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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 Overall: Rimmel London Magnif'Eyes Eyeshadow Palette in Jewel Rocks
Shimmer? Smooth application? Blendable? Crease- and smear-proof? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. For less than 10 dollars, you get a high-quality palette that honestly rivals its pricier competition.
Best for Blue Eyes: Maybelline The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette
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: L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude
L'Oréal Colour Riche is truly in a league of its own. Long staying power and rich colors? Check and check. This nude palette is one of our absolute all-time faves.
Best Nude, Runner-Up: NYX Professional Makeup 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 Jewel Tones: Milani Bold Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette
With 12 different shades ranging from neutrals to rich jewel tones, you're pretty much set to create whatever look you want. Each shadow goes on smooth and feels like velvet against the skin, and you get an extreme color payoff.
Best Bold: NYX Professional Makeup Love You So Mochi Eyeshadow Palette
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 for Smoky Eyes: CoverGirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette
Will smoky eyes ever not be a thing? Probably not, and this palette gives us all the shades we need to create a subtle one for everyday wear or a dark, sultry one for a night out.
Best for Travel: No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow Palette
This is the perfect palette to take on the go. We love that it's small enough to stick into our purses so we can build on our eye look if we want a little more color for dinner or drinks after work.
Best Cream: Revlon Illuminance Crème Eye Shadow
Each shadow has a creamy texture that goes on super light sheer, and the shades build on each other really well. The real kicker, though? We love the subtle shimmery finish that really brightens up our eyes.
Best Budget: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow 10 Pan Palette
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.