5 eyeshadow palettes you need in your collection

Ever felt like your eyeshadow was missing something? That your collection needed one or two eyeshadows so you could achieve certain looks? Here is my take on the palettes you need in your collection to tackle almost every look.


  • The neutral palette

This kind of palette is a must for everyone and a great way to start experimenting with makeup. With a neutral palette, you definitely stay on the safe side of makeup while being able to come out with gorgeous eye looks. The ideal neutral eyeshadow palette is definitely the ‘Tartelette in Bloom’ eyeshadow palette by Tarte. With three shimmers and nine mattes, the Tartelette in Bloom is perfect for a beginner as the shadows are really easy to pair with each other. This palette retails for 45$ and also has a great mirror and an amazing packaging that makes it perfect to travel with. You can buy the Tartelette in Bloom here.

Tartelette in Bloom palette, photo cred: tartecosmetics.com

Other alternatives for a nice neutral palette are the Too Faced ‘Chocolate Bar’ palette (49$) which is a classic and the ELF ‘Need It Nude’ palette (10$) if you’re on a budget.


  • The warm-toned palette 

Warm palettes are definitely on trend and I personally love it as I have a quite warm complexion. Warm tones look gorgeous even though some of them can be quite intimidating (especially reds for me). To complete amazing sultry looks, you need a warm-toned palette in your collection and the best anyone can buy at the moment is the ‘Modern Renaissance’ palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills. This palette is a warm heaven for your lids: the shades are stunning and the formula is buttery and easy to blend. This jewel retails for 42$ and is totally deserving of the hype surrounding it. You can buy the Modern Renaissance palette at Sephora or Ulta.

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Modern Renaissance, photo cred: sephora.com

If you want other alternatives to this palette, I suggest the Huda Beauty ‘Rose Gold Edition’ eyeshadow palette (65$) or, if you’re on a budget, the Nyx Cosmetics ‘Warm Neutrals’ eyeshadow palette (17,99$).



  • The cool-toned palette 

It’s true that these kind of palettes are less popular than the warm and neutral ones, but that doesn’t mean that cool-toned shadows aren’t worth a place in your collection. As much as I like warm shades, I still want to experiment with cool shades and I know that a few of my ladies with cool undertones prefer those over warm shades. In my opinion, everyone need at least one cool-toned palette and the ‘Eye Art Artist’s’ palette by Laura Mercier can be the perfect addition to your collection. This is a high quality palette and is easy to use even if you’re not used to play with cool tones. The formula is amazing and the shades aren’t too out of the box which makes it a palette that you definitely won’t be scared to use. This baby retails for 55$ and can be found at Sephora.

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Eye Art Artist’s palette by Laura Mercier, cred: sephora.com

Other quality cool-toned alternatives that I suggest are the Lorac ‘PRO 2’ palette (44$) and, for a cheaper option, the Zoeva ‘En Taupe’ palette (26,50$).



  • The matte palette

The matte palette is very important in a collection for the simple reason that matte eyeshadows are the roots of an amazing eye look. The more elaborate you want your eyeshadow to look, the more mattes you’ll need. The perfect matte eyeshadow palette can obviously be used alone but it can also be paired with any other palette. The matte eyeshadow palette you absolutely need in your collection is the Kat Von D ‘Shade + Light eye contour’ palette. This palette retails for 48$ at Sephora and it is totally worth it. With 3 visible quads, this palette makes it easy to figure out combinations to create beautiful eye looks. In addition to the genius packaging, the buttery formula of the shades makes them a dream to blend.

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Kat Von D Shade + Light eye contour, photo cred: sephora.com

My other suggestions are the Viseart ’01 Neutral Matte’ palette (80$) and the ELF ‘Mad for Matte’ palette (10$).



  • The colorful palette

To complete your collection, you need to have a colorful palette. This kind of palette is needed to go out of your comfort zone and try new things. After all, makeup is art and you shouldn’t be limiting yourself to neutrals. The palette that I would recommend to play and have fun with colors is definitely the ‘Nubian 2’ by Juvia’s Place. The eyeshadows in this palette are super pigmented and the colors are simply stunning. The good news is that it retails only for 28$ and the pans in this palette are quite huge, so you get a pretty good deal when buying this palette. You can buy it here on the Juvia’s Place website.

Nubian 2 by Juvia’s Place, photo cred: juviasplace.com

My other alternatives would be the Morphe Brushes ’35B’ palette (19,99$) or the BH Cosmetics ‘Take Me To Brazil’ palette (12,99$).


So there you have it! This is the ultimate guide to have a fairly complete eyeshadow palette collection. Let me know in the comments if you have any of those palettes in your collection and what you think of them. I’ll be reading your responses.


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