The makeup must-have du jour? The eyeshadow palette, of course. From Huda Beauty to Rihanna, just about everyone who’s anyone has launched one this year, creating one major makeup problem: which one should you buy? To help you out, Savoir Flair has rounded up the best peeper-perfecting palettes. Not only do these five deliver powerful pigments, but they also combine the essential shades and textures to cover all your eyeshadow needs.
'Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette'
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll have heard a lot about Huda Beauty’s latest eyeshadow launch – and with good reason. It’s amazing. With 18 stunning shades to choose from and four never-before-seen formulas, this palette is a piece of art. Holographic and duo-chrome pigments inspired the colors, and there’s everything you could possibly want – be it a matte, pure glitter, or pearlized pigment.
Drawing upon the desert’s mysterious beauty, the palette takes you on a true Middle Eastern journey, with the striking shades of sunsets sinking into the rolling sand dunes revealing a dazzling and daring color scheme found nowhere else in the world. Complementing the colors perfectly are Arabian-inspired names such as “Saffron”, “Amber”, and “Turkish Delight”. There’s even a surprise; the fan-favorite “Angelic” shade from the ‘Rose Gold Palette’ has also been included. Obsessed.
Huda Beauty ‘Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette’
AED263 / SAR269
'Instant Eye Palette'
This palette is your one-stop shop to creating all your favorite makeup looks, be it a natural day look, stylish office makeup, or sultry smoky eyes. “When thinking about this palette, I considered the ‘Working Girl’. I really wanted to pour my easy smoky-eye legacy into an instant but classic eye palette,” explains Charlotte Tilbury. “Each eye look is color-curated and control-pressed to help you to achieve timeless perfection, all of the time. The packaging is inspired by the decadence and beauty of the 1920s art deco period. I want all of my makeup to feel like a jewel in your handbag.”
Using a clever pressure-pressing technique, a certain amount of formula is released onto your brush with each stroke, so you can use just a touch for a natural day look, or load on the pigments and layer them up in the evening. With everything from subtle shimmering browns and matte taupes to rich molten gold and indulgent black, this will soon become your new makeup BFF.
Charlotte Tilbury ‘Instant Eye Palette’
AED350 / SAR357
'Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette'
This palette screams Rihanna. A rainbow of 14 celestial-inspired shades with sheer, shimmery, and glittering textures, it’s the next best thing to covering your eyes in dazzling jewels. Not to mention the fact that there’s every hot hue you could possibly want, including a bright fuchsia pink, a rich lime green, and a pastel purple.
Because of its unique glitter and color combos, this palette helps give your peepers a major 3D pop. You can wear a shade solo for a smoky look or layer on the sparkly top coats for the ultimate statement stare. You can even wet your brush before dipping into your desired shade, which makes for a more intense look. Whichever way you want to wear them, these colors are sure to add a superstar statement to any outfit.
Fenty Beauty ‘Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette’
AED260 / SAR265
'Exotics Redefined Eye Color Collection'
For the ultimate fall/winter palette, look no further than Laura Mercier’s new ‘Exotics Redefined Eye Color Collection’. There are six matte and six satiny-shimmery shades to choose from. It offers both cool to warm tones and light to dark colors, making for the ultimate makeup must-have to see you through this season.
You can use it to add dimension and depth to your eyes with the nude matte and bronze shades (perfect for a natural daytime look), or use a touch of golden glitter or a wash of deep crimson to spice things up a bit. The sparkly teal and purple-pink colors look amazing when teamed with lashings of mascara for a daring evening combination, and the classic matte black can be used as a liner or to turn any other shade into a smoky sensation.
Laura Mercier ‘Exotics Redefined Eye Color Collection’
AED229 / SAR234
Anastasia Beverly Hills
'Subculture Eye Shadow Palette'
When images of Anastasia Beverly Hills’ new palette leaked months ago, we were itching to get our hands on it. The good news is that it’s finally available to buy in store – and it was well worth the wait.
Super cool and bang on trend, its urban feel and edgy color combinations make it one of the most-wanted palettes launched this year, and it’s not hard to see why. Featuring 14 highly pigmented powders ranging from pure matte to metallic and chrome, it also boasts a dual-ended soft bristle brush so you can literally achieve any look that you want. Shade-wise, there’s everything from a matte sage green and mustard gold to a beautiful metallic bronze and peachy-pink on offer.
Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Subculture Eye Shadow Palette’
AED230 / SAR235