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 — 2021 Edition because there have been a tremendous number of palettes introduced and made part of brand’s core offerings in the last few years, so this list is even stronger going into 2020.
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 2020 Palettes & Gifts, which automatically updates the rankings as new reviews go live.
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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 PaletteMelt Cosmetics She's in Parties 8-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($48.00 for 0.58 oz.) is a new,... 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 PaletteNatasha Denona Star (2020) 18-Pan Eyeshadow Palette ($169.00 for 1.44 oz.) includes a mix of... 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).