Our pick of new season palettes includes something for just about everyone.
Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette, $76
If you’re not already familiar with Urban Decay’s original Naked Palette, then we strongly urge you to get out from under your rock and acquaint yourself. New for 2019, the brand has reinvented the wheel by delivering their Naked Reloaded Palette, which includes 12 brand new, universally flattering shades. Better still, the palette includes four larger-sized pans of shades the brand predicts will be popular — the velvety matte Bribe, metallic gold Barely Baked, micro-shimmer Boundaries and beige-hued Blur.
M.A.C Art Library Palette in Its Designer, $95.
Year after year, M.A.C releases a palette that’s a real showstopper. This year, it’s the range of Art Library Palettes that have us beauty buffs talking. Designed by M.A.C professional artists, this is the kind of palette to use to recreate some of the bolder eye looks as seen on the international runways. Enter acid bright yellow combines with pops of neon pink and green in matte finishes; metallic gold, purple and turquoise shimmer in frost finishes; and cool blue softens things up in a satin finish. Nab yours when it drops on M.A.C counters nationwide on April 1.
Kevyn Aucoin Emphasize Eye Design Palette in As Seen In, $79
Makeup artist Kevyn Aucoin made a name for himself by developing a cult-classic mascara that sold out just about everywhere. Now, the brand has expanded its line of makeup to include palettes like this versatile eyeshadow edit. Each tonal palette comprises five powder eyeshadows which can be used wet or dry depending on preference, plus one cream foil eyeshadow in a complementary metallic hue.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Frost Eyeshadow Palette in Flam(boy)ant, $75
We’re tempted to add this to our beauty arsenal for its leopard print packaging alone. Inside, you’ll find a selection of high-impact shades in either metallic icy or creamy matte finishes. If you’re an admirer of poetry, read the shade names from left to right for a little ditty that’ll make you smile.
Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Haute Nudes Edition Palette, $140
If the thought of shelling out more than $100 on a palette scares you for fear of the ever-present ‘dud’ pan, then be reassured that Bobbi Brown’s newest offering includes 10 multidimensional shades that will all receive equal use. Ranging from cream through to deep mauve, this luxurious collection of neutrals is worth shelling out for
Mecca MAX Desert Queen Eye & Face Palette, $42
Inspired by sunset in the desert, this palette is sure to Morocco your world (sorry, had to). Marbled metallic shades of copper, bronze and peach combine with gilded ruby, acid-bright violet and burnt crimson in this too-hot-to-handle selection of 15 highly pigmented shades.
Pat McGrath Mothership Eyeshadow Palette, $216
Makeup artist to the stars Pat McGrath nicknamed this palette the ‘Mothership’, and we have to agree. Available in four curated colourways, each palette includes a mix of 10 gilt metallic, rich jewel hues and fashion-forward bright shades. It’s one of the most expensive in this list, but having a decadent wardrobe of shades to call on is worth the investment.
Laura Mercier Hidden Gems Eyeshadow Palette, $95
This treasure chest of gem-inspired eyeshadows is as versatile as they are pigmented. Whether worn solo or layered together, this 12-piece collection boasts light-reflecting shades in either a matte or sateen finish.
YSL Couture Variation Palette, $150
If you’re bored by bronze, then YSL’s 10-colour assortment of underground shades is a solid option. Base colours include creamy champagne, ivory and powder blue hues, punctuated by glittering metallic purple and navy plus matte black and dark purple to create depth to any after-dark smoky eye look. Plus the double-ended applicator is great to blend out eyeshadow on one end, or to define with eyeliner-like precision on the other.
Dolce & Gabbana Sicilian Lace Eye, Lip and Cheek Palette, $220
Make life your runway with Dolce & Gabbana’s exquisite assortment of hues that reflect the diverse colours of Sicily. The multi-purpose palette dresses eyes, lips and cheeks in a wardrobe of warm nude, shimmering honey, rosebud, pinky-beige and true red. This limited-edition offering is available at Smith & Caughey’s Queen St store.
Shiseido Essentialist Eye Palette in 03 Namiki Street Nature, $76
Designed to wear like a second skin, Shiseido’s range of eight Essentialist Eye Palettes feature the additional benefits of being crease and sweat-proof, making them ideal for day to night wear. Each palette includes tonally complementary shades, and we love 03 Namiki Street Nature for its fusion of blush, gold, khaki and rust.
Jane Iredale Solar Flare Eye Shadow Kit in Solar Flare, $101
On counters April 1, this out-of-this-world combination of glistening bronze shades is sure to transport your beauty look to the next galaxy. Jane Iredale’s mineral makeup eyeshadow palette combines a range of metallic shades — burgundy brown, deep gold red, deep taupe, peachy beige and a larger-sized pan of soft metallic ivory. These highly pigmented, crease-resistant shades will stay right where you put them.