10 Colorful Eyeshadow Palettes That Will Instantly Brighten Your Day

Makeup has always been a transformative tool, but in uncertain times, it can be downright therapeutic to turn off the news and get lost in a cat-eye tutorial. It's the reason makeup artists like Katie Jane Hughes and Jamie Greenburg have ramped up their content lately, and given us all an escape in the process.

Colorful eyeshadows in particular — whether in the form of pastels, jewel tones, or anything in between — are trending on Instagram as users seek a creative outlet in the comfort of their own homes. Of course, it's important to read the labels and ingredient lists of neon or brightly-colored shades to ensure they're safe for the eye area before you pick up a brush.

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All set and ready to let your imagination run wild? Here are 10 colorful palettes to get you started.

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UOMA Beauty Carnival Black Magic Color Palette


For an earth-toned take on colorful makeup, we love this decadent palette of neutrals punctuated with marigold, violet, and peach shades.
UOMA Beauty Carnival Black Magic Color Palette$44.00 Buy

Haus Laboratories Stupid Love Eyeshadow Palette


Inspired by Lady Gaga's upcoming Chromatica album, this 18-pan palette features a mix of beautiful cool and warm tones in a variety of matte, metallic, and sparkle finishes.
Haus Laboratories Stupid Love Eyeshadow Palette$48.00 Buy

Aether Beauty Crystal Gemstone Eyeshadow Palette


You might have heard of Aether Beauty, purveyors of the zero-waste eyeshadow palette. The paper container can be recycled once you've used up the pans, and the shadows inside are formulated with real crystals and sustainably-sourced mica and rosehip oil. They're also really, really pretty.
Aether Beauty Crystal Grid Gemstone Eyeshadow Palette$58.00 Buy
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Urban Decay Wired Pressed Pigment Eyeshadow Palette


Longtime Urban Decay stans will notice that the Wired palette looks like a 2.0 version of the Electric palette from years past. If you want to experiment with vivid, Day-Glo color, this palette is the way to do it. Heads up: The four colors on the right-hand side aren't suitable for the eye area — so keep them to your face and body only.
Urban Decay Wired Pressed Pigment Eyeshadow Palette$39.00 Buy

Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette


If pastels are your jam, Huda Beauty's springtime-ready palette is for you. From creamsicle orange to seafoam green (with some fun glitter thrown in for good measure), the gorgeous palette has everything you need for a dreamy, ethereal take on colorful makeup.
Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette$67.00 Buy

e.l.f. Cosmetics 18 Hit Wonders Eyeshadow Palette


This 18-pan palette is a hit among Target beauty fans, and at $14, it's a great option to start experimenting with wild makeup tutorials without breaking the bank.
e.l.f. Cosmetics 18 Hit Wonders Eyeshadow Palette$14.00 Buy

@Jessiepaege x Tarte Let It Rain-Bow Eye Set


Tarte's collab with YouTuber and mental health activist Jessie Paege contains eight pans of pigmented shadows to unleash your creativity, plus a free mini mascara to elongate and define lashes.
Tarte Cosmetics @jessiepaege x tarte let it rain-bow eye set$24.00 $22.00 Buy

NYX Professional Makeup Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette


Add a flash of color to your Zoom makeup routine with this popular NYX palette, which you can use wet or dry for an instant, get-happy beauty look.
NYX Professional Makeup Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette$18.00 $13.50 Buy
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Kesha Rose FTW Eyeshadow Palette


If you want to DIY the look from Kesha's Rainbow album cover, it's only fitting to borrow shades from the artist's very own shadow palette. According to the brand, two pressed pigment shades (Cannibal and Backstabber) and the glitter shade (Tik Tok) aren't proven safe for the eye area, but the rest are good to go.
Kesha Rose Beauty Kesha Rose FTW Eyeshadow Palette$36.00 Buy

Juvia's Place The Zulu Eyeshadow Palette


Juvia's Place is known for its bomb, nine-pan eyeshadow palettes, and we have a soft spot for this one. With six vivid mattes and three metallics, it'll be a long time before we use up these XXL pans. As is the case with other colorful palettes, not every shadow is approved for use around the eyes, so be sure to read the fine print on the packaging before you dip into it.
Juvia's Place The Zulu Eyeshadow Palette$20.00 Buy
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