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The Definitive Ranking of Makeup Eyeshadow Palettes

We’ve been spying the scene with our beautiful peepers and the verdict is in… These are the must-have eyeshadow palettes to add to your collection. 

The Definitive Ranking of Makeup Eyeshadow Palettes

Today’s topic is essential for every beauty junkie: eyeshadow palettes. Thanks to the variety of beauty products the cosmetic world continuously offers, we can easily swap trays of eyeshadow to change our look just as easily as if we were changing our tops. Whether you’re looking for a basic nude palette for everyday wear or one that brings the drama to your makeup repertoire, our list has you covered with wet or dry options, trendy color combos, anti-aging features, and, as per usual, the perennial favorites.

The possibilities are endless!

1. Urban Decay – Naked Basics Palette

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Urban Decay’s Naked Basics Palette contains everything you need to beautifully dress your eyes. It also comes in a slim and compact metallic case that looks super chic in your purse. This palette has 6 matte bronze-based colors that range from off-white to the darkest brown/black. With this color spectrum, you could almost literally create any look on the planet. The colors are blendable and long-lasting. It’s the first eyeshadow palette makeup lovers should own.

2. Too Faced – Natural Eye Neutral EyeShadow Collection

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With their Natural Eyeshadow Collection, Too Faced made it really easy for eyeshadow fanatics to create a myriad of looks with shades that came in both shimmery and matte finishes, and an amazing “how-to” instruction manual.

3. BareMinerals – Ready Eyeshadow 4.0

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Bonus points for having anti-aging benefits! These eyeshadow quads come in an array of colors, allowing you to create everything from the simplest to the most theatrical of looks.

4. Urban Decay – Naked Palette

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I’ve seen so many makeup artists use this palette! And, really, what’s not to love when it comes to the Urban Decay Naked Palette? Naked comes with 12 neutral shades that work for every skin tone; the range of colors allows you to really get creative with your work, making it a fun must-have for everyone from enthusiasts to pros.

5. YSL – ‘Pure Chromatics’ Wet & Dry Eyeshadow Palette

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Caution: Wet Paint! When used wet, the shades offer a sultry sheen for bold looks. If you prefer staying sober, use the colors dry for effortless, long-lasting shimmer.

6. Bobbi Brown – Navy & Nude Eye Palette

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This pairing of navy and nude by makeup artist-extraordinaire, Bobbi Brown, is just perfect!

7. Tom Ford – Beauty Eye Color Quad

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This is a lovely basic we’re sure you’ll fall in love with. It’s far from ordinary as the color payoff is true to form, silky, and long-lasting. What you see is what you get, another bonus for this eyeshadow quad!

8. e.l.f. – Prism Eyeshadow in Sunset

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Looking to add some color to your life? Then e.l.f. Prism Eyeshadow in Sunset is for you! Just look at how dreamy those colors are.

9. Lancome – ‘Color Design’ Shadow & Liner Palette

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Lancome made applying makeup much easier with this palette. Featuring an awesome, I-can-remember-that 5-step system, the theory behind this palette was to move down colors by brushing one all over the lid, then the crease, highlighting, lining, and then repeating the process until the desired effect was achieved. It may sound complicated when written, but it’s easy to follow in person. We promise.

10. Bobbi Brown – Sunkissed Eye Palette in Pink

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These pink shades are perfect for summer and spring. Don’t they remind you of budding flowers and soft gold?

Are any of these on your must-have list too? Share your favorites with us on Instagram by tagging us @MakeupTutorialsOfficial. We love featuring our readers on our page, so don’t be shy and show us what you’ve got!

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