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Eyeshadow palettes to take you from morning to night

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Eyeshadow palettes

We all love a good eyeshadow palette and when you find a good palette with a range of shades that can take you from day to night, it's all your eyes will need.

Whether you're wanting to look a little more glam for the school run or you're heading out for drinks in the evening and don't have time to re-do your make up, by simply adding a bit more smokiness and pop of colour to your eyes, you can elevate your eyes with minimal effort.  

With so many different textures, formulas and shades to choose from, it can be hard to find the perfect palette for you. That's why we’ve rounded up the most versatile, prettifying and foolproof power palettes that we’ve got our (ahem) eyes on…

Best eyeshadow palettes

Looking for the perfect brown palette? Look no further. This palette of 9 warm browns and shimmery shades is perfect for any time of year. From your summer holidays to a Christmas party. 

One reviewer said: 'Love the colours and really impressed with how well they came out and stayed on. I was recommended this by an MUA as a cheaper alternative to the NARS pallets, and I totally think this is a great duplicate!'

For a more romantic pop of colour, we love this palette full of flirty pinks and sparkles as well as neutral browns and beige shades. With 18 shades included, this is also a brilliant option if you're on a budget. 

One reviewer said: 'Got this as a treat to myslef because why not and I'm glad I did. The first thing you will notice is the luxurious case with its velvety texture bar far the nicest case in my low budget collection. The next thing as soon as you open it the colours will pop, they are so gorgeous and eye catching you wint know what one to use first! They all swatch beautifully and blend perfectly. They are perfect for autumn too (although I will use all year round) I highly recommend this palette as a must have if you want good makeup on a budget.'

If you prefer to avoid shimmery shades, you'll want to stick to more matte shades. We love this simple Charlotte Tilbury palette which can easily fit into your handbag. With just four shades, these palettes are ideal if you're not so confident when it comes to applying eyeshadow. 

One reviewer said: 'OMG! How gorgeous is this eyeshadow palette? I love smokey colours in this palette. And it made my brown eyes pop! They went on like a dream it was easy to build up the colour so you could have a more subtle look for daytime or dramatic for evening. They lasted brilliantly all day long. I'm looking into purchasing other palettes now.'

With four sparkly shades and four matte shades, you really do get a lot of versatility with this palette. We love to use the darkest brown shade as a soft eye liner for a less harsh eye look. 

One reviewer said: 'I adore this palette, the colours are beautiful and once on they last all day! They’re buildable and really pigmented so I can do a day time look or can make it really glam for a night out. The palette itself is well made and a gorgeous design. My new favourite palette.'

With firey red and orange colours plus neutral beiges and brows, this is our ultimate summer palette for warm evenings. Including 12 shades of both matte and shimmery shades, it's super buildable and versitile. 

One reviewer said: 'I love this palette. I wear minimal makeup and hate spending too much time doing a nice look. This palette makes applying eye shadow easy for for a beginner like me. I applied three shades from this palette at 8 in the morning and they were still holding on at 10 at night. The shadows are easy to apply and blend and look absolutely beautiful with minimal effort. There is absolutely no fallout and the colors don't muddle. My eyes also don't feel heavy wearing these shades. I hope this palette stays around for a very long time.'

The Urban Decay Naked palettes are hugely popular and their 3rd palette is all about those subtle shimmers making them great if you want to introduce a bit of sparkle to your face. 

One reviewer said: 'I received this eyeshadow palette as a gift. All of the shades in this palette are gorgeous and I have been able to create a few beautiful looks with this product. However, the shadows were not as pigmented as I would’ve hoped. Nonetheless, a decent product.'

This palette is all about the colour and it's also super pigmented. Each of the 12 shades are rich, vibrant and easily buildable making it the perfect palette for summer. 

One reviewer said: 'This is a gorgeous palette of luscious colours. I bought it for my grand-daughter and she loved it. Highly recommended if you enjoy being creative with your eye make up.' 

These NARS colours look stunning on every skin tone with a good balance of neutral and shimmery shades. It comes in a miniture size too making it great for a makeover on the go. 

One reviewer said: 'I love this palette! So easily to apply, blend. Easy to combine colours and can use lighter colours for day time and build up with darker colours to get that smoky eye look for night out. I’m using all the shadows in this palette, it’s my favourite!'

We're huge fans of the Too Faced eyeshadow palettes (and not just because they have one that smells like chocolate)! These 16 all-new, highly-pigmented, modern nudes create a stunning natural look featuring 8 matte, 2 shimmer, 3 metallic and 3 sparkle modern nude shades.

One reviewer says: 'I've been wanting to buy this eye palette for ages, now I have it, it's simply stunning, the best I've ever had. Beautiful colours, the shimmery shades are so pigmented, the rose gold colour is just beautiful. I will buy this product again and again, even though it will last me a lifetime to use.'

With 16 different shades ranging from matte to shimmers, this is the ultimate palette for creating simple smokey looks and for just £1 per shade, you really can't go wrong! 

One reviewer said: 'I picked this palette because it has such a selection of colors that I don't need to keep numerous extra shadows or palettes - this one set has enough shades to create a wide variety of looks. It has neutral colors, warm colors, cool colors, dark & light colors, matte and glittery colors. I feel like I have a little of everything, and they go well together too. I picked this version to complement my blue eyes and it definitely does. Every NYX palette I've bought is great quality with long-lasting wear and soft, blendable, fully pigmented shadows. This one lived up to that reputation.'

  • Author: Lorna White Lorna White
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Lorna is the digital executive and regular contributor for Mother&Baby. After running the Yours magazine website which specialises in content about caring for kids and grandchildren, she has now brought her expertise to the UK's #1 leading pregnancy and parenting magazine. Lorna specialises on a range of topics from potty training and nutrition, to everything and anything that will keep your tot occupied!

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