The Eyeshadow Palettes Worth Investing In

Five Eyeshadow Palettes Worth Investing In - Lorac Pro Palette, Urban Decay Naked Palettes, Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette, Becca Ombre Nudes Palette, Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

The eyeshadow palette market can be pretty overwhelming, to say the least. It feels as if there’s a new eyeshadow palette hitting stores every week and even I struggle to keep up. My palette collection takes up pretty much an entire drawer in my collection because I used to have zero restraint when it came to buying new pretties but lately I’ve been able to step back and really work out whether I really needed another neutral eyeshadow palette in pretty packaging.

A lot of eyeshadow palettes can be pricey, I like to think of them as investment pieces, but it’s important to find the one that’s going to become an everyday staple before dropping your hard-earned cash on it. Here are five options, depending on what you’re after in an eyeshadow palette.

LORAC Pro Palette

If you want a little bit of everything, all in one…
Mattes, shimmers, neutrals, warm tones – this palette has you covered. It’s been a consistent favourite for me and I can imagine it’s the perfect place for an eyeshadow beginner to start off. The row of mattes are perfect for super subtle eye looks and the shimmers are all stunning, the perfect finishing touch for an eye look. The shade selection covers pretty much all your bases, including a pale shade for all over the lids and a black for eyeliner.

Urban Decay Naked Palettes

If you want an easy-to-wear classic that won’t let you down…
The eyeshadow palettes that really started off the craze for all-in-one palettes. I don’t like to play favourites so I’ve kept the choice of which palette up to you. Between the first three additions to the line there’s definitely something to suit everyone, with the original Naked being quite bronze-y, the Naked 2 looking a little more cool-toned and the Naked 3 being filled with pinky hues. For those looking to invest, it’s as simple as checking out the shade line-ups and deciding which one suits you the best.

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette

If you want a curated collection of shades for simple but beautiful looks…
For a slightly more streamlined approach to eyeshadow palettes I’ve recently been obsessing over the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette. It’s got a stunning but simple line up of shades for any neutral eyeshadow lover and a formula that makes the whole application process a breeze. It’s a solid investment for those that know what they’re after and don’t need a bunch of shades to achieve it.

Becca Ombre Nudes Palette*

If you’re a matte eyeshadow lover…
An investment in a solid selection of matte shadows is definitely worth it for those that tend to stay away from the shimmer. One of my favourite all-matte palettes comes from Becca, with a stunning range of browns to add definition to the lid without looking too overdone. Realistically, this is the kind of palette that any eyeshadow lover should own – I also use it frequently as a base before going in with a shimmer all over the lid.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

If you want total control over the shades you include in your perfect shadow palette…
MUG shadows are awesome for a couple of reasons. Firstly, you can have a lot of fun choosing exactly what shades you want/need/love for your ultimate palette and secondly, the ability to keep adding to it means that it’s a little easier to spread out the purchasing if you want to. There’s a shade in the range to please absolutely anyone and the formulas, including mattes, shimmers and foiled are all incredible. If you really want to make the perfect palette with all of the colours you love and none of those colours that never end up getting touched, it’s worth ordering a couple and throwing them all into a z-palette.

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  • Beautiful picks!! If I didn’t need any more palettes I would love to pick up another Too Faced one and a Becca, so pretty!

    xo Kat @ Katness

  • I agree with most, however, I don’t see the big deal with Too Faced shadows! I have the chocolate bar palette and it’s meh. To each their own, though, loved this post.

    Batty4Beauty.com

    • I haven’t tried the Chocolate Bar, actually, but have been meaning to! The formula isn’t the most incredible that I’ve ever used but it’s solid and gets the job done and the shade selection in this palette is stunning! 🙂

  • I have the Tartelette palette which is great – matte neutrals with every shade wearable, I use it every day – but I would like just one or two shimmers to take it up a level.

    • Oh yeah, I do love the Tartelette palette but it’s not my favourite all-matte palette, I don’t think!

  • I love the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette, it sits in my every day make up draw 🙂

  • Ugh MUG are my fav!!!

  • Sooo much variety in one little palette!

  • Kasia

    Unfortunately the inclusion of Bismuth Oxychloride in nearly all of these make them unusable for the MANY people with allergies to this common irritant. As an MUA, i have to stay away from these entirely – 10+% of people get itchy lids within 10minutes and it can balloon out to a weeks worth of severe swelling. Pretty or not – cheap shoddy fillers mean I stay away.

    • Personally I haven’t experienced any issues with these palettes and haven’t heard any complaints but you do make a very good point! I’d be interested to hear what shadows you do use in your kit?
      (also in regards to your other comment, sorry – the Disqus system has been stuffing up and I’d yet to approve the comment which is probably why it wasn’t showing up!)