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The Best High-End Eyeshadow Palettes: 432K Reviews

The Best High-End Eyeshadow Palettes: 432K Reviews

Based on 432,367 Influenster Reviews

A great eyeshadow palette is a favorite tool in our makeup arsenal. Armed with any one of these gorgeous combinations of colors, you'll be ready to seize the night and turn heads. From metallics to neutrals to smokey hues, eyeshadow palettes really give us a variety of options to style our makeup looks. 

Speaking of a variety of options, these are SO MANY eyeshadow palettes from which to choose. That's where Influensters come in. They've been there; they've swatched the shades; they've seen how long each palette lasts. They can tell you which palettes have the strongest pigment and which are more sheer. They'll know if a palette is great, but there's a similar one out there for less money. We turn to our Influensters for everything product-related. 

We've gone through thousands of Influenster reviews to bring you the best high-end eyeshadow palettes around.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette
4.7 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars81%
  • 4 Stars14%
  • 3 Stars3%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star0%
4.8 / 5 (12,660 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $49.00
Guys, these actually smell like chocolate and how great is it that the base colors–nude and sheer pink–are larger and contain more product? It's like Too Faced knows what you're going to do!
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Kristina G.Kristina G. said...
Being a professional MUA, I got this palette from a friend before it was available to the public, that was years ago and I'm on my second one. I think it takes me much longer than the average person to use up a palette entirely because I have so many in the rotation and am constantly trying and buying new ones. So that being said, I'm pretty sure I'd still be on the first palette instead of my second, simply because my cat knocked the first off my bathroom counter and broke it. I tried living without this one for a few months after that, but found myself wishing I had this one to reach for again and again, so I decided it was time to repurchase. Love that it smells like chocolate, and LOVE the fact that they give you larger sizes of the shimmer and matte blending shades you will use the most. Super pigmented, showed up amazing and had staying power even when used without primer. Didn't crease when used on people with very oily lids. Love these colors so much on my hazel eyes. The plum and violet shades really bring out the green in my eyes. I wanted to like the newer semi sweet chocolate palette just as much as this one, but it didn't even come close in terms of the colors I use and adore. Sometimes its the first time that's the charm. ...read more
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tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars78%
  • 4 Stars16%
  • 3 Stars4%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star1%
4.7 / 5 (4,705 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $46.00
We love tarte's gorgeous combo of matte shades. You can dress these up or down, making this palette extremely versatile.
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Sana S.Sana S. said...
The Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette features 12 neutral shades organized in cool, warm and neutral tone categories - 3 rows of 4 shades in each category. The colors range from light, medium to darker hues.

It is the great assortment of neutral tones that will suit every skin tone and various looks. The eyeshadows can also be mixed to create the perfect shade to go with any look. The deeper shades are also versatile since you can use them for filling in eyebrows!

The eyeshadows in this palette are matte in finish with a smooth creamy finish. Typically matte eyeshadows have a powdery texture by virtue of being just that - matte. However, what I find key is how the powders bind together and blend on the skin. These eyeshadows applied evenly and smoothly without being patchy and creating too much fall out. They also blend very well with each other and other eyeshadows without losing their intensity - another issue with mattes.

The Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Palette has great pigmentation and color payoff - even the lightest shades. It is very impressive to have great pigmentation with light shades especially with a matte finish. Again, they blend nicely without the need to keep building up color to get great color payoff.


The eyeshadows apply nicely and stay creamy without much fallout. There is some loose powder but it is minimal especially with an eyeshadow primer. I didn't see any fading of the colors through 8 hours of wear.

They blend evenly without getting patchy or blotchy and build color well. I found these really easy to work with - another typical matte failure - and they work well with other eyeshadows as well.

One thing to note is that these can tend to go a bit darker with moisture (oils in the skin, moist primers, etc) so I prefer to use them with a dry primer. But this also means you can apply these with a damp brush (I dampen my brush after picking up eyeshadow to avoid damaging the eyeshadow with water) and use them as an eyeliner.
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Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars68%
  • 4 Stars20%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (8,419 reviews)
Looking for the perfect smoky eye? Look no further than the Urban Decay Smoky Eyeshadow Palette that features warm and cool tones, great for any skin type.
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Claire M.Claire M. said...
this pallet has the perfect balance between matte and shimmer shades which is exactly what you need to achieve the perfect smoky eye. the brush is double sided with a dense smudger brush which is good to smudge under eyes as well as pack on shadow and get a rich true color. the other side is a crease brush and perfect for blending.

im also a huge fan of this packaging. this pallete is made of thick plastic and has a magnet that snaps close. the magnet is very secure and the plastic is very durable. i plan on taking this pallete with me while traveling.

the colors are all lovely. theres almost eveything you need. a light base color, a few transition shades, and a bunch of beautiful lid colors. the only color that i'd wish i had was was a solid black. my favorite colors are the blue toned matte and shimmer shades. i think this eyeshadow pallete would work on a variety of skin tones and has the perfect formula.

overall this is a must have pallete if youre a fan of smoky eyes. ...read more
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Urban Decay Naked Palette
4.7 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars83%
  • 4 Stars13%
  • 3 Stars3%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star0%
4.8 / 5 (41,499 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $54.00
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2016
The Urban Decay Naked palette is a makeup bag staple. It comes in a few variations and has most every color you need for your day-to-day shadow application.
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Viona C.Viona C. said...
I've had this palette for almost 4 years and I have not hit pan with any of the colors! This palette is super long lasting and versatile. I love the colors and the formulas of the eyeshadow. The eye shadows are all very pigmented and they're great for a neutral or smoky look! My favorite color has to be half-baked which is the golden color that a lot of palettes don't have to offer; other palettes usually make it way too shimmery or bold for my liking. I like how these eye shadows are eye popping but very neutral as well. The packaging of the product is also very nice! Presentation always catches my attention and the eye shadows are all encased in a felt brown case! The product also provides you with a double ended eyeshadow brush which I use all the time! I like how one end offers a smaller brush for precision and the other end is a fluffy brush for blending. Definitely my go-to palette! I think everyone should have at least one Naked palette in their possession. It'll go a long way and all these colors fit all occassion. ...read more
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LORAC Unzipped
4.7 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars77%
  • 4 Stars18%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star0%
4.7 / 5 (1,790 reviews)
Buy on Kohl's for $42.00
How beautiful and warm are these shades? This palette pairs well with the LORAC eyeshadow primer, for a last-all-day kind of eye look.
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Erin M.Erin M. said...
This is one of my most loved palettes and I've been reaching for it for over 4 years. The palette, like every Lorac palette I have purchased, came with a sample size eye shadow primer. The primer works well enough, but wasn't anything I was dying to repurchase when it ran out, that being said it was still a nice touch. I love the soft pink tones that are still neutral enough for everyday use. This palette is so versatile so I travel with it often. The shadows are soft, easy to blend, and have little fall out. The mattes are wonderful as you can either keep it soft, or build up the intensity of the colors. I was especially surprised with the color farthest to the right in the top row, a seemingly very dark maroon/cranberry color. I was expecting this to be a deep color that I would get little use out of, but using a light hand and a good blending brush I get a nice wine color which is subtle enough to use daily. For the shimmers, I use a dry brush for less intense daytime looks, but to really make them pop for more dramatic looks I just wet my brush or use mac fix plus spray. The colors are all equally beautiful and well pigmented. ...read more
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Kat Von D Serpentina Eyeshadow Palette
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars64%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars6%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (683 reviews)
Kat Von D, you stun us with your vivid colors and serious pigment. Run an angled brush under water and swipe it over any one of these Serpentina colors to use as an eyeliner.
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Amna P.Amna P. said...
I absolutely love this palette. I needed some sparkly, non-neutral colors, but didn't want a palette with 20 colors I wouldn't use. This one was my choice, and it was a perfect choice. You can do a number of eye looks with just this palette, and if you add some neutral colors from some other palette (and who doesn't have one of those), the number of looks you can do grows a lot.

No, it's not travel friendly, but really, how many people actually carry their palettes around (unless you are a make-up artist). If you do your make-up at home, this shouldn't be an issue.

For me there is some fall-out, and the two matte shades are harder to work with, but with some practice I am getting better use of all the shades now. The pigmentation is amazing! The colors are bright, without being too bright, and the loose pigment is beautiful!

With a good primer, these shadows last a long time on my eyes. ...read more
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