best cheap eyeshadow palettes

Best Cheap Eyeshadow Palettes: Palettes With Matte, Shimmer, and Glitter shadows at Affordable Drugstore Prices

best cheap eyeshadow palettesOne of the biggest conveniences in modern makeup history has got to be the development of the eyeshadow palette. With so many colors in a small, travel-friendly package, the amount of looks you can create with your palette and the places you can take it are virtually endless!

However, even though eyeshadow palettes tend to be a great overall value (the cost of most palettes is roughly the same as 2-3 individual shadows), they can still be quite expensive for some people!

Luckily, drugstore brands like Nyx and BH Cosmetics have been majorly stepping up their game lately by putting out gorgeous palettes that contain highly pigmented and blendable shadows. I don’t know about you, but the thought of being able to nab a quality eyeshadow palette while I grocery shop or run errands is pretty exciting for me and my wallet alike!

But for those of you who would prefer to shop online, we’ve created the list below for what we consider to be some of the best affordable and quality eyeshadow palettes on the market right now!

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Best Drugstore Eyeshadow Palettes


1. Beauty Glazed Ultra Pigmented Mineral Pressed Eyeshadow Palette

If you’ve got a thing for dazzling glitters that will leave your eyes sparking like crazy, this ultra pigmented and affordable palette is definitely for you! This palette contains fifteen unique colors, with a good mix of neutral colors like gold, bronze, and silver as well as quite a few bold and bright colors like red, fuchsia, and a bold blue! This palette would be great to have on hand for doing festival makeup as well.

2. Nyx Warm Neutrals Ultimate Shadow Palette
This palette contains colors that are an absolute dream for fall and the quality of NYX shadows at a drugstore price point is essentially unparalleled. The colors are consistently creamy, have great color payoff, and a pretty blendable formula that doesn’t have much fallout. Another thing I love about this palette is how great it would look on any eye color! This palette also looks gorgeous on any eye color!good eyeshadow paletteOne final pro? This palette comes in 3 other editions! Check ‘em out below.

Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette
Cool Neutrals Ultimate Shadow Palette
Smokey & Highlight Ultimate Shadow Palette

3. Makeup Revolution Fortune Favors the Brave Palette
The gorgeous marbled jewel tones in this palette are what first captivate the eye, with colors that will look stunning during the fall and winter. Also, this palette is great for traveling because it contains a huge mirror, making it ideal for touchups anywhere!

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4. L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Nudes Palette
Another great drugstore dupe, this palette by L.A. Girl resembles the Urban Decay Naked3 palette pretty closely. I would say of all the dupe options on this list, this palette most closely imitates it’s high end predecessor. And Although the vast majority of shades in the palette are shimmers, they’re not super intense and would still work well in the crease as a transition color.

Cheap but good eyeshadow palette

By the way, if you love L.A. Girl or are looking to stock up on a ton of different colors, then I recommend checking out the bundle they offer with all four versions of the palette.

5. Maybelline New York The Blushed Nude Palette
This palette would be great for those who are looking to practice their application and blending of eyeshadows. Why? The colors are pretty muted and soft, but still smooth enough that you can easily blend them out.

I always recommend drugstore palettes like this one for those first starting out with makeup because it doesn’t necessarily make sense to purchase and waste an expensive palette for practicing purposes (Just in my opinion!).

drugstore eyeshadow palette

This palette would be great for those who also want that “barely there” look for the day, especially work environments, because again…the colors are soft and effortlessly pretty. Definitely give this palette a try, there’s a reason it averages a 4 star rating across almost 900 reviews.

6. E.l.f. Eyeshadow 32 Piece Palette
This particular eyeshadow palette is in a category all it’s own with the diverse range of purples, bold pops of blues, pinks, and oranges. Although some colors seem super similar to one another (A lot of the grey shades seem like the same color), I always appreciate a palette that can put out a good purple (or in this case like 6) because it is the hardest color to create in a lab.

good but cheap eyeshadow palette

E.l.f. has always been known for creating budget friendly performance driven makeup and this palette definitely does just that. Also, if you’d prefer a more neutral version of this palette, click here.

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7. Smashbox Mini Photo Matte Eyes Palette
High end palette alert!! I don’t know what it is about Smashbox, but it seems like their prices just keep getting more and more competitive. If you’re on the hunt for a strictly matte eyeshadow palette and want that more luxury-like quality while still ballin’ on a budget, look no further.

This product contains all the neutral shades you could possibly need to get through your day-to-day, as well as a dark brown that is great for transition to a more dramatic night time look. It’s also pretty small which makes it great for traveling or even sticking in your clutch for touch ups in the bar’s restroom (hey, we’ve all been there).matte eyeshadow palette

8. Top Beauty Beauty Glazed Textured Eyeshadow Palette Rose Gold Edition
This palette is almost a dead ringer for the super popular Huda Beauty Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette and for roughly 16% the price of the former, it performs super well! Those who purchase the palette have sung it’s praises for being so similar in color selection to Huda’s palette and overall give this product two big thumbs up in terms of quality and eyeshadow palette9Lamore Nudes Exposed Eyeshadow Palette
This eyeshadow palette is awesome because it does such a good job of incorporating both warm and cool tones alike, giving you options on how to wear your makeup throughout the year. The formula on these powders is nice because it isn’t like your typical dry powdery formula, but is instead creamy. This would be a great choice if you’re looking for a palette that is primarily full of shimmers, because it only two true mattes out of the bunch.

matte and shimmer eyeshadow palette

10. BYS Berries Eyeshadow Palette Tin

This eyeshadow palette is an amazing dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette, but also comes in a ton of other colors as well. Customers love how pigmented and blendable all the eyeshadows are, as well as how secure the packaging is. If you want to spend $10 or less and get a ton of shadows, check this palette out!

So there ya’ have it! Some of the very best bang-for-your buck eyeshadow palettes currently on the market. Have you tried any of these? Is there a brand you can always rely on for fire eyeshadows for cheap? Let a girl know!

About the Author Shelby

Hi there Pretty! I’m Shelby, the creator of Pretty Primp! I believe that beauty is a form of art and we should all be confident and educated enough to be our own artist!