I’m not sure about you guys, but I love eyeshadow palettes. Seriously, I have drawers full of palettes that I’ve convinced myself are the best things ever… which leads to an endless mess. It’s an issue that I have that I’ve been working on for some time now. I’ve thrown away countless bags full of eyeshadow, so I’ve decided I need to streamline my obsessive eye makeup collection. Through all my sifting, I started to find palettes that I had forgotten about or didn’t realize that I even had. This turned into a 6-hour-long beauty session with my roommates where we created a bunch of different looks on each other.
The best, most productive thing about this? I started to realize that I didn’t need bins full of a palettes – just having a few really good ones was enough to satisfy my eyeshadow needs. It got me thinking: there has to be others like me who suffer from this syndrome. So, I’ve come up with the perfect collection of eye palettes for every girl. Some of these palettes are for my nude lovers, while others pack huge amounts of colors. Here are 9 amazing eyeshadow palettes every girl needs – all under $15!
Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette - Sweet NothingsI use a lot of Sonia Kashuk products for a couple of reasons: one, she's a very famous makeup artist and she created her line from years of experience and two, she created her line to fill a void in the drugstore market. Her collection is full of beautiful products that are high quality but for a fraction of the cost. This eye palette is no exception. I'm head-over-heels obsessed with the light pink, shimmery colors that look amazing on all skin tones. This is a great palette to have because all of the colors can be worn on there own or blended together for a super cute look. $14.29 Get it at: target.com Photo Source: Soniakashuk
L'oreal Colour Riche Dual EffectsI'm a huge fan of the classic smokey eye. Yes, I love to use different colors but I find myself always going back to the classic grey smokey eye. It's sexy, pretty and if done correctly can be worn during the day too. I love that this little eye palette has all the colors I need to achieve the perfect smokey eye. It makes it super easy decide how dark or light you want your smoke to be. And because of its size can be thrown in to your purse for a quick touch-up. The colors glide on super smooth and don't have a ton of fall-out, two things that are a must when creating a smokey eye. $9.99 Get it at: ulta.com Photo Source: Lorealparis
ULTA Complete Eye PaletteSometimes I really like to do a bronze, golden smokey eye and this ULTA palette is my go to. I love that the colors are arranged for a super easy application. I follow the rings from the outside in using the lighter shade for highlighting under the brow bone and as a base color, then I apply the bronze tone to my eyelid and last, I use the deep brown as my outer corner color. I also use this color as an eye liner to round out my look. It's the perfect palette for days when I want a warm summer look. And at $3.99 you can chose from 8 difference shades to find the perfect color for you. Get it at: ulta.com Photo Source: ulta
Maybelline The Nudes PaletteGuys, when this palette came out the entire beauty world went BA-NA-NAS! I'm talking lines at every drug store, auctions on ebay and a bunch of "where did you get that?!?!" comments on Instagram. All the hype was totally justified. This palette is the perfect collection of all of the nude colors one would ever need. I'm also super impressed that the palette has instructions on the back on how to use the different shades in order to create the looks that you want. Not a lot of palettes do that and I think this is genius! This is for those of us who like to have a lot of options with our eyshadows but don't want to have multiple palettes to sift through. This is a must have if natural makeup is your go-to look. And for $9.99 it's a must. Get it at: target.com Photo Source: maybelline
NYX Dream Catcher PaletteI love all three of the Dream Catcher Palettes by NYX. Each has a different feel that I use for different occasions. The Golden Horizons is great for day looks. It's got great shimmer nudes to bring a pop of color to your eyes when you're feeling sleepy. The Dusk Til Dawn is perfect for creating smokey night looks. And Smokey Skies also has cute colors to blend and create custom looks. Pick up one or all three of these dreamy palettes for $15 each. Get it at: nyxcosmetics.com Photo Source: nyxcosmetics
ALMAY Intense i-color Shimmer-i KitI'm a huge fan of ALMAY products. I like that they don't break my skin out and they use very understated colors that pack a huge punch. The Shimmer-i Kit is no exception. I'm obsessed with the look and feel of these eyeshadows. And I love that it shows you exactly where to put each color to create the perfect look. With shades for all eye colors this is a must have in your makeup kit. $5.49 Get it at: ulta.com Photo Source: almay
e.l.f Studio Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow - Brown Eyes 2Eye palettes can be super expensive and sometimes I use only two or three out of the eight colors - which is such a waste. Not with this e.l.f. palette! I love how well the shades blend together to give you plenty of options. You can use these colors wet or dry which essentially means that you are getting 12 colors in one palette! Use the shadows dry for a beautiful day look or add water to your brushes to really enhance the colors for a great smoldering night look. This palette is going to be your go to on a day-to-day basis. And it's small enough to travel with - huge plus! $4.80 Get it at: eyeslipsface.com Photo Source: almay
Hard Candy Top Ten Eye Shadow, NeutralsI was super surprised when I first came across this eye shadow palette. It is a dead ringer for the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette that is in thousands of makeup bags all over but at $50 it's not so easy on your wallet. Theses colors are almost identical and I couldn't believe how amazing they looked on my eyes . With ten shades to mix-and-match or wear alone this palette if definitely worth the space that it will take up in your makeup bag. But I promise that you will use it everyday. And you can't beat the $6.00 price tag! Get it at: walmart.com Photo Source: walmart
Revlon PhotoReady Primer + ShadowI love the color combinations that come in these mini-palettes. It's great when you're short on time and need a great eye look fast. I especially love that this palette comes with an eye primer to make sure that your hard work stays on for hours. There are eight different colors to chose from and all totally worth $10.49. Get it at: ulta.com Photo Source: ulta
Do you use any of these palettes? Which one can you totally see yourself having? Let me know in the comments below!