17 Best Eyeshadow Palettes of 2024, Tested by Makeup Artists & Editors

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When it comes to highly coveted makeup drops, nothing tugs at the heartstrings of beauty lovers quite like the best eye shadow palettes on the market. Aesthetically, they’re a feast for the eyes, but one could even go so far as to call them pragmatic. Don’t @ us — some are very travel-friendly and take up the least amount of space in your carry-on, while still touting a wide variety of shimmery and matte shades.

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However, perhaps more than anything, a good eye shadow palette is usually more of an investment purchase than a lipstick or eyeliner. When we take a look back at the record-breaking, best-selling, can’t-keep-them-in-stock palettes, you’ll find that the ones that came out on top are a delightful hodgepodge of highly pigmented, highly blendable goodness.

With drugstore sweethearts like Maybelline New York‘s classic collection of warm neutrals, Urban Decay’s rebooted version of its beloved (and discontinued) Naked Palette, Charlotte Tilbury’s masterful curation of neutrals, and Pat McGrath Labs’ luxury palette to end all luxury palettes, we’ve swatched every inch of the market to come up with our favorites. Get ready to expand your repertoire of makeup looks.

If you’ve hit pan and repurchased one (or several) of the palettes below, this will be a fun stroll down memory lane for you. In case you’re an eye shadow palette newbie, overwhelmed by the cornucopia of shades, take a deep breath and relax — we got you. Available across the world wide web’s favorite retailers, the following 17 best eye shadow palettes have quickly risen to the ranks of our all-time favorites, and you’re about to find out why.

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  • Best Overall: Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette”,”brand”:{“name”:””},”id”:”64ef9c4452db799c718d3021″,”index”:0,”contentType”:”product”,”offers”:[{“offerUrl”:”https://www.nordstrom.com/s/anastasia-beverly-hills-soft-glam-eyeshadow-palette/4852852?”,”price”:”$45″,”currency”:”USD”,”purchaseUri”:”https://cna.st/p/2h8zKZvUAqv9ZJXALmjZG6yxazALsV88BnPjpY79tUigu4XpW8CvXM5t1jho6SVA82KGmr5qhKtfHh9YRwD3p2UT7jNSHKebyccQJe11j6aDbUTRjG7aAwCfHHguGb72oAxFVyaiG8ms2BoHC7r5Dhe8K34p7ncYyzVihesdhNHbTMG8Tx”,”sellerName”:”Nordstrom”,”countryCode”:”US”,”reducedPrice”:””},{“offerUrl”:”https://www.ulta.com/p/soft-glam-eyeshadow-palette-xlsImpprod17841007″,”price”:”$45″,”currency”:”USD”,”purchaseUri”:”https://cna.st/p/2h8zKZvUAqv9ZJXALmjZG6yxazALsV88BnPjpY79tUigu4XpW8CvXM5t1jho6SVA82KGmr5qhKtfHh9YSnrxJ9ngCHThNzVWkGBRzPgDdGtMM259bxTVFmsJ41sSdWhqutzfitrh8eB7UFs28fNyGMoJoXxAc8u3GZ4jBkkD4q1s9XoNgN”,”sellerName”:”Ulta Beauty”,”countryCode”:”US”,”reducedPrice”:””},{“offerUrl”:”https://www.amazon.com/Anastasia-Beverly-Hills-Eyeshadow-Palette/dp/B079Z9K7G2/ref=sr_1_5″,”price”:”$45″,”currency”:”USD”,”purchaseUri”:”https://cna.st/p/meh9fHuiYWLirz7knjuhASTgYt8JFPwA3zPqvyhxqqyUpVdWyZHESybZpqvdRKYEFmo23maJiKYQ34D764ZzdyNYZjEmwoZUPRBLUGbyLtzrvrxD6ERNr4Eq2SeRKgwLrFLwTHxNUz32VgBJ2JjH3aBAhwMQmKGoQ3caraE5U”,”sellerName”:”Amazon”,”countryCode”:””,”reducedPrice”:””}]}” data-testid=”GallerySlideWrapper” orientation=”landscape”>

    Best Overall: Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette

    Why It’s Worth It: New York City-based makeup artist Ashlee Glazer is a big fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Soft Glam Eye Shadow Palette, and we love it just as much. This modern icon features a mix of 14 mauve-, neutral-, and rose-toned shimmers, foils, and mattes with long-wearing formulas that won’t budge, smudge, or fade throughout the day. “This palette has a wide variety of fun and sexy colors all encased in a lightweight compact,” says Glazer.

    Editor Tip: Don’t neglect the included brush — use the flatter end for packing eye shadow onto the lid and the fluffy end for buffing shadow through the crease.

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    For warmer, romantic looks: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance, $45

  • Best Mini Palette: Fenty Beauty Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eye Shadow Palette”,”brand”:{“name”:””},”id”:”623206b9001f563004e9d497″,”index”:1,”contentType”:”product”,”offers”:[{“offerUrl”:”https://www.sephora.com/product/fenty-beauty-rihanna-snap-shadows-mix-match-eyeshadow-palette-P45433019″,”price”:”$30″,”currency”:”USD”,”purchaseUri”:”https://cna.st/p/meh9fHuiYWLirz7knjuhASTgYt8JFPwA3zPqvyhxqqyUpVdWyZHESybdst92zHhpJZwysZyANdcR4zTe9t83Noh3j18Uda23yiZ1mME5a9gxCYrzUZ2M31UdrFEvQYpkuoPD24G7T499x5PZGuSfQejCcU1L6DXmF2V27kvpW”,”sellerName”:”Ulta Beauty”,”countryCode”:””,”reducedPrice”:””},{“offerUrl”:”https://fentybeauty.com/products/snap-shadows-mix-match-eyeshadow-palette-peach”,”price”:”$30″,”currency”:”USD”,”purchaseUri”:”https://cna.st/p/2h8zKZvUAqv9ZJXALmjZG6yxazALsV88BnPjpY79tUigu4XpW8CvXM5tAeJarVYmnGeTv11DtFZXCcuzHK3gsmNVMwEVG7CJF3TAFGWYwp2Ls94jopTV9mmPFD3U9XUNnceoJrx21jV2NjLHsdctJ4nZaAi98USgjxS9af65WZKeq239xz”,”sellerName”:”Fenty Beauty”,”countryCode”:”US”,”reducedPrice”:””},{“offerUrl”:”https://www.sephora.com/product/fenty-beauty-rihanna-snap-shadows-mix-match-eyeshadow-palette-P45433019″,”price”:”$30″,”currency”:”USD”,”purchaseUri”:”https://cna.st/p/meh9fHuiYWLirz7knjuhASTgYt8JFPwA3zPqvyhxqqyUpVdWyZHESybdst92zHhpJZwysZyANdcR4zTew4ftYRE8aLJiS8bKLpFbU3GeGq6QstdsFTomgecCuEp5Tam6Tuy7y5YpyA2MGtVbdQwPWJwnHjv2kfvJWZX3b8YYN”,”sellerName”:”Sephora”,”countryCode”:””,”reducedPrice”:””}]}” data-testid=”GallerySlideWrapper” orientation=”landscape”>

    Best Mini Palette: Fenty Beauty Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eye Shadow Palette

    Why It’s Worth It: No matter the season, you can count on Fenty Beauty’s Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eye Shadow Palette as your go-to essential. These six-pan cases are small, compact, and come in six color palettes that can be used solo or snapped together to mix and match as you please.

    Editor Tip: Looking for the perfect everyday shades? Tobi Henney, a makeup artist based in New York City, notes her favorite palette is True Neutrals: “I love to use the warm brown tone in the crease and then use the top right bronze tone all over the eye for the most beautiful bronzed eye look,” she notes.

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