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The Best Eyeshadow Palettes And Their Affordable Dupes

The Best Eyeshadow Palettes And Their Affordable Dupes
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It’s no secret that we're all obsessed with finding the best eyeshadow palettes! Whether it’s a selection of the ultimate neutral tones for the perfect daytime look, or a bolder combination for statement party makeup, a reliable eyeshadow palette is every girl’s best friend.  

Finding the right eyeshadow palette in a sea of cult-buys, however, is no easy task. So, to help you find your perfect partner, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourites to suit your budget... 

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette 

If you love the versatility of the original Naked Palette, try this hot take for a trend-led twist on your smokey eye.

The 12 shades start at a shimmering ivory and travel through matte terracotta and shimmering coppers, right up to burnt reds and metallic burgundy. These work on every skin tone for seriously seductive looks. Trust us, it’s one of the best eyeshadow palettes you’ll ever own! 

Rimmel Magnif'eyes 12 Pan Shade Palette 

Of course, if you want the gorgeous hues above without the price tag, you can choose this one instead.

Combining 12 sultry shades in shimmering, satin and matte finishes, they deliver rich, intense colour with a crease-proof, long-wearing finish. You’ll love them! 

MAC Art Library - Nude Model 

A pro palette containing 12 neutral shades in matte and shimmer finishes, this is undeniable one of the best palettes on the market! 

It boasts a wide range of earthy hues, from rich brown to gold glitter and warm plum. Go light during the day for a subtle look, then blend dark with light to amp things up come evening. 

NIP+FAB Make Up Eye Shadow Palette - Gentle Glam 

Of course, if you want similar colours without breaking the bank, try this palette.

Featuring 12 matte and shimmer shades that range from sparkling gold to palest pink, it allows you to define and sculpt your eyes. Simply blend and build to customise your look. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette 

There’s a reason why Anastasia Beverly Hills’ palettes always sell out: they’re amazing. The Modern Renaissance palette is no exception.  

Packed with 14 highly-pigmented shades, including 11 matte and 3 metallics, it boasts a range of berry and neutral tones that can be used to create endless looks. We’re obsessed with Buon Fresco, a hue described as an ‘antique lavender with an ultra-matte finish’.

Maybelline The Burgundy Bar Eyeshadow Palette 

If ABH is a little above your budget, you can always opt for this PXI one.

Filled with 12 warm-toned, highly-pigmented shades that span from pearlescent creams to smouldering bronzes and sultry maroons, it offers a versatile range of hues. Use it to create a soft and subtle look or go bold and passionate. 

NARS Cosmetics The Skin Deep Eye Palette 

We couldn’t list the best makeup palettes out there and not include NARS on the list! 

This palette allows you to create a spectrum of looks, from subtle to smokey effects. It features 12 delectable neutral shades in matte, shimmer and metallic finishes that range from light nudes to deep brows and shimmery pinksBlend them all together to take you from work day to weekend. 

NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette - Warm Neutrals 

NARS might be high-end but you can get the same colours and quality thanks to this NYX palette.

It includes 16 eyeshadows in a range of hues and finishes, including satin, shimmer and metallic. You can expect highly-pigmented, long-wearing shades that stay put all day long. 

And there you have it, the best eyeshadow palettes to suit your budget.  

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