Best Eyeshadow Palette Gifts for Christmas 2016
As we know there are a lot of makeup palettes available, never more so that during the Christmas period, but which ones should you look at buying for yourself or a friend or loved one? A lot depends on how much you want to spend, but there are many options available at every price point.
Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette
For someone who loves bright eyeshadow then you probably need to start here. This palette follows on from the UD Spectrum Palette which was so popular last year. This palette, however, takes things a step further with no less than 21 beautifully bright shimmer and matte shades ranging from pinks and purples to yellows and greens with many others in between.
It retails at $80 CND or $55 USD.
Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night Style
This 20 shade palette contains metallics, mattes and sheens in mainly neutral shades. Marc Jacobs is known for his beautifully pigmented eyeshadow and this palette is no exception. It also comes with makeup charts to show you how to recreate the best looks.
This palette retails at $124 CND or $99 USD
Laura Mercier Eye Art Artist's Palette
I have to confess, this is one of my favourite palettes and I use it regularly. It features 12 shades of both matte and shimmer in neutrals and purples. The top row is on the cool side, whereas the bottom row is warmer. They are beautifully pigmented and buttery smooth. You can read my full review here.
Retails for $70 CND or $55 USD
tarte Tarteist™ Pro Amazonian Clay Palette
This palette is promoted as pro-level with 20 ultra-pigmented shades. I like the fact that 16 of the shades are matte and they are accompanied by four iridescent luster shades with a micro-shimmer, duo chrome finish. It is new on the market, so may sell out quickly.
Retail price is $69 CND or $53 USD
Buy from Amazon
SEPHORA COLLECTION More Than Meets The Eye
This palette contains 32 eyeshadows with the neutrals being larger pans than the more colourful shades. It has matte, shimmer and glitter shades, so something for everyone. It also comes with two tutorials.
This palette retails at $45 CND/$36 USD
Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance
This one has been around a while now but never fails to be at the top of many “best loved” lists. Anastasia eyeshadows are renowned for being beautifully soft and buttery and very well pigmented and this palette definitely lives up to all that. You get 14 neutral to berry tones in matte, shimmer and metallic shades. Unfortunately, this does have a tendency to be out of stock, so if you want it and see it, buy it!
Retail price $55 CND/$42 USD
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Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics
Unless you have been living on another planet, you will know all about the Urban Decay Naked palettes. Well. this Ultimate Basics palette is part of the range, but this one has only matte shades rather than the mix of mattes and shimmers of the main Naked palettes. There are 12 in total and they are well pigmented and smooth shadows.
Retails price $68 CND/$54 USD
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Too Faced White Chocolate Chip Palette
New for the holidays, this palette is, like many of the other Too Faced chocolate themed palettes, cocoa powder-infused. How could you resist the smell of chocolate every time you open the palette? This is a small palette with 11 shades in matte, shimmer and metallic. There are limited supplies, so you may find this hard to come by.
Retails for $32 CND/$26 USD
CLINIQUE Very Honey Holiday Eye Palette
This affordable eye palette from CLINIQUE features 13 neutral and purple shades of varying sizes in mattes and shimmers. It also has three brushes and a sponge for application in a smart clasp pink case.
This palette is $44 CND/32.50 USD
Ciaté London The Fun Eyeshadow Palette
The holidays are all about fun, so treat yourself or a loved one to this fun palette from Ciate London. I have several of Ciate’s palettes, but this is on my want list. You can see my reviews of the Fearless Palette and the Olivia Palermo Smouldering Eye Palette here. This Fun palette has nine fun, bright shades in mattes and shimmers.
Retails for $42 CND or $35 USD
Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Edition Shadow & Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Palette
This palette may have a mouthful of a name, but as it is Bobbi Brown it promises to have well-pigmented eyeshadows. It contains 8 matte-to-metallic shadows in neutral and purple shades. It also contains 3 shades of Bobbi Brown’s iconic gel liner in Black Ink, Patina Ink, Bronze Shimmer Ink.
Retail price $85 CND/$75 USD
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette
No palette list would be complete without this palette, which is one of my go-to palettes. It contains 12 shadows split into three colour quads. See my full review here. This is a completely matte palette full of every neutral you could need. Now available with refillable pans, so if you hit pan on one or two shades it is easy to replace.
Retails at $55 CND/ $46 USD
These palettes can be purchased from beauty retails such as Sephora, Ulta, Shoppers Drug Mart, Amazon etc. I have included links to Amazon for some products, from which I would receive a small commission on any sales made through the link. I have no association with any other retailers.