Eyeshadow palettes need to serve a few purposes if we are going to invest our money in buying one. The colours should compliment each other and be on the palette for a good reason, there should be a good variety of textures, shades and tones, including mattes, shimmers and pearlised hues. There should also be a good assortment of dark colours and lighter ones for definition and highlighting. A good eyeshadow palette should be able to be used for daytime and night-time and if it has a mirror and a brush all the better.
Here are our favourites:
Amazing value for 12 shades that include rich chocolate browns, taupe, ivory creams, charcoal and gunmetal grey. You also get an Eyelid Primer that helps to keep the eyeshadow in place. This is a great palette for those who want to create a smoky eye look.
Need a little help with choosing the right colours that blend together effortlessly? This palette from Maybelline has instructions on the back and divides the eye shadows into duos, trios and quads that work to compliment each other. It also shows you which colours are best for definition, for highlighting and for base covering. Gorgeous colours and great value.
A perfect selection of golden hues that suit most colour tones and contains both matte, metallic, bronzes and golden colours to create a beachy look. Use lightly in the day for a sun-kissed effect, then strengthen the tones for a more glamourous look in the evening. Great value for a palette that will be used again and again.
Great value from Autograph with these light and shimmery colours that are perfect for spring and summer. You get 12 shimmer shades and 4 matte ones that all compliment each other and the well-thought out shades include coppers, rusts, browns and greys.
For those who want colours in a more interesting palette that enables them to mix up their look and customize colours, this palette by Ciate London is perfect. Gorgeous deep hues where one swipe of the wand is enough to leave a high-impact colour.
A beautiful palette that contains neutrals that are rich and deep in colour and will cover the eye in one sweep of the brush. You get 11 matte shades and one highlighting shimmer, all of which are really easy to blend together. The double-ended brush has a larger blending brush at one end and a stiffer defining one at the other.
- Stila Eyes are the Window™ Palette: 12 shades for £30
Great value from this well-established brand. You get 12 colours which can be used wet or dry for a dark or subtle look. There are shimmery shades for highlighting and matte hues for contours. Colours include coppery bronzes and gunmetal grey. Our only gripe – no brush.
- Laura Geller The Delectables Eye Shadow Palette in Smokey Neutrals: 14 shades for £33
You get a double-ended brush with this palette, on one end is a soft brush for blending and on the other is a stiff, slanted brush for creating definition. You get 14 gorgeous colours in this palette, all based on natural colours that include mulberry, liquorice, khaki, crème brulee and heather. Use wet or dry to maximise the colour which once on, will not crease and is smudge-proof.
Eight of the most vibrant metallic and glittery colours in this palette from Urban Decay. These colours use micro fine iridescent sparkles and 3D metallics to create a stunning diamond-like effect on the eyes. Colours include smoky gunmetal, bright blues, soft peach, magnetic purples and vibrant green. Perfect for glitzy nights out.
If bold, bright and unusual colours are what you are after, then this palette from By Terry should hit the creative spot. You get a few neutrals to balance out the more outrageous hues, which include vibrant pruple, shocking orange, denim blue and lilac. You also get a good quality double-ended eyeshadow brush with one end for blending and the other for definition.