25 Makeup Palettes Every Beauty Obsessive Should Own
You'll need every single one in your beauty stash. We swear.
A true makeup mogul knows that nope, you can never have too many pinky-brown lipsticks, yes a full rainbow of highlighters is absolutely necessary, and of course you need several back up liquid eyeliners. Y’know, just in case of emergency.
And when it comes to palettes, the beauty bible clearly states that they’re pretty much the ultimate, perfectly packaged holy grail. Sure you might already have enough of them to build a small fort with, but reckon you could be tempted by just one more?
Keeping you covered with everything from classic neutral shadows courtesy of Urban Decay, to killer contour kits straight from Anastasia Beverly Hills, these are the 25 ultimate makeup palettes that every beauty obsessive needs in their stash.
1.Morphe 360 Eye Shadow Palette
These comprehensive 35-pan palettes are fairly new on the makeup scene, but quickly climbing their way to cult product status thanks to their kaleidoscope of long-wear, crease resistant colours.
2. Anastasia Glow Kit in Moonchild
Not quite your average highlighter palette, the amazing selection of pearl whites, frosted lilacs and high-shine silvers will stop you in your tracks with an intense glow and cheekbones looking diamond-cut.
3. Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
If you know anything about beauty then you probably predicted that there’d be some form of Naked Palette thrown into the mix. The first is the world’s best selling palette of all time, the second is just as beautiful, arming you with shadows for neutral, dramatic and everything in between.
4. Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel Luxury Palette
For a touch of luxe, Charlotte Tilbury is the only brand to turn to. The limited edition Fallen Angel palette features golden pearl, antique silver, velvet black and molten bronze for a truly mesmerising smokey eye.
5. Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
How do you make a stunning palette even more amazing? Chuck actual cocoa powder in with the eyeshadows, obviously. It leaves the mix of matte and shimmer shades smelling good enough to eat. But don’t do that, they’re too pretty.
6. Lorac Pro Palette
A great one to travel with, simply because it contains eight matte colours and eight shimmery colours, all of which are easy to wear and ultra pigmented, slotted in the smallest and slimmest amount of packaging.
7. Tarte Colour Wheel Amazonian Clay Blush Palette
For anyone who likes a flush of colour in their base, Tarte have popped five warm and five cool shades from their long-wearing Amazonian clay collection into one handy palette. Tipsy and Exposed are particularly popular amongst beauty gurus.
8. Anastasia Glow Kit
If a highlighted brow bone does strange things to your heart, prepare to swoon over these four velvety, finely milled, painfully beautiful powders, which allow you to add a subtle hint of highlight, or really go for the glow. Hailey Baldwin is apparently a big fan of this one.
9. theBalm Nude Dude Palette
For any guy or gal who likes to keep things fairly neutral, but would never say no to the option of adding a bit of extra drama if needs be, the spectrum of buttery-soft, super wearable shades in this one make it a must-have.
10. MAC Studio Conceal and Correct Palette
There’s nothing more essential than a good array of concealer shades which you can truly rely on to keep dark circles, blemishes and other beauty sins at bay. Enriched with antioxidants and suited for all skin types, they can be used individually or combined to match any skin tone.
11. Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette
A holy grail palette for anyone who favours a classic smokey eye, Kat’s collection of neutral, warm and cold colours are wearable and blendable to take you through from day to night. Shout out to peachy shade Ludwin, which is truly the perfect crease colour.
12. NARSissisit Matte/Shimmer Eye Shadow Palette
Bonus points for the huge mirror on the lid of this bad boy, but it’s the drool-worthy selection of colours which make this one a total essential, ranging from vampy black shimmer to soft fawn beige.
13. Benefit Cheekathon
Benefit’s box blushes have been around forever and still stand as a cult fave, so what could be better than five of ‘em, full-sized and fabulous, sitting together in one palette. Rose gold Rockateur is particularly dreamy, while Hoola is Kylie Jenner’s go-to bronzer.
14. Jeffree Star Beauty Killer Eye Shadow Palette
Not for the faint hearted, but incredible for high-intensity formulas in shocking pinks, vibrant blues, and luxe golds. Jeffree himself might be a little bit controversial, but you can’t argue with his vegan and cruelty-free selection of shades to bring something completely different to your collection.
15. Bobbi Brown Bobbi To Glow Shimmer Brick Palette
Light-catching pearl pigments leave a flawless, superfine brilliance on the skin paired with a soft-focus finish. Use the Gold shade to brighten and highlight, the Bronze to add some warmth, and the Wild Rose for a pretty, flushed glow.
16. MAC Pro Lip Palette
Why throw one lipstick into your bag when you could throw in six of the most popular and perfectly co-ordinated shades from MAC, instead? With palettes focusing on oranges, browns, pinks reds and more, there’s a variety of finishes in light and dark hues to give you endless dreamy colour options.
17. Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette
Unlike your average orange-toned bronzing powders, Kat’s selection of matte shades recreate the true tones of shadow and light to elegantly and believably shape your face. The silky, buildable powders blend flawlessly and last forever, bringing a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘contour on fleek’.
18. Kyshadow The Bronze Palette
There’s a reason the first batch of Bronze KyShadow palettes sold out in under a minute. It comes equipped with everything you need to recreate that enviable, sultry smokey eye which features in all of Kylie’s selfies, from a rose gold shimmer to rich caramels and ending with a classic black. Funnily enough, Kylie’s said to be a fan.
19. Too Faced Natural Matte Collection
If you’re of the opinion that there ain’t nobody got time for shimmer, then look no further. Go from pretty and soft all the way to subtly smokey with nine gorgeous, totally matte shadows that pair perfectly and blend seamlessly.
20. Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette
Don’t let the super low price point fool you. For under a tenner you get incredible pigment and mega metallic finishes from two baked powders, one luxury cream formula and one silky shimmer powder. Dreamy.
21. Lorac Unzipped Gold Eye Shadow Palette
A makeup magpie who’s of the belief that more is more? You need this. A warm toned collection of shadows that can be softly swept across the eye for a neutral vibe, or used wet and packed onto the lid for a super bling look, with all the quality of the classic Lorac Pro palette packed in, too.
22. Anastasia The Original Contour Kit
Take your cheekbones to the next level with the original contour palette, containing three essential powder highlights and three contour shades to shape and structure. It’s favoured by the ultimate contour queens, the Kardashians, and we all know that there ain’t no higher praise than that.
23. NYX Ultimate Shadow Palette in Brights
You’ve probably got enough warm neutrals in your makeup collection to melt the actual icebergs with, so this rad rainbow of brights with top colour pay-off is a total must-have for bright, daring looks, or just a cheeky pop of something vibrant.
24. Zoeva Nude Spectrum Eye Shadow Palette
Looking for the one, fuss-free eye palette that’s all you ever need in life? Packing some serious pigment, the gorgeously warm and earthy tones are nude lid perfection, with a creamy and opaque texture that are truly awesome when paired with a fluffy brush.
25. Urban Decay Naked Basics
To a non-makeup fan, this little baby might not look like much, but to a true beauty obsessive, these simple, fuss-free classics are EVERYTHING. Not only are they essential for a day to day look with pigment that packs a punch, but Foxy can also double up to set concealer, while Faint makes an ace brow powder.