Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Top 10 Budget Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes

I am always raving on and on about how much I love neutral eyeshadows, and I am quite simply obsessed. I must have about 40 neutral eyeshadow palettes in my collection now, and I keep going back for more. There is something so endearing about a variety of browns, golds, creams and chocolate colours in a little palette form, and no, you can never have too many shades of brown. I feel like I was a bit of a late comer when it comes to neutral eyeshadows but I've only really worn neutral eyeshadows in the last two years. Maybe it's a sign of my age (now WELL into my mid twenties), maybe it's a byproduct of my conservative day job, or maybe it's just because I favour a more subtle eye and a stronger lip colour. I am going to share with you all my top 10 budget neutral palettes and my top 10 high-end/luxury neutral palettes. So in no particular order, I'll get started.

MUA Palettes in Undress Me Too (top) and Undressed

These palettes are the much hyped dupes for the Urban Decay Naked 1 and Naked 2 palettes, and whilst I don't think they are in the same league as the Urban Decay offerings, for a mere 1/10 of the price (or less even if you pick it up during one of the many special promotions on the MUA website), these are fantastic eyeshadows. They have a texture similar to Stila eyeshadows in my opinion, very soft, a little metallic, the lighter colours are extremely blendable and the darker colours a little less so. In terms of dupe factor, they are very very decent- the finishes are a little off skew compared to Urban Decay but the colour spectrum is sufficiently similar.

Beauty UK Posh Palette in Eden

I bought this in Superdrug in Belfast over the summer on a bit of a whim without ever really having tried anything from the brand before. If I recall correctly, I think it was about £5. I really like this palette overall but I do feel it's lacking in darker colours to cut the crease. It has some matte shades which are decently pigmented. The colour in the bottom right hand corner alone makes the palette for me- it is a gorgeous rose gold colour and quite unlike anything else I have. The colours are soft and blendable, and the pans are bigger than MUA or Sleek offerings.

Physician's Formula, Inc. Matte Eyeshadow Quad in Canyon Classics and Physican's Formula, Inc. Shimmer Strips Nude Eyes Palette

When my lovely friend Heather who loves in Massachusetts gifted me the amazing Physician's Formula, Inc. Matte Eyeshadow Quad in 'Canyon Classics'- I thought I had died and gone to neutral matte eyeshadow heaven. I might love this palette more than my Naked Basics. The colours are gorgeous- matte but not too powdery, fantastic pigmentation (you would not believe it) and the colours last the whole day on the lid over MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. I cannot tell you where she got it (though I know she is a huge fan of Ulta) but I definitely will try some other PF matte quads in the future. Thanks again Heather! I heard alot about the PF Shimmer Strips Nude Eyes Palette so I purchased it on Iherb a few months back. This palette is tiny so I don't use it very often but I do like it. I would say you definitely need a primer under these because they are all very shimmery shades but there are some gorgeous taupe shadows and champagne colours which I like to use as highlights either on my brow bone or inner eye corners.

Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Palettes in Vanity and Nude Awakening

I adore Wet n Wild eyeshadows and it breaks my heart that they are not available easily in Ireland or the UK yet. The pigmentation is absolutely outstanding and they are so so inexpensive for what you get (unless you buy them on ebay like we have to here in Ireland). The palette on the left is being discontinued but I have still been able to find it online- it is from the Color Icon 6 pan line- and comes with three matte shadows and three shimmer eyeshadows. I love love love this palette- I'm almost afraid to use it because if I use it all up, I might find it hard to get my hands on another. This was one of my first WnW purchases, and even though I have all the other palettes in this collection, I am obsessed with this one. Also from the Limited Edition Spring 2013 collection, Nude Awakening, has some gorgeous dupes for the Urban Decay Naked Palette and a mixture of different finishes. Honorable WnW neutral eyeshadow palette mentions include Trio in Walking on Eggshells and the Color Icon 8 Pan Palette in Comfort Zone. 

Revlon Quad in Addictive and Soap & Glory Lid Stuff in What's Nude

Both of these palettes are pretty similar I believe in that they are both leaning towards the cafe latté matte tones  These are both very wearable daytime appropriate neutrals and are equal in terms of blendability. They are both part of permanent collections so you need not worry about the products disappearing- in fact, you could pick up both in Boots quite easily! 

Sleek Palette in Oh So Natural

I also picked this up on a trip to Belfast over the summer. Unlike a lot of the neutral palettes that I have shown you, this one has a lot of darker browns which are helpful for cutting the crease. There is also a mix of matte and shimmer shades and unfortunately, I find the matte shades are a bit disappointing in terms of pigmentation when compared to their shimmery sisters. This makes my top 10 because of the colour spectrum and the inclusion of darker shades for more smokey eye make up looks. 

Blank Canvas Cosmetics 28pc Nude Palette

Last but not least, I had to include one of my favourite online budget neutral palettes, and this one is from Blank Canvas Cosmetics. I've already written a full review on this palette and included pictures of swatches which you can read by CLICKING HERE. There are so many dupes in this palette, and even though it contains 28 colours, the pans are all the same size as MAC pans and the palette is quite lightweight and sturdy. This costs €11 from the Blank Canvas Cosmetics website and I couldn't not include this when talking about budget neutral eyeshadow palettes. 

So those are my top 10 budget picks? Are they are palettes that you would have put in this list? What is your favourite budget eyeshadow palette? And please tell me I am not the only neutral eyeshadow addict amongst us?! 


  1. Lovely choices, kinda obsessed with neutral eyeshadows lately x

  2. Great picks! My faves are MUA Undressed (the original) and Wet N Wild Comfort Zone :)


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