What’s in a good eyeshadow palette? For me, it’s about three things: pigment, application and staying power. I have fair skin and hazel eyes so I’m drawn to purple, brown and green hues. I’m also no expert when it comes to application so I heavily rely on quick tutorials or beauty guides—otherwise that palette collects dust in the cabinet under my sink. I’m usually getting dolled up for work when I know I’m going from desk to drinks so staying power is a must too.
While I’ve tested a bevy of palettes, only a few I keep on my vanity. These are the five best eyeshadow palettes worth the splurge.