1. Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Eyeshadow Palette, $46, from Sephora
Of course, Urban Decay would be on the top of this list. While the standard-sized palette costs $71 to $83 and carries 12 shades each, this mini version has six new shades (entirely different from the ones in the standard-sized palette) that deliver intense colour payoff.
And we think the burnt orange colour palette is here to stay because it gives a more sultry look compared to the more innocent look that trending pink eyeshadows gives.
2. Etude House Play Color Eyes Palette Best Loved, $43.90, from Etude House, Lazada and Shoppee
Etude House recently collaborated with Pony (a.k.a. South Korean makeup artist Park Hye-Min) to create two eyeshadow palettes, Best Loved and Rose Bomb.
We prefer the former because the 15 colours curated in it are fun yet versatile, with coral, burgundy and brown shades in matte, shimmer and glitter finishes that you will keep going back to for the foreseeable future.
4. Nars Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette in Suede, $49, from Sephora
There’s a reason why this particular variant of the new Nars Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette series (there are six variants in total) is sold out online – the shades are versatile and look great on all skin tones, and the shimmer shades are buildable from subtle to bolder looks.
The formula is also creamy and gives great colour payoff, so a little product goes a long way.
5. Tarte Tartelette Flirt Eyeshadow Palette, $29, from Sephora
This is a great basic eyeshadow palette at an affordable price point. The four matte brown shades are appropriate for all occasions, and the two shimmer shades keep the palette from becoming boring. The eyeshadows’ Amazonian clay formula also makes the eyeshadow longer-wearing.
7. Zoeva Opulence Eyeshadow Palette, $43, from Sephora
For those who prefer to create less basic looks, this eyeshadow palette has reddish (Get Your Glory and Imperial) and blue (Koh-I-Noor) shades to up your eyeshadow game. The colours are easily blendable, and the colour payoff is great too.
Only Get Your Glory has a matte finish; the rest are shimmer shades which are easy to use even if you don’t have mad blending skills.
8. Sephora Collection Mixology Eyeshadow Palette, $49, from Sephora
This wallet-friendly eyeshadow palette comes with 18 shades that are grouped together in threes. You can see at one glance the looks you can create, and you won’t have to rack your brains over choosing shades that complement each other.
9. Pixi Eye Reflections Eye Shadow Palette, $35, from Sephora
Twelve neutral, shimmery shades in this eyeshadow palette can take you from day to night. The different gradations of beiges and browns, plus two rosier pink shades, are perfect for creating feminine, everyday looks.