Best Eyeshadow Palettes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

Best Eyeshadow Palettes | Holiday 2016 Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again:  holiday gift guides aplenty!  This year, I’ve broken out my gift guides into best of selections for blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, lipstick, lipgloss, palettes, and brushes.  These guides feature permanent formulas so that they can be useful anytime during the holiday season or even into next year.  For limited edition holiday products, you can check out our list of the top 50 highest-rated holiday products, which updates as I post more reviews for holiday products.  I hope you find this list of top performing eyeshadow palettes helpful!

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette ($42.00 for 0.35 oz.) includes 14 eyeshadows that come in a mix of warmer neutrals and pops of pink/red. For a mostly matte palette, it actually applied quite well to bare skin, and I didn’t have issues blending out the majority of the shades. The eyeshadows adhered exceptionally well to bare skin without sheering out or becoming patchy. The majority of the shades were pigmented and wore for seven to eight hours.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Macy’s

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes Palette ($19.00 for 1.58 oz.) contains 28, metallic eyeshadows. I picked this up a couple of months ago, because it was getting a lot of buzz, and I’ve been really impressed by the quality overall. Only a few shades had issues, and they were fairly minor (slightly less pigmented, could apply better with primer or with a dampened brush). The majority of the eyeshadows were very pigmented, applied beautifully on bare skin, blended out easily, and lasted for seven to nine hours on me (without primer). As they are all shimmery, it may not work as well as an all-in-one-look palette, though. If you like your high-shimmer, metallic eyeshadows, it’s well worth checking out!

Availability

BH Cosmetics

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette

Viseart Cashmere Theory Palette ($45.00 for 0.42 oz.) is a subdued set of neutral tones with three matte and three metallic eyeshadows. The Theory palettes are more cohesive as all-in-one palettes as the finishes and tone vary more than the larger palettes (which were designed to be used with other palettes). I quite enjoyed this palette, as it had good color payoff, long-wear, and was easy to apply and blend on bare skin.

Availability

Sephora, Beautylish

Chanel Tisse Rivoli (226) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Rivoli (226) Eyeshadow Quad

Chanel Tisse Rivoli (226) Eyeshadow Quad ($61.00 for 0.07 oz.) is a set of warm-toned neutrals. All four shades wore well for just over nine hours and after, there was very, very slight creasing (no primer). The texture is soft, smooth, and they eyeshadows are incredibly blendable.

Availability

Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Chanel, Saks

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Palette ($46.00 for 0.60 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows that are categorized into three “quads,” divided between neutral, cool, and warm (supposedly, at least). For the majority of the palette, the eyeshadow formula is consistent: very soft, finely-milled to the point where the shades feel smooth and silky, but they can be powdery at times, so this is a palette best for someone who typically uses a primer!

Availability

Sephora, Kat Von D Beauty

LORAC Unzipped Palette

LORAC Unzipped Palette

LORAC Unzipped Palette ($40.00 for 0.58 oz.) is a good palette with ten shades and no major issues. Most of the eyeshadows had good color payoff, soft, blendable textures, and the formula wears quite consistency–almost every shade lasted for eight hours on me (no primer). With LORAC’s primer, results are closer to ten to eleven hours.

Availability

Ulta

MAC Warm/Neutral 15 x Palette

MAC Warm/Neutral 15 x Palette

MAC Warm/Neutral 15 x Palette ($65.00 for 0.68 oz.) contains fifteen, warm-toned eyeshadows. It has four permanent shades and four repromoted shades (ones that have been released previously as limited edition shades). This is actually one of MAC’s better pre-made palettes, which is even more impressive give there are 15 shades in the palette. Vanilla Extract and Honey Lust were the worst performers, but there were a lot of nicely pigmented shades that were, easy to use and blend overall.

Availability

MAC, Nordstrom

Make Up For Ever #1 Nudes You Need Palette

Make Up For Ever #1 Nudes You Need Palette

Make Up For Ever #1 Nudes You Need Palette ($44.00 for 0.54 oz.) is an excellent palette if you enjoy neutrals, love (or want to buy more) Artist Shadows, and don’t mind that there aren’t any mattes in it. If you only like palettes with a variety of finishes, including mattes, you might find this one a miss. I think the quality is extremely high, and it would easily pair with your favorite neutral mattes that you might already have

Availability

Sephora

Sleek Vintage Romance Palette

Sleek Vintage Romance Palette

Sleek Vintage Romance Palette ($9.99 for 0.36 oz.) is one of the few cooler-toned palettes (though it has warm shades in it) that has good pigmentation and blends well. I find Sleek’s shimmery shades to be extremely rich, dense, and pigmented, and their satins and mattes tend to be a bit weaker (some are good, some aren’t). Sunset is fantastic for brighter warm-tones.

Availability

Sleek Makeup

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad

Tom Ford Nude Dip Eyeshadow Quad ($82.00 for 0.21 oz.) contains four shades of warm-leaning neutrals that go from golden champagne to dark brown. The eyeshadows go on so easily and nearly blend themselves; they work and transition into each other in a way that’s effortless. This one is ideal for someone who likes a fair amount of shimmer, though!

Availability

Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Saks

Viseart Paris Nudes Palette

Viseart Paris Nudes Palette

Viseart Paris Nudes Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) is a set of twelve shades, and if you’ve ever longed for a palette of shimmery, mid-tones, this might be the one for you. The palette leans warm overall with a few shades more neutral-to-warm. The texture is soft and blendable with some shades feeling a little dry, dusty, and/or powdery, but these things didn’t translate into application, as they still adhered well to bare skin (no primer) and wore for eight hours or longer.

Availability

Sephora, Beautylish

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54.00 for 0.60 oz.) is a classic palette for me; it’s one I can return to and use with ease. The eyeshadows are all warm in tone with a mix of mattes and shimmers (though it is more shimmery overall) and complement each other.

Availability

Sephora, Ulta, Nordstorm

Viseart Bridal Satin Palette

Viseart Bridal Satin Palette

Viseart Bridal Satin Palette ($80.00 for 0.84 oz.) contains twelve shimmery shades ranging from buttery yellow to violet to satiny black. The formula on these is incredibly buttery, dense, and richly pigmented, which made them easy to apply to bare lids and get long, extended wear (nine to ten hours). I like how this is a bolder palette but still wearable as there are several neutrals in it, too.

Availability

Sephora, Beautylish

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I stilllllll don’t have UD Naked …..
I always plan to buy but some or the other thing distract me …

I wish to pick the palette some day …

brokey my makeup ban after 10 months with Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette …. a frnd picked from Dubai and I will get it next week …

wohoooooooooo

Great selection. I just ordered the Modern Renaissance today after Sephora emailed that it’s back in stock. Didn’t want to wait for their 20% off in case it sold out again. There are two new Clinique pallettes that look interesting as well and I also bought the QVC advent calendar today and it’s not even Halloween yet. So many choices.

What’s a bit scary is that I own quite a few listed with a few more of these on my wishlist! These picks really ARE that good!
In particular, I love my ABH Mod Ren, Lorac Unzipped, BH Foil Eyes, and MUFE Nudes You Need.

VBS is definitely you. I have to damp down the top row shimmer, but you could slay it. If you (general, not specific you) want to gamble, Muse beauty could do their twofer Viseart again next year. Now, that was a score. Got BS and Cool Matte. No regrets. CM does not present equal depth/saturation in all colors. And maybe it is the weakest one, but viva the non neutral cool palette, anyway. I really like it.

Oh gotcha! Well, hoping Kat Von D makes it permanent. And she has such a great formula in Metal Matte, hoping for smaller palettes in the future

Really great list of palettes – literally half of these are already on my wishlist! I think I’ve narrowed my picks down to Paris Nudes, Tisse Rivoli and Modern Renaissance though.
I wish the MUFE palettes were available here, but it seems only the singles are sold.

Are you sure that BH foils is perm? I was looking for it for as a gift, and thought it was gone. More than one, since the release. Did not look really recently.

I would also include (if it becomes permanent) Kat Von D’s Metal Matte Palette. It and the 3 Juvias Place palettes. The Nubians 1 and 2 and the Masquerade palette. Those are my favorites I’ve gotten this year.

I have Sleek Vintage Romance, I keep forgetting how nice it is. Good remainder. UD Naked is a favourite. I just ordered BH Foil Eyes. I couldn’t help myself, and it’s so inexpensiv! It was just $12!
I plan to get me a Viseart palette some day. I just saw them in an online store today. I though about getting one, but then I decided to check Temptalia first 🙂
I’m waiting for ABH MR to get back in stock, I signed up for e-mails in two different stores (online).
Great selection, I want most everything on this list, and only for myself.

I have a few of them and I always forget I have them. The Sunset one and the green Garden of Eden palettes are my favorite. I’ll have to look into the vintage romance one. They are inexpensive on Amazon.com.

I have Lorac’s Unzipped, and I hardly use it! I thought it would be much more useable when I saw your swatches of it. My palette seems slightly different, with no very dark colors, and a lot of mediuim and light colors. The colors appear very differently than they do in pan, which also makes it difficult to plan out an eye design using just one palette. I’m curious why you don’t review more Bobbi Brown colllections. I, personally , llike many of her products, and she always has palettes coming out, especially at holiday time. Yet I rarely see you review any of her products. I love her corrector and concealer, her bronzers, some of her eyeshadows and eyeshadow palettes, and her new Luxe lipsticks!!

I’m not sure when you check in with the blog, but I have reviewed several of Bobbi Brown’s Luxe Lip Colors and highlighters this year. I have reviewed almost every Luxe Lip Color that has been released? Have you checked the archives? It seems like maybe you’ve missed some coverage 🙂

I do not read it everyday, but I have gone back and read most of the holiday stuff. I saw the Luxe lipstick reviews, and that was after II saw them in Blue Mercury!! They got the chocolate and wine collection before the BB website did. I got the lipsticks in PInk Buff and Tawny, a chocolate and wine LE, but I really wanted to see your reviews of the eyeshadow palettes, especially the one that BB calls her go everywhere book. Its got six eyeshadows, one is copper cocoa which was disciontinued years ago. I have copper sand, and copper cocoa was on my wanted lisst before it disappeared. It also has her Medium and Antigue bronzers, both of which I own, and a tiny lipstick in one of the Rose colors. I know her palettes are not always identical to her permanent colors, even if they have the same name, so I really was looking for reviews before puirchasing any, they are very expensive, as are the lipsticks – but her best formulation ever!! Anyway, nobody does reviews and swatches like you do, and I was hoping to see some of the palettes reviewed before making any purchasing decisions. I have two kids in college this year (I can’t believe it) , so we will probably be doing a lot of weekend trips. I am the worst packer, and that extends to makeup. A palette with blushes, eye colors and a lipsitck that I love would really simplify the packing process, especially for short trips, it shouldn’t be paralyzing!!!!! That’s why I was so interested in your opinion of that multipurpose palette, and the chocolate and wine collection!!

I haven’t reviewed Bobbi Brown eye palettes in years, because they got to be just so, so bad 🙁 It is good to hear that Copper Sand is good – maybe I will keep an eye out for the brand’s palettes again 🙂

I appreciate everything being permanent. It seems we are well into the crazy season of Limited Edition offerings. As far as I am concerned just adds one more thing to stress about over the holidays.
Thank you for comprising these lists, I know I will refer to them many times in the year ahead!

How nice to see both the MUFE Nudes You Need and Chanel Tisse Rivoli sets in this “best of”. I am really enjoying the new Clarins quad I got a few weeks ago – it’s 03/Brown (sounds exciting, doesn’t it???) and the Mario palette from ABH (though I’m enjoying the Clarins one more – so easy to use, no thinking involved). But still, my fave has to be the Chanel Empreinte du Desert quad. They’d have been wise to make that a permanent addition to the line.

For me this was the year of the palette — I love my ABH Modern Renaissance and Viseart Minx sets. TF Honeymoon quad is just ok; quality is there but a little dark overall to my eye, though I find it helps to use other shades/brands to bright up the effect.

I also got the Galaxy Chic palette…

I do find the selection of colors a little overwhelming for a newbie such as myself, but I look forward to playing around with it a lot more in the future!

I’m a faithful Temptalia reader and probably explains why I have 5 of these palettes! I own Viseart’s Bridal Statin, Paris Nudes ,KVD Shade and Light , and MAC Warm Neutral 15 . I’m buying the ABH Renaissance as a gift for my daughter during the VIB. The BH Foiled palette is a good idea for my younger niece. I’ll try to get that one. Have yet to buy a Tom Ford palette.

Spot on about the best palettes! I adore Viseart and MUFE, happy to see they made your list. I love Cashmere- it’s one of my favorites. And the KVD Shade + Light is great as well. I don’t own the MUFE palette because I bought so many of the individuals that I have most of the shades! Great compilation and gives me ideas for a couple more palettes I want to add to my collection.

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