We may be biased, but it’s not just the clothes we’re ogling when NYFW rolls around—it’s the hair and makeup, too (or no-makeup makeup, in the case of Marc Jacobs this season). Either way, we’re here for it. Barefaced, dewy skin might be this editor’s go-to, but we also saw eyes, lips and cheeks drenched in neon, neutral tones, and copper shadows marched down the runway this season.
And thus, currently, our browser search history includes the terms “burnt orange eyeshadow tutorial” and “neon eye shadows.” We may or may not have searched “purple eye shadow” on Instagram just yesterday (then proceeded to scroll, and scroll, and scroll…) . After hours of clicking through photos and tutorials, we’ve successfully pulled ourselves away from the screen. Aren’t tutorials mesmerizing? Asking for a friend.
Now we’re left dying to recreate these looks, or at least attempt to. Matte, wet, metallic—we want ‘em all. Fortunately, there are plenty of good, cheap eye shadow palettes to paint our lids with without breaking the bank. From classic shades likes the ones in Morphe’s palette, to bright, bold pops of color in Maybelline’s citrus-scented Lemonade Craze, we’ve rounded up 11 eyeshadow palettes that all ring in under $17. Keep scrolling to see our favorites.
This 12-shade eyeshadow palette features deeply pigmented colors in a range of neutrals, along with a few bold colors, like a fun magenta.
Golden hour is the inspiration behind this palette from Colourpop. The 12-pan pressed powder shadows include warm tones that range from matte orange, a metallic bright orange with gold, and metallic rust.
If you’re feeling metallics, try the Cosmic Metals Shadow Palette by NYX. Drench your lids with colors ranging from gold to mauve inspired by the brand's best-selling Cosmic Metals Lip Cream.
We're fans of Pixi's cult-favorite Glow Tonic, but the brand's eye shadows are silky and hyper-blendable, too. This six-palette mineral eye shadow comes in different color families, from peach to violets and are just begging to to be layered.
This this three-shadow palette is a makeup bag staple, mostly because it's so small, you can throw it in your clutch to touch-up on-the-go. The matte buff, shimmery rosé, and matte black shades make for the perfect smoky eye.
A smoky eye staple, e.l.f’s 10 shades can be used for shading and highlighting, and even as eyeliner.
The nine shades in this palette are super-pigmented, creamy and shimmery, and contain all the shades you need to give off a back-from-vacation glow.
Theis long-wear eye shadow collection comes in five different palettes, each with eight shades in each. Maverick and Player have our attention.
Want to make a runway statement with a lime green lid without committing to a massive price point? Try L.A. Girl’s neon palette, which features 12 bright shades not for the faint of heart.
This palette from Drew Barrymore's Flower Beauty is our new favorite. The pigments are ridiculously intense and blendable, and the shades offer everything you could want: warm mattes, shimmery metallics, and a holographic purple we want to layer over everything.
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