I’ve seen a continued slow down in the release of new eyeshadow palettes, though there were still plenty of new permanent and limited edition releases to enjoy in 2021, so I present to you the most updated Best Eyeshadow Palettes — 2021 Edition guide. This features only permanent palettes–stay tuned for a look-back at limited edition offerings later this year–so keep that in mind if you’re like, “Hey! What about ____?!”
And don’t forget, I launched three eyeshadow palettes in collaboration with Sydney Grace this year, which are permanent but obviously not included on the list because that would be quite biased 😉
Every product recommended below has been tested and reviewed by me, and I test thousands of products every year–so they’ve earned their way onto this list. To read more about a specific shade or view swatches, make sure to use the drop downs and buttons below, as we’ve tried to make this guide comprehensive and easy to use!
The way I approach my guides is by focusing permanent formulas that have stood the test of time–they are high quality, consistent, and all formulas that I personally enjoy. You’ll find a formula overview and top-rated shades (that are permanent) for each highlighted range. As always, I’d love to hear about your own personal favorite formulas–don’t forget to tell me why!
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Natasha Denona Retro 15-Pan Small Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.67 oz.) is the newest mid-size palette release from the brand. It includes a mix of... Read full review.
Pat McGrath Midnight Sun Mothership Eyeshadow Palette ($125.00 for 0.47 oz.) is new, permanent palette that features 10 shades across a myriad of... Read full review.
Sydney Grace Coffee Talk (Deep) 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($33.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a new, muted neutral palette from the brand that include five matte... Read full review.
Natasha Denona Zendo 15-Pan Small Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.67 oz.) contains a real assortment of finishes: four cream-powders, four creamy... Read full review.
Sydney Grace Enduring Love (Light) Eyeshadow Palette ($52.00 for 0.95 oz.) is a new, permanent palette that launches on January 13th at 9AM PT. The... Read full review.
Sunrise is the perfect size–compact, travel-friendly, but there’s no shortage of actual product in each pan, so it’ll last long enough (maybe a lifetime!). It has a mix of warmer tones across yellow, copper, and plum and is designed to complement the brand’s larger Sunset palette.
Melt Cosmetics She's in Parties 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00 for 0.58 oz.) is a new, likely-permanent palette that takes the brand's original stack... Read full review.
Biba’s become a workhorse for me when I want easy, go-to neutrals that aren’t too warm-toned (though it’s a warmer-toned palette, overall!). There’s a fantastic mix of shimmers and mattes, and the mattes are the brand’s much-improved Creamy Matte formula that’s velvety, blendable, and pigmented.
ColourPop’s It’s My Pleasure is another winner from their monochromatic series. For purple lovers, it features a mix of pink and blue-based purples across finishes.
Sydney Grace Chase Your Dreams 9-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($33.00 for 0.54 oz.) is a new eyeshadow palette that included three matte shades and six... Read full review.
Kaja’s Orange Blossom is one of my favorites from their trios, which are compact, travel-friendly, and more affordable (all things relative, of course). I love that they’re all sparkling shades because the trio complements the many, many palettes that have released over the years that many of us already have!
Natasha Denona Star (2020) 18-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($169.00 for 1.44 oz.) includes a mix of metallics and mattes across a mix of earth tones paired... Read full review.
Fun Size is a delightful mix of brighter, richer pastel-inspired shades. I love that there’s enough vibrancy in each shade that they don’t look washed out or faded when applied. This is several steps down from neon brights, too, so it is a nice way to introduce yourself to color if you’re new to it. Plus, it’s also a fun size and is infinitely more affordable than Sugarpill’s individual eyeshadows (which are massive in size, too).
Just My Luck is the green-hued monochromatic palette in the brand’s line-up, and it features a nice mix of cooler and warmer greens across mattes and shimmers.
Queen of Hearts has become my updated go-to for rosier tones, almost like a more shimmery, more vibrant Modern Renaissance.
ColourPop Going Coconuts 9-Pan Pressed Shadow Palette ($12.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new, muted neutral palette featuring a mix of mattes and shimmers... Read full review.
Natasha Denona Bronze 15-Pan Small Eyeshadow Palette ($65.00 for 0.67 oz.) is a new, seemingly-permanent warm-toned palette that includes five matte... Read full review.
Born to Run remains one of the better, permanent palettes released in a long while. I feel like this palette is what Naked was when it first debuted. It’s incredibly cohesive and versatile with the quality to back it up.
ColourPop Blowin' Smoke 9-Pan Pressed Powder Palette ($12.00 for 0.36 oz.) is a new addition to the brand's series of monochromatic palettes, and it's... Read full review.
Bronze Seduction is one of the best, permanent palettes from the brand and is also one of the more cohesive color stories.
The way I approach my guides is by focusing permanent palettes that have stood the test of time–they are high quality, consistent, and all have performed well. Every palette is thoroughly tested and reviewed (every single shade!) so I know it’s a truly fantastic product that stands out!
Top Rated Eyeshadow Palettes from 2021
Check out the current top 10 highest-rated eyeshadow palettes reviewed by the editor in 2021–this list will update automatically and focuses solely on the rating, so it includes both a mix of limited edition and permanent products reviewed in 2021 (the list above considers any and all permanent products available for purchase, not just new releases).