Eyeshadow palettes come in every shape, theme and hue you can think of. We can’t help but want them all, but looking at the prices might have you thinking twice about swiping that card. The reality is that not everyone can afford the luxury of spending thousands on makeup products that perform one function and need replacing after just a few weeks.
The great news is that you don’t have to throw money away to create the beautiful looks you’ve been dying to try, and there’s no need to sacrifice quality either. These are the best purse-friendly palettes to rival even the priciest designer compacts:
These nifty pocket-sized compacts come in a range of colours and complementary hues. And at just over R100, they are super affordable. They’re versatile too, with matte and shimmery finishes in 15 statement colours.2. Investment: Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
Buy it once, and you’ll be hooked forever, because these skin-toned colours form the basis of every eye look. This palette is infused with glamorous rose gold to add some shimmer to a relaxed, no-makeup appearance. For just over R200, it’s pretty affordable too, especially considering that it will be the foundation of just about all your eye looks from now on.
3. Saved up: NYX Professional Makeup Avant Pop! Shadow Palette Art Throb
Meant to imitate a painter’s palette, it will inspire you to let out your inner pop artist and turn your eyes into works of art. There’s a mix of funky blues in 10 delicious-looking shades with different finishes, so you won’t have to have to buy separate palettes for each finish and intensity. Coming in at around R250, this the most inexpensive piece of art you’ll ever own.
4. Reward: L’Oréal Paris La Palette Eye Smoky Ombre
When you’ve been working hard and need to spoil yourself, this palette is the ultimate guiltless pleasure – it’s priced at just over the mid-R200 mark. Specifically designed for the ombre eyeshadow look, it’s a treasure box of 10 rich and dark colours and their complementary shades, like greens and khaki, blue-black and neutral for a perfect base colour. When blended smoothly, they create the classic ombre dimensions for your smoky eye.
When looking for the perfect palettes, go for the most versatile kits that come in a multitude of colours and finishes, or have a single theme in mind that you’ll use for a signature look. Still unsure of which palette is for you? A safe bet is to always to go with nude and four-colour kits to fuel your creativity and get you exploring