If you’ve ever splurged on a $50+ eyeshadow palette just to only use like, two shades and then let the rest of the palette sit in the back of your vanity for years, you’re not alone. Sure, the palette is great quality, has good blendability, pigment, and is smudge-proof, but was it really worth the pretty penny that you spent on all of those eyeshadows, when you don’t even end up using the full range of shades? Not really. That’s why we’ve come up with a list of cheap eye shadow palettes that are just as good as the expensive ones, but like, a fraction of the price.
Read on to find out about the best cheap eyeshadow palettes that are just as good as the pricier ones and still completely in your budget.
One of the largest palettes on our list also happens to be one of the cheapest. With 21 different shades ranging from mattes, velvets, and shimmers, to nudes, warmer hues, and deep browns, the Profusion Cosmetics’ Siennas palette has it all — without sacrificing quality. Each shade is super blendable, goes on smoothly, and is true to the hue that you see in the palette. And at just 10 bucks, it might just replace a certain set of “unclothed” shades that you have sitting on your vanity right now.
Milani’s Everyday Eyeshadow Palette includes two matte and four shimmer eyeshadows to build and blend any look you could possibly want. There are eight different versions of the palette to cater to your go-to look, whether it’s a smoky, nude, or bright, colorful eye. The shadows themselves are richly pigmented so you don’t need to use a lot of it to create a look.
If you’ve never used a ColourPop product, then you’re missing out on makeup that is super pigmented and long-lasting for a cheap price. Not only does this palette contain nine pans of bronzes and rich teals that are perfect for a summer vacay lewk, it also contains a mirror. While that might sound like a minor detail to some, as someone who is chronically late and does her makeup in the back of an Uber more often than not, the convenience of a built-in mirror is life-altering. But if the mirror doesn’t sell you, the rich colors should. The palette contains El Rey, a metallic soft peach with gold pearl; Wild One, a metallic rich orange copper; Detour, a matte cobalt; Boozy, a metallic orange with gold pearl; Gridlock, a bright teal with silver and teal glitter; Sorbet, a matte peachy soft brown; Hwy, a satin sea foam green with a gold sheen; Top Down, a matte dark chocolate; and My Way, a metallic true vibrant bronze.
If you’re extra AF and super good at blending your eyeshadows, then this palette is for you. BH Cosmetics, masters of creating affordable and extremely pigmented eyeshadow palettes, recently launched their Aurora Lights Eyeshadow palette as a part of their BH Galaxy Collection. The palette contains 18 different shades and while all of the high shine shimmers and bold shades are obviously anything but neutral, all of the colors in this all-star palette are suitable for everything from defining your crease and blending to lining and smudging. And at $18 for 18 shades, you’re only paying $1 a shade, so even if you don’t use each shade down to the pan, you shouldn’t feel too bad because the entire palette is still super affordable.
If you’re looking for a small compact that you can throw in your purse on-the-go but still be able to create a multitude of looks with, NYX’s Full Throttle palette is your best bet. While the palette only contains four shades, the color payoff and blendability allows you to create a multitude of looks from a nude to a super bright, metallic one — all for just 10 bucks.
To round up our list of cheap eyeshadow palettes, we, of course, had to include the notoriously inexpensive drugstore brand e.l.f. The pan contains a mix of shimmers and mattes to create multidimensional looks from nude and subtle, to bright and bold.
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