Beige. Taupe. Chocolate. A neutral color scheme is pretty predictable but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. When it comes to makeup, there’s so much you can do with nude eye shadows when layered and combined with different finishes. You can keep it subtle and blended to brighten your eyes or add some eyeliner and smoke it out for added drama. Nude eye shadow also makes an excellent base to add graphic elements like winged liner, splashes of vivid color, or glitter to create a visual masterpiece on your eyelids. Why do you think the Urban Decay Naked Palette upended the beauty industry, inspiring several sequels, dupes, and even whole collections?
No matter what your makeup style is, having a nude palette in your collection is a staple for its overall versatility. There are tons of great nude eye shadow palettes that range from compact and minimal to so entirely nuanced that it’s like a veritable phonebook of nude shades. Get your fill of caramel, toffee, coffee, suede, bone, and vanilla shades in the best neutral makeup palettes below.
Drugstore Nude Eyeshadow TWO WORDS Palettes:
With eight coordinating nude shades — from silky champagne to deep chocolate brown — Covergirl’s TruNaked Shadow Palette In Nudes is a Best of Beauty winner and has everything you need to create a gorgeous smoky eye anytime. The shadows feel surprisingly high-end for the price, too, delivering a soft, buildable finish with minimal fallout.
There’s a reason the Maybelline New York The 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette is one of our favorite new drugstore beauty buys of the year. Between the rich nude tones, the subtle gold shimmer, and the impressive pigmentation, it all looks (and feels) way more expensive than it actually is.
The Nyx Professional Makeup Ultimate Queen Shadow Palette is a 16-shade eye shadow palette packed edge-to-edge with rich neutral shades. It’s primarily stocked with neutral shadows, but there are enough shades to create endless soft glam or “no-makeup makeup” looks — so no wonder it won a Best of Beauty Award.
The six shades in the Juvia’s Place The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette are the perfect neutrals for any vibe. This palette features three blinding shimmers (that can double as highlighters) and three mattes to use as easy transition shades.
Mid-Tier Nude Eyeshadow Palettes:
There are 12 warm-toned matte and shimmer shades in this cruelty-free and vegan (and cocoa-scented) Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette that have Amazonian clay infused into the formula for creaseless staying power and a densely pigmented powder that really packs on the color.