There are some makeup palettes out there that are totally amazing for the spring/summer time. But it seems like every beauty guru, star, and big name brand is releasing a palette every single day. Ugh, there's seriously so many to choose from! Plus, some of these gorgeous palettes feature very similar colors, so at the end of the day, you don't really know if you should splurge a little extra on some Jeffree Star, or save a few bucks and go for Morphe or Maybelline.
So, I did a little research to save you the trouble from having to do it yourself and chose 20 incredible palettes that are seriously picture-worthy. Some of these you might already own, but I bet there are tons of palettes you didn't even know were available right now. But fair warning: these sweet palettes are so tempting that'll you have to stop yourself from going to Beauty Bay or Sephora and maxing out your credit cards. Now relax, take a deep breath, and practice some self-control. You're about to check out some of the most gorgeous, glistening golden metallics known to man. Many of these palettes also feature some deep auburn corals, matte mauves, and burnt oranges that work great as transition shades. Other palettes included some of the creamiest, most metallic shades of ocean deep blues and turquoises. And when you see what Jeffree Star's Thirsty palette looks like...well, let's just say you might want to click "buy" almost instantly. Just make sure you finish off the entire list before deciding what you're going to get this summer. Brace yourself, sis, because these palettes are seriously slaying.
20 Jeffree Star Cosmetics Thirsty Palette
This is seriously the juiciest summer palette in the market. The Jeffree Star Cosmetics Thirsty Palette retails for $48 and offers 10 blendable mattes and 5 striking ultra-metallic colors. Best of all, this palette is furry-friend friendly. Why?
Because every ingredient is vegan and cruelty-free, much like the entire Jeffree Star Cosmetics brand.
You'll be able to enjoy and play around guilt-free with this scrumptious palette that comes with blinding metallic shades and neutrals. The soft browns and pigmented corals allow you to mix and match and create striking summer looks, while the blue/teal shades help add an intense pop of color.
19 Violet Voss Flamingo Palette
It's like paradise in a palette! For $45 you can enjoy 20 trendy shades from the Violet Voss Flamingo Pro Eyeshadow Palette. This baby offers a variety of tropical hues, shimmering shades that range from glistening pinks, bronze golds, and metallic teals. If you need a palette to take with you while you travel, then this is your best choice. It features all the shades you'll need to recreate anything from simple daytime looks to edgier, bolder night time looks. With colors like Bikini, Flip Flops, Beach Ball, and Watermelon, you'll feel like you're already out on a tropical island even before you arrive at your destination.
18 Maybelline Lemonade Craze Eyeshadow Palette
Looking for an eyeshadow palette that's as cool as a splash of cold lemonade on a hot summer day? Try the Maybelline Lemonade Craze Eyeshadow Palette for $13.99.
You get a variety of juicy colors that range from metallic copper to bold yellow.
It's particularly perfect if you want to relieve your childhood years, like when you used to collect those scratch and sniff stickers and scented markers because this palette provides 12 scented shades that smell like a summer breeze! Look at Maybelline, stepping their game up!
17 Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette
The Urban Decay Beached Eyeshadow Palette offers a lovely range of beach-inspired shades for just $34. Now you can enjoy a mix of eight aquatic shimmers and soft neutral colors like Double Dip, Plunge, and Heatwave that will have you rocking every pool party you get invited to this summer. The colors are warm and very pigmented. But the most beautiful thing about the Urban Decay's selection of colors is that they work really well together on every skin tone out there. If you wanted to make a splash at the beach this summer, this is the palette to go for.
16 Tarte Love, Trust & Fairy Dust Eyeshadow Palette
The Tarte Love, Trust & Fairy Dust Eyeshadow Palette will have you believing in the power of fairy dust with its pink and cranberry mattes, and you can get it for just $39. And I say "just" because for $39 bucks you're getting a beautiful selection of romantic colors, strong pigmented shimmery shades, and soft transition mattes that are super easy to blend.
If you were looking for a natural palette that's got everything you need, then this is the most versatile one.
You'll even love the fact that it comes in a circular compact, about a size smaller than a CD, so you can keep it in your bag 24/7.
15 DIOR Backstage Eyeshadow Palette
For $49, the DIOR Backstage Eyeshadow Palette can help you create the softest, most natural "no-makeup makeup" looks that'll give you that "runway model" look. Best of all, it's an all-in-one eye palette that includes a creamy primer, 8 ultra-natural matte shades, and shimmery shades that blend easily. You can buy the palette in two separate undertones: rosy hues with cool undertones, or brown neutrals with warm undertones. The primer also works great on dry eyelids and you don't have to worry about any eyeshadow fallout.
14 Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Eyeshadow Palette
This palette is definitely a step up from the original Rose Gold palette, which received a ton of disappointing reviews. The Huda Beauty Rose Gold Remastered Eyeshadow Palette offers deep rose gold hues that are gorgeous, and it'll only set you back $65. It also comes with a total of 18 shades that are easily interchangeable, and oh-so-freaking-pigmented. It seems like beauty guru Huda Kattan listened to her fans, and decided to also include a mirror, which is a total must when you're traveling.
Oh, and speaking of application, the formula has been upgraded so that it's more pigmented, and buttery, which makes it easier to apply.
Even if you own the original one, this remastered palette belongs in your makeup vault, for sure.
13 Anastasia Beverly Hills Dream Glow Kit
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dream Glow Kit provides a spectrum of out-of-this-world metallic and iridescent highlighter finishes with six blinding shades. You can actually mix and match Sunshine, Unicorn, Wish, Regal, and Magic to highlight and enhance every pore on your face. These highlighter shades can add extra pizzazz on your lids if you place them in the inner corner of your eyes or in the middle of your lids, creating a halo eye effect. And if you happen to impulse buy this palette for $45, you'll have zero regrets. The "Magic" shade alone makes this palette a total collector's item.
12 Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette
For $49, you get 18 eyeshadows with the Too Faced Clover Eyeshadow Palette, which includes "Puppy Eyes", a white pearl shade with a silver glitter finish that can double as a highlighter if you know how to blend it.
But be careful, these shadows are super pigmented.
It's pretty easy to go too far if you blend it a little too enthusiastically. You can try your luck with the Lucky Clover, which is a light sea foam green with a satin finish. And if you want something a little more natural, then go for the "Chihuahua" shade, a matte brown with subtle yellow undertones. If you usually go for natural shades and soft browns, then the Clover palette will do the trick.
11 BECCA Be A Light Face Palette
The light to medium, and medium to dark powders on the BECCA Be A Light Face Palette have the ability to blur pores and bounce light on your gorgeous face. It retails for $46, but it's worth every penny. The coverage is smooth and silky, and it doesn't feel cakey at all. You can highlight or contour to your heart's content until you get that sheer, natural glow, and you won't have to deal with the powder being heavy because the formula used in the palette is oil-absorbent. This dreamy palette will give you that Kim Kardashian satin-glowing skin you've been craving.
10 Lunar Beauty Life's A Drag Palette
Fans have been waiting for years for beauty guru Manny Mua to release his first palette, and it's finally here. Needless to say, it's sickning. For $45, you can enjoy a mixture of bright bold colors and a couple of neutral tones that work as transition shades on the Lunar Beauty Life's A Drag Palette.
Every eyeshadow name pays homage to drag queen culture, and we're living for the extra kick.
We truly weren't expecting this from Manny Mua! The shade "Snatched" is the deepest burgundy shade we've seen on a beauty guru palette, and we're seriously living for it.
9 Box Of Crayons iShadow Palette
You'll feel like a kid again when you try the Box Of Crayons iShadow Palette, which comes in a flurry of 18 colors you'd come to expect in a regular Crayola box like blue, green, red, yellow, and pink, along with some bolder colors like Baby blue, silver, and gold. You'll have a total blast mixing and matching colors to get a totally snatch look that's just as artistic as your soul. So, go on and express yourself in a new light. It will only set you back $30. Plus, the "Lime Green" shadow is so extra, we'd buy this palette for that shade alone!
8 Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette
Think of this palette as a 911 for your eyeshadow makeup needs because the Jeffree Star Cosmetics Blood Sugar Palette was inspired by vintage medical bags.
So creative, I know!
There are three formulas in this red-blooded 18-colored palette, which include matte and metallic shades, and the all-new hybrid pressed pigment foils. The color payoff is seriously snatched, but what's seriously impressive is that you're getting a TON of product for only $1,93 per gram, (as the whole palette contains 18 eyeshadows that weight 1.5g each) That seriously puts the retail price of $52 into perspective. Color us impressed!
7 Urban Decay Born To Run Palette
For $49, Urban Decay Born To Run Palette boasts 21 beautiful eyeshadows, 17 of which are brand new and include the bold but totally wearable metallic magenta, green, and purple. The shades are super pigmented as well, which offers the obvious advantage of not having to reapply layer on top of layer just to get a decent color payoff. As usual, you can blend the colors easily, as Urban Decay's formula is always on point. But if you make a mistake, and go too far with your transition shades, you can easily correct it with "Breakaway," a pale creamy pastel eyeshadow you can place in the inner corners of your eyes, or right on top of your transition shade, (underneath the brow)
6 Too Faced Natural Face Palette
The six-pan cheek palette, Too Faced Natural Face Palette, comes packed with highlight, bronze, and blush, all in one convenient gorgeous case that retails for $44.
The palette includes 2 highlighters, 2 blushes, and 2 bronzers that have a velvety texture.
The shades are pretty pigmented and totally buildable, which is a major plus when you're sculpting your face. If you're in need of a warm touch of ginger bronzer on your face, then let "Sunny Honey" do the work. Then, use the highlighters to really bring out your cheekbones with "Satin Sheets."
5 NARS Erdem Fleur Fatale Eyeshadow Palette
The 6 shadows embedded in the NARS Erdem Fleur Fatale Eyeshadow Palette ($49) are perfect for the spring/summer. The "Mythios" shade provides a shimmering ivory, perfect for an inner corner highlight that's subtle. Use the "Thistle" metallic mink shade to add some dimension. The shimmering steel blue shade, "Flourish," is perfect if you're looking for a sultry color that adds an extra kick to a smokey eye. If you're looking for something that reflects warmth and shimmers, then try the shimmering copper tone, "Daydream," or consider the multidimensionally complex mulberry shade, "Holly Hock."
4 Urban Decay Lightbeam Eyeshadow Palette
If you're looking for a palette that offers peachy nude tones for your eyes, that is simple and blendable, then go for the Urban Decay Lightbeam Eyeshadow Palette, which retails for $24.
The palette includes five shades that include mattes, sparkling shimmers, and metallic shades that are new to the Urban Decay family.
The porcelain pink shade, "Nudie" is a great base. You can use "Vibe" to transition into a deeper, darker color, or simply go for "Golden Hour" for a mauve, lilac pop of color in the center of your lids. These natural shades will give you that summer breeze glow that works great with tanned skin.
3 BOBBI BROWN Night Drama Eyeshadow Palette
You'll get a seriously striking color palette with the BOBBI BROWN Night Drama Eyeshadow Palette for $59. It offers 12 shades, which include shimmer, metallic and matte shadows. Dazzle the world with vibrant hues like "Dawn Haze," which is matte yellow beige, and the star of the palette, "Indigo Night," which is a rich blue metallic shade. "Galactic" also adds an edgy sultry touch with its sparkling black metallic finish. This is the kind of palette you definitely want to own if you simply can't ditch the smokey eye look, even in the summer.
2 Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette
For $42, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette is extremely natural and works on every skin tone.
It's got 13 lovely shades like "Orange Soda," which is an ultra-matte pastel peach, or "Fairy," which is a multi-dimensional light gold.
Aside from the fact that the shades offer a ton of pigmentation and are easy to blend, (Anastasia products reign Queen Supreme in the market, as they're known for their amazing quality,) the palette also comes with a large mirror and double-ended brush that comes in handy when you're on the go. In fact, the palette is so versatile that it will be the only palette that you'll ever need when you're on the road.
1 MAC Qween Supreme Palette
The Qween Supreme palette will only set you back $39.50, but the color payoff and incredible quality make every penny worth it. This gorgeous palette offers a highlighter shade and eight metallic shades that pack a mighty punch when it comes to the pigmentation. You won't find any matte shades on this palette though, which makes it a total collector's item, (but you if you're traveling, it does force you to pack a few extra matte shades, so keep that in mind!) You'll find rich metallic shades like "Posh As You Want," which is a true yellow gold, "Magic Dust," which is a pale silver shade, and "Insta Qween," which is a light cream beige highlighter. The formula used will leave you with an intensified, almost wet glossy look on your skin that will turn heads.
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