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Luxe to Less
21 December 2020

Festive Eyeshadow Palettes For Every Budget

Words By Brittany Lyons

A pop of colour or swipe of glitter, eyeshadows give a festive feel to any make up look. Celebrate the closing of the year and time spent amongst ones you’ve missed with a little fun on the eyelid.

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Like any bougie make-up product, the top shelf eye shadow palette is a thing of beauty (we’re not just talking about the packaging).

If you’re a swatcher, you’ll appreciate the not-so-sheer quality that comes with a high-end eye shadow palette.

When speaking to luxe eye shadow products that scream celebration, one cannot bypass the queen of glitter, one Miss Pat McGrath. Responsible for some of the most iconic runway looks when it comes to make up, McGrath certainly knows how to have fun on the eyelid.

With a total emphasis on artistry, her densely pigmented, glitterball, maximum impact metallics certainly pack a punch and will provide the wow factor you’re looking for this festive season.

Heavily pigmented, full of quality shimmer and a longevity that won’t budge, these colour options are sure worth their weight in gold.

Whether you opt for some wow or something a little more subdued these high quality palettes are sure to get you the designer eye you’re after.

Victoria Beckham Beauty Smoky Eye Brick – Tuxedo, $120.82, Net-A-Porter

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An eyeshadow palette $100 and under provides the accessibility you desire, the quality when it comes to pigment and long-lasting stay, you seek.

One of the greatest things about our trusted palette is that you get quite a few options of colour all in the one beautifully present pack. This inherently adds value and many, many options when it actually comes to building looks.

One fabulous mid-range option that holds cult status is the nine-part palette from MAC Cosmetics. Synonymous to the make-up world, MAC are the go-to brand when it comes to experimenting with shadows.

With a cool few hundred options in their repertoire, you know you’re going to find the perfect shade chez MAC and you’d be silly not to go to them first really!

The MAC Solar Glow Times Nine option is the perfect group of shadows that will build the most beautiful metallic smokey lid.

If you’re new to the world of palettes or looking to diversify into new brands, the mid-range offering below is the perfect springboard.

Bobbi Brown High Barre Eye Shadow Palette, $99, Myer

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Hi there budget make-up appreciators, we see you, we hear you, and we’re here with some suggestions you’ll love.

For those whose go-to is the drug-store palette, you’re spoilt for options that will certainly provide you with the tools needed to achieve that holiday festive lid.

Heritage brands such as Maybelline are always on hand to help out with staple shades that will build your collection.

The best thing about a budget palette? You can dabble with experimentation without the full-on commitment to a certain vibe you’re not quite sold on yet. Not a shimmer wearer usually? Start here. Glitter a little scary? Pick a palette with one or two glitter options amongst some more you-friendly muted shades.

Perfect for trying something a little more out there than what you’re used to, the options below will provide the little push you need without the pricey investment. The perfect introduction to palettes for the inspired individual.

Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eyeshadow Palett, US$34, Anthropologie