadow Palette

“Love it! A little goes a long way, but it's also buildable & blendable.”

Nothing says “I’m ready to party” quite like a vibrant eyeshadow look. This palette of nine flattering shades makes it super easy to create stress-free looks without sacrificing glam. Each row of three shades is actually a ready-made color trio that can be used together to achieve a makeup artist-quality look without the guesswork. Bonus: This formula is super long-lasting, so you can dance the night away without worrying about the pigments fading.

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Kindra Moné
Kindra Moné is a writer and content creator who works with brands and magazines to create culturally relevant fashion and beauty content. She is also the founder of The Moné Edit: a community and podcast at the intersection of style and wellness.
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Article Last Updated July 24, 2023 12:00 AM