There will always be a certain allure to coveting and finally buying a high-end palette, displaying it prominently on your vanity…but most people can’t splurge on every luxury palette that catches their eye. That’s where drugstore shadow palettes come in. Every season, drugstore beauty brands are stepping up their game and becoming more comparable to their higher-end counterparts. Read on for incredible, versatile drugstore eyeshadow palettes that are perfect for spring…and under $10!
ELF Essential Little Black Book – ELF never ceases to amaze me. 48 shadows for $8?! How are they making any money? What makes me an ELF devotee is that I really feel like you’re getting a bang for your buck. The quality of the shadows is pretty good, and I love how the options are truly endless. There are two versions of this palette – Cool, which is an assortment of mostly bright shades, and Warm, which is more neutral. The sleek compact can fit in your purse, plus it comes with a built-in mirror and dual applicator. Love it. ($8)
Maybelline The Brights Palette – Maybelline’s The Nudes Palette was a runaway hit, so I’m really excited to see The Brights on shelves. What’s great about this palette is that there’s a mix of brights and more wearable, neutral colors. I would personally use the brights on my lower lash line or on the center of my lid for an unexpected pop. It’s a perfect palette for the spring. Gonna dream about that gorgeous aqua shade tonight… ($9.99)
NYX Adorable Palette – These six colors from NYX, different shades of brown, a delicate pink and crisp white, work beautifully together or separately. I adore how tiny these NYX palettes are…pop them in your bag and use them on the go! The pink would love beautiful on the lid, and that white is ideal for highlighting the inner corner. ($7.49)
Wet n Wild Color Icon Palette – I recently bought Wet n Wild’s most popular palette, Comfort Zone, after I saw rave reviews on Pampadour. At only $4, I figured I had nothing to lose. What I wasn’t expecting I that I completely fell in love with it!! There’s a light green (the Eyelid shade on the right side) that is beautiful all over the lid, but the real showstopper is the Definer shade on the right side. It’s an unbelievably gorgeous red-brown shade with a teal duochrome effect. I’ve never tried MAC’s Blue Brown Pigment myself, but I’ve heard it’s a dupe of that. The palette is worth it for this one shade alone; it’s breathtaking. ($4.99)
Almay Intense i-Color Smoky-i Eyeshadow – If you’re a single shadow girl, this is the ideal way to ease your way into palettes. Alma’s Smoky-i sets come with three different shades, for your brow bone, crease and lid. There are four varieties, each created with a different eye color in mind. I honestly think you should go with whichever palette you find the prettiest (I have brown eyes, but love the Blue Eyes palette), but it’s a cute idea regardless! At less than five bucks, this is a steal. Also, don’t throw out those sponge-tip applicators that come with the palette – discover all the different uses for them, HERE. ($4.99)
Kardashian Beauty Touch Tones Gradient Eyeshadow – I probably shouldn’t be as shocked as I am that I love the Kardashian beauty line. Their own makeup looks are my guilty pleasure and I’m always watching YouTube videos to try to recreate Kim’s glow and contour (dirty little secret!). This palette is simply stunning. Oceana and Rose are both beautiful for the springtime; love the mix of matte and shimmery shades. You can work these palettes during both the day and night, which is always a plus. ($9.99)
Cover Girl Eyeshadow Quads – Cover Girl’s smart shadow quads are pigmented, buildable and packed with skin conditioners for smooth application. Cover Girl is a consistently solid drugstore mainstay, and these palettes don’t disappoint. Va-Va Violets features four gorgeous shades of purple that can be worn both day and night.
Rimmel London Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadow – Rimmel is a brand that I’ve slowly started to get into (Eastend Snob is my Holy Grail lip liner). These palettes feature five powder-to-cream shades that are extremely easy to blend. You can apply them wet to make more of a statement, but they’re pretty pigmented on their own too. Purple Crown is a beautiful, cool-toned palette that would make an interesting, soft smoky eye.
Makeup Revolution Iconic 1 Palette – YouTubers and Instagram beauty mavens have brought Makeup Revolution to my attention. This British brand offers amazing dupes for some of the most popular high-end palettes out there. Check out Iconic 1, a gorgeous alternative to Urban Decay’s iconic Naked Palette! ($6)
Are you going to give any of these wallet-friendly palettes a try? Let us know in the comments below and on Pampadour.com!
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