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5 Beautiful Rich Purple Eyeshadows

5 Beautiful Rich Purple Eyeshadows

Purple can be a tricky shade. There’s just something about purple products that often lack in pigmentation, but these are five that don’t disappoint!

  1. Make Up For Ever #92
  2. Inglot #439
  3. Urban Decay Delinquent
  4. MAC Violet
  5. MAC Plush

What’s your favorite rich purple eyeshadow?


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Amarie Avatar

Of course I already have 3/5 of these 🙂 I looove me some purple! I like the three I have, and I really like the purple side of MAC Mi’Lady (it was my first MAC purchase ever :D).

Sunny Avatar

Purple is my favorite color but it is indeed tricky to find a pigmented rich purple! I used to own MAC Marvel from the Mickey Contractor collection, but it’s just so sheer on me 🙁 Will check these out soon! Thanks for the recommendations Christine!

bunniehop Avatar

You left off Chanel Ombre Essentielle Soft Touch Eyeshadow in Amethyst. One of the most beautiful purple eyeshadows ever, IMHO. It also has great texture and color – applies like a dream. Makes me feel like royalty when I wear it. I’ve alwasys assumed there is some issue with formulating vivid purple eyeshadows, since so many look great in the pan, but don’t apply evenly or are chalky (Mac’s Violet Trance as an example). Since I have hazel brown eyes, I have a weakness for purples, lilacs, lavenders and burgundys, as my collection shows.

bunniehop Avatar

My bad! I was just kidding, but should have indicated so. Seriously though, Chanel’s Amethyst is so gorgeous and a must-have for purple eyeshadow addicts. It makes for the penultimate purple smokey eye.

TLC Avatar

I love MUFE’s #92! I wear it often. Sometimes its the only colour on my lid with eyeliner and mascara and other times I will use it with UD Omen, and some black shadow for the outer v to create some definition. I love purple shadow.

Roxanne Avatar

My absolute favourite purple was from Ardene’s (it’s basically like Claires) and it was called Flirty Plum. I dropped it the other day and was barely able to salvage it 🙁 Still trying to find a good replacement since they no longer carry it!!

Aimey Avatar

This is a post meant just for me because I receive many compliments when I wear purple anything and my makeup artist says purple colors are fab against my skintone. I’ve yet to buy a rich purple eyeshadow but your list provides a great place to start looking! Thanks!

Mariella Avatar

The only rich purple shadow I own is Smoking Jacket from Too Faced’s newer Smokey Eye Palette. Purples used to be my favourites when I was in high school and I still have an Estee Lauder purple shadow I purchased way back then (I don’t use it but, incredibly, it’s still in perfect shape and doesn’t smell).

Jennifer Avatar

As a green eyed girl I just can’t get enough purple eyeshadows. Of all the ones I have MUFE #92 is my favorite. I also love Bare Escentuals “Sugar Plum” and Mac “Purple Haze.” All of these really showcase green and hazel eyes. I also think they would be complimentary to the brown eyed beauties.

Rebecca Avatar

Purple eyeshadow has been less than purfect in my world since I ran out of my ‘MIKADO MAUVE’ PALETTE by CUTEX and cannot find it or anything as good.I like blue side of putrple not burgundy aubergine and this was the best,It had a trio of shades a pastelly powderpink a lilac and the main act the best purple ever.The only thing coming kinda close is urban decay delinquent as mentioned above.but if anyone knows whatever happened to the cutex palette /company I’d reaaly like to know. Thanks!

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