Last Updated: June 17, 2021

The 8 best eye shadow palettes.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 11 min read

Eye shadow palettes make mastering a look, no matter how simple or sharp, easy. You don’t have to pick out individual colors and mix and match to find ones that work well for the certain style you’re going for. Plus, they’re easy to take with you, and they make a good investment as you can get a lot of use out of them just like you would a go-to lip color or balm. If you’re new to eye shadow palettes, keep in mind, the more colors means the more options you’ll have for different looks.


If you’re a simple kind of makeup wearer, you may like an eye shadow trio much like this Burt's Bees Eye Shadow Palette, or you may gravitate toward something similar to this Lily Lolo Eye Palette. Whatever your preference, find a palette you can’t live without from our list of the best eye shadow palettes available right now at Grove.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Burt's Bees Eye Shadow Palette

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Made with Bamboo, Honey, and Vitamin E, this mineral eye makeup nourish skin and enhances your natural glow for beautiful results inside and out. Burt's Bees Eye Shadow is safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Available in three palettes, each inspired by nature. Sweep the medium shade over your entire lid, apply the darkest shade to …

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1 Palette
$12.99
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2. Ere Perez Chamomile Eye Palette

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Eyeshadow palette featuring 6 unique shades of natural color. Made with calming ingredients including chamomile for sensitive eyes, which may help soothe the delicate skin of the eye area. This palette has matte shades and that shimmer and shine. Colors can be blended or worn alone. Creative natural colors to make your eyes your best feature.

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0.2 oz
$36
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3. Lily Lolo Eye Palette

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Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette made with natural ingredients and gentle formula. A beautiful collection of eight eye shadows in wearable, neutral shades for every skin tone, perfect for creating a natural daytime look with darker shades for added drama. It is easily blendable, with lightweight long lasting wear. Color can be built in light …
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2 oz
$34
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4. Alima Pure Pressed Eyeshadow

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Look awake even if you're not yet

Long-lasting, highly pigmented and with a silky-smooth texture — this eyeshadow is the triple threat and we are here for it. Whether you’re hitting the town, or dancing alone in your kitchen, this pressed shadow will give your eyes all the attention and definition they deserve. For longer-lasting color payoff, …
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0.08 oz
$26
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5. PYT Beauty No BS Day to Night Eye Shadow Palette

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This cool-toned eyeshadow palette has 8 pigmented day-to-night shades (4 matte shades and 4 shimmer shades) that glide easily onto the skin without messy fallout. Enriched with nourishing Vitamin E.

Hypoallergenic, Vegan and Talc Free. Works on many skin tones.
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0.5 oz
$32
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6. RMS Hidden Desire Palette

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This limited edition collection features 8 never-before-released products. Features: six new swift shadows in both luminous and satin finishes that can be mixed and matched to create an array of endless shades in addition to featuring a universally flattering pressed blush and an exclusive luminizing powder.
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0.52 oz
$42
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7. PYT Beauty Warm Day to Night Eye Shadow Palette

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This warm toned eyeshadow palette with a two-tone base shade (one with shimmer) + 6 day-to-night shades (3 matte shades and 3 shimmer shades). Enriched with nourishing Vitamin E. Hypoallergenic, Vegan and Talc Free. Works on most skin tones.
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0.5 oz
$32
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8. RMS Eye Polish

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Turn in your average matte eyeshadow for this RMS Eye Polish and take your eye makeup to the next level. This all-star cream eyeshadow is made with natural pigments that give your look a light reflective finish, so you can bring your A game to any day of the week. This eyeshadow polish features a natural oil base that nourish eyes, especially dry …

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0.15 oz
$28
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FAQs

How do you apply eye shadow?

If you’re a beginner when it comes to eye shadow and you want to step up your makeup game, you may want to use an eye shadow palette that already brings together the colors you’ll need for easy shading. Once you’ve picked the best eye shadow palette for you, follow these steps:


  • Use a large blending brush to apply a soft eye shadow color (one a little darker than your skin tone) all over your eye lids
  • Use a tapered blending brush to apply a darker color to the creases of your eyes
  • Use a flat shader brush to apply a transition shade that can blend together all of your previous work

If you’re still having trouble figuring out how to apply your eye shadow, you can always buy a palette that comes with application directions, or check out how-to videos online that you can follow along with step by step.


How do you create smoky eye shadow?

Well, well, well — you’re looking for a more dramatic look for an outing or just to try, and you don’t know how to master the smokey eye. No problem — we’ve got you covered with the best way to create this stunning style. Here are five steps to follow for applying your eye shadow colors for a smokey eye that'll set the world on fire:


  1. Create your smokey-eye base by applying a mid-tone (think brown or grey) eye shadow all over your eyelids
  2. Make your eyes pop by applying a dark liner along your lash line
  3. Next up, apply a darker toned eye shadow (like dark grey or brown) over the liner you just put on and blend it halfway up your eyelids into the shadow area
  4. Use the same darker eye shadow along your lower lash line and then smudge it a bit by using your pointer finger
  5. Apply your fave dark-colored mascara and then apply it again and again (three coats should do the trick)

Does eye shadow expire?

We know some people who hang onto their best eye shadow palettes like their life depends on it, but, yes, technically eye shadow does expire. Did you know eye shadows can last from one month up to three years depending on the type? It’s true, some makeup will expire quicker than others. For example, powdered eye shadow usually will last years, while cheaper eye shadow brands make products that won’t last as long.


If you’re wondering what will happen if you use an expired eye shadow, the answer is not much. Extended time can make your eyeshadow dry and crumbly, which makes it hard to use properly. Plus, old makeup can harbor bacteria, meaning it can cause acne and nasty blemishes to appear. Here are some telltale signs your eye shadow’s gotta go:


  • If it smells bad
  • If it changes color or texture
  • If your eye shadow separates or breaks

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