At this point, a breathtaking nude eye shadow palette may as well join the iconic ranks of that perfect true-red lipstick, ballet slipper–pink nail lacquer, and kohl-black liquid liner as one of the quintessential must-haves in any beauty lover's makeup collection. More likely than not, you have a favorite—an irreplaceable eye shadow palette that's accompanied you through holiday cocktail parties, country concerts, and boozy, mimosa-laden brunches alike. After all, they're versatile, pretty, and ready for anything.
Don't get us wrong. We're still all for the signature moody shades of the new debut palettes, but we plan to apply those inky hues of navy or renaissance-esque burgundy in conjunction with our favorite neutral tones. To be frank, we feel like our favorite nude eye shadow palettes sometimes fly stealthily under the radar. So to give them a much-deserved round of applause, we selected 10 of our favorites that we use on a weekly (if not daily) basis.
Keep reading for the palettes that never fail to gift our lids with a soft candlelit glow.
Byrdie Editorial Director Faith Xue and I agree: This is one of the best nude eye shadow palettes of all time. True, there are some pops of color (like the eye-catching Candied Violet and Cherry Cordial), but the palette's universally flattering neutral shades are hands down some of the most decadent we've seen. Plus, they're infused (and thus scented) with a yummy hint of antioxidant-rich cocoa.
Ready for a bold yet blatantly honest statement? This just might be our favorite Target purchase of all time. At an affordable $15, it's definitely given us more than our money's worth. Ten pretty matte and shimmer shades are great for adding a touch of dimension to tired lids.
When it comes to nude eye shadow palettes, it's easy to automatically think "matte." However, metallic neutral tones are pretty and just as flattering. Plus, they're perfect for seasonal festivities and holiday parties. This all-inclusive palette from drugstore favorite brand E.l.f is vegan, cruelty-free, and a sparkling addition to our weekly shadow rotation.
We've yet to meet an eye shadow palette from Tarte that we haven't fallen head over heels for. After all, the skin-friendly brand has a knack for nailing formulation, pigment, and overall eye-candy appeal. However, we're super partial to this matte palette which is infused with standout ingredients like vitamin E and Amazonian clay.
Indecisive about the finish of your eye shadow? Don't fret. Smashbox's beloved palette is split down the middle with seven gorgeous natural tones in two different finishes: matte or metallic. Suffice to say, you can ease into the day with matte hues of champagne and chocolate and upgrade later on with layers of shimmer and sparkle.
This must-have palette offers five long-wearing velvet-matte shades you can wear literally every single day or amp up to create a smoldering contoured look.
Ultra-pigmented, this nude eye shadow palette from Nars is a dream come true for those who seek richly saturated color and ultimate versatility. Some shades are cooler and some are warmer, so they're sure to flatter every skin tone and makeup look.
If you love neutral tones with a hint of rose, Maybelline's gorgeous blush-toned eye shadow palette will be your new favorite. The formula is incredibly buildable, and each shade is enriched with luxe rose-gold pigments that yield a warm wash of color across the eyelid. We're addicted and use it day and night.
We hope we never have to choose our favorite Naked palette (it's basically like choosing a favorite child), but when we're in the mood for the ultimate nude eye shadow look, we always reach for Urban Decay's iconic second edition. Our go-to shades are Chopper and Tease.
This is one of our absolute favorites. We've been devoted to this tried-and-true palette from Lorac for years (ahem, since college, to be exact.) Not only do the shades look flattering on every skin tone, but each shadow also features amazing color payoff and can be effortlessly layered for every type of neutral eye look.
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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.