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2023 Best 12 Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes

February 28, 2023

Neutral eyeshadow palettes are a collection of eyeshadows that typically contain shades of brown, beige, taupe, and other earthy tones. These shades are versatile and can be used to create a range of makeup looks, from natural and subtle to more dramatic and intense. Neutral eyeshadow palettes are a great choice for everyday wear and are especially popular for professional settings. Neutral eyeshadow palettes often contain a mix of matte and shimmery shades, which can be used to create depth and dimension in the eye makeup look. They can also include shades that are suitable for both warm and cool skin tones, making them a versatile choice for a wide range of people.

2023 Best Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes

When choosing a neutral eyeshadow palette, it’s important to consider the quality of the eyeshadows, including their pigmentation and blendability. Look for palettes that offer a range of shades and finishes, so that you have the flexibility to create a variety of eye makeup looks.

Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eye Shadow Palette

Too Faced’s creation of this palette is brilliant. Not only are these nude, rose, and brown shades stunning, but the matte shades come in a slightly larger pan than the sparkly ones. Matte shades, as Lerma mentioned, are ideal for everyday use, so you’ll get far more mileage out of them than fun glittery ones. These shadows are also infused with skin-nourishing ingredients like coconut water and hyaluronic acid, which is a huge plus.

-Pros: A variety of finishes are available; it is highly pigmented, long-lasting, and blendable; and it is infused with skincare ingredients.

-Cons: More than $50.

Bobbi Brown New Nudes Eye Shadow Palette in Blushed Nudes

Bobbi Brown’s New Nudes is one of Garcia’s favorite eyeshadow palettes. This version (there’s also a gold-toned version) is full of neutral blush tones that can be used to create everything from a soft, everyday glam to a dramatic smokey eye. We love that this palette has a variety of finishes (matte, shimmer, and metallic) so you can change up your look from day to day. Each color is long-lasting and blends beautifully.

-Pros: Pro-approved; comes in a variety of finishes; long-lasting; large pan size.

-Cons: Some reviewers have mentioned that the shimmer shades have fallout.

Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette

Without Urban Decay’s Naked palette, this list would be incomplete. Unfortunately, the iconic original palette has been discontinued, but a revamped or “reloaded” version that puts a spin on neutral shades is now available. While the original’s versatile shade selection remains, we get a few new colors to play with, such as Retro and Dreamweaver. These shades are just as pigmented as the old palette’s, and they come in a variety of finishes, so the possibilities are endless.

-Pros: Comes with another ten shades; has a variety of finishes; is highly pigmented, blendable, and long-lasting.

-Cons: Some reviewers have mentioned that the lighter shades have fallout.

Morphe 35U Gilded Desert Artistry Palette

Morphe is a beauty brand that provides excellent value for money. This palette contains just about every neutral shade you could want (35 to be exact!) and a variety of finishes for under $30. This palette has it all: warm browns, rose tones, and cool nudes. Each shade has an impressive amount of color payoff and applies so silky that you won’t believe they’re powders.

-Pros: It costs less than $30 and comes in 35 different colors and finishes. It is highly pigmented and has a variety of undertones.

-Cons: Some reviewers complain that the packaging is cheap.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette The Sophisticate

While this palette is pricey, Charlotte Tilbury knows how to make high-quality eyeshadows. This is another of Garcia’s top picks because it includes four essential shades that you’ll reach for time and time again. Each of the four shades provides a lot of color, is non-creasing, and blends well. Whether you want a simple everyday eye or a smokey eye, these are the only shades you need.

-Pros: Professionally approved; buildable; highly pigmented; vegan formula.

-Cons: Over $50; only available in matte shades.

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette 01 Neutral Mattes

Viseart palettes will make you feel like a pro makeup artist while applying eyeshadow. Because of their incredible blendability and high-impact color, professionals all over the world keep this palette in their kits. Lerma, for example, claims she “cannot live without” this palette. “The pigments are long-wearing, easy to blend, highly pigmented, and the packaging is compact and easy to travel with,” she says of her favorite.

-Pros: Pro-approved; highly pigmented; long-lasting; blendable; multi-use formula; includes more than ten shades; travel-friendly.

-Cons: Over $50; only available in matte shades.

Patrick Ta Major Dimension Eyeshadow Palette

Samantha Holender, MC’s Beauty Editor, personally attests to the palette’s worth, saying she’s “hit pan on each and every square.” Because of this palette’s incredible versatility, you may never need to purchase another eyeshadow palette. You can create multidimensional looks for day to night with two creamy bases, velvety matte and metallic shades, and fun pearlescent toppers. Mix and match colors to your heart’s content, knowing that you’ll use every one.

Editor-approved; blendable; highly pigmented; long-wearing; vegan formula; comes in more than ten shades.

Cons: More than $50.

Covergirl TruNaked Eyeshadow Palette in Nudes

Calling all glitter lovers: this compact palette is ideal for creating day-to-night looks and is inexpensive. These eight versatile shades have just the right amount of shimmer for daytime wear but can easily be amplified for a night out. This palette is also designed to layer and blend shades, so you won’t have to reapply. Covergirl claims that these shadows last a full 24 hours.

-Pros: Under $20; Blendable; Vegan formula; Dermatologist-tested; Long-wearing; Includes sponge brush.

-Cons: Only shimmery shades are included; texture is powdery.

tarte Tartelette™ In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte, in my humble opinion, makes some of the best eyeshadow palettes on the market, and they are also very affordable. This 12-pan palette contains my favorite colors for blending in the crease for a defined eye, as well as matte base shades that pair perfectly. There are also glimmery shades if you want to experiment with your look. Mix and match the shades, or use the four colors on each row to create a curated look.

-Pros: Editor-approved; under $50; includes a mix of matte and shimmery shades; long-lasting; dermatologist-tested.

-Cons: For better color payoff, you may need to layer the lighter shades.

Viseart Warm Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

If you’re looking for a pro-approved palette with different neutral shades than you’re used to, look no further. Although these browns and sunset shades are on the warmer side, Lerma says they are “universally flattering against every eye color shade and complexion.” Don’t be put off by the rust colors, either. They’re fun colors to experiment with if you need a pop of color. Lerma agrees, saying, “Rust browns will always be staples in my kit and for my personal use.”

-Pros: Pro-approved; highly pigmented; long-wearing; blendable; multi-use formula; portable.

-Cons: Over $50; only matte shades available.

NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette

This is yet another low-cost option that delivers big results. This 16-pan palette contains a mix of warm and cool shades that are suitable for any skin tone, as well as a variety of finishes. Because of their high pigmentation, these classic shades work equally well on their own as they do layered. This is an excellent palette for beginners because it is inexpensive, versatile, and blends seamlessly.

-Pros: It’s less than $20; it comes in 16 colors; it has a variety of finishes; it’s blendable; and it has a variety of undertones.

-Cons: The packaging is flimsy.

Bodyography Forever Summer Palette

Bodyography’s Forever Summer palette is another neutral palette Lerma uses. She states, “Twelve stunning shades of creamy matte and metallic eyeshadows in tan, warm brown, gold, and bronze tones. I particularly appreciate the fact that their formulas are cruelty-free, vegan, and gluten-free. When I want to keep my eyeshadow matte, I like to use a Champagne gold metallic shade (Bubbles) on my inner tear duct to brighten it and give the look a wide awake feel.”

-Pros: Pro-approved; comes in a variety of matte and metallic shades; Under $50 for a vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free formula.

-Cons: It contains more warm-toned shades than cool-toned shades.