Eyeshadow palettes are great – visually gorgeous, full of sparkly shades, velvety mattes, chocolate browns, you name it – but it’s hard to find the perfect one. More often than not, you end up loving a couple of the shades and neglecting the rest, and it not only feels like a waste of product, but a waste of money too. Over the years, I’ve managed to find a small collection of palettes I love for everyday neutral makeup, as well as a handful of single shadows that add an extra bit of shimmer…
MAJOR DIMENSION EYESHADOW PALETTE by Patrick Ta
I have a handful of eyeshadow palettes that I love, but this one is my all time favourite and I use it every single day. Since my skin is so fair, a lot of ‘neutral’ shades pull very warm on my complexion. However, the matte shades in this palette all have a beautiful neutral undertone that are still warm without looking orange – and it works beautifully on more tan and deep complexions too. The mattes are rich and velvety, blending like a dream. The shimmers sparkle and glisten, come in an array of light to deep tones, and can be worn as a sheen or more intensely with ease. The formula is soft and buildable making it great for everyday wear and for more glam occasions too. The two cream shades in the far left are great to work with as well, sheering out and blending easily. It’s an absolutely brilliant palette.
EXAGGER-EYES by Charlotte Tilbury
Larger palettes are great if you love all the shades, but quads are often all you need if the colour combinations hit the spot. The Exagger-Eyes quad by Charlotte Tilbury is my go-to little palette for everyday makeup. The matte shade is a buildable reddish brown that enhances blue, green and brown eyes beautifully. The rose-gold metallic shade provides a gentle sheen across the lid. The sparkly ‘pop’ shade is a cool-toned dream that adds a lift while bringing it back down to that neutral look. The pale shade is a gorgeous highlighting tone that allows your eyes to look bright and awake when placed across the brow bone and in the inner corners. It’s a great palette to travel with and looks amazing with an array of different lipstick shades too.
PILLOW TALK LUXURY PALETTE by Charlotte Tilbury
If you’re after an eyeshadow look that isn’t quite as brown but still falls into the neutral category, the Pillow Talk Luxury Palette is an amazing option that works on all eye colours. This beautiful little quad provides four wearable and flattering pink-toned eyeshadows that when used altogether gives a gorgeous everyday look that is super pretty. The ‘pop’ shade is one of my favourite sparkly eyeshadows that I own with its rose gold tone.
BRONZE PALETTE by Natasha Denona
On the other hand, if warm and bronzy tones are your everyday preference, then look no further than the Bronze Palette by Natasha Denona. While a few beauty bloggers have commented on the shades all being very similar, I actually find the subtle differences between the colours means that you can create an abundance of different bronze looks depending on what you’re after on any given day. So, for example, if one day you want something more subdue, you can do that. If on another day, you’re after something more orange toned, you can do that too. If you’d like to experiment with more fiery or reddish tones, you can do that as well. You can create both lighter and darker looks with ease, and all the shades blend like a dream.
MAJOR DIMENSION ROSE II EYESHADOW PALETTE by Patrick Ta
On the other end of the spectrum, if you love rosy shades and want the option of playing around with different tones and depths within the colour family, the Major Dimension Rose II Eyeshadow Palette by Patrick Ta is just perfect. With the same buttery, velvety mattes and sparkly shimmers, you just can’t go wrong with this palette, and it’ll look beautiful on all eye colours.
‘FOIL’ SCATTERED LIGHT GLITTER EYESHADOW by Hourglass
I adore sparkly eyeshadows, and many of my favourites come as singles. The Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow formula by Hourglass is a staple in my collection. It’s a very sophisticated formula – sparkly, but not over the top, making it great for everyday makeup. Day-to-day I tend to lean towards golden tones, so the shade Foil is often my to-go.
‘SMOKE’ SCATTERED LIGHT GLITTER EYESHADOW by Hourglass
On other days, I prefer a more cool-toned look – something a little more smoky while still falling into the ‘everyday makeup’ category. Smoke from the same Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow range by Hourglass is a brilliant option. A true mid-tone taupe with a subtle pink hue in the shimmer, it’s brilliant for making a look more earthy and subdue without looking grey or heavy.