We’ve had our fair share of splurges when it comes to eyeshadow palettes – but trying new shades on a whim doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Read on for five palette picks to suit every mood— each under 5 dollars.
1. Best Neutral Palette: e.l.f. Cosmetics Flawless Eyeshadow in Tantalizing Taupe
One of e.l.f’s most understated palettes may just become your daytime go-to. The range of nudes can be blended together according to the built-in step-by-step guide, or swept on individually for a no-makeup-makeup look.
E.L.F. | $2
2. Best Smokey Palette: NYC Color HD Shadow in Skyrise Steel
If you’re looking for a quick, fuss-free smokey eye, make a beeline for this palette. The formula is gloriously bendable, and we love how the darkest shade packs some shimmer without appearing full-on glittery.
New York Color | $3
3. Best Springtime Palette: COVERGIRL eye enhancer in Dance Party
These complementary blush tones ooze cherry blossoms, peonies, and all things spring; and at this price point, you can justify wearing it for only one season. Our favorite feature? Each shade has a luminous finish that could give your highlighter a run for its money.
CoverGirl | $5
4. Best Brights Palette: Wet n' Wild Color Collection in Poster Child
For the bold, the daring, and the color-curious, this eyeshadow palette is the perfect fix. Its eight rainbow-inspired hues, ranging from red to yellow, remind us of colors we’ve seen at higher price points; but for less than the price of a latte, you can experiment without the investment.
Wet 'n' Wild | $4.99
5. Best Metallic Palette: LA Colors Metallic Eyeshadow in Wine and Roses
If you love metallics but don’t wear them enough to splurge on a pricey palette, LA Color’s Wine and Roses is calling your name. The mica in the formula delivers high-impact gleam, and we love the decadent rose golds and platinums for their ability to flatter every skintone.
LA Colors | $2