We know how hard it is to choose the right eyeshadow palette to invest in. Eyeshadow palettes usually have a gorgeous packaging to behold, and consist of so many colours and in so many finishes – we are so bewildered to make a good decision!
If this sounds exactly like the conundrum you’re always going through, you’re at the right article. One way to help you pick out an eyeshadow palette that you’d use, is to find the colour family you’re most likely to create a look with.
1. Eyeshadow palettes for nude, taupe, earthy looks
This is at the top of our list because it’s probably the most wearable look that won’t intimidate even makeup novices. Nude, taupe, and earthy eyeshadow looks are appropriate for work, and can be easily jazz up for an easy-on-the-eye (no pun intended) evening look as well.
Kat Von D Beauty Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette
This eyeshadow palette from Kat Von D is designed for contouring the eyes, so that you can create the look of deep-set eyes that look natural.
Made up of matte powders that are easy to blend, the palette arranges the shades from neutral, cool, to warm, so that it’s easy to pick out the right shades. Anyway, there’s a tutorial insert that comes with the palette so you can follow the steps and create the desired looks easily. You’ll also love how velvety the powder feels and its buildability makes it easy to create the intensity that you like.
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette retails at SGD73 and is available at Sephora.
Sephora Collection Miniature Eyeshadow Palette in Cookie
If you’re a beginner who wants something easy to play around with, consider this mini eyeshadow palette from Sephora Collection. In easy-to-wear shades that look good on almost anyone, the palette consists of brown, earthy shades for everyday wear, and a brilliant gold one to glam things up. The palette also comes with a pictorial tutorial that you can follow.
Sephora Collection Miniature Eyeshadow Palette in Cookie retails at SGD22 and is available at Sephora.
Stila Matte ‘N Metal Eye Shadow Palette
Encased within its luxurious gold case are 12 beautiful shades that can help you achieve the taupe or brown look that you’re hoping for. Six of the shades are matte, and the rest are metallic so you know it’s a palette that can help you create a variety of wearable looks.
Stila Matte ‘N Metal Eye Shadow Palette retails at SGD69 and is available at Sephora.
Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette
This palette has been arranged into three rows – each one with colours for one look. Tarte fans would probably already know that each shade is created with the brand’s iconic Amazonian clay-infused powder, which is ultra blendable, and will glide onto your eyelids like a dream.
Tarte Toasted Eyeshadow Palette retails at SGD59 and is available at Sephora.
Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Nude Dip
For fuss-free users, you’d love a simple eyeshadow quad. And if this is what you’re looking for, then you’d want to look out for the Tom Ford Eye Color Quad.
Besides being easy to carry around, each quad has shades that are curated to complement one another so you don’t have to spend time planning your look.
The shadows are also ultra-pigmented and allow you to create everything from an understated everyday look, to a bold smokey eye for the evening.
Tom Ford Beauty Eye Color Quad in Nude Dip retails at SGD127 and is available at all Tom Ford counters and Sephora.
Zoeva Caramel Melange Palette in Travel Size
Inspired by autumn colours, this palette contains neutral shades that are easy to wear. In a variety of finishes, the eyeshadows are also ultra blendable and you’ll find the formula melt onto your eyelids easily.
While the 10-colour full size palette is available, we have our eyes on the six-shade travel size one because of how compact it is while providing the hues that we want in our stash.
Zoeva Caramel Melange Palette in Travel Size retails at SGD23 and is available at Sephora.
2. Eyeshadow palettes for pink eyeshadow looks
This feminine look is one of the hottest trends in K-beauty and can help make your complexion look more youthful and radiant.
Tarte Love, Trust & Fairy Dust Eye Palette
This limited edition palette can be used on both eye and cheek and is made up of pink tones that are creamy and pigmented. The shades also double up as a highlighter for your cheeks, giving your complexion a rosy hue that looks healthy and radiant.
Tarte Love, Trust & Fairy Dust Eye Palette retails at SGD62 and is available at Sephora.
Pretty Vulgar Throwing Shade Eyeshadow in Early Bird
If the previous palette is too “pinky” for you, consider this one from Pretty Vulgar instead. The pink shades in this palette are super wearable and are complemented with brown and coral shades to help you create an even wider variety of looks.
Pretty Vulgar Throwing Shade Eyeshadow in Early Bird retails at SGD55 and is available at Sephora.
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Mineral Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Pink
Prefer an uncomplicated option that delivers a wearable pink eyeshadow look? This quad palette has two pink shades and two complementary nude and brown hues that can help you create a look that you know you can wear every day.
You’ll also love that the powders is created with an innovative technology that resists creasing and fallout, and contains moisturising botanicals to prevent the look of dryness.
Koh Gen Do Maifanshi Mineral Eye Shadow Palette retails at USD50 and is available at Beautylish.
Etude House Play Color Eyes Cherry Blossom
This palette comes with a mix of shimmer, mattes, and satins for you to create an array of looks. Named after the cherry blossom, it contains pretty pink shades that are perfect for a romantic, sweet look. You’d also love how compact the palette is, despite holding 10 shades in it.
3. Eyeshadow palettes for black and grey eyeshadow looks
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Perhaps you want a look as black as your soul, or you want to unleash the punk-rock personality within you – then what you need is an eyeshadow palette that has bold black and grey shades.
The key to acing this look is to make sure that the pigments in the palette are creamy and blendable. This is because chalky pigments are going to make the look seem “dirty” and “messy”. Of course, investing in an equally superior eyeliner is a must.
Givenchy Prisme Quatuor Palette in Ecume
This quad palette contains sultry shades that can help you create the perfect smokey eye look. Use the hues alone or together to create a sophisticated gradient look that is perfect for any evening engagements.
You’ll love that the pigments are velvety-smooth and goes effortlessly onto eyelids with minimal fallout.
Givenchy Prisme Quatuor Palette retails at SGD90 and is available at all Givenchy counters and Sephora.
Son&Park All That Smoky Kit
This palette by Korean cult brand Son&Park comes in six wearable shades that can be used for the sultry smokey look and a daytime look, depending on which ones you use.
You’ll love that you have the options of playing around with a good mix of shimmers and mattes, and the palette is compact enough for you to bring along for easy touch-ups on the go.
Son&Park All That Smoky Kit retails at SGD15 and is available on Althea.
Clio Pro Layering Eye Palette in Smoky Top
This is quite the ultimate smokey eye palette that you’ll need to create a trendy night-out look. In 10 shades of varied finishes, from matte to shimmer, this palette has great colour payoff that gives you the saturation you need with a single swipe.
The pigments glide on like butter and its unique powder-to-cream texture helps create looks that won’t crease and stay on all night.
Clio Pro Layering Eye Palette in Smoky Top retails at SGD25 and is available at Althea.
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Trio in Don’t Steal My Thunder
Can it get any simpler than this palette? Probably not. This trio from Wet N Wild tells you exactly which shade goes where by embossing the function onto the shadow as an easy application guide for you.
Made with rich pigments that have a satin-smooth finish, this palette may be super affordable, but if you know Wet N Wild, you’d know that you’re not compromising on quality.
4. Eyeshadow palettes for coral and orange eyeshadow looks
The coral eyeshadow look is another super hot East Asian makeup trend, known as the “juicy makeup look“. The objective is to create a soft, pastel look that reminds you of a fresh peach.
The great thing about this look is that you typically require just two or three shades to get it right.
3CE x Maison Kitsune Multi Color Face Palette in Freezing Step
This is a eye-and-cheek palette that consist of complementary shades for you to get creative with the look you want to create.
All shades has a soft tone to it that you can slowly build up, making it an easy palette to use even for eyeshadow novices. The powders are formulated to offer a “translucent” look on skin so that your complexion looks healthy and radiant.
3CE x Maison Kitsune Multi Color Face Palette retails at SGD58 and is available at Sephora.
Freedom Makeup Pro Blush Palette in Peach and Baked
This may be marketed as a blush and highlighter palette, but any beauty junkie worth her salt will know that this can double up beautifully as an eyeshadow palette too. In fact, the colours are so well-coordinated, you’ll know that you’ll be able to blend them out to create a nice coral gradient.
Freedom Makeup Pro Blush Palette in Peach and Baked retails at SGD27.90 and is available at Redmart.
Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection
When this palette was launched, the beauty world went crazy over it. The gorgeous palette that’s inspired by shades of the peach also smells like one – you didn’t read this wrongly!
Consisting of 18 eyeshadow shades ranging from peachy pinks to corals, this palette has great colour payoff and blends easily. The palette also includes a guide that shares three look tutorials to inspire you with.
Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection retails at SGD76 and is available at Sephora.
Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Coral
All palettes in this range are curated by founder Huda to make sure each one contains shades that are curated for day-to-night transition. To create a pigmented coral look, try the Coral palette, which consists of nine pigmented shades, ranging from mattes to shimmers.
Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Coral retails at SGD55 and is available at Sephora.
5. Eyeshadow palettes for green eyeshadow looks
You might not have guessed but green eyeshadow is extremely flattering on brown eyes that are commonly seen on Asians. The gorgeous shade brings out the brightness of the eyes and add a touch of glitz and glamour to the overall look. Wearing this bold look also mean that you can go easy on the rest of your makeup. Just don’t forget to pair it with equally strong brows!
Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Palette in Menthe a L’O
Designed to help create a “doll-like” wide-eyed look, this palette is made up of five intense shades that will surely make your eye makeup pop. The palette also comes with applicators that are professionally inspired so you won’t feel the need to bring along a brush just for touch-ups later. You’ll also find a step-by-step guide that will help even makeup novices get the look right.
Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Palette in Menthe a L’O retails at SGD90 and is available at all Lancome boutiques and counters.
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 in #7
This was created by renowned makeup artist Natasha Denona after struggling with dry, dull, and difficult to blend eyeshadows for decades. This is why you can expect nothing less than buttery, easy-to-use pressed, and ultra saturated pigments in this palette.
With five eyeshadow shades that complement one another beautifully, this palette has two beautiful green shades that can be jazzed up or toned down depending on how you use the rest of the colours that come with them.
Natasha Denona Eyeshadow Palette 5 in #7 retails at SGD72 and is available at Sephora.
L.A. Girl Eye Lux Eyeshadow in Tranquilize
The last two recommendations may be slightly on the pricey side, but this one definitely won’t break your bank. This palette contains four shades that come with different textures to help you create a variety of looks and you’ll be happy to know that they’re long-wearing and intensely pigmented.
L.A. Girl Eye Lux Eyeshadow in Tranquilize retails at SGD12.90 but you can get it from Red Mart at a discount.
6. Eyeshadow palettes for blue eyeshadow looks
Some people may see blue eyeshadow looks as dated, but it really depends on how you wear it. Dark blue shades blended well with taupe hues can help intensify the look of brown eyes. The trick is to create a seamless gradient, so bring out your eyeshadow brushes and blend, blend, blend!
Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Smartorial
This eyeshadow palette comes in seven shades that are inspired by the runway looks by Marc Jacobs – so you can be sure they’re super trendy. In four finishes: velvet, satin, silk, and lamé, you can use these hues to dress up your eyes in whatever way you want.
Besides the super plush shadow formula that gives you a velvety-rich pigment, you should take a moment to admire the ultra sleek packaging that we know we can’t get enough of.
Marc Jacobs Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Smartorial retails at SGD69 and is available at Sephora.
3INA Eyeshadow Palette in 101
These pretty shades are great for creating a variety of looks, including a more muted blue eyeshadow style. In shimmery colours that are reasy to blend, you’ll love that the compact is easy to bring around and are made up of hues you’ll definitely reach out for.
3INA Eyeshadow Palette in 101 retails at SGD33 and is available at all 3INA boutiques and Zalora.
Bourjois Smoky Stories Quad Eyeshadow Palette in Ocean Obsession
If you’re a beginner looking for something affordable and super wearable, look no further than this quad from Bourjois. It has a cream-to-powder texture that makes it easy to blend and easy to set, but what we love most is that these are grey-toned blues that are effortless to wear compared to a jewel-toned blue.
Boujois Smoky Stories Quad Eyeshadow Palette in Ocean Obsession retails at SGD24 and is available at Watsons. However, you can get also it from Zalora, where they give out frequent discounts.
7. Eyeshadow palettes for red eyeshadow looks
Finally, we want to add in something wild into this list – red eyeshadow looks. The intimidating shade looks great when blended with browns, purples, and gold hues, and can really be a head-turner if you get it right. If there’s something you’d like to challenge yourself with, this is it!
Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette
The latest Naked palette from Urban Decay is perfect for this stylish look. The palette consists of 12 shades of mattes and metallics in shades of cherry, burgundy, and mauve, so that you can create as many cherry-looks as you can think of.
As a bonus: it also comes with a good double-sided brush and a full-size mirror that every beauty enthusiast wants in their eyeshadow palette.
Urban Decay Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette retails at SGD83 and is available at Urban Decay freestanding stores and Sephora.
Kat Von D Beauty Fetish Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D launches a breath-taking eyeshadow palette at the end of the year annually and this year’s limited edition palette is the Fetish Eyeshadow Palette.
While it isn’t designed specifically to create a red eyeshadow look, this versatile palette can achieve it. Just check out the shades on the right of the palette: Stiletto, Dominatrix, Bondage, Safe Word – together, they can give you a beautiful red eyeshadow look that’s bold and beautiful.
Best part? You can create a multitude of other looks with this 24-shade palettes, and who’s to complain about that?
Kat Von D Fetish Eyeshadow Palette retails at SGD86 and is available at Sephora. Grab it before it sells out!
Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette
This popular 18-shade palette has a combination of ultra-pigmented bright shades that you may not always think of using and classic neutral tones that you’ll keep reaching out for. This makes it a great investment: you’d make great use out of it, while being able to experiment with bolder looks when you’re up for it.
The red and burgundy tones in this palette are eye-catching, and you’ll love that the pigments are saturated and ultra creamy for easy blending.
Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette retails at USD52 and is available at Beautylish.