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8 Eyeshadow Palettes You Need in Your Makeup Bag

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No matter what kind of makeup look you’re going for, having a good eyeshadow palette is super important. Having a variety of shades, finishes and formulas provides makeup lovers the option to go bold with bright colors, or remain natural with more neutral shades. Whether you’re wanting to elevate your glam or are just looking to add a little color, you’ve come to the right place!

Here are eight eyeshadow palettes you need in your makeup bag ASAP.

Reina Rebelde 4 Play Wet Dry Eye Color

Reina Rebelde’s 4 Play Wet Dry Eye Color is the perfect mini palette for a smokey eye. The four different shades can be used wet or dry to create a gorgeous eye look with pearlized shadows that last all day and night. The velvety shadows are cruelty, paraben and phthalate-free.

Promising review: Lisa says, “These colors rock. The eye shadow is long lasting, non-creasing and highly pigmented, especially when using wet. By themselves or together, it’s always a win!”

Urban Decay Naked Wild West

Urban Decay’s Naked palettes always impress, but the new Wild West edition is especially gorgeous. The highly pigmented colors range from pale peach to a deep green and include matte, shimmer and metallic shades. Not to mention, the palette is vegan and cruelty-free.

Promising review: Elise says, “The artistry that went into the design of this palette is beautiful. The colors go perfectly with the Wild West theme. They blend beautifully and have very smooth application.”

Too Faced That’s My Jam

Another eyeshadow palette every makeup lover should have is Too Faced’s That’s My Jam Mini. The purple shades not only blend easily, but they’re highly pigmented and smell great as well. The cruelty, paraben and gluten-free palette is perfect for on-the-go use and will elevate your glam every time.

Promising review: Tracy says, “This palette is so beautiful. I’m a sucker for these colors, so I had to have it. The colors are soft and buttery. They blend out nicely.”

ColourPop Nude Mood

Perfect for a more neutral eye moment, ColourPop’s Nude Mood Eyeshadow Palette is everything. The nine shades range from soft beige and ivory to bright gold and warm peach. Each shade is perfectly pigmented and buildable for simple glam or for a golden smokey eye.

Promising review: Victoria says, “This palette is amazing, especially for more natural days! The sparkly shades are visible but not overdone, and all shades fit well together into the palette’s color story.”

Morphe The James Charles Palette

The James Charles Palette from Morphe is all you need for the perfect eye moment. The palette is a collaboration with the beauty YouTuber, who constantly slays creative and colorful makeup looks. With 39 different shade options, the possibilities are endless with this one!

Promising review: Avery says, “This palette is amazing! It has every color for natural and crazy colored looks. There is not fall out, and they are so pigmented!”

Tarte Tartelette

Tarte’s Tartelette Juicy Amazonian Clay Eyeshadow Palette comes with twenty different shades to craft a gorgeous eye that will last all day long. With a mixture of matte, pearlescent and metallic finishes, each shade is smooth and full of pigment. Not to mention, the palette is paraben and gluten-free.

Promising review: Kristine says, “I absolutely love this palette, wish they made it sooner. The colors are absolutely beautiful. I love wearing pinks, plums & neutrals and this palette has them all.”

Rare Beauty Confident Energy

If you’re looking for a full-on glitter moment, Rare Beauty’s Confident Energy Eyeshadow Palette is perfect! With six different glimmering shades, the limited-edition palette goes on in one swipe, blends easily and is ultra-creamy. Plus, it’s vegan and cruelty-free.

Promising review: Crystal says, “I love this palette. The shades are very bendable with each other and you can create some cute looks, but all in the same genre.”

Juvia’s Place Nomad

Last but not least, the Nomad Palette from Juvia’s Place comes with nine different shades to compliment all eye colors and help craft a bold eye moment. The palette is the perfect mix of matte and shimmering shadows that will produce a flawless finish every time.

Promising review: Coco says, “The pigments in these shades are so rich and easy to use! It spreads so nicely on my eye and the colors are amazing for darker complexions. I love this makeup.”

Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

Which eyeshadow palettes are you loving right now? Sound off in the comments!

Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz
Emily Lentz is a Los Angeles-based Features Editor, creating content and working towards providing an inclusive space for beauty professionals and consumers.