These Are The Best Eyeshadow Palettes Money Can Buy


For beauty lovers, a new eyeshadow palette can take you from amateur to Leonardi Da Vinci real quick. Buffing and blending the endless colour combinations on offer, these multi-use compacts can take you from day in the office to dinner date at night. 

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Whether you’re a neutrals die-hard or experimenting with a wash of metallic is the highlight of your entire day (just us? ok…), staying up-to-date with the latest and greatest of eyeshadow palettes is an absolute must

From shimmery coppers to dusty-rose mattes, here are the killer palettes you need in your beauty arsenal.

Maybelline New York Burgundy Bar Eyeshadow

We say: There’s no question that burgundy is the new black when it comes to pulling off a fresh and dazzling smokey eye. And with the help of Maybelline’s 12 fade-resistant ultra-matte and metallic shadows, the possibilities are endless.

You say: “There is enough shades here that you could take this on holiday with you and create enough day and night looks to last you.” – the loved life blog

Want to know more? Read Maybelline New York Burgundy Bar Eyeshadow reviews here




Revlon ColorStay™ 16 Hour Eye Shadow

We say: Featuring an easy-to-follow guide, Revlon’s crease-free, long-lasting eyeshadow palette is a one-stop-shop for pulling off a day to night look with a pop of colour. 

You say: “I got it in the pack “Decadent” and it not only matches my skin tone PERFECTLY, but it also lasts a very long time.” – Mezzbeth21

Want to know more? Read Revlon ColorStay™ 16 Hour Eye Shadow reviews here


L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow

We say: Consisting of 10 neutral shades (six metallic and four matte), a mirror and a dual-ended application tool (one side for application and the other for blending), what more could you need?

You say: “ I think if you are new, have no expectations and are searching for an easy to use palette with various very pretty colors – this is your go-to palette.” – C.L.A.U

Want to know more? Read L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude Eyeshadow reviews here


The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes

We say: Rated 5 stars by our bh members, this compact set of four shadows are strong enough to be worn alone yet still soft enough to blend, build and create endless colour combinations.

You say: “I First got these cubes a few years ago and I fell in love. I have tried so many different eyeshadows both cheaper and high end and I always go back to these. I love them.” – mserin23

Want to know more? Read The Body Shop Shimmer Cubes reviews here




M.A.C Eyeshadow x 9: Amber Times Nine

We say: If peachy golds, matte browns and sparkly bronze shades are your look, you need this palette. At $62 a pop, M.A.C’s palette is on the pricier side, however, we think it’s well worth the money.

You say: “I love this eyeshadow palette from MAC, the colours are gorgeous for both winter and summer. All shades in the palette blend and fade extremely well, they are very pigmented and don’t transfer or crease.” -abbeyleee12

Want to know more? Read M.A.C Eyeshadow x 9: Amber Times Nine reviews here…


Models Prefer Rose Nude Eyeshadow Palette

We say: You’ll want to keep this shade out on display because the palette of shimmery pink shades are too pretty to keep hidden in your beauty bag.

You say: “The formula of product is so good it spreads on just like butter and there is no fall off. the eyes look extremely blended without any effort.” – pinkalicious

Want to know more? Read Models Prefer Rose Nude Eyeshadow Palette reviews here…



Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 5-Color Palette

We say: Featuring five colours, the Estee Lauder palettes feature both velvety matte and creamy satin shades to highlight, illuminate, shape and contour the eyes.

You say: “The fine powder that creates such a great base to build and blend colour. Unusual for me to put dents in shadows before they expire, but I seriously love these eye shadows and use them daily.” – Frenchy1

Want to know more? Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Eyeshadow 5-Color Palette reviews here…


Bobbi Brown Essential Multicolor Eye Shadow Palette

We say: Whether you’re dressing up for a wedding or keeping it casual for a day at work, enlist the help of Bobbi Brown’s trusty essentials compact.

You say: “The shades are very pigmented and long wearing, and are smooth and easy to blend. I wasn’t sure that I would like the blue palette when I first saw it, but I absolutely adore it and use it often.” – Rose_P

Want to know more? Read Bobbi Brown Essential Multicolor Eye Shadow Palette reviews here…


Lancôme Hypnôse Palette

We say: Featuring Lancome’s ‘Wet’ technology, these pigmented shadows are dispersed within a fluid which then evaporates into an ultra-concentrated pigment. The result? Luminous makeup with flawless coverage and hold. 

You say: “Application is so soft to the touch on the skin with the provided brushes. The eyeshadows feel so luxurious on the skin and I love them. The eye shadows are very pigmented and can be built up or down.” – beautybabe140194

Want to know more? Read Lancôme Hypnôse Palette reviews here…


Main image credit: @traceellisross Have you tried any of these palettes? Which is your ultimate favourite?

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  1. I’ve got the MAC Amber Times Nine, and I’m not totally in love with it. I haven’t used it for ages. I’ve got a couple of Bobbi Brown palettes that I won from Beautyheaven and they are just divine! Absolutely gorgeous! The colours are very pigmented and long wearing. Expensive but worth the extra cash. I love the colours in the Models Prefer Rose Nude Palette, but I wonder what the quality would be like? I’ve never used anything from that brand.

  2. Oooh one I got is Bobby brown in cool tones, not one pictured (grey, griege, blue/grey/nude insanely beautiful shade…anyways) looove! As is have grey eyes and it is perfection for my colouring

  3. I won the Maybelline in the Glosscars prize pack back in 2018. I haven’t reviewed it yet as I haven’t really used it that much, I’m trying to get through some other palettes I have. I’d love to own some higher end stuff like ABH or Huda but again, I have too many other ones.

  4. This reminds me I haven't worn eyeshadows in a long time. Before covid hit I used to apply eyeshadows everyday at work. I only used it last month for a glamour event , I might have to explore out all my daytime eyeshadows again.

  5. Really love Revlon ColorStay™ 16 Hour Eye Shadow they are smaller palettes rather than a large one with so many Colours not used.

    Just one Question! Can women who are of mature age wear those glittery Eyeshadows.
    Mainly I stick with Revlon Eyeshadows that are neutral Colours.

  6. The Burgundy Bar is one of my recent aquisitions, I've had the Rose Nudes palette for a few years now and love it too. I would love to get my hands on the Lancome palette…such unique and beautiful shades. Whilst I don't have the others, I am sure I have dupes in my collection that could replicate the same looks as the others.

  7. Bought The Burgundy Bar Palette a few days ago so still testing it out.
    My eyes seemed a little irritated so I have given it a break, not sure if the dyes used in the colours are the problem as I am sensitive to some brands.
    Even with my eye primer underneath still seemed to irritate so i hope I dont have to chuck it away.
    I must admit I was a bit disappointed in the quality of the actual pallete it is very flimsy compared to others I have purchased.
    i have quite alot of eyeshadow palettes so use different ones each day.

  8. I’ve got soooo many eyeshadow palettes, I really don’t need anymore. But I really want one of the Hourglass Graphik palettes. Not sure which colour I want yet. If I did get it, I would buy it with birthday vouchers. I’ll think about it……

  9. My favourite and most used palette at the moment is Stila ‘Eyes Are The Window To The Soul’. I’m pretty sure it’s discontinued now (bummer!). It’s beautiful neutral colours, very easy to wear. I bought it from Mecca. It has the cult Stila Kitten in it, which is almost finished. I’ll buy a single with my birthday vouchers.

  10. OMG Indie I’ve got sooooooooooo many eyeshadow palettes, I could open my own freaking store! But there’s always just one that you ‘desperately’ need isn’t there.

  11. I've used the Burgundy Bar and reviewed above its still not my " go to" as I have loads of pallets and like to switch around, plus some of the colours irritate my eyes. Just been gifted a MAC palette but slightly different colours from picture above.
    Love the fact MAC are very pigmented so have to be careful not to overload brushes but so expensive for what they are.
    I also have a mini MAC palette and just love some of the pastel shades.

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