The Best Eyeshadow Palettes for Major Color Payoff


Whether it’s by adding a pop of color or going full-on rainbow, colorful eyeshadow is always a good idea. Not only will the bright shades elevate your glam look, but they let you express your creativity as well. Finding an eyeshadow with gorgeous color payoff can be a difficult feat but look no further!

Here are seven colorful eyeshadow palettes to help you perfect any look.

Makeup Revolution Neon Heat Limitless

Makeup Revolution’s Neon Heat Limitless Shadow Palette has almost every eyeshadow color for any makeup look. The vibrant shades feature everything from warm bronze to pops of neon in soft matte and shimmer formulas. Not to mention, the palette is vegan and cruelty-free.

Promising review from Ulta: Lizzie says, “This set works great with or without primer—and the colors blend well to create lovely sunset looks. By the end of the day at my job, I am sweating in the heat, but this color stays!”

J. Cat Beauty Dia & Noche Tri-Element

The Dia & Noche Tri-Element 15 Pigment Palette from J. Cat Beauty is the perfect option for those looking for a more blue-toned look. The green and blue shades come in shimmer, foiled and matte options that are highly pigmented and easily blendable, making it easy for users to create their own unique eye moment.

Promising review from J. Cat: Amanda says, “I’m convinced these are high end shimmers in drugstore packaging. If you love super reflective, emollient foils, you MUST buy every single palette! I have mature, oily lids and these shadows somehow melt in without getting greasy.”

Huda Beauty Brown Obsessions

Another palette every makeup lover needs is Huda Beauty’s Brown Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette. Filled with gorgeous colors, including gold, orange and brown, it’s perfect for crafting soft, more natural makeup moments and daring, smoky eyes. Not to mention, the shades come in shimmer, metallic and matte finishes.

Promising review from Sephora: Ashley says, “The color story of this is beautiful and blends seamlessly. You don’t have to put very much effort to blend, and the shimmers are blinding and very buttery.”

Rare Beauty Discovery

Rare Beauty’s Discovery Eyeshadow Palette is another palette featuring colors for a variety of glam moments. With everything from shimmering gold and warm brown to bright purple and soft pink, the powder shadows are easy to apply and never smudge or fade! Not to mention, it’s vegan and cruelty-free.

Promising review from Sephora: Oly says, “I am very impressed by this palette. It’s small but has so much power. I think is the perfect palette to take everywhere with you. The pigmentation is really good quality! I’m just in love with every color of this palette.”

BH Cosmetics Party in Puerto Rico

The Party in Puerto Rico 16 Color Shadow Palette from BH Cosmetics lets users create vibrant makeup looks with gorgeous orange, pink, purple and yellow shades. The pigment payoff is long-lasting, smudge-proof and perfect for day to night shadow. Plus, it’s vegan, cruelty-free and formulated without parabens or sulfates.

Promising review from Ulta: Rosie says, “This palette is gorgeous. It’s very pigmented, especially for the price point. I’m happier with this than I have been with more expensive palettes. Will definitely be buying from this brand again!”

Violet Voss Sea You Later

Another colorful palette worth trying out is Violet Voss’ Sea You Later Eyeshadow and Pressed Pigment Palette. With twenty different color options, each shade blends seamlessly with each other to create a variety of looks. With smooth matte and sparkling hues, it’s gorgeous and effective. 

Promising review from Sephora: Maddy says, “This palette is amazing! I love traveling and since this year was limited, this palette allows me to bring my love of vacationing straight to my house. The metallics… the mattes… LOVE!”

Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance

Last but not least, the Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills features fourteen different berry tones to create stylish, bright glam. The fade-resistant shades are highly pigmented, blend together beautifully and are formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates.

Promising review from Sephora: Rose says, “This is the smoothest eyeshadow ever and it’s SO pigmented. All the colors are bright and versatile. One of the best eyeshadow palettes I’ve ever used!”

Reviews have been edited for length and clarity.

Which colorful palettes do you rely on? Let us know in the comments!

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