Eyeshadow palettes are both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, they provide you with an array of shades to try, often for less than you’d spend buying shadows individually. On the other hand, it’s inevitable that, out of the multitude of shades, you go for the same two or three every time, leaving the rest unused.
So instead of buying our next eyeshadow palette based on all the pretty colors, we’re trying a new strategy: purchasing based on enhancing our eye colour. That way, we know all the shades will be flattering. We set out to determine which eye shadow shades will really make your eyes pop, and created a list of the most flattering eye shadow palettes for your eye color.
Learn all about your eye color’s most flattering hues and shop the corresponding eye shadow palettes below.
For brown eyes, any shade of blue or purple work well to make your eyes pop, as well as warm-earthy tones, to compliment brown eyes. Think of earthy canyons, sunsets, and tropical beaches when choosing a pallet to suit this eye colour.
Natasha Denona Metropolis Eyeshadow Palette (£110.00)
First off, Natasha Denona’s eyeshadow palettes are known for containing some of the most pigmented and smooth shadows on the market, which is why they are at a higher price point. The Metropolis Palette has 28 shades that work to enhance brown eyes. You have everything you need from deep blues to warm browns in an array of finishes. You probably won’t even need another palette after adding this to your collection.
It Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Vol 1 Matte Luxe Transforming Eyeshadow Palette (£82.82)
At first glance, this palette may seem like it’s all matte—but there’s actually a pearl shade on the end that can transform each shade into a shimmer shadow. The shadows are also infused with anti-aging ingredients like green tea, peptides, and antioxidants. You can create a beautiful everyday eye look or amp it up with the darker shades for a smokey eye at night.
Urban Decay Born To Run Eyeshadow Palette (£43.00)
Urban Decay’s eye shadow palettes never disappoint, so it’s no surprise that their Born To Run palette is filled with super-pigmented, creamy powder shadows that apply like a dream. Brown-eyed girls will find plenty of shades to enhance their peepers.
NYX Cosmetics Ultimate Multi-Finish Shadow Palette in Sugar High (£19.59)
We love a more affordable palette, and when we saw this one from NYX, we knew it would be perfect for brown eyes. Rich, shimmery purples and creamy nudes make the perfect pairings in this multi-finish palette. We’d use this to create a plum smoky eye or a more toned-down look with a pop of coral along the lashline.
To really make blue eyes stand out, choose eyeshadows in golden, pink, and red tones, so choosing a pallet with those warm pinky-red undertones.
Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette ($58.oo)
Blue eye-popping shades abound in Aether Beauty’s Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone palette, which comes in zero-waste packaging. Seriously, there are no magnets or mirrors, and it’s made of recycled paper—which means it’s biodegradable. The shadows themselves have a buttery, easy-to-blend consistency.
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in Bella Sofia (£40.00)
Recently renamed after her nieces, the Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in Bella Sofia is everything a blue-eyed makeup lover needs. It’s a quad filled with pigmented golds, bronzes, and coppers. The colors were each carefully selected to work together to create a defined, beautiful eye look that can work for the day or be enhanced for a night out.
Pat McGrath Labs Mthrshp Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette (£84.99)
The shadows in her Sublime Bronze Ambition Palette, blend for days and deliver the most beautiful colour. The warm copper shades combined with gold will work for all eye colors, but look especially vibrant against blue eyes.
L’Oréal Paris Paradise Enchanted Scented Eyeshadow Palette ($11.97)
You can go subtle or dramatic with this L’Oréal palette. It’s got rosy-hued nudes, corals, and bronzes that really set off blue eyes.
Try shades of warm golden orange or purple to enhance green eyes. These shades sit opposite of green on the color wheel, making them the perfect contrast against green eyes. Try blending a touch of purple into your crease for a whisper of color that will have a big impact.
Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in Honeymoon (£68.00)
Don’t let the purples in Tom Ford’s Eye Color Quad in Honeymoon intimidate you too much—they’re quite wearable, especially when paired with the accompanying peachy shades. You can create a soft look or go for something with a little more drama, depending on your mood.
Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette Precious Stones Collection in Amethyst (£36.98)
When you want a bold, makeup look, turn to this Huda Beauty palette. The colors are incredibly pigmented and apply with ease. The compact size also makes it travel-friendly ensuring that your eyes make a statement wherever you go.
Lime Crime Venus III Pressed Powder Palette (£35.00)
Another palette that will make people stop and stare is this one from Lime Crime. It’s filled with brown and neutral shades you’ll wear all the time, plus the pops of purples that’ll really make your green eyes look like whoa. The colors apply and blend beautifully to the eye like something Venus herself would have created.
Maybelline New York Soda Pop Eyeshadow Palette (£16.99)
It’s surprisingly easy to wear the bold, green eye-enhancing colors in this Maybelline palette when you pair them with the toned-down neutrals. A range of shimmer and matte finishes makes it even more versatile. Expect to be runway ready in minutes as these are another set of shadows that, upon application, instantly bring attention to your eyes.