Now, we love an ever-reliable quad of carefully curated shades, especially those limited-edition collections, but how on earth are we supposed to go from everyday glam, dreamy date nights, and dream Euphoria-inspired looks in a flash. We need more to work with, and that means going beyond the quad. Here, we’re rounded up some great contenders — blockbuster palettes that give you more bang for your buck, unexpectedly bold neutrals and duo-chrome metallics, and a recent trend of whimsical, soft pastel shimmers.
1. SHU UEMURA NUDE PUNK EYE PALETTE / LILAC REBEL EYE PALETTE
Fancy a pocket-sized palette with shu uemura’s trusted eyeshadow formulas? These eyeshadow palettes from the Spring/Summer 2022 series see pigmented and bold, yet thoroughly wearable shades, with smokey browns and sharp blacks alongside soft, fresh pinks and pearly glitters. Definitely a more edgy take on Spring.
$85 each, available at shu uemura stores and counters, and Sephora.
2. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS NOUVEAU PALETTE
Trust ABH to deliver on a versatile palette that feels utterly luxe. Rich hues and duo-chromatic shades abound on this new Nouveau Palette, of 12 easy-to-apply pigmented shades that promise a creamy feel and excellent colour payoff. What’s different here are the re-invented mattes and multidimensional metallics — particularly, unique olive tones paired with natural, warm colours to keep things universal and versatile.
$80, available at SEPHORA from 16 June.
3. TARTE TARTELETTE™ FULL BLOOM AMAZONIAN CLAY EYESHADOW PALETTE
Tarte’s cult-favourite Amazonian clay-based eyeshadow palettes have been really reliable, especially if you love nudes, neutrals, pinks and browns, so consider this upsized palette an upgrade. This is their biggest Tartelette™ palette ever, with 28 new, limited-edition shades of rosy, plum, bronze and neutral hues, across romantic matte, shimmer, metallic and glitter finishes. Basically, everything you need. That and the buttery-smooth texture we can count on.
$84, available at SEPHORA.
4. NARS SUMMER UNRATED EYESHADOW PALETTE
Orgasm. Laguna. Taj Mahal. These aren’t just provocative words or places, they’re the names of NARS’ bestselling shades, whether that’s a peachy-pink with golden shimmer, warm brown, or burnt tangerine. These three shades are present in this limited edition NARS palette, which features 16 shades of complementary matte neutrals, warm bronzes, and exotic pink tones.
$90, available at SEPHORA.
5. TOO FACED TOO FEMME EYESHADOW PALETTE
Dreamy and ready to make your hearts flutter, the Too Femme makeup collection is inspired by butterflies, hence pastel packaging and the sweetest hues across the entire collection designed by Too Faced Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Jerrod Blandino. Take the colours on this eyeshadow palette as well — we’ve got dreamy shimmers and mattes, where rosy and brown shades go side by side with a bright pop of pink, as well as whimsical hues of lavender, soft teal, and a shimmery mint.
$68, available at SEPHORA.
6. COLOURPOP GETTIN’ FRESH MEGA PRESSED POWDER PALLETE
For another blockbuster palette of 30 shades, we’re turning to Colourpop’s eye-catching creation, which puts together wearable greens and warm metallics, with earth tones, peaches and corals. You’ve got their ultra-pigmented pressed powder formulas as well, which goes on velvety and long-wearing, while there’s something dreamy about the light green shimmers that give this palette an edge over the usual champagnes, pinks, and browns. Go see the swatches if you’re not convinced!
$48.06, available online at COLOURPOP.COM.
7. HUDA BEAUTY COLOR BLOCK OBSESSIONS EYESHADOW PALETTE
Polarising? Probably, but definitely bold! Huda Beauty is all about experimenting with vibrant colours, as seen in their Color Block Obsessions Eyeshadow Palettes, in either Orange & Purple or Blue & Green. The palettes combine contrasting colours into a 9-shade palette, with a range of suede-soft mattes, duo metallics, dazzling baked flake shadows, and debossed, water-activated cake liners. These are inspired by runway looks too, where colour blocking, clashing hues, as well as neon and primary colours are celebrated — you can now replicate these across your eyelids.
$93, available at SEPHORA.