5 Eyeshadow Palettes That Are Perfect for the Holidays
From neutral tones to bold colors to a classic smoky eye, we found three eyeshadow palettes you need to create stunning looks for the holidays—and they make great gifts for any beauty guru!
The Best Natural Look: Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette
If you'd prefer your makeup to give you a natural, lit-from-within glow this holiday season, then you need the Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette. There's nothing basic about these 12 neutral shades; you can mix and match the shimmer and matte textures for endless possibilities. This best-selling palette is great for both everyday wear with the soft pinks and nudes and bold holiday party looks with dark shades to build a smouldering smoky eye. Tip: Use light shimmer shades like Funny Girl in your inner corner and a darker hue like Smokeshow on your outer corner to make your eyes appear larger and more open. 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: $39; sephora.com
The Best Holiday Look: Too Faced Christmas Cookie House Party
A holiday makeup set doesn't get any more festive than this limited-edition collection from Too Faced. You'll be able to get your sugar rush on with this six-piece set, which includes a whopping 20-shade multi-finish eyeshadow palette, a medium six-shade breakaway palette, a small three-piece face product palette, the Deluxe Melted Matte Gingerbread Man liquid lipstick, a 24-hour eye shadow primer, and the customer-loved Better Than Sex Mascara—yes, it's that good. You'll be set for the whole year with this massive bundle worth more than $350 that you can snag now for just—wait for it—$58! We're loving the Snowflake shade as a brow bone highlight, Cream Filling for the inner lid, Snow Pink for the middle lid, and Can't Catch Me on the outer lid for a glam look fit for an evening of holiday festivities.
To buy: $58 (worth $353); sephora.com
The Best for a Pop of Color: Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette Palette
Your eyeshadow game will be out of this world when you pick up the Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Palette. The glittery shadows Nebula, Supermoon, and Supernova pack in the shine for stellar looks inspired by the stars in the galaxy. Aside from the stunning reflective shades, this palette also features nine matte colors for everyday use. We love the Vortex shade for the outer corner, Hot Mess for the middle lid, and Off Balance for the inner lid and bottom lash line—add a touch of Cosmic to brighten up your inner corner for a wide-eyed look.
To buy: $67; sephora.com
The Best for New Year's: Charlotte Tilbury Starry Eyes to Hypnotize Eyeshadow Palette
This palette is the perfect combination of warm and icy cool shades to inspire looks whether you're roasting chestnuts on an open fire or walking in a winter wonderland. Charlotte Tilbury's limited-edition palette has over 10,000 loves at Sephora and features the dreamiest shades you'll want to wear through the new year. The 12-pan palette is divided into groups of three complementary hues to take the guesswork out of building a picture-perfect look. (If you're feeling adventurous, though, you can always mix and match shades from the different groups.) The Happy Glow combination brings warm golden caramel shades to light with its shimmer and matte trio; we can see Love Glow for a romantic date-night look with its delicate pinks and rose tones; Dream Glow is made up of earthy tones for a sultry smoky eye. Finally, with its dark and metallic hues, Seduce Glow is a color story that can achieve a full-on glam look for an unforgettable New Year's Eve party.
To buy: $75; sephora.com
The Best Warm Tones: Too Faced Gingerbread Extra Spicy Palette
This Too Faced palette is sugar and spice and everything nice—and it smells like your favorite holiday cookies! Featuring richly pigmented shades that blend easily, this under-$50 palette is definitely our favorite warm-toned palette for the holiday season. While it has a combination of shimmery and matte finishes in mostly pink and gold hues, the glittery deep blue (Midnight Snack) is totally a standout if you want to add a little drama to your holiday look. Overall, shoppers say this Gingerbread edition makes a great everyday palette so you'll likely reach for it long after the holidays are over—it's as if Christmas came early.
To buy: $49; sephora.com