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Hey y’all! When I was in high school, I hoarded single eye shadows from Maybelline, MAC, and Covergirl. But, in the last 8 years or so, I feel like palettes have taken over the game.
Palettes have such pros and cons to me. The pros are the fact that you get a dozen or so shadows in a single compact, often for cheaper than you would get buying them all separately. Also you get an already curated group of colors you know will look good together in several different ways. But, on the flip side, sometimes you can’t spend $40-60 on a palette, or you’re only interested in one or two shades in the entire thing.
I get it. But I think overall, if you know how to navigate the insanely saturated world of eyeshadow palettes, you can wind up with a great collection you’ll go back to time and time again.
Here are my top 6 favorite palettes, both drugstore and high end. Happy blending!

Tartelette In Bloom by Tarte

Maybe my favorite palette ever! I love the shades in this palette and how they can be used for simple & clean looks for every day, but then you can use the dark burgundy or black to smoke things out a bit for night. Classic colors and such a great formula! This guy is totally worth your money, ten times over.

Buy it from Ulta here

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Paradise Enchanted by L’Oréal

Peach-scented eye shadow… are you skeptical? Because I was. But no joke, this palette is awesome. I love the colors, the shimmer shades are amazing, and the scent is actually really nice! There’s quite a bit of fallout, but I that’s not surprising with the price point and kind of odd packaging on this product (the shadows like sit on top of the plastic palette). I’m still loving it though, because the shades are so pigmented and blendable.

Buy it on Ulta’s website here

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Naked 3 by Urban Decay

Ah, you knew it was coming. Naked 3 is my old standby, and I can always reach for it when I want to do a quick look that I know will turn out well. I feel like I don’t branch out a lot into some of the colors into this palette, but I’m trying to give some of the glittery and deep shades a shot. But, regardless, this is a product I couldn’t live without.

Buy it from Ulta here

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Lovatics Demi by NYC

This palette is a sleeper for sure. It’s SO affordable, and I would definitely call it a dupe for the original Naked (which was a close runner-up in this post). These colors are surprisingly pigmented and the white shade is awesome to lay down before you get started building shadows. You can tell that the fallout is pretty heavy, but I don’t mind too much because the shadows are so buttery, you could blend it with your fingers.

Buy it on Amazon here

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Tarteist Pro by Tarte

I had an internal debate by including this, but hear me out. I don’t usually use solely this palette for a full look, but it has some undeniably amazing matte shades. The four shimmer shades aren’t my favorites (although the formula is great), but I love how the palette is designed to make things easy– each row is technically a “look,” which can make things super easy if you are being lazy or just don’t know what to do! I have a few staple colors in this palette that are totally worth the price tag. Plus, I love the huge mirror!

Buy it on Amazon here

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Flawless 3 by Makeup Revolution

Let’s start by saying I love Makeup Revolution products, and love their price tag even more. I was crushing hard on Naked Heat and the Tartlette Toasted palette, but wasn’t willing to shell out the money for either. So I found this guy, and it saved me so much money by giving me triple the shadows! They definitely aren’t the best quality eyeshadows and they take some layering, but I think this is a great dupe for some of the warmer-toned palettes out there. You get a ton more options, and the shimmers are great when used over a glitter glue or with a wet brush.

Buy it from Ulta here

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I love makeup. I love the process of doing my makeup, and I love how seeing the final result too. But, even I’ll admit, I hardly ever wear eyeshadow to work. I barely have time in the mornings to put on my foundation and concealer, let alone eyeshadow and liner.

There is an exception though— when I know I have plans after work, I try to up my face game a little. Whether it be dinner with my mom or drinks with my girlfriends, I like to be ready to go straight from work, because if I go home to redo my face, there’s a solid chance I won’t be leaving again!

Here’s where Naked 3 comes in. The warm, pink tones are so flattering and can create so many soft looks that are perfect for transitioning from the office to the dinner table.

This is one of my favorite looks to create from the palette! I hope you enjoy the look and make it your own. All products are linked!

Naked 3

Yes, I put on eyeliner BEFORE  shadow. I put it on before to give the effect of smoky, soft liner, because I’m not really good with pencil liner (I know that sounds ridiculous). You can also line your lids with the darkest color in the palette, Blackheart, after you finish your eyeshadow for the same effect. I do that often too, but I find that Blackheart has REALLY bad fallout for me and I’m not about that life. Maybe I just got a dud though, so feel free to try that!

Use Strange as base. I use a big, fluffy brush to spread it across my lid and brow bone to cover the whole area. I also like to go in with Reserve Your Cabana  (a “bronzer” form Wet & Wild) over Strange to give it a little more shimmer.

Then, use Burnout with a little Limit mixed in as your transition color. This just means you sweep it into your crease, and a tiny bit above, to define your eye shape and to make the darker colors blend in easier. I use a 99 cent Wet & Wild crease brush that I personally think is the best on the market!

Go in with Nooner on the outer crease if you want to darken the look a little. I have pretty big eyelids, so I like to make my crease really defined with this color! I also just love Nooner in general.

Finally, use Factory as your outer V color— this is just another fancy makeup term that means to sweep the color in a sideways “V” shape, from the outer corner of your lash line and in the very outer part of your crease. You can even stretch it out a bit and make it just past your crease, towards your temple, to widen your eyes!

And you’re done! The look is a great way to up your makeup game for work, and take it into the night without feeling like you just came from, you know…. work.

P.S.- If you don’t have Naked 3 and are looking for a drugstore option, I think NYC’s Demi Lovato palette is definitely comparable! I love that palette, and you can’t beat the price tag. 

I hope you enjoy this look and let me know what you want to see next!

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own. Some links may be affiliates. 

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