3 Eyeshadow Palettes That Are Perfect for the Holidays—And They're All Under $50
From neutral tones to bold colors to a classic smokey eye, we found three eyeshadow palettes you need to create stunning looks for the holidays—and they make great gifts for any beauty guru!
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The Best Natural Look: BareMinerals Aurora Lights Eyeshadow Palette
When you add the BareMinerals Aurora Lights eyeshadow palette to your makeup collection you'll have every shade you need to give yourself a natural glow. With 18 colors—including eight limited-edition shades—to work with, you can mix and match different finishes like matte, shimmer, metallic, and radiant for a look that lasts up to 12 hours. So you can go from your office party in the afternoon to a night out with the girls. Even though it's called a "nude eyeshadow palette," it features some bold hues, too, like Meteor Shower (cobalt blue), Dazzle (forest green), and Comet (sky blue). This set doesn't come with a makeup brush, but you can use this guide to create a flawless look using six types of makeup brushes you might already have.
To Buy: $48; bareminerals.com
The Best Holiday Look: Too Faced Under the Christmas Tree Eyeshadow Palette
A holiday makeup set doesn't get any more festive than this four-piece Under the Christmas Tree palette by Too Faced. It's made up of three individual palettes (two for eyeshadow and one for face products) that form a beautiful Christmas tree, and it includes a tube of Better Than Sex Mascara. Use the larger eyeshadow palette to create the perfect holiday look using bold shades like Wishes & Kisses (dark plum with a matte finish) and Fresh Cut & Frosty (forest green with a shimmer finish). The smaller palette is made up of eight neutral shades that make a great base, and the face palette can be used for contour, highlighting, or blush. To ensure your makeup lasts throughout the entire night, we recommend using the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray. Simply shake the bottle, spritz your face two or three times, and your makeup will look fresh for up to 16 hours.
To Buy: $42 (usually $49); macys.com
The Best for Smokey Eye: Bobbi Brown Smokey Crystal Eyeshadow Palette
If you're looking for a holiday-inspired smokey eye, the Bobbi Brown Smokey Crystal eyeshadow palette is just what you need. It comes with eight shades (three matte and five shimmer) that allow you to achieve everything from a smoldering smokey eye to a subtle highlight. Use Ivory or Pale Rose as your base, and for a lighter look blend it out with Pink Bubbly and Sugar Plum. For a true smokey eye, we suggest blending with darker tones like Black Diamond and Hot Chestnut. If you like more pops of color, this Bobbi Brown palette is available in Starlight Crystal, too. It features two matte shades and six shimmers, and has brighter colors like Silent Light (shimmering purple), Ice Castle (shimmering sky blue), and Ablaze (shimmering blush pink).
To Buy: $39; macys.com