The best makeup palettes: all-occasion picks, from the subtle to the dramatic

On the hunt for the best makeup palettes with an extensive—and fabulous—color selection? Look no further

Bobbi Brown - best make-up palettes for Christmas 2020
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Seasons or trends notwithstanding, there's really no right or wrong time to shop for the best makeup palettes. It's always a thrill to see what new and wonderful offerings in the world of makeup are out there, and something about seeing fabulous color curations in equally pretty packaging, all laid out for you to play with, sparks our inner makeup artist. 

The main draw of a good palette is that you have all of the shades you could possibly need for eyes, cheeks, and lips—all in one convenient place (beautiful shadows, exciting color combinations, different textures—oh my!). The marketplace is saturated with offerings from everyone from celebrities to makeup artists who've come up with their own collections too, so this is a great time to be on the lookout as you'll undoubtedly find something that tickles your fancy (and budget).

The best makeup palettes, according to our experts

Bobbi Brown High Barre Palette

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Bobbi Brown High Barre Palette It's well known that Bobbi Brown makes some of the best neutral eyeshadow palettes around; the High Barre palette is exactly that, with a great mix of matte and shimmery shades. 

Bobbi Brown High Barre Palette

It's well known that Bobbi Brown makes some of the best neutral eyeshadow palettes around; the High Barre palette is exactly that, with a great mix of matte and shimmery shades. 


Charlotte Tilbury Bejewelled Eyes to Mesmerise

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Charlotte Tilbury Bejewelled Eyes To Hypnotise Fancy treating yourself to something a bit sparkly? Charlotte Tilbury's collections are always a thing to behold, and these classic warm shades are the perfect thing for (virtual) party season.

Charlotte Tilbury Bejewelled Eyes To Hypnotise

Fancy treating yourself to something a bit sparkly? Charlotte Tilbury's collections are always a thing to behold, and these classic warm shades are the perfect thing for (virtual) party season.


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Mini

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Mini Palette The perfect highlighters glow without being "glittery", and that's exactly what you'll get with Hourglass palettes. These add warmth and radiance to your complexion – and this mini edition is the perfect stocking filler.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Mini Palette

The perfect highlighters glow without being "glittery", and that's exactly what you'll get with Hourglass palettes. These add warmth and radiance to your complexion – and this mini edition is the perfect stocking filler.

Laura Mercier Signature Eye Palette

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Laura Mercier Signature Eye Palette A perfect compact eyeshadow palette that allows you to create both daytime and smokier eye makeup looks.

Laura Mercier Signature Eye Palette

A perfect compact eyeshadow palette that allows you to create both daytime and smokier eye makeup looks.

NARS Overlust Palette

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NARS Overlust Cheek Palette NARS formulas always sit beautifully on the skin, and their packaging is equally chic. For a healthy glow, this will kit out your complexion collection for the year ahead. 

NARS Overlust Cheek Palette

NARS formulas always sit beautifully on the skin, and their packaging is equally chic. For a healthy glow, this will kit out your complexion collection for the year ahead. 


Lucy Abbersteen
Lucy Abbersteen

Lucy is a UK-based beauty journalist who has written for the likes of Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, OK!, Women's Health and more, as well as contributing to woman&home. Her work covers everything from expert skin and haircare tips to the latest product launches and the show-stopping beauty looks spotted backstage at London Fashion Week.


During her career she's interviewed some seriously famous faces, from Little Mix to Drag Race royalty The Vivienne, as well as chatting to the industry's leading hairdressers, dermatologists and make-up artists. When she's not got beauty on the brain you'll probably find her in the company of dogs, reading, or being shamed by Netflix's "are you still watching?" message. You can follow her on Instagram at @lucyabbers.