As someone who values options in every aspect of life, eye shadow 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 price is a determent of the quality. My answer every single time? Absolutely not. In fact, some of my favorite eye shadow 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 CVS or Rite-Aid 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 eye shadow palette for you that won't leave you feeling disappointed. Scroll down to see 12 of the best drugstore eye shadow palettes on the market right now.
This eye shadow 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?
We love a good warm palette, and this one from e.l.f. just contains the prettiest shades of pinks and oranges.
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.
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 extreme color payoff.
This new eye shadow palette from Nyx 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.
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.
Shimmer? Smooth application? Blendable? Crease- and smear-proof? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. For $8, you get a high-quality palette that honestly rivals its pricier competition.
The shades each have a creamy texture that feels so nice when you swipe on color. Best of all, they're totally buildable if you want to go a more dramatic route.
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 a dinner or drinks after work.
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.
This earth-toned palette from Nyx is a favorite of Byrdie’s managing editor Lindsey—and thousands of people on Ulta. One user said it’s “pigment and beautiful” and would “highly recommend,” while another compares it to Urban Decay’s Naked Heat 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 eye shadow brush in water and applying it like eyeliner).
This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.