If you look at the make-up in your collection there’s always going to be those products you go back to time and time again, whilst others sit gathering dust. One fail-safe that every woman should own is a good neutral eyeshadow palette, trust us, it won’t pick up even a speck of dust. We’re talking a collection of basic, easy-to-wear shadows – a range of shimmers and mattes in beiges, browns, taupes, champagnes and light golds. Throw in a few coppers to mix things up and a charcoal or chocolate shade for liner and you’re all set. So to save you trawling through Boots and Space NK in search of that holy grail neutral palette, we’ve rounded up some of the very best out there – so no matter what your budget, we’ve got you covered…
Best For: On A Budget
Essence’s All About Nudes Eyeshadow in 02, £4 (above), is one of the best bargains on the highstreet. With a range of finishes from matt to shimmering, the shades can be built up to create a look suitable for day or night. And don’t be put off by the price – the quality of these shadows puts my YSL palette to shame. Essence makeup is avaiable exclusively at Wilkos, so get yourself down there and nab one of these before they all go!
Best For: Luxury Buy
Chanel’s brand new limited edition Entrelacs Eyeshadow Palette, £46, really is a thing of beauty. It houses five of the most wearable shades from a glistening gold, to a nude silky pink to a chocolate brown, and our favourite, a khaki matte brown. Each of the hues is a rich almost creamy powder that can be blended over the lids seamlessly. Whether you want a neutral matte brown eye, or a full-on smoky finish, it’s got all your options covered. We’ve put it to the test and created four of our favourite looks with just the one palette.
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Best For: Travel-Friendly
If you’re gong on holiday for a couple of weeks you need a palette with plenty of shade range that’s still compact and easy to cart around, that’s where MAC’s Amber Times Nine, £30, comes in. It has nine neutral shadows in a mix of mattes and shimmer finishes. There’s everything from chocolatey browns too smoky plums and they can all be blended together or worn alone, so much choice in such a small palette – genius!
Best For: A Natural Finish
With mostly mattes – except for the first shade which has a subtle shimmer and can be used as a highlight, this Urban Decay Naked Basics2, £23, has five mattes in all the best nude shades. The ashy dark brown works a treat as a liner to add a pop of definition.
Best For: Choice Of Shades
Cargo’s Vintage Escape Fall Eyeshadow Palette, £24.50, is full of rich buttery shadows in golds, coppers and browns along with a few neutral colours – including a steel grey blue and a golden green, you can take nude eyes up a level with this handy palette.