Our 11 Favorite Eyeshadows on the Market

We set out to find the best eyeshadows money can buy—from palettes and singles, and creams to powders.

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Christian Dior 5-Colour Palettes

Dior 5 Coleurs Eyeshadow Palette
Courtesy of Dior

Posh to the extreme, Dior's bold shadows are rich, silky and made with such intense pigments, they seem to last forever. You'll love how they go on like velvet. Wear each shade alone, or combine two, three or all five shades.

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Hourglass, Scattered Light Eyeshadow, $29

Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadow

 Courtesy of Hourglass Cosmetics

Buttery is a word used more often to describe foods than shimmery eyeshadows, but it's the best descriptor for these Hourglass shadows. Use them on their own, or layer them with matte shadows for a more dynamic look.

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Pat McGrath, EYEdols Eye Shadow, $25

Pat McGrath Eyedols Eye Shadow

Courtesy of  Pat McGrath 

Beauty die-hards waited on bated breath for "mother" Pat McGrath to come out with her best-selling eyeshadows in singles, and it was absolutely worth the wait. New shades, as well as coveted ones from her palettes, made it into the collection.

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lilah. b, Divine Duo™ Lip & Cheek, $46

lilah b. Lip and Cheek Duo

 Courtesy of lilah b.

It probably seems bizarre to have a product marketed for lip and cheek uses on here. Regardless, there is a point to it—lilah b.'s Divine Duos, while not really made to be used on eyelids (although they're eye-safe,) are some of the best lid tints you can buy. They retain a little bit of glossiness, and stay on because they're meant for your lips. But they're not tacky in the same way as an eye gloss normally would be, which means your hair isn't going to catch on your eyelids in the wind. These duos, which are about the size and weight of a pebble, are perfect to keep in your purse or pocket to bring a look from day to night.

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Charlotte Tilbury, Luxury Eyeshadow Palette, $53

Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadow Quad

 Courtesy of Charlotte Tilbury

When Charlotte Tilbury call their eyeshadow palettes luxury, they're not kidding. The silky-smooth formula on these quads, and the way the shades are matched to one another, means there's a perfect one for whatever occasion you want. The more neutral-toned palettes are perfect for your new everyday going-to-work look, while you can double up on the darkest shade in the pan to give yourself a slightly more intense look for going out. The louder palettes are guaranteed to give you the perfect mix of colors for whatever special event you need them for.

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M.A.C., Pro Longwear Paint Pot, $22

Pro Longwear Paint Pot


We love the Pro Longwear Paint Pot not just for its efficacy and uniformity as an eyeshadow, but for how well it works as a base. It's not unheard of to forgo eyeshadow primer altogether and just use these shadows, they stay so well.

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Lime Crime, Venus XL Palette, $58

Venus XL Eyeshadow Palette

 Lime Crime

This palette is packed with pigment, and a light hand is best in working with it. But as long as you keep that in mind, this palette is a dream—the rich reds and pinks make you feel, truly, like you're painting a masterpiece.

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Bodyography, Glitter Pigments, $23

Bodyography Glitter Pigment

 Courtesy of Bodyography

Bodyography used to be a pros-only brand, but they've opened their line up to an amateur consumer base. With that, they've gained a loyal following for their glitter pigments, including Byrdie-favorite MUA Katie Jane Hughes.

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow

Urban Decay as a brand has become so popular it almost beats out MAC on the best-sellers list, something few brands have accomplished for the first time in years. These individual shadows run for $20 each and come in over 50 decadent shades. They go on silky and smooth, tend not to clump, and the shimmery jeweled tones are to die for.

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Huda Beauty, New Nude Eyeshadow Palette, $65

New Nude Palette

Huda Beauty

When Huda Beauty's New Nude palette was released, it took the beauty world by storm. Still today, it remains one of the industry's most popular palettes. It's perfect for date-night, girls night, or a workday.

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Best Shimmer Shadows: Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow

shimmer & glow eyeshadow


No shadow is sexier than the shimmery, glimmery shades. This one in particular, from Stila, is beloved for its one-and-done nature. Wake up, swipe it on in the morning, and enjoy your day knowing how amazing you look.

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