10 best eyeshadow palettes that are great for beginners in eye makeup

So you’ve decided to take your makeup to the next level and add some sparkle to your eyes? If you’re new to the realm of eyeshadow, we understand that picking out that first eyeshadow palette can be intimidating. With so many options out there, it’s hard to make a decision on which one to go for, and what colours are easiest to wear for beginners.

We’re going to help make your job easy. Here are 10 beginner-friendly palettes (tips included!) to help you get started, starting from the most affordable option available.

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1. NYX Ultimate Warm Neutrals Shadow Palette

When it comes to quality drugstore makeup, NYX takes the cake for having an array of quality products. For starters, it’s good to have a palette that has a mix of matte and shimmer shades. NYX’s Ultimate Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals offers just that. With 16 shades ranging from neutrals to plums, this palette makes a great first palette for you to have fun with!

DV Tip: Apply shimmer shades all over or in the centre of the lids and use the matte shades in your crease, above it, or under your bottom lashes to blend the colours together!

Where to get it: NYX Cosmetics, USD18. NYX products are also stocked at Sephora.

2. L’Oreal Paris La Palette Nude

Another recommended palette from the drugstore has got to be this nude palette from L’Oreal Paris, which comes in Beige or Rose. For more neutral shades, the La Palette Nude in Beige is your definite go-to.

It’s been compared to the famous Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette – but a lot more affordable. So before you decide to splurge on the latter, why not experiment some looks with this one first?

Check out four simple step-by-step tutorials we’ve created to help you achieve different looks with this palette.

Where to get it: Watsons at SGD29.90 or at Lazada, where it’s running a SGD12 off promotion now.

3. Zoeva Naturally Yours

If you haven’t checked out any of Zoeva’s eyeshadows, walk into Sephora and swatch them right away! Zoeva has a range of palettes that are known for its buttery textures and affordable price. There are plenty of themed palettes to pick out, but we recommend the Naturally Yours palette for more basic colour options.

If you’re willing to spend a little more for additional shades in one palette, you may want to check out the Zoeva Nude Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette.

Where to get it: Sephora at SGD39

4. Too Faced Natural Matte

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If you’re not ready to get creative with multiple shades on your lids, you may want to opt for the Too Faced Natural Eyes palettes, which come with a manual that suggests several eyeshadow combos. The Natural Matte palette is great for creating simple yet sultry looks. Check out the following tutorial from Kathleen Lights!

Where to get it: Sephora at SGD53

5. Stila Matte ‘n Metal Eyeshadow Palette

If browns and darker neutrals aren’t for you, try this mauve-themed palette to create soft, daily looks. For under SGD60, you get 12 shades in total – six mattes and six shimmers. They may not be as pigmented as other brands, which makes room for you to slowly build up the intensity if you’re just starting out with eyeshadows!

Where to get it: Sephora at US49

6. The Balm Nude Dude

Don’t mind the name and graphics, but this palette has colour choices that are appropriate for eyeshadow newbies. Its 12 versatile shades include both mattes and shimmers, which can be used to create natural to smokey eye looks that would suit almost any skin tone.

Where to get it: Sephora at SGD71.90

7. Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Palette

In comparison to the original Tartelette palette, Tarte’s Tartelette In Bloom offers a better range of light to dark shades. It notably has more shimmer than the first one, which gives you more options for an all-over shimmer on your lids. With softer matte shades, this palette would be good for you to have a go at blending your eyeshadow with different shades as transition.

Check out this basic eyeshadow tutorial by Shannon Harris a.k.a. Shaaanxo on Youtube!

Where to get it: Sephora at SGD72

8. Kat Von D Shade + Light – Eye Contour Palette

No other palette doubles up as an eyeshadow and contouring palette better than the Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette. In a review, Kathleen Lights noted that the colours will come off as “bold” and “intense”, so remember to use them with a light hand!

Despite the intensity of the eyeshadows, the colours on the palette are generally basic shades (with browns and black and white shades), which makes them suitable for beginners who prefer neutral but bold looks.

Where to get it: Sephora at SGD73

9. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palettes

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These palettes smell as amazing as they look! The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette is a popular must-have palette for any beauty lover. The semi-sweet version has more browns and neutrals than the original chocolate bar palette, which has more colours that may be too bold for even amateur makeup enthusiasts.

Where to get it: Sephora at SGD76

10. Urban Decay Naked Palettes

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This list would not be complete without the glorious mother of all eyeshadow palettes – the Urban Decay Naked palettes. Dubbed as “The iPhone of Makeup” by Forbes, the Naked palettes do not only offer some of the best quality, but also the best shade combinations that are essential for every occasion.

For a first palette, the Naked 1 and 3 are the most recommended for having the best selection of shades. There are endless tutorials with these palettes on Youtube, so have fun recreating the looks!

Where to get it: Sephora at SGD83

By the way, the Urban Decay newest Naked Heat palette has just dropped and the DV team has reviewed it and created a few looks with the palette. We find that it’s another beginner-appropriate palette that you may want to consider too. It also retails at SGD83 at Sephora. Watch our review video here:

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