The 8 Best Eyeshadow Palettes of 2019

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For centuries, women have been using eyeshadow to define their eyes and make them pop. With the right shadow, you can transform tired eyes and make them look bright and perky within a matter of minutes. Instead of investing in separate pots of eyeshadow, opt for a palette that has a diverse range of colors and textures. It seems like there’s a new eyeshadow palette coming out every other week, so knowing which ones are worth the money can be a little difficult without some guidance. Ahead, the top-rated eyeshadow palettes that you can buy today. ​

NARS Skin Deep Eyeshadow Palette

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NARS eyeshadow palettes are known for their highly pigmented colors and smooth application, and the newest addition to their line is no exception. The Skin Deep Eyeshadow Palette features 12 neutral brown shades that range from dark brown to shimmering beige. The four shades at the top are bigger because they can be used as the go-to transition shades. The bottom eight shades include two matte shades for creating depth and six metallic/shimmer shades to highlight and brighten. Each shade is highly pigmented and blendable, but keep in mind that a little product goes a long way.

This palette was created with all skin tones in mind, so it includes shades that are both warm-toned and cool-toned. One five star reviewer online raves, “This pallet is great for creating daytime and evening looks. There are endless possibilities when you mix and match the shadows. And it’s going to be great for year round. This is the perfect nude/brown collection.” More »

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

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Few palettes created as much buzz as the Morphe and Jaclyn Hill collaboration did upon its launch—and for good reason. You get 35 shades for just $38, and the colors range from light ivory to a true black. While most of the palette is neutral, it also includes some standout shades like seafoam green and a cobalt blue shimmer so you can add some variety to your looks.

The majority of reviewers give this palette 5-stars, with customers raving about the pigmentation, shade range, and lasting power of the shadows. One commenter wrote, “This was such a good palette, I actually really loved it! The pigmentations in the colors were so nice and they blend out beautifully. I definitely recommend this palette. Not only can it be for everyday use but for a fun colorful nice look as well. It’s very versatile. 10/10!” More »

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

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If you’re looking for a completely matte palette that will make all of your dreams come true, the Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour palette is it. Modeled after the brand’s best-selling Shade + Light Contour palette for your face, it does the same exact thing for your eyes. Each section has a “base shade,” plus shades to lift, balance, and define your eyes.

The palette is divided into a neutral, cool, and warm sections so you can create a look with the undertone you’re in the mood for. You can stick to only using colors from each section or mix and match them to get a little creative. With almost 1,500 five star reviews online, it’s definitely a fan-favorite palette. More »

Melt Cosmetics Radioactive Stack

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Melt Cosmetics eyeshadows are always carefully curated, and these two stacks do not disappoint. At $48, it seems like a high price point for only four shadows, but they’re definitely worth the splurge. The Radioactive Stack is great for adding neon pops, while the Love Sick stack is all jewel tones. Both stacks are great for adding dimension and beautiful pops of color to your look. 

The pans themselves are actually bigger than normal eyeshadows and you only need a little bit of product to get your desired effect, so the shadows actually last you a long time. Plus, all of Melt’s stacks are magnetic, so they’re interchangeable and you can customize your own palettes based on what colors you need. More »

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

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This recent addition to the Urban Decay Naked family is now a staple in most beauty lovers’ makeup collections. While there are some staple warm colors in this palette, like deep cranberry and terra cotta, there are also some unique shades that are thrown into the mix (think deeper plum shades). Unlike the previous Naked palettes, these shadows are more buttery so they're much easier to blend. Plus, the mix of mattes, shimmers, and metallics are good for daytime and nighttime looks. 

One five-star reviewer commented online, “I absolutely love this palette! The pigmentation is on point, not too much fallout, and the colors work so well together no matter how many different combinations I have tried." Reviewers also noted that this palette is beautifully made, and the inclusion of more unusual colors was much appreciated. If you gravitate towards warm-colored shades, this palette is a must for your collection.  More »

Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette

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Though this palette isn’t entirely cool-toned, most of the palette pulls cooler. The neutral and warm tones in the Tarteist PRO palette help compliment the cool-toned looks you’re creating. It has 16 matte shades and 4 shimmers so you have a variety to choose from. All of the shadows are infused with Amazonian clay to make the shadows smooth and rich, and they’re deeply pigmented so a little goes a long way.

One five-star reviewer wrote, “The Tarteist PRO Amazonian Clay Palette is my new best friend. You can create any look, the shadows are highly pigmented and blend like a dream. I hope this palette is made for the rest of time because I can't imagine my life without it.” More »

Dose Of Colors Desi x Katy Friendcation Eyeshadow Palette

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When you’re traveling but still want to look glam, you need a palette that does it all. This palette from the Dose Of Colors collab collection with influencers Desi Perkins and Katy DeGroot is the perfect all-in-one. It has neutral tones and pops of color, as well as mattes and shimmers. Some of the shimmers have a duochrome shift so you can create really beautiful and unique looks. It’s slim and easy to pack, so you don’t have to worry about it taking up extra space in your luggage. 

Though the colors are really diverse, they blend together well to create cohesive makeup looks. You can also swirl the colors together to make new ones that also compliment the shades from the palette. One happy customer called it a “must-have,” commenting, "The mattes are super blendable and pigmented. As for the shimmers.... gosh they are marvelous. They are so different to many of the shimmer eyeshadows out there and they give you the look of glitter without the hassle. What more can a makeup-loving person ask for.” More »

Nudestix Jetsetter Palette By Mary Phillips

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Who better to create an eyeshadow palette than someone who has done the makeup for celebs like Chrissy Teigen, Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid, and many more? Professional makeup artist Mary Phillips collaborated with Nudestix to create a beautiful cream stick palette that is great for makeup lovers on the go.

Nudestix has exclusively cream products that are meant to be blended out with your fingers, and Phillips curated a great collection that includes mattes and metallics, as well as two neutral lip colors and face color. The Jetsetter palette allows you to create beautiful everyday looks that are easily transitioned into night, and the cream consistency will give your skin a soft luminosity. The whole collection comes in a handy pouch that's easy for you to grab and go.  More »

Our Process

Our writers spent 3 hours researching the most popular eyeshadow palettes on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 12 different palettes overall, screened options from 12 different brands and manufacturers, read over 45 user reviews (both positive and negative) and tested 6 of the palettes themselves. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.