Best Eyeshadow Palettes (2019) | Editor’s Top Picks

There is an endless supply (seemingly, at least) of eyeshadow palettes hitting the market at any given point, and last year, I was excited to see a few new, permanent palettes get released, but I’m even more excited for our guide to Best Eyeshadow Palettes — 2019 Edition because there were so many permanent palettes launched this year alone!

ColourPop’s nine-hued monochromatic palettes released frequently throughout the year, and while a lot of them are quite nice, I’ve selected the best of the best to feature below.  Natasha Denona’s Biba has become a real workhorse palette, while Sydney Grace’s Autumn’s Reign is a superb offering that’s different than the typical palette releases but still is cohesive and easy to create looks from.

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!

If you’re curious about the best limited edition holiday products and sets, check out our Best of Holiday 2019 Palettes & Gifts, which automatically updates the rankings as new reviews go live.

More product guides: Best Blushes, Best HighlightersBest Eyeshadows, Best Lipsticks, Best Lipglosses.

Natasha Denona Sunrise

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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.


Colour Pop Smoke Show

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If you love a monchromatic, all-gray and black smoky eye, ColourPop Smoke Show is everything.  Not only is it affordable, it’s high-quality, easy to work with, and delivers a beautiful result.

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Natasha Denona Biba

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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.


Colour Pop It's My Pleasure

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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.

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Huda Beauty Neon Orange

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The Obsessions Palettes are compact, more affordable, and fairly consistent; this year’s Neon Orange offers a vibrant mix of oranges and pinks with pops of shimmer that complement them.


Kaja Orange Blossom

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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!

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Sugarpill Fun Size

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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).


Colour Pop Just My Luck

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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.

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Sydney Grace Autumn's Reign

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If you have been hesitant about indie brands, Sydney Grace’s Autumn’s Reign might be the one product that could make all that hesitancy disappear.  Every single eyeshadow was pigmented, blendable, and long-wearing with beautifully done mattes and intense, creamy shimmers.  The color scheme was rich–autumn’s reign, indeed!–and cohesive.

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Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts

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Queen of Hearts has become my updated go-to for rosier tones, almost like a more shimmery, more vibrant Modern Renaissance.


Viseart Cashmere

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For those who like softer, more neutral looks, Cashmere is still a winner for me.  It includes three mattes and three shimmers that pair together for easy, five-minute looks.


Urban Decay Born to Run

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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.


Colour Pop Yes, Please!

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If you love your warm, sunset tones, then ColourPop’s Yes, Please! remains one of the best that can be purchased for under $20.

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Pat McGrath Bronze Seduction

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Bronze Seduction is one of the best, permanent palettes from the brand and is also one of the more cohesive color stories.


Chanel Tisse Rivoli (226)

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For soft, rosier neutrals, consider Tisse Rivoli paired with your favorite mattes for quick and easy looks.


Natasha Denona Sunset (2018)

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The original Sunset palette got a slight formula updated in 2018 when it was re-released and made permanent, and it still was a fantastic palette.  For those who bigger beauty budgets, it’s well worth splashing out for if they’re the kind of colors you’d use often.


Tom Ford Beauty Nude Dip

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Nude Dip is an old favorite, and it continues to live in my vanity drawers (which is very, very limited in space) because it’s a reliable, easy-to-apply kind of formula that looks effortless on.


Viseart Paris Nude (06)

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Satin and pearl finishes are underrated and not nearly as explored as mattes and metallics, in my experience, and Paris Nude is all about satin and pearl finishes in muted, neutral tones.

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Tisse Rivoli is one I’ve had since you first reviewed it, Christine, and I never cease to enjoy using it. Ditto my more recently purchased Blurry Grey quad. Of new this past year palettes, I really liked the ABH Sultry palette and the Tarteist Pro Remix palette (there might be a 2nd “Pro” in the name). I have Born to Run and I’m glad I have it but it doesn’t really make my heart “sing” like the others. I continue enjoying the Pat McGrath Bronze Seduction palette (one of the smaller ones and the only PMG product I own) and that Viseart Cashmere little gem. Some of the Smashbox 8-pans (Smoky, Minimalist and Punked) also are mainstays for me. Oy – so many palettes and only 2 eyes!

ND Biba is still on my short list of ‘next gets’. Might not be an absolute necessity, but I do feel that the neutals contained within aren’t like anything else I own.
TF Nude Dip could make for a simpler, easier eye look than most of my palettes can do, so I may be giving that quad a much closer look!
Odd that I chose 2 nude palettes… nothing colorful, huh?

Hi Christine and fellow readers,
Natasha Denona’s Sunset Palette is on sale 10/15/2019 for $99.00 USD if you are looking to pick it up. Great list, my favorites are Coloured Raine’s Queen of Hearts Palette and Sugarpill’s Fun Size Palette.

I ordered Smoke Show and have no regrets, even though I don’t wear those dark smokey eyes much anymore. As I have aged, too much darkness around the eyes just makes me look like an aged Goth and it isn’t a pretty look. There are several shades in the palette that actually make gorgeous one and done looks so overall, I am happy with it. I am well represented in this grouping also although I don’t have Sydney Grace’s Autumn Reign and wondering why I never picked it up. It is definitely going on my wishlist.

I love these lists! I actually paired Biba with Autumn’s Reign this morning and the result was an instant favorite. Both palettes really play well with others.

Sultry remains one of my most favourite neutral palettes and I do love the latest Colour Pop Smoky too.
Whenever you get the chance to use your Nude Dip quad, everyone here raves about your eye look, so it must be a fabulous set of eyeshadows.

I am so pleased to see Sugarpill’s Fun Size palette here. It is my favorite purchase this year. I was, at first, not sure I could pull it off in my thirties but I can, I do and I look forward to continue using it. I love it so much!

From the list I own three:
1. ND Sunrise
2. CR Queen of Hearts
3. PMG Bronze Seduction

My favorite of the is PMG Bronze Seduction. Lux, Glam & every Shadow is beautiful on its own.

Great list — I have 10 of these, and Smoke Show is on the way. So many good palettes came out this year. The ColourPop monochromatics have been little gems. I ended up getting all of them except the peach one.

Nude Dip is the only palette I own from this list. I had It’s my pleasure but gave it away, I liked shades but didn’t like formula at all. I think Eyeshadows I loved most this year are UD Naked Cherry, TF Nude Dip, Dior summer LE in Terra and old UD singles Sellout and Stray Dog.

Wow, nice mix and a few I wouldn’t have expected like Huda’s Neon Orange. Thanks !

Still interested in Biba, but I can dupe it crazy, so I’ll try to avoid it . 😜

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