So we went ahead and solved the problem, picking the best out there for you. Ahead, find our favourite palettes for under £20 – whether you're looking for some
smoky-eye inspiration or a jewel-toned kit worthy of your next night out. Refinery29's selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions please reach out to us.
The 10 caramel, toffee, butterscotch and bronzed cinnamon hues in this Zoeva palette come in both matte and sparkly textures to contour and define your lids. It's the perfect palette for Spring, with easy to blend formulas and suiting all skin tones.
Caramel Melange Eyeshadow Palette, $21.00
When celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic gave us a demonstration with this newbie palette recently, we were seriously impressed. The matte and shimmer shades are all wearable and the pigment clings onto lids all day. Jump on the pink eyeshadow bandwagon and start with the middle row.
Nip + Fab
Eyeshadow Palette Fired Up,
$12.95 $10.00 Buy
Sixteen warm, toasty neutrals in satin, shimmer and matte finishes complement all eye colours and give lids an understated sparkle for any occasion.
NYX Professional Makeup
Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette - Warm Neut, $16.00
We love this Maybelline palette for a wash of colour when you just don't have 20 minutes to spend crafting a smoky eye. The neutral hues of soft browns are flattering and easy to blend.
The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, $11.99
Don't let the word 'mermaid' put you off. From powder blue to lavender, the iridescent colours in Crayola beauty's debut eyeshadow palette are ultra-wearable thanks to their sheer finish. One swipe lends lids a watercolour-esque wash of colour and two makes them sparkle without a garish effect. The best part? They stay put without creasing.
Eyeshadow Palette Mermaid, $18.00
Highly pigmented? Tick. Long-lasting? Tick. Impressive shade range to suit all skin tones? Tick. Mix and match Lottie London's neutral matte and shimmer colours to create a multidimensional look or apply alone for a subtle wash of colour.
12 Piece Eyeshadow Palette The Rusts, $9.95
It might not look like much, but this compact, certified organic palette acts as an eye shadow, highlighter and skin illuminator all in one. The pink and pearl hues add shimmer wherever you want – use on the lids, cheeks and brow bones, bridge of the nose, shoulders and décolletage. It's your BFF if you're going for a radiant natural look and gets bonus points for being suitable for sensitive skin.
Illuminating Eye Duo, $17.50
According to make-up artists, if you're just dipping your toes in the shadow waters, this well-edited palette is the perfect place to start. The shimmery neutrals and rosy hues are pretty much foolproof, and there are even cheat sheets included on the back of the packaging so you can try a variety of looks.
Colour Riche Eyeshadow La Palette Nude Rose,
$14.99 $5.98 Buy
Each and every one of the 16 pink and neutral hues in this Instagrammable eyeshadow palette blends like a dream
and complements skin tones across the board. You can mix and match the intensely pigmented matte and shimmer-splashed shades or wear them alone for a subtle veil of colour. I Heart Revolution
Rose Gold Eye Shadow Palette, $8.99
The Max Factor Masterpiece Palette in Cappuccino Nudes is filled with shimmery neutrals and will suit most skin tones and make a great neutral smoky eye. Sweep the soft pinks across your lids to create the perfect base, before contouring with the dark shades and lightly blending your waterline with the darker brown tones.
Masterpiece Nude Palette Contouring Eyeshadows, $14.99
Buy This will suit darker skin tones and tap into the red eyeshadow trend. Think Urban Decay's Heat Palette without the price tag. Pat on gold shades on their own for something simple, or be brave with the stand out red and yellow. Barry M
Meteor Storm Eyeshadow Palette, $9.99