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As someone who values options in every aspect of life, eyeshadow palettes are my jam. After all, palettes make different color ranges available in one place, allowing you to make a game-time decision about what kind of look you're going for without rifling through your makeup case in search of loose singles. But a lot of people ask me if the price is a determent of the quality. My answer every single time? Absolutely not. In fact, some of my favorite eyeshadow palettes are ones you can find at a price that will barely make a dent in your wallet.
Gone are the days when drugstore formulas would be chalky or have barely any color pay-off. These days, the palettes hiding on the shelves at your local drugstore are filled with bright, richly-pigmented shades that are silky, blendable, and expensive-feeling (and looking). Whether your prefer a palette full of everyday neutrals or think the brighter, the better, there's a drugstore eyeshadow palette for you that won't leave you feeling disappointed.
Scroll down to see the best drugstore eyeshadow palettes on the market right now.
Best for Blue Eyes: Maybelline City Mini Eyeshadow Palette in Urban Jungle
This eyeshadow palette from Maybelline offers all the highly pigmented shades a girl could ask for. We're especially fond of the different gold shimmers in this particular palette—what better to pair with the included matte black for the perfect going-out eye look?
Best Nude, Runner-Up: NYX Warm Neutrals Ultimate Shadow Palette
This earth-toned palette from NYX Professional Makeup is a favorite of Byrdie’s senior editor Lindsey—and thousands of people on Ulta. There are 16 shades in total to play around with ranging from matte, satin, shimmer, and metallic finishes.
Best Bold: NYX Love You So Mochi Eyeshadow Palette in Electric Pastels
This new eyeshadow palette from NYX Professional Makeup has already earned its spot on our vanities. Apart from its adorable name, the shades here are bright and fun. Not to mention it has a bouncy texture that feels so good when you apply it with your fingers.
Best Budget: Wet 'n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow in Not a Basic Peach
This 10-pan palette contains silky nude shades in matte and shimmer, as well as a turquoise shade to add a pop of color (we recommend dipping your eyeshadow brush in water and applying it like eyeliner). While all of the palettes in this list are affordable, this one is especially so clocking in at just a few bucks.