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Makeup palettes are any makeup enthusiast’s best friend. Not only are makeup palettes portable and convenient, but it is also cost-effective as it provides several shades in one package deal. While the most common makeup palettes are eye shadow palettes, more cheek and lip palettes are debuting in the market. 

If you are buying a makeup palette, don’t just go for palettes with pretty colors or low prices. Settle with good quality and pigment with these makeup palettes below! 

Top 5 Eyeshadow Palettes

NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette

If you’re a fan of violet shades, then you’ll love the NARS Ignited Eyeshadow Palette! This eyeshadow palette features three matte shades, seven shimmer shades, and two metallic shades. This palette has four brown tones which can be used to create a stunning, nude eye. But what you must try is its array of shimmery pink and violet ones. 

Aside from its vibrant pink, violet, and brown aesthetic, this palette has received commendation for having an excellent formula. While the palette claims that the shades suit all complexions, you should still search the best shades that fit your skin tone. For better results, use an eye primer on your lid. 

Natasha Denonna Gold Eyeshadow Palette

Yellow shades are quite tricky to make, but Natasha Denonna makes it look easy with the Gold Eyeshadow Palette. This palette features six matte shades, five metallic shades, three shimmer shades, and one duo-chrome shade. As the namesake suggests, this palette features gold and yellow colors but has an array of brown nudes and blue-green shades.  

This palette is known not only for its excellent formula but also for its high pigmentation. Users have described the shades “popped” on their lids when applied. More importantly, this palette is cruelty-free and parabens-free. It’s a bit expensive, but it’s worth every penny for its quality. 

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette

Warm shades have always been a fan favorite of the makeup community, so this list shouldn’t be without the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Eyeshadow palette. This palette has one glitter shade, eight mattes, six shimmers, and two duo-chrome toppers. Feel free to make a soft look with its brown matter shades or a glam look with its purple and red ones. 

This palette has an incredibly remarkable formula since it sticks to the skin nicely and doesn’t get blown away by the wind. Moreover, this palette does not contain parabens and sulfates. Users have commended the pigmentation of the colors. Red shades are complicated to make, so to have Huda Beauty do an excellent and well-received one is a bonus. 

Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice Palette

Ever since the release of their foundation, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna has been rocking the makeup community. So, expect high quality from the Fenty Beauty Moroccan Spice Palette! This palette has two shimmer shades, three metallic shades, six matte shades, two pearl shades, and two satin shades. 

With the abundant number of mattes, you can create a soft, nude look for this palette. But if you want to pull off a super shiny or glittery look, then the shimmer, satin, and pearl shades are for you! What’s best about Fenty Beauty is that their products are suited for almost all skin tones, so these shades will be complementary to your complexion. 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette

If you want soft pastel colors or whimsical shades, then the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette is for you! This palette has seven matte, three metallic, and four duo-chrome shades. You can create a cute peachy look or go bold with reds and the violets. 

This palette received commendation for its buttery, fully-pigmented formula, so the color will pop on your eyelid with one swipe. It is also buildable and easy to blend. The brush in the palette may be a bit small, so feel free to use any other synthetic brush instead. 

Top 5 Contour Or Concealer Palettes

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette

A beginner at contour? Then this palette is highly recommended for you! The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette has six shades—three for highlight and three for contour. You can choose between three types of palette: one for light skin, one for medium skin, and one for dark skin. 

Like the rest of its products, this palette has a creamy and high-quality formula. It sticks to the skin longer than other contour palettes. And the best thing about this palette? It’s buildable. It won’t leave harsh streaks on your cheeks once applied. 

SMASHBOX Cali Contour Palette

The SMASHBOX Cali Contour Palette is all about blushes and warm tones. This palette has six shades designed for contour, blush, bronzing, and highlighting. Because of its peachy and brown color, this palette is perfect for people with warm tones or looking for one. 

This palette is known for its quality and buildable formula. It has one-swipe coverage though you can blend it with your desired color intensity on your skin. This product is cruelty-free and free of any parabens, phthalates, and fragrance.

Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book Volume 2

The Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book Volume 2 palette is the holy grail of contour. Kevyn Aucoin is considered the “pioneer” of contour for producing innovative techniques and high-quality line of products for makeup. Naturally, this product would not only have a high-quality formula but also shades to die for! 

This palette has eight shades which are designed for sculpting and highlighting. These shades are a combination of cream and power, so you can say it’s like a two-in-one package deal. Unlike other contour palettes, this palette comes with a how-to guide from Kevyn Aucoin himself! Learn the different sculpting and highlighting techniques with the use of this palette.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Blush Palette

Looking for a more peachy, warmer-toned palette? Then, the Sephora Contour Blush Palette is the one for you! Like other contour palettes in this list, this palette has six shades. These shades are designed for sculpting, highlighting, and giving blush on your cheeks. It has a creamy formula that instantly sticks to your skin. 

What’s different about this palette is its pink, peachy tone. If you’re going for a warm look or has warm skin, this palette will undoubtedly complement your look. Thanks to its precision formula, the color will instantly pop into your skin after one swipe. Feel free to use this palette for any of your soft, glam looks! 


Some of you may just be looking for a simple, neutral contour palette. For that category, the Sephora Collection Contour Palette is highly recommendable. This powder palette has six matte shades, designed for sculpting and highlighting the face. Due to its matte, neutral color, it is perfect for both warm and cool tones.

Like all high-quality palettes from Sephora, this palette has a superior, creamy formula. Not only will the color pop onto your face, but it will also stick to your cheeks. It has minimal fallout and is buildable. While it may suit both warm and cool tones, this palette is better-used for people with medium skin complexions. 

Top 5 Highlighting Palettes

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dream Glow Kit

Want to put a soft glow on your cheeks? Then the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dream Glow Kit is the one for you! This palette has six glimmer shades of peach and pastel colors.  Thanks to its high-quality formula, this highlighter sticks to the skin and doesn’t wear off over time. The color is also buildable and won’t clump when layered on the skin. 

Although highlighters are usually applicable on the cheek, this brand claims that you can use the palette on your nose, eyes, and body. The brand recommends using a damp brush to apply the highlighter on the face. 

This palette does not contain any sulfates or phthalates. 

Stila Shine Bright Heaven’s Dew All Over Glimmer Palette

Looking for a simple yet elegant highlighting palette? Well, look no further as the Stila Shina Bright Glimmer Palette is here! This palette has three shades of pink, rose quartz, and gold. Unlike other palettes, this palette has a hybrid/cream formula. As a result, this palette creates an even better glistening, glossy effect without the tackiness. 

How do you use it? You can either use a regular brush and apply it on your skin. For added shine, you can layer the powders together. If you want an extra shine on your lips, use the highlighter over your lipstick. 

This palette does not contain parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. 

HUDA Highlighter Palette—Winter Solstice Palette

Release the inner Elsa in you with the HUDA Winter Solstice Palette! As the namesake implies, this palette contains four frost-like highlighter shades designed for warm and cool skin tones. This palette consists of white pearls for an iridescent and duo-chrome effect. 

This palette has a buttery and high-quality formula. Just one swipe of this product will make your cheek look blinding! Of course, this highlighter can be easily blended and layered onto the cheek. Use this palette to create a blinding highlighter look or an effortless holographic glow. 

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter Palette

The Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil Freestyle Highlighter palette is the ultimate highlighter palette in the market. This palette has seven metallic shades of cool blue colors and warm tangerine shades. This color selection makes the palette suitable for any skin tone and skin types. 

The palette has a superior cream/powder hybrid formula that ensures the ultimate shimmer effect on your skin. With one swipe, it can create a metallic effect on your face with no problem. But if you want to play down the glow, you can easily blend the product on your skin to diffuse the glitter. To add more shine, layer the product on your skin. 

This product is applicable on the cheeks, nose, lips, and forehead. This product is cruelty-free and without any parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. 

To use this product, take a look at Rihanna’s highlighting technique! 

Kat Von D Fetish Blush + Highlighter Palette

Looking for a highlighter and blush combination? Then the Kat Von D Fetish Blush and Highlighter Palette is for you! This palette has six shades: three highlighters and three blushes. The highlighter shades feature a pink, peachy color with duo-chrome shimmer effects. Meanwhile, the blush shades feature a pink and orange tone except for the lone violet shade. 

Kat Von D’s brand has been known for its creamy formula and popping pigments, so expect the same with this palette! This palette can be easily blended and layered onto the skin without looking tacky or clumpy. Moreover, the shades in this palette are designed to be blendable, so feel free to experiment with the colors. 

This product is vegan and cruelty-free. 

Other Palettes to Try 

Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Concealer Palette

If you’re a fan of concealer palettes, then you shouldn’t be without the Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Concealer Palette. This full-coverage concealer palette has three shades, but the product comes in five shade ranges. Thanks to its superior formula, this palette can not only hide blemishes and skin imperfections but also create a highlighting effect. 

Stellar Stardust Lip Powder Palette

Create the perfect lips with the Stellar Stardust Lip Powder Palette! This palette contains three shades that are said to create metallic and radiant finishes. The lip powders are opaque and highly pigmented. These powders can also hydrate your lips! 

The product comes in two shade ranges and has no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, and fragrances. It is also cruelty-free. 

Nars Seven Deadly Sins Audacious Lipstick Palette

Buying single lipsticks can be quite expensive. But with the Nars Seven Deadly Sins Lipstick Palette, you can get seven lipstick shades in one! This palette features berry red and neutral tones for your choosing. The product is said to have one-swipe coverage and creamy easy-to-apply formula. Unlike other lipstick palettes, the pigment in these shades is stunning. 

The palette comes with a mini lip brush for precise application. However, you can also use your lip brush to apply the product. 

Which palettes is your favorite? Sound off in the comments below!