On days that I’m really pressed for time, I’ve found that reaching for a neutral eye shadow palette can help me create a quick look that works no matter what I’m planning for that day.
Here are some of the best neutral eye shadow palettes at every price point.
LORAC UNZIPPED PALETTE $40
Lorac specializes in amazing shadow palettes, and this one is no exception. The 10 shadows are very rich and pigmented. The neutrals do skew a little on the warm side.
Get it from LORAC
RIMMEL LONDON GLAM EYE SHADOW TRIO IN SPICES $4.99
If you’ve never tried Rimmel, then their shadows are a great place to start. At under $5 this trio is a steal, and the colors will flatter almost any skin tone.
Get it from Rimmel London
BOBBI BROWN NAVY & NUDE EYE PALETTE $60
No one does a classic nude eye like Bobbi, and this fall she’s paired it up with a delicious navy. Just try not to buy it once you see it in person.
Get it from Bobbi Brown
CHANEL LES 4 OMBRES QUADRA EYE SHADOW IN PRELUDE $59
Chanel’s shadows are well worth the money. This is the most basic for their quads, but will be a great starting purchase and can be punched up with more color.
Get it from Chanel
SEPHORA COLLECTION IN ALMOST NUDE 09 AND TAUPE MODEL 06 $25 EACH
Each of these palettes include 5 matte shadows and a matching liner.
Get it from Sephora
MAYBELLINE EXPERT WEAR EYE SHADOW COLLECTION IN SUNBAKED NEUTRALS $7.99
I love that this palette has so many basic shades — with a few not-so-basic, but still universally flattering, shades.
Get it from Maybelline
WET N WILD COLOR ICON SHADOW COLLECTION IN COMFORT ZONE $4.99
While not all of the colors in this collection are neutral, there are a lot of neutrals. Plus there are a huge number of tutorials on YouTube using this compact! It’s worth snagging one if you see it in the store.
Get it from Wet n Wild
ANASTASIA SHE WEARS IT WELL EYE SHADOW PALETTE $34
This shadow palette has 9 great neutral shades that work very well together (check out swatches of She Wears It Well), and the formulation even boasts anti-aging ingredients!
Get it from Anastasia
SEPHORA MOONSHADOW BAKED PALETTE IN IN THE NUDE $26
The Sephora Baked Palettes are always a great purchase. This one offers a great array of neutral and shimmery colors that would be a great addition to any look.
Get it from Sephora
URBAN DECAY NAKED BASICS $27
Everyone knows about Urban Decay’s Naked and Naked2 palettes, but have you checked out their Naked Basics palette? This is full of the basic mattes. (Venus does have a small amount of shimmer, though.)
Get it from Urban Decay
L’OREAL PARIS STUDIO SECRETS PROFESSIONAL EYE SHADOW QUADS IN AISHWARYA’S GREEN $7.15
This is a great basic palette that I reach for when I need a pretty eye in a pinch. Just follow the numbers!
Get it from L’Oreal Paris
TOO FACED NATURAL EYE NEUTRAL EYE SHADOW COLLECTION $36
This has long been one of my staple eye shadow palettes. I love that there are recommended color combinations, but that all of the shades will still “play” well together. Having larger pans of the shades you’re likely to use up first is also a big bonus! Check out Too Faced Natural Eye Swatches.
Get it from Too Faced
TARTE BAMBEAUTIFUL EYE SHADOW PALETTE IN SHADES OF CLAY $25
The colors in this palette are even better than they appear. The taupe-sable in the upper right is amazing!
Get it from Tarte Cosmetics
COVERGIRL EYE ENHANCERS 3 KIT SHADOWS IN CAFE AU LAIT 105 $4.99
This has long been one of my go-to shadow palettes for work. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been complimented on my shadow and then surprised that person by replying it was by CoverGirl. Check out Shimmering Sands as well when you pick this one up!
Get it from CoverGirl
BAREMINERALS READY EYE SHADOW 8.0 THE POWER NEUTRALS $40
A great mix of super basic with a few “fun” colors, like a green-khaki shade that will be perfect this fall.
Get it from bareMinerals
STILA DARE TO BARE, NOT SO NUDE AND THE NATURAL PALETTES $20
These ULTA exclusives each have 6 eye shadows, an all-over color shimmer product and a bronzer or a convertible color (a cream that works as a blush or a lipstick). They’re a great deal at $20 each and are perfect for travel.
Get them from ULTA
REVLON CUSTOM EYES SHADOW LINER IN NATURAL GLAMOUR $8.99
This is a great collection of neutral and basic shades. They’d be great to pair with a fun eye liner for a punch of color.
Get it from Revlon