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WE’VE TRIED AND TESTED THE BEST EYESHADOW PALETTES

WE’VE TRIED AND TESTED THE BEST EYESHADOW PALETTES

Why have one eyeshadow when you can have a whole squad? We’ve swatched and blended the most-tested palettes on site so we can write the ultimate eyeshadow palette review and answer the highly-contested question: which is the best eyeshadow palette?

Whether you’re a makeup novice or you’re an insta-famous MUA (if the latter, we’re defs jealous), there’s gonna be a palette you need to add-to-bag RN. The making of a good eyeshadow palette is if it has a collection of single eyeshadows that will work in harmony and blend in limitless ways to create an eye makeup look to suit your mood that day. Perf’? We thought so too.

We’ve kept an eye out for the best eyeshadow palettes based on which have the most pigmented eyeshadows and how much they’ll set you back, ’cause we all wanna make it to the end of the month, let’s be honest. Have a lil look through of our top 10 to find out which will be your new bae, just in time for payday.

Plus, once you’ve selected your fave, up your MUA game with our guide to the best makeup brushes.

Best Eyeshadow Palette

Based on our very official rating technique (basically, how much did the HQsquad slay using each eyeshadow palette), we’ve ranked the best eyeshadow palettes for you to add to your to-buy list.

  1. NYX Eyeshadow Palette
  2. Bourjois Eyeshadow Palette
  3. Rimmel Eyeshadow Palette
  4. L’Oréal Paris Eyeshadow Palette
  5. Sleek Eyeshadow Palette
  6. HD Brows Eyeshadow Palette
  7. Max Factor Eyeshadow Palette
  8. theBalm Eyeshadow Palette
  9. Stila Eyeshadow Palette
  10. Illamasqua Eyeshadow Palette

Best Eyeshadow Makeup Palette

We’ve swatched and blended the whole set to find the most pigmented eyeshadow palette to add to your collection. Tell your bank balance to blame us, we’ll take the hit.

  1. NYX WARM NEUTRALS ULTIMATE SHADOW PALETTE
    £16.00 Buy now with HQhair

    NYX WARM NEUTRALS ULTIMATE SHADOW PALETTE

    Number of eyeshadow shades: 16

    Price: £16

    Eyeshadow palette review: You get 16 shades for £16, so we’re pretty impressed with this warm-toned eyeshadow palette that packs a punch without damaging your bank balance.

    Featuring light-toned base colours right up to deep burgundy eyeshadows, this is one of the best eyeshadow palettes, featuring a mix of shimmer, metallic and matte shades. Although geared up for autumn with the deep colours, this NYX warm neutrals eyeshadow palette is great all year round – just blend and snap it up.

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  2. BOURJOIS LES NUDES EYESHADOW PALETTE
    £11.99 Buy now with HQhair

    BOURJOIS LES NUDES EYESHADOW PALETTE

    Number of eyeshadow shades: 8

    Price: £11.99

    Eyeshadow palette review: The best pastel eyeshadow palette, this pocket-sized makeup kit is lightweight and perfect for travel. Use the eight shades to create a range of spring-ready eye makeup looks, from a pretty light green focus to more nude-coloured browns.

    Featuring a slight shimmer, these eyeshadows are perfect for day through night, and will work beautifully underneath a gel eyeliner.

    Shop Bourjois.

    Buy now with free delivery
  3. RIMMEL NUDE EYESHADOW PALETTE
    £8.99 Buy now with HQhair

    RIMMEL NUDE EYESHADOW PALETTE

    Number of eyeshadow shades: 12

    Price: £8.99

    Eyeshadow palette review: One of the best nude eyeshadow palettes you can add-to-bag, we’re actually obsessed with every single one of the shades in this Rimmel palette.

    Ranging from a matte light nude to a dark purple-grey tone, this palette features a selection of tonal shades suited to all skin types, thanks to the mix of warm and cool tones.

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  4. L'ORÉAL PARIS COLOUR RICHE LA PALETTE NUDE EYESHADOW PALETTE
    £14.99 Buy now with HQhair

    L'ORÉAL PARIS COLOUR RICHE LA PALETTE NUDE EYESHADOW PALETTE

    Number of eyeshadow shades: 10

    Price: £14.99

    Eyeshadow palette review: The ten shades to play with in this L’Oréal Paris eyeshadow are all makeup bag must-haves. A mix of glitter and matte shades, these nudes can be smoked out to create the perfect smokey eye – just add plenty of the darker shades to slay next time you go out out.

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  5. SLEEK MAKEUP I-DIVINE ALL NIGHT LONG PALETTE
    £8.99 Buy now with HQhair

    SLEEK MAKEUP I-DIVINE ALL NIGHT LONG PALETTE

    Number of eyeshadow shades: 12

    Price: £8.99

    Eyeshadow palette review: On a budget? No worries. This is the best cheap eyeshadow palette, coming in at well under £10 (plus it’s got an extra 20% off as we set this blog post live!).

    Featuring twelve highly pigmented glitter eyeshadows, these brown, pink and burgundy shades are perfect for daytime, but you can easily build up the pigment and create a smokey eye for a night out.

    Read our guide to the best Sleek products

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    Buy now with free delivery
  6. HD BROWS FOXY EYE AND BROW PALETTE
    £30.00 Buy now with HQhair

    HD BROWS FOXY EYE AND BROW PALETTE

    Number of eyeshadow shades: 5

    Price: £30

    Eyeshadow palette review: Did you think HD Brows were just about eyebrow makeup? Bae, you need to look again. We’re seriously impressed with this nude eyeshadow palette. It may have “just” five shades, but these are the essentials for every eye nude eye makeup look, and we love the buttery soft, highly-pigmented eyeshadows.

    Pus, if you’re on-the-go and want to save space in your carry on bag, then this makeup palette can double up as a brow palette.

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  7. MAX FACTOR MASTERPIECE GOLDEN NUDES EYESHADOW PALETTE
    £14.99 Buy now with HQhair

    MAX FACTOR MASTERPIECE GOLDEN NUDES EYESHADOW PALETTE

    Number of eyeshadow shades: 8

    Price: £14.99

    Eyeshadow palette review: It’s time to get your golden goddess on. Just look at this palette to see why we’re actually obsessed. Featuring plenty of shimmering metallic eyeshadows, this gold and brown coloured eyeshadow palette is the perf’ option if you want to upgrade your daily eye makeup to guarantee something extra.

    The best eyeshadow palette for dark skin tones, these highly pigmented shadows apply easily with a makeup brush, or simply pat on and diffuse with your fingers.

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  8. THEBALM NUDE DUDE EYESHADOW PALETTE
    £25.60 Buy now with HQhair

    THEBALM NUDE DUDE EYESHADOW PALETTE

    Number of eyeshadow shades: 12

    Price: £32

    Eyeshadow palette review: How cute is this vintage-inspired packaging? We love how this palette sorts nude eyeshadow colours by skintone, helping you to easily select colours for a subtle daytime makeup look, and then up your game for after work drinks.

    Spray your brush with a lil water to add an extra punch to this palette’s pigment. Longevity guaranteed.

    Read our guide to the best theBalm products

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  9. STILA EYES ARE THE WINDOW SOUL EYESHADOW PALETTE
    £30.00 Buy now with HQhair

    STILA EYES ARE THE WINDOW SOUL EYESHADOW PALETTE

    Number of eyeshadow shades: 12

    Price: £30

    Eyeshadow palette review: If you’re after smokey eye makeup, then call off your search as we’ve found The One. This eyeshadow palette features the twelve must-have eyeshadows required to create a daytime smokey eye and vamp things up after hours.

    Featuring matte shades, this collection is perf’ for your stash as it’s incredibly versatile and the colours are all longwearing.

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  10. ILLAMASQUA COMPLEMENT EYESHADOW PALETTE
    £17.50 Buy now with HQhair

    ILLAMASQUA COMPLEMENT EYESHADOW PALETTE

    Number of eyeshadow shades: 4

    Price: £35

    Eyeshadow palette review: An incredible purple eyeshadow palette, we die at first swatch of its four incredibly pigmented shades. Ranging from a dark purple with grey undertones to rich chocolate plum, this is the best eyeshadow palette for those looking for professional quality.

    Read our guide to the best Illamasqua products

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Now you’ve found the best eyeshadow palette, it’s time to add-to-bag. Sorry, bank balance.

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Rebecca

Rebecca

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When in doubt: add glitter. I'm obsessed with shimmer eyeshadows and always layer up my highlighter.


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