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33 of the Best Eyeshadow Palettes to Try in 2021

Other palettes worth the investment? YSL’s Couture Clutch Palette and Valentino’s Color-Flip Multi-Look Palette.

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Pat McGrath Labs Mthrshp Mega: Celestial Divinity 18-pan Eye Palette

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Yves Saint Laurent Couture Clutch Eyeshadow Palette

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Valentino Color-Flip Multi-Look Eyeshadow Palette

For the All-In-One

Bob Scott, who works with designer Aurora James and Padma Lakshmi, among others, loves the Viseart palettes because “they come in all sorts of color combinations, from neutral to bright to pastel colors, with 16 shades in each compact. The color payoff is great and the formula is easy to blend.”

The Nars Climax Extreme Palette is another recent favorite for Scott due to its versatility. “Its selection of shades can work on anyone for daytime, nighttime, natural or deep and smoky.” Other palettes that will cover every eye look you can imagine: Beauty Bay’s Bright 42 Colour Palette and Morphe’s 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette.

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Viseart Eyeshadow Palette

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Beauty Bay Bright 42 Colour Palette

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Morphe 35M Boss Mood Artistry Palette

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Nars Climax Extreme Effects Eyeshadow Palette

For the Perfect Smoky Eye 

Anthony says the Lorac Pro Palette Noir, along with the brand’s Pro Palette Soleil, are two of his favorites.“They are mesmerizing palettes that encompass a full spectrum of cool and warm neutral tones as well as matte and glittery foiled finishes, so they have been a sure bet for my kit. I really admire the amount of shades they have worked into such a compact and chic palette,” he says. “These are an excellent choice when you want some range—whether you’re daytime business Zooming with a neutral wash of color or making an appearance at a your favorite Zoom Party session in a clubbed out smoky eye, you have everything you need in the palm of your hand!” Also consider Fenty Beauty’s Snap Shadows Palette in Smoky and Chanel’s Les 4 Ombres Eyeshadow in Modern Glamour.

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Fenty Beauty Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow

For Precious Jewel Tones

“I’m in love with [Huda Beauty’s] Naughty Palette which came out for the holiday,” Sheriff says. “It is filled with a wonderful range of mattes, shimmers and glittery shadows in wonderful jewel and earth tones.” Too Faced’s That’s My Jam Palette and Milani’s Gilded Jewel Palette can also add a wonderfully decadent effect to any makeup look.

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Huda Beauty Naughty Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Too Faced That’s My Jam Mini Eye Shadow Palette

Milani Gilded Jewel Eyeshadow Palette

For the Avant-Garde

Makeup artist Marcelo Gutierrez, the go-to makeup artist for Christopher John Rogers’ shows, says the Pat McGrath Labs Mothership III is his most-used palette. “I love all of the Pat McGrath eye shadow palettes. They really are worth the investment! The colors are so unique, rich in pigment, easy to use and she has some of the most unique finishes that have now become so signature to the brand.” 

For another palette that features a unique selection of vibrant hues, check out Byredo’s 5 Colours Palette in Syren.

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Pat McGrath Labs Mothership III Eyeshadow Palette – Subversive

Byredo 5 Colours Eyeshadow Palette

For Day-to-Night Wear

Delina Medhin, who has worked with Issa Rae, says she loves the Stupid Love Eyeshadow by Haus Laboratories because “it has colors in there for both everyday and fun so you can have fun with it but also do everyday glam.” Other options for a bit of everyday sparkle are the Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette from Nars and Urban Decay’s Naked2 Basics.

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Haus Laboratories Stupid Love Eyeshadow Palette

Nars Mini Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Cosmetics Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette

For Those Who Favor a Cult Fave

Odunsi calls the Lorac Pro Palette an “oldie but goodie,” adding that the brand’s selection is “great because they go on smooth, have great pigment and don’t leave a lot of fall out. The Original Pro Palette (#1) is a nice cool-toned eye palette, especially if your vibe is chill and you like more muted colors. This one has shimmer, matte and muted color variety. Solid for a nice chill slay!” A couple of additional cult-faves you’ve likely seen in tutorials: the iconic Urban Decay Naked Palette (now Reloaded) and Charlotte Tilbury’s Starry Eyes To Hypnotise Palette.

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Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette

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Charlotte Tilbury Starry Eyes To Hypnotise Eyeshadow Palette

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