What are the best eyeshadow palettes?

Picking out an eyeshadow palette can be daunting. It must have shades that can create a variety of looks like day or night, glamorous or girly, subdued or smokey, depending on your mood. Timothy Torres asks what are the most well-rounded palettes out in the market. 

asked by Timothy Torres
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    #1Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Sublime Ambition Palette

    Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Sublime Ambition Palette

    Pat McGrath MTHRSHP Sublime Ambition is an eyeshadow palette that contains 6 shades, namely Gilt Trip (champagne), Copperized (copper), Throwing Shade (terra cotta velvet), Illicit (charcoal brown), Bronze Struck (bronze), and Gold Rush (gold). 

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    $55

    Kathleen Wells
    Written on May 9, 2019
    "Pat McGrath MTHRSHP eyeshadow palette is makeup perfection. The shadows are SO pigmented and apply on the eyes smoothly and beautifully. They look absolutely gorgeous and I'm able to blend the colors effortlessly. It is without a doubt THE BEST EYESHADOW PALETTE I have ever used. "
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    #2NARS Skin Deep Eye Palette

    NARS Skin Deep Eye Palette

    NARS Skin Deep Eye Palette contains 12 neutral shades that can be used to define, highlight and line eyes and brows. Its shade range includes TAUNT (matte cream), SOPHIA (matte cool brown), WHIPPED (matte warm brown), and 9 others.

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    $59

    Harini Trivedi
    Written on May 9, 2019
    "I don't really like to experiment much when it comes to eye makeup because of my brown eyes. I always go for a neutral palette. Colorful palettes just don't suit me. The best eyeshadow palette for brown eyes is NARS Skin Deep. All the colors are stunning, apply flawlessly, blend seamlessly, and accentuate my brown eyes phenomenally. "
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    #3Fenty Beauty Morroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette

    Fenty Beauty Morroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette

    Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice Eyeshadow Palette contains 16 Moroccan-inspired shades ranging from mattes to shimmers. Shades include Mo’rockin Ice (iridescent icy pink), Mirage (metallic rosy bronze), and Ca$ablanca (peach gold) and 13 others. 

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    $59

    Trishla Jaiteley
    Written on May 9, 2019
    "Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice is the perfect eyeshadow palette for people with deeper skin tone. Admit it, not a lot of makeup companies produce makeup that caters to women who are highly melaninated. I immediately noticed that the shades in this gorgeous palette really pop on my darker skin when I did swatches. Kudos to Rihanna and her wonderfully inclusive company! Plus the packaging is STUNNING and screams LUXURY."
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    #4Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette

    Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette

    Huda Beauty Obsessions Palette is a compact eyeshadow palette that includes 9 matte and shimmer shades that's available in 9 different color schemes (Warm Brown, Mauve, Smokey, Coral, Amethyst, Topaz, Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphire). 

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    $27

    Araceli Trejo
    Written on May 9, 2019
    "My boyfriend bought me the Topaz Obsessions palette and it is EVERYTHING! 😍 I can't stop using it and I've nearly hit pan. Anyway, I won't hesitate to purchase another one using my own money. Maybe I'll buy Mauve palette 'coz it has wilder colors. "
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    #5Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

    Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

    Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette is an eyeshadow palette that includes 12 rose-hued neutral shades, namely Strange (pale neutral pink matte), Dust (pale metallic pink shimmer), Burnout (light pinky-peach), Limit (light dusty rose matte) and 8 more. 

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    $54

    Reyna Guevara
    Written on May 9, 2019
    "These rose-toned shades in this palette are perfect for girls with tanned skin, like me. One of my favorite eyeshadow palettes alongside Jeffree Star's Blood Sugar and Jaclyn Hill's Morphe collab. "
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    #6Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

    Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

    Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette is a neutral palette with 14 shades that includes warm & cool matte and shimmer tones. Shades include Tempera (velvety beige), Glistening (iridescent gold), Orange Soda (pastel peach) and 11 more.

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    $42

    Megan Duncan
    Written on May 9, 2019
    "Nothing beats Anastasia Beverly Hills in making eyeshadows and their Soft Glam palette is the BOMB. I've tried other brands including several high-end but I always return to this palette. The colors are very pigmented, creamy and blend like a dream. 💜"
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    #7Morphe The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

    Morphe The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette

    Morphe The Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette is an eyeshadow palette collaboration between Morphe and YouTube beauty guru Jaclyn Hill. It contains 35 shades including mattes, shimmers, satins, foils, and glitter. 

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    $38

    Gloria Hill
    Written on May 9, 2019
    "Considering that this palette has 35 freaking shades for only $38 is unbelievable. Morphe has always produced affordable makeup, but that doesn't mean they're cheap. The colors are highly pigmented and are extremely blendable. They don't wear long (max is 6 hours) but for the price point, I shouldn't complain. "
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    #8 Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

     Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

     Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette is an eye contouring palette that includes 12 neutral, cool, and warm shades. Shades included are Laetus (creamy nude), Lazarus (cool taupe), Ludwin (peachy bronze), Samael (dusty fawn) and 9 more. 

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    $48

    Lauren Wells
    Written on May 9, 2019
    "The fall-out from this palette is CRAZY. Yes. they're very pigmented, but I wish they'd change the formula so that it's not chalky as hell. "
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