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Best eyeshadow palettes that cater to all skin tones and budgets

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Despite the beauty industry undergoing a big overhaul in diversity, eyeshadow palettes can still be a grey (read: ashy) area when it comes to inclusivity. Here, we list the ones that cater to everybody.

‘Diversity’ is at the forefront of the beauty industry.

More and more brands are unveiling foundation launches available in 40+ shades (leaving some stores taking a pledge against stocking foundations that don’t have a representative shade range), campaigns are refreshingly portraying a more inclusive image and recent haircare launches are finally taking all hair textures into consideration.

But along with the great strides we’re making, there are certain areas in beauty that have been left behind. From my experience, it’s eyeshadows.

I love eyeshadow. Dipping a brush into a powdered pan and sweeping it across my eye isn’t a typical part of my everyday make-up routine – I tend to save it for when it’s a special occasion or I just want to put a bit more effort into my make-up look.

This means that whenever an eyeshadow launch drops, there’s an allure around it that makes it feel particularly special. And I’m not alone. A new eyeshadow palette tends to leave the entire Stylist beauty team ooo’ing and ah’ing.

But, sadly, a quick swatch often leaves me feeling a little… flat. A lot of eyeshadow palettes aren’t created with all skin tones in mind and as a result, half of the colours included don’t pop against deeper skin tones, if they show up at all. Meaning you’ll find one is too chalky, one is too ashy and one is too light, before you finally come across a shade that is – in the words of Goldilocks – juuust right.

Here are the eyeshadow palettes that don’t leave me (and my eyeshadow brush) dodging half of the shades…

Best eyeshadow palettes for all skin tones and budgets

  • Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette Of Pops Dazzling Diamonds

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    Best eyeshadow palettes for all skin tones and budgets: Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette Of Pops Dazzling Diamonds

    Charlotte Tilbury’s Palette of Pops are formulated with gorgeous jewel-inspired sparkly shadows that make your eyes, well… pop. The Dazzling Diamonds palette is filled with a pink champagne, antiqued gold, warm brown and navy black to let you create a long list of different eye looks.

    Shop Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette Of Pops in Dazzling Diamonds at Charlotte Tilbury, £42

  • BH Cosmetics Solar Flare Baked Eyeshadow Palette

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    Best eyeshadow palettes for all skin tones and budgets: BH Cosmetics Solar Flare Baked Eyeshadow Palette

    A friend once pulled this palette out on holiday, offering to do everybody’s eye make-up before we went Out Out (remember that?), and it looked great – on all of us. The baked eyeshadows mean the formula is incredibly pigmented and the lightest shades pop amazingly against deeper skin tones.

    Shop BH Cosmetics Solar Flare Baked Eyeshadow Palette at Amazon, £9.99

  • Illamasqua Movement Artistry Eyeshadow Palette

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    Best eyeshadow palettes for all skin tones and budgets: Illamasqua Movement Artistry Eyeshadow Palette

    Since its inception, Illamasqua has celebrated expressive beauty for all and this eyeshadow palette shows that. It contains warm-toned neutrals and metallics covering a variety of shades, from dark lavender to pine green.

    Shop Illamasqua Movement Artistry Eyeshadow Palette at lookfantastic, £31.20

  • Too Faced Pumpkin Spice Eyeshadow Palette

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    Best eyeshadow palettes for all skin tones and budgets: Too Faced Pumpkin Spice Eyeshadow Palette

    We know, pumpkin spice in your beauty routine too? But this palette perfectly captures the cosy warmth of autumn and winter (hey, it’ll be September before we know it). The range of colours lets you create an everyday neutral eye look, or you can ramp it up to a full-on smoky eye.

    Shop Too Faced Pumpkin Spice Eyeshadow Palette at Too Faced, £28

  • Revolution Pro Colour Focus Rock & Royal Palette

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    Best eyeshadow palettes for all skin tones and budgets: Revolution Pro Colour Focus Rock & Royal Palette

    Affordable without compromising on the quality of its eyeshadows, this Revolution Pro palette is packed with 10 beautiful eyeshadow shades, covering violet, indigo, bronze and mauve. Each one has been finely milled to provide intense pigment with just one swipe.

    Shop Revolution Pro Colour Focus Rock & Royal Palette at Beauty Bay, £13

  • Beauty Bay Fiery 16 Colour Palette

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    Best eyeshadow palettes for all skin tones and budgets: Beauty Bay Fiery 16 Colour Palette

    Find yourself always gravitating towards neutral and brown-toned eyeshadows? This is the palette for you. It’s filled with 16 eyeshadows that allow you to create gorgeous, rich eye looks and contains a mix of matte and shimmer shadows.

    Shop Beauty Bay Fiery 16 Colour Palette at Beauty Bay, £10

  • Sample Beauty The Hydrographic Palette

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    Best eyeshadow palettes for all skin tones and budgets: Sample Beauty The Hydrographic Palette

    Bright, bold and with great colour payoff, this eyeshadow palette is all you need for a fun, vibrant look. It contains 10 ocean-inspired colours that look beautiful against all skin tones.

    Shop Sample Beauty The Hydrographic Palette at Sample Beauty, £9.95

  • Natasha Denona Sunrise Palette

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    Best eyeshadow palettes for all skin tones and budgets: Natasha Denona Sunrise Palette

    Pricey, yes, but Natasha Denona’s eyeshadow formulas are constantly praised for their intense pigment and high colour payoff. This particular palette contains a gorgeous mix of browns, yellows, pinks and purples inspired by a dreamy sunrise.

    Shop Natasha Denona Sunrise Palette at lookfantastic, £60

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