I could spend forever in the drugstore makeup aisle. I’m not sure if it’s because I love discovering new products, or because I’m just really indecisive. Either way, there’s no better feeling than scooping up a bunch of new makeup for a fraction of the price. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some high-end holy grail products, but today I’m sharing my tried and true drugstore makeup favorites for eyes, lips and face.
Aside from applying colored liner this season, my eye makeup is pretty minimal—a matte shadow, mascara and liner. If you’re like me and you prefer minimal eye makeup, this edition of Editor’s Picks is dedicated to you! From matte must-haves to metallic finishes, I’ve rounded up six of my favorite eyeshadow palettes.
Stila Cosmetics In The Know Palette ($39)—This is my holy grail of eyeshadow palettes because it combines the best earthy shades and liner for any skin tone. When I first got this palette, I would religiously read the mini booklet of different looks and now I think I’ve memorized… all of them.
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($27)—Their Naked and Naked 2 palettes are all-time best sellers but this palette is the perfect combination of both. This palette features six matte shades that won’t leave a chalky finish.
e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette ($10)—I’m a fan of this easy to blend formula this drugstore pick offers, making it easy to apply with a brush or your fingers.
Bobbi Brown Luxe Eye Palette ($60)—If you’re looking to splurge on an eye palette, then go with this limited edition silver compact. I love anything Bobbi Brown and this is a good mix of shimmer and metallic hues.
Benefit Cosmetics World Famous Neutrals ($30)—When I’m looking for just a hint of sparkle for my daytime eye look, this is my go-to. I like that it includes four powder shadows and two cream tones. It also includes a fold out tutorial for day and nighttime looks, making the application and reading process so easy.
NYX ‘Love in Paris- Madeleines and Macarons’ Palette ($10)—I’m a fan of this cruelty free and hypoallergenic makeup palette that packs wearable colors for a small price. While I don’t think I’ve used every shade in this palette, I highly recommend this for the beauty girl on a budget.
What’s your favorite eyeshadow palette?
When we were kids, we’re taught to always color inside the lines, a task that I usually failed at. The good news was, my ability to be creative and color outside the lines totally paid off in makeup application. Granted when it comes to liquid liner, my hand is anything but steady, but that’s exactly why I succeed in applying eyeshadow. Even if color extends outside the crease, as long you blend, it’s still a masterpiece.
Lately, I’ve been spotting tons of eye pencils that double as eyeshadow sticks and here’s why they’re perfect for the holiday season: instant color, easy application, portability, and you won’t spend any extra time dealing with excess shadow on your lower lash line. I’ve rounded up a handful of eyeshadow pencils including a couple of my tried and true favorites (NARS and Make Up For Ever). Whether you’re looking for a double duty liner and shadow or some sparkle for your eyes, all of these options offer exactly what you want for just the right price. Finally, some crayons for grown-ups!