Eyeshadow may not be the average Singapore OL’s biggest makeup must-have, because really, who has the time to shade, buff and blend on a work morning?

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But hear us out on this one: These versatile palettes in neutral, earth tones can double up as your brow powder, eyeliner, and highlighter, if used correctly. And think about it this way – it’s three steps off your everyday makeup routine, all from a single product.

Pop one of these palettes in your work bag together with concealer, tissue and cotton buds, and you’ll be able to fend off any makeup mishap throughout the day.

Sounds pretty convenient? Now shop these 10 natural eyeshadow palettes. You’ll find cool, warm and shimmery shades, no matter your budget. Enjoy!


#1 YSL Couture Variation Palette, N1 Nu, $119
Available at all YSL Beauty stores and counters

This 10-colour eye palette features both warm and cool shades in a variety of textures that can easily take you from day to night. It comes with a versatile double-ended brush, so there’s no need to buy anything extra.

#2 Bobbi Brown Sandy Nudes, Shimmering Sands Eye Palette, $108
Available at all Bobbi Brown stores and counters

If you love shimmer, then get this one from Bobbi Brown. There are pearl-like satin finishes as well as glittery deep bronzes that you can easily mix and match for a beach holiday look. The palette also includes a single matte shade that you can use as a base colour.

#3 Chanel Collection Les Automnales, Entrelacs, price unavailable
Available from July 31 at all Chanel Fragrance & Beauty stores and counters

Apart from the fact that it is limited edition Chanel – it may not be a bag, but it’s equally gorgeous – this one is the most compact, and sleek. The eyeshadow finishes are the most work-friendly, too, with mostly satin and matte textures. And let’s be honest, you’d want to take this pretty palette out for a touch up just to look at it – we know we do.

#4 Nars, Narsissist Matte Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette, $90
Available exclusively at Sephora Ion from August

Calling all cool girls – this is the palette for you. Apply the bronze, rose gold shade all over your lids for an easy, model-off-duty look, or go full on smoky. Otherwise, just wet the brush and use the brown or blue eyeshadow as an eyeliner.

#5 Urban Decay Naked Smoky, $83
Available at all Sephora stores from August 20

Urban Decay’s new addition to its cult-favourite Naked line, the Naked Smoky palette comes with a wide range of colours – from light matte beige to the deepest of shimmery blacks – and a handy guidebook on how to achieve natural and dramatic smoky eyes.

#6 M.A.C Eyes on M.A.C, Navy Times Nine, $72
Available at all M.A.C stores and counters

Now natural doesn’t always mean that you need a warm bronze palette. M.A.C’s Navy Times Nine palette comes with cool-toned lilac, browns and blues that’ll make any look interesting. The velvet and satin textures make this an easy-to-wear office palette, too.

#7 Make Up For Ever Artist-Shadows 1, $69
Available at the Make Up For Ever Pro Loft and Sephora stores

Make Up For Ever Artist-Shadows 1 is a fool-proof option for beginners who want to play with a bit of colour and try out different looks. You can follow the handy guidebook that comes with the palette, or experiment on your own. After all, all the colours go very well together.


#8 Maybelline Nudes Palette, $26.90
Available at all leading personal care stores

Maybelline’s 12-shade nude palette is one of the most affordable fail-safe options out in the market. Use the colours as eyeshadow quads, duos or even on it’s own. The satin matte shades also come in handy for filling in the eyebrows.

#9 Kate Deep Shiny Eyes, $17
Available at all leading personal care stores

For fuss-free no-makeup makeup days, just swipe on this eyeshadow duo onto your lids with your fingers, and use the lighter shade at the inner corner of your eyes. It’ll instantly brighten up those peepers.

#10 Wet n Wild Colour Icon Eyeshadow Collection, Comfort Zone, $14.90
Available on luxola.com

Best for beginners on a budget, this eyeshadow palette tells you exactly where to put each colour. We think the gold, browbone shade will work perfect as a beachy highlighter, but brush it on with a very light hand.

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