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By Charlie Power

As the year is swiftly coming to an end, looking back on 2018, brands were dropping new palettes here, there, and everywhere.

To put it simply, we were graced with some pretty damn good eyeshadow palettes this year.

And with such a wide variety of options, it might be slightly tricky to decide which palettes are worth the splurge. Luckily we have rounded up the year’s best palettes to make the decision a lot easier:

 1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam – ( € 50.95 ) 

This is the most perfect palette for the everyday neutral eye look with plenty of options, BUT, as it says on the tin, with the smokier and shimmering shades can create a gorgeous soft glam.


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2. Urban Decay Naked Heat – ( € 40.37 )  

If you are a fan of warm tones and if you have tried and tested any of the Naked palettes before, and fallen in love with them like the rest of the world has this is definitely one for you


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3. Morphe 35B – ( € 26.00 )

I would definitely say this is the most colourful, versatile, bold and one of the scariest palettes that I have seen this year. If you are wanting to branch out of the everyday taupe and nude shades or even experiment with some new looks, this is a great choice as it literally has EVERY colour of the rainbow.


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4. Natasha Denona Sunset Palette – ( € 122.00 )  

This palette has the world shook, with the colours, pigmentation, and not to mention the price tag… You are paying for a high quality, luxury product here (but it is so gorgeous!) As your eyes scroll across the palette, you can almost imagine a real sunset with a bit of sparkle and duo-chrome thrown in, to add to the magic


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5. Revolution re-loaded palette newtrals 2 ( € 4.99 )  

As soon as I spotted this I immediately thought that’s it was a great dupe for the naked heat palette and is available for a fraction of the price.

The pigmentation is AMAZING and the shades would be perfect for creating some smoky berry eye looks perfect for the festive season.


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6. Urban Decay On The Run palette ( € 40.37 ) 

One thing that is for sure with this palette is that I can almost guarantee that you will not struggle to create a multitude of different looks.

This small palette was created to slot into your handbag and carry around the world to serve your every eyeshadow needs whatever they might be


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7. Zoeva Cocoa blend palette ( € 21.75 )

From the lightest matte neutral shade to a classic black with red brick, orange sunsets and shimmer in between.

This is a great palette for literally anyone who wears makeup. Not to mention it is free from parabens, mineral oil and it is cruelty free and vegan.


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8. Violet Voss HG ( € 45.00 )

As you can see from pretty much every palette that was previously mentioned, warm shadows definitely took over this year and if you are following this trend, or even if you are a bit late this is a great option as it still has some shimmers and taupe shadows to create a day to day look.


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9. Huda The New Nude Palette ( € 67.20 ) 

Even though this only dropped in September, I feel like it deserves a spot in the top 10, considering the amount of love that everyone has given it.

The range of this palette (even though it is primarily nude toned) is nothing short of perfect, with shades going from bronzed to nude to burgundy to what I would best describe as pressed glitters (Which are AMAZING!)


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10. Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette ( € 39.00 )  

If you’re not a fan of shimmer this is the one for you, with 12 different neutral tone matte shades to choose from and so easy to change up the look with the darker shades.


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Listen, we'll be the first to admit that it's very easy to get wrapped up in the world of shiny new cosmetics. 

Has anyone ever bought an eyeshadow palette purely because it was new, and exciting? Well, SAME. 

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Nine times out of ten, we use up the one or two colours we like, and then shove whats left of the palette in a drawer… never to be seen or heard from again. 

Well, the fact of the matter is, these sets are not cheap, and we should be buying eyeshadow that we'll actually use. 

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That is where we come in, to give you some handy tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your glorious eyeshadow palette.

PS: you're welcome. 

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Consider your eye and skin colour

It is a fact that many of us don't want to accept, but unfortunately not all colours suit all skin tones. If you are on the hunt for a new eyeshadow palette, it is important to consider what shades will suit your skin, and make your eye colour pop.

According to celebrity makeup artist Dae Sik Son, "Light, neutral tones best complement cool blue eyes" while muted purples and browns are perfect for green eyes. If you have brown eyes, then Dae suggests "neutral shades like salmon and bronzy golds" to really accentuate your eyes.

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Asses all the shades

Picture the scene: you're browsing eyeshadow palettes and you find one that has one specific colour you adore, so you buy it.

We're all guilty of doing this, but it is a total waste of money (and good eyeshadow). It is important to assess all of the colours in a palette before buying it, to ensure that you will use all of them. 

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The right tools

There is no point in having a fabulous eyeshadow palette if you don't have the right makeup brushes.

Remember, makeup is an art form, so you must use the best utensils in order to achieve the best look. Be sure that you always have a flat eyeshadow brush, a crease brush and a fluffy blending brush. 

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Day to night

If you want to get the most out of your new eyeshadow palette, you should ensure that it has colours you can wear during the day, and out at night.

Get a palette that can do both, that way you are guaranteed to actually use it all the time. 

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Use tutorials

So you've bought a gorgeous new eyeshadow palette, but you have absolutely no idea how to use half the colours. We've all been there ladies!

We seriously suggest you spend an evening watching makeup tutorials, that will show you exactly how to use all the colours in your palette. Once you know what to do, you'll find yourself really loving all your new shades. 

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Expensive is not always best

We cannot deny the fact that we sometimes get blinded by the glitz and the glamour of an over-the-top expensive eyeshadow palette. We buy it because the Internet tells us to. BIG mistake lovelies!

Sometimes, it is actually the cheaper, unassuming palettes that are the better choice. Don't necessarily opt for an expensive brand, have a look in your local chemist… you may be pleasantly surprised! 

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You can thank us later! 


As a self diagnosed make-up junkie, nothing gets my heart rate going quite like new and exciting products. 

WELL, NYX have released the most wonderful eyeshadow vault ever, and I want 47 of them. 

The set is called NYX <3's LA, and contains 12 fabulous colours arranged like a perfect little book shelf.

Each colour is named after a location in California, which really adds personality to the set. 

The best part? The set won't cost you a small fortune, like some other eyeshadow sets out there. 

This super affordable and delightful little make-up set costs just $25, or €20, and can be purchased here

That's less than €2 per shadow, which seems pretty darn reasonable to me… 

Roll on pay-day.



These days it feels like we can’t open our laptops without coming across another must have beauty product.

And while you might think the good people at Urban Decay have already outdone themselves this year with the launches of their shimmering highlighter and Vice Ltd Reloaded palettes, we’re here to tell you that there’s still plenty of good stuff on the way.

Hot on the heels of the much raved about Naked Ultimate Basics collection, the celebrated beauty brand is about to launch an absolute rainbow of a palette which – while not being for the faint hearted – has our inner unicorns bucking with excitement.

The limited edition Full Spectrum palette features 21 colourful shadows – 18 of which are new – which range from the highly pigmented canary yellow ‘Calavera’ shade right down to a shimmery silver called ‘Iced’.


Sneak peek of what's to come…say hello to Full Spectrum —21 shades (18 are new!) from bold brights to matte white. #ColorUnleashed #UrbanDecay

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Did we mention we're excited?


Makeup mongul Kylie Jenner has been teasing her followers all summer with suggestions that something special is about to be added to her already ultra-successful Kylie Cosmetics line and at long last her secret has been exposed – welcome the Kyshadow kit.

The teen announced yesterday that she will be extending her already lucrative makeup business by launching her debut line of eyeshadow palettes.

The first nine-piece kit in the Kyshadow range is due for release on kyliecosmetics.com today and will feature a selection of nude, brown, orange and gold shimmer tones.



The reality star – who claims she has been using the Bronze Palette everyday for the last five or six months – used both her personal app and social media profiles to reveal her latest creation.

And proving she really does have the makeup skills to back her brand, Kylie filmed a full makeup tutorial using the palette and posted it to her Snapchat account.

While we have yet to physically see the first Kyshadow kit, Kylie’s swatches and snaps would suggest that the eyeshadows included are very nicely pigmented.



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Going on the success the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has had with her sell-out lip kits, we’re sure the Kyshadow palettes will be like absolute gold dust to get hold of.  

But if you are lucky enough to get your hands on one of the coveted kits be sure to check out Kylie’s makeup artist's tips for using it below.




Eyeshadows are great, but they are even better when they come with a few other friends in an eyeshadow palette.

Here are four of the best to go for this summer:

YSL Bleus Lumiere Summer Look 2014
The palette includes indigo, royal blue, azure and both a light and dark shade of coral. Inspired by the colours of the sea and summer, this colour palette is a must if you want to stay away from browns and beiges.

Bobbi Brown Nectar & Nude eye palette
Sticking with the classic colour that people turn to every year, this palette mixes glittering tones with matte tones.

Clarins Summer 2014 Colours of Brazil
Get in the football spirit with this gorgeous eye palette from Clarins. This palette has three beautiful shade so of grey – perfect for a smoky eye look – a pretty peach and a striking royal blue that acts as a liner.

Bourjois Smoky Eyes Trio eyeshadow
This one is a little more budget friendly and comes in 12 combinations of three shades including blue, lilac, baroque, grey, rose and green.

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