When it comes to makeup in general, I try to use a mix of mostly drugstore products with a few high end products. When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, I tend to drop some cash and get the good stuff. Why? Because a great palette is worth it. A great palette is versatile enough for a variety of day and night looks, it’s perfect for travel and having multiple shadow colors in one product/case saves you from wasting time digging through your makeup stash looking for individual shadows.
So without further ado, here are my top 5 eyeshadow palettes:
Naked Palette – Urban Decay
The first palette I ever purchased and the OG of the Naked line, the original Naked palette is basically perfect. You have your standard matte blending and lid colors, shimmery highlight shades, and a plethora of darker shades. There is no limit to the amount of work-appropriate AND night combinations you can create with these colors. If you’re looking for a place to start with eyeshadow and don’t have this palette in your arsenal, what are you doing with your life?
This is my go-to palette for work days. If the name didn’t tip you off already, all shadows in this palette are matte. If you’re not in your 20s anymore or have hooded eyes (I fall into both of those categories), matte shadows are your best friend because they don’t accentuate lines or wrinkles. The actual shadows in this palette are HUGE (I’ve had mine for over a year and have barely made a dent in them) and the color range flatters any eye color. If you don’t want to spend your hard earned dough for the entire palette, at least get your hands on the peach shade, Matt Singh – it is the perfect crease blending color, in my self-proclaimed expert opinion.
Naked 3 Palette – Urban Decay
Yep, another Naked palette. The Naked 3 is all about the rose gold color family with lots of mauves, gold, purple and pink tones. The colors in this palette make blue and green eyes look absolutely amazing so if you’re a light-eyed person, You Need This. I tend to use this one almost exclusively in the fall and winter months (it pairs very well with a dark, red wine-colored lip) and usually layer it over the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk to give some extra staying power. As with all Naked palettes, the shadows blend extremely well and have fantastic color payoff.
Can you tell that Urban Decay palettes are my favorite? The Naked Basics 1 and 2 are small, no nonsense and great for travel because they take up so little space. If you don’t want to mess with any shimmery or bright colors and just want to put together a quick everyday look, these palettes do the job and do it well. Basics 1 focuses on warm toned colors while 2 is all about cool tones.
Both palettes offer enough versatility to give you a neutral look for work or a smoky eye for night. It’s all up to you. I highly recommend picking up one of the Basics palettes if you don’t want to spend the $$ for a full Naked palette.
Vice 2 – Urban Decay
Everyone needs at least one fun, weird palette. I admittedly don’t use this palette nearly as often as the rest, but whenever I do, it’s always a good time. This palette is great for experimentation and creativity with several dark colors for smokey eyes, bright 80s pinks and purples, edgy blue tones and warm bronze shimmery shades. Nothing wrong with having an impractical, straight-up play around palette. It’s good for the soul.
Am I missing anything? What are your favorite palettes? Let me know!