When it comes to eyeshadows, as appealing as bright, shimmery, jewel shades may be, for everyday/wearable makeup, majority of us prefer neutral tones which give us the option of dialling the look up or down.
If you’re after a good neutral eyeshadow palette but don’t know where to start, I have the most amazing ‘tried and tested’ neutral eyeshadow palettes guaranteed to help you achieve looks from the most natural, to the most intense.
In no particular order, here’s my Top 5 Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes:
1. LORAC PRO PALETTE
The Lorac Pro palette took the makeup world by storm when it was released and with good reason too. Whilst majority of the brands were releasing palettes prominently featuring shimmer-heavy colors, what set the Lorac Pro palette aside was the even number of matte vs shimmer shades. Matte eyeshadows are so important in achieving classic looks, as well as blending colors together and especially effective for mature skin as they don’t highlight fine lines or wrinkles as shimmer shadows can.
Lorac Pro palette features 8 matte and 8 shimmer shadows. With colors ranging from golds and browns to a hint of conservative color with bronze and deep purple, the quality and color payoff of these eyeshadows are amazing. Although there’s a bit of fall out, considering the variety you get and the slim packaging which is perfect for travel, it’s a small con I’m more than happy to overlook. *Comes with a mini Lorac eyeshadow primer.
You can purchase the Lorac Pro Palette here or (at this stage unfortunately only on ebay) for worldwide delivery.
2. URBAN DECAY NAKED 2 PALETTE
Urban Decay’s Naked line of eyeshadows have been a massive hit and as successful as the original Naked palette was, I’m a bigger fan of the Naked 2 palette. It not only offers very similar shades to the original Naked palette, but it has a matte black which the original palette was missing. Matte black eyeshadows are always versatile when creating intense or smokey looks and they can double up as eyeliners if need be.
Naked 2 palette features only 3 matte shadows and the remaining 9 are shimmer shadows which is the only downside. The quality and color payoff is very good, they blend very easily. Color variety ranges from soft gold and bronzes to cooler taupes and deeper browns. The packaging is made of lightweight tin and is a great upgrade from the velvety magnetic case of the original palette which felt more flimsy. *Comes with a dual ended eyeshadow brush and a mini pink lipgloss.
3. STILA IN THE LIGHT PALETTE
Stila’s In The Light palette is an unsung hero to say the least. With so much hype surrounding the previous two palettes I mentioned, I think the quality and versatility of this palette has been overlooked.
Featuring 4 matte shadows – including a rich black, this palette offers gorgeous shades of bronze, khaki, gray and shimmery beige/golds. The packaging is also very light and compact and makes it perfect for travel. Quality and color payoff are again amazing, the colors smooth over the skin like silk. *Comes with a black eyeliner.
4. SONIA KASHUK EYE ON NEUTRAL MATTE/SHIMMER PALETTE
I’m a huge fan of Sonia Kashuk products, it really is a shame they don’t offer worldwide delivery so more people can enjoy the amazing variety of makeup (and now skin and body care) products they have.
Sonia Kashuk’s Eye on Neutral (Matte/Shimmer) palette is a part of their Holiday 2013 Collection. It’s actually two of their existing eyeshadow palettes brought together in the one palette, mixing 24 gorgeous neutral shimmer shades, with the neutral matte shades. With warm and cool tones and a perfect balance of matte and shimmers, this palette is a neutral perfection.
Sonia Kashuk products are available in Target stores in the US; or on ebay for international customers.
5. WARM 88 NEUTRAL PALETTE
Chances are you’ve probably seen The Warm 88 palette featured in many makeup tutorials. These palettes have been utilised by different companies and although they are exactly the same, companies have been stamping their own brands onto it and marketing as their own.
Color variety, a good balance of matte, shimmer and satin shades is a big selling point for these palettes but nothing beats the price point. You can get one of these babies starting anywhere from $7 depending on the online sales available. They’re perfect for starter makeup kits and also come in 28 shade and 120 shade options.
You can purchase the Warm 88 Eyeshadow palette on ebay, Amazon or any other wholesale online store (just type in Warm 88 palette in the search engine), or via BH Cosmetics here
So here we are, if you’re a fan of neutral eyeshadows, I hope this list gives you a starting point. With many companies offering end of year specials, you can probably score one (or more) of these palettes at a much better price too ;)
What’s favorite neutral eyeshadow palette?