With the ongoing trend of "no-makeup makeup," we are absolutely in the golden age of neutral eye-shadow palettes. Offering anywhere from four to 12 shadows, these palettes—packed with versatile shades like blush, cream, white, brown, gold, and more—have become an absolute staple in creating our favorite daytime, nighttime, and, really, anytime eye-makeup looks. We’ve rounded up the prettiest neutral palettes on the market to make sure you’ve got the tools you need to look your natural "neutral" best.
Scroll through to see our list of the prettiest neutral eye shadow palettes!
Amy Nadine Renewing Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($16)
Known for creating Lauren Conrad’s signature cat eye, celebrity makeup artist Amy Nadine has now joined the esteemed ranks of artists like hairstylist Orlando Pita and manicurist Jenna Hipp in creating a signature line for Costco. So the next time you're shopping for 200 trash bags, make sure to pick up this newly launched palette! Created with unique skincare ingredients like red raspberry seed and clover-flower extracts, this is sure to give your eyes the natural sparkle and/or sculpted look you are hoping for.
Julep Long Weekend Eyeshadow Palette ($54)
We love a good limited-edition beauty product, and this palette is no exception. Pulling together 11 complimentary and universally flattering shades is no easy feat, but Julep really knocked this one out of the park. Encased in a gorgeous palette, these shadows are great for layering and blending, making this the perfect long-weekend accessory or a must-have for a workday that starts with a board meeting and ends with happy hour.
NYX Cosmetics Love in Paris Eyeshadow Palette in Madeleines and Macaroons ($10)
Paris is one of the most magical places in the world. It’s full of beautiful architecture, fabulous food, a constant romantic mood, and the most effortlessly beautiful women in the world. So when you’re channeling your inner mademoiselle, follow one of their best beauty rules and emphasize your eyes with this must-have palette. With nine brilliant shadows to choose from, it will complement all your favorite effortless looks, and it's small enough to fit in your carry-on luggage!
Marc Jacobs Beauty Style Eye Con No. 7 Plush Eyeshadow Palette ($59) in The Lolita 206
We share your love for an awesome smoky eye look, but in some situations (coffee dates, work lunches, etc.) a dark metallic look is just not appropriate. Thanks to Marc Jacobs, we found what your smoky eye obsession has been waiting for. With seven beautiful shadows ranging from off-white cream to rosy copper, this neutral palette contains the perfect combination of matte and lustrous shades, making it almost impossible to make an error in your daytime smoky eye application.
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette ($10)
Bearing a strong resemblance to a certain neutral palette staple, we can’t deny that this drugstore option is not only full of romantic shadows but also a bit friendlier toward our wallets. With a nice mix of taupes, grays, cranberry, bronze, softer pinks, and creams, this palette is a nice change of pace from the typical gold and brown neutral shades. Also, if it’s good enough for knockout beauty Gigi Hadid, it’s absolutely good enough for us.
Urban Decay Naked2 Basics ($29)
Matte makeup is a trend that has withstood the test of time, so much so that Urban Decay, creators of the ultimate neutral palette collection launched this compact, Naked2 Basics, the perfect compliment to the brand's Naked2 palette but chock full of the matte taupe-hued shadows of your dreams. Featuring five never-before-seen Naked shades, this compact is a must-have for any matte lover. They’re neutral enough for a range of skin tones—from cool to darker skin—and are perfect for creating a neutral matte eye or base with your new favorite bold shadows.
Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Palette ($65)
Bobbi Brown is the queen of a natural makeup look. As a businesswoman and an artist, she has long dominated the scene with her refreshing and simple beauty philosophy, "Be who you are." So it should come as no surprise that she's responsible for this undeniably luxe palette. Composed of 12 rich neutral shadows in three finishes, this palette can help you create any kind of look. Definitely one to consider for a holiday wish list!
BH Cosmetics Nude Rose 12-Color Eyeshadow Palette ($15)
Lots of our favorite things are rose-colored: flowers, clothes, wine, new iPhones, and, you guessed it—eye shadow! This versatile palette of ultra-smooth satin, velvety matte, and chic shadows is a classic with a rose-colored twist. Whether it’s a bridal shower or a night out with the girls, these shadows are all you need to highlight and add depth to your eyes.
What’s your favorite palette to use when creating the perfect eye? Sound off in the comments below!