8 Editor-Approved Nude Eyeshadow Palettes That Look Good On Everyone

aimee simeon
·5 min read

Nude is a spectrum, and no one shade is made to match all complexions. When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, the word typically refers to a range of nuanced neutrals; rich browns, soft beiges, and even shimmer-flecked bronze can — and should — all go into the making of a good nude eyeshadow palette.

That said, there are so many options when it comes to nude and neutral eyeshadow palettes, and finding one worth your money (that won't fade in minutes or look chalky in selfies) can be overwhelming. To help you sift through the clutter, we asked our team to dish on their favorite nude palettes, ahead.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

<h2>Maybelline Nudes Of New York Eyeshadow Palette</h2><br>"This palette was clearly made by someone who understands the art of a subtle smoky eye. There are shimmery colors for the lids, matte blending shades for the crease and brow bone, and complementary shades to highlight that match <em>perfectly</em>. I use it every single day, both for casual and more dressed up looks — and have gotten more compliments on my eyes than ever." — Cat Quinn, beauty director<br><br><strong>Maybelline</strong> Maybelline Nudes of New York Eyeshadow Palette, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Fnudes-of-new-york-eyeshadow-palette%3FproductId%3Dpimprod2011907" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a>

Maybelline Nudes Of New York Eyeshadow Palette


"This palette was clearly made by someone who understands the art of a subtle smoky eye. There are shimmery colors for the lids, matte blending shades for the crease and brow bone, and complementary shades to highlight that match perfectly. I use it every single day, both for casual and more dressed up looks — and have gotten more compliments on my eyes than ever." — Cat Quinn, beauty director

Maybelline Maybelline Nudes of New York Eyeshadow Palette, $, available at Ulta Beauty
<h2>Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette</h2><br>"The colors of this palette fall more on the copper side, which makes for a great neutral option if you have a medium-deep complexion like mine. I love to combine Warmth and Flame on my lids when I'm in a pinch before work, but when I have extra time on my hands, Crackle, Cozy, and Fireside is my go-to date-night trifecta." — Aimee Simeon, senior beauty writer<br><br><strong>Tarte</strong> Tarte Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Ftartelette-toasted-eyeshadow-palette%3FproductId%3DxlsImpprod17081379" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta Beauty" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta Beauty</a>

Tarte Cosmetics Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette


"The colors of this palette fall more on the copper side, which makes for a great neutral option if you have a medium-deep complexion like mine. I love to combine Warmth and Flame on my lids when I'm in a pinch before work, but when I have extra time on my hands, Crackle, Cozy, and Fireside is my go-to date-night trifecta." — Aimee Simeon, senior beauty writer

Tarte Tarte Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette, $, available at Ulta Beauty
<h2>Mented Cosmetics Everyday Eyeshadow Palette</h2><br><br>"The creators of this palette didn't make a mistake with its 'everyday' name. I've had it for a while and have hit pan on most of the bronzey pigments because of its versatility and wearability. I sometimes swipe the shimmery gold shades on solo when I'm pressed for time, and use the deeper matte hues to define my lids when I'm feeling fancy. It's a true staple in my collection." — Simeon<br><br><strong>Mented Cosmetics</strong> Everyday Eyeshadow Palette, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ulta.com%2Feveryday-eyeshadow-palette%3FproductId%3Dpimprod2021936%26sku%3D2578225%26cmpid%3DPS_Non%21google%21Product_Listing_Ads%26cagpspn%3Dpla%26CATCI%3Dpla-683425019412%26CAAGID%3D107718645596%26CAWELAID%3D330000200002721372%26CATARGETID%3D330000200002459488%26CADevice%3Dc%26gclid%3DCj0KCQjwvYSEBhDjARIsAJMn0lgtFfBwFdUidEiGhZkrnQWpdK1l5yNge-iP4ndmUBplFaAgfJNYRR8aAjJZEALw_wcB" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ulta" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ulta</a>

Mented Cosmetics Everyday Eyeshadow Palette



"The creators of this palette didn't make a mistake with its 'everyday' name. I've had it for a while and have hit pan on most of the bronzey pigments because of its versatility and wearability. I sometimes swipe the shimmery gold shades on solo when I'm pressed for time, and use the deeper matte hues to define my lids when I'm feeling fancy. It's a true staple in my collection." — Simeon

Mented Cosmetics Everyday Eyeshadow Palette, $, available at Ulta
<h2>Charlotte Tilbury Copper Charge Luxury Eyeshadow Palettes</h2><br>"I'm a sucker for a tiny eyeshadow palette that doesn't weigh down my purse, but still delivers on pigment. This luxe compact from Charlotte Tilbury makes it easy to pop on some color without much guesswork and fussing with brushes." — Simeon<br><br><br><strong>Charlotte Tilbury</strong> Nude Eyeshadow Palettes, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sephora.com%2Fshop%2Feyeshadow-palettes%3Fref%3D100016" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sephora" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sephora</a>

Charlotte Tilbury Copper Charge Luxury Eyeshadow Palettes


"I'm a sucker for a tiny eyeshadow palette that doesn't weigh down my purse, but still delivers on pigment. This luxe compact from Charlotte Tilbury makes it easy to pop on some color without much guesswork and fussing with brushes." — Simeon


Charlotte Tilbury Nude Eyeshadow Palettes, $, available at Sephora
<h2>Lorac Pro Matte Palette</h2><br>"If you ever see me wearing matte eyeshadow, there's a very good chance it's from this palette, which was introduced to me by a makeup artist who was doing my face for an event. As soon as the velvety powders touched my lids, I knew the palette had to be mine. The packaging is no-fuss, but trust me, the stuff inside is worth its weight in gold. The shadows are almost <em>too </em>pigmented, so a tiny bit goes a long way — I love to use a <a href="https://www.ulta.com/fluffy-eye-blender-brush?productId=xlsImpprod18591122&sku=2531767" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:fluffy eyeshadow brush" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">fluffy eyeshadow brush</a> and apply the caramel-beige shades for an everyday look, and go for the smoky with the deeper chocolate and black tones for special occasions." — Karina Hoshikawa, beauty & wellness market writer<br><br><strong>Lorac</strong> PRO Matte Eye Shadow Palette, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lorac.com%2Fpro-matte-eye-shadow-palette" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Lorac" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Lorac</a>

Lorac Pro Matte Palette


"If you ever see me wearing matte eyeshadow, there's a very good chance it's from this palette, which was introduced to me by a makeup artist who was doing my face for an event. As soon as the velvety powders touched my lids, I knew the palette had to be mine. The packaging is no-fuss, but trust me, the stuff inside is worth its weight in gold. The shadows are almost too pigmented, so a tiny bit goes a long way — I love to use a fluffy eyeshadow brush and apply the caramel-beige shades for an everyday look, and go for the smoky with the deeper chocolate and black tones for special occasions." — Karina Hoshikawa, beauty & wellness market writer

Lorac PRO Matte Eye Shadow Palette, $, available at Lorac
<h2>Roen Beauty 75° Warm Eyeshadow Palette </h2><br>"All four of the warm, golden shades in this palette are stunning, but I'm most obsessed with the compact itself: The chrome square is small enough to slip into any makeup bag and has a mirror on the top plate, which is handy when I'm traveling (so I don't have to use the front-facing camera on my phone if I'm mirrorless). The texture of the shadow is soft and buttery enough that I can use my ring finger to pick up the pigment and dab it over my eyelids for a sheer wash of gold or copper sparkle. That's nice because, like my mirror predicament, I'm often without a shadow brush." — Megan Decker, beauty editor<br><br><strong>ROEN BEAUTY</strong> 75° WARM EYE SHADOW PALETTE, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.roenbeauty.com%2Fproducts%2F75-eye-shadow-palette" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ROEN BEAUTY" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ROEN BEAUTY</a>

Roen Beauty 75° Warm Eyeshadow Palette


"All four of the warm, golden shades in this palette are stunning, but I'm most obsessed with the compact itself: The chrome square is small enough to slip into any makeup bag and has a mirror on the top plate, which is handy when I'm traveling (so I don't have to use the front-facing camera on my phone if I'm mirrorless). The texture of the shadow is soft and buttery enough that I can use my ring finger to pick up the pigment and dab it over my eyelids for a sheer wash of gold or copper sparkle. That's nice because, like my mirror predicament, I'm often without a shadow brush." — Megan Decker, beauty editor

ROEN BEAUTY 75° WARM EYE SHADOW PALETTE, $, available at ROEN BEAUTY
<h2>Juvia's Place The Nubian Palette</h2><br>"This is one of the best nude palettes out there for Black women, in my opinion. It's pigmented and easy to blend with a price point that won't hurt your pockets. It's versatile and great for everyday casual looks, but it can also be dressed up when you have to turn it up for nighttime festivities." — Ineye Komonibo, entertainment writer<br><br><strong>Juvia's Place</strong> THE NUBIAN, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.juviasplace.com%2Fproducts%2Fnubian-eyeshadow-palette" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Juvia's Place" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Juvia's Place</a>

Juvia's Place The Nubian Palette


"This is one of the best nude palettes out there for Black women, in my opinion. It's pigmented and easy to blend with a price point that won't hurt your pockets. It's versatile and great for everyday casual looks, but it can also be dressed up when you have to turn it up for nighttime festivities." — Ineye Komonibo, entertainment writer

Juvia's Place THE NUBIAN, $, available at Juvia's Place
<h2>Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette</h2><br>"Of all the Urban Decay eye palettes out there, this is the only one I genuinely consider <em>nude</em>. I like that the matte shades have warm undertones and don't appear ashy on my eyelids. The shimmer shadows are extremely pigmented, and the range of golds in one palette is impressive. Amber and HBIC are my favorite colors — they look amazing on their own, and I've already hit pan on both of them." — Rebecca O'Haeri, data analyst <br><br><strong>Urban Decay</strong> Naked Honey Palette, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sephora.com%2Fproduct%2Fnaked-honey-palette-P449097%23locklink" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sephora" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sephora</a>

Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette


"Of all the Urban Decay eye palettes out there, this is the only one I genuinely consider nude. I like that the matte shades have warm undertones and don't appear ashy on my eyelids. The shimmer shadows are extremely pigmented, and the range of golds in one palette is impressive. Amber and HBIC are my favorite colors — they look amazing on their own, and I've already hit pan on both of them." — Rebecca O'Haeri, data analyst

Urban Decay Naked Honey Palette, $, available at Sephora
<h2>Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette, Nude Medium</h2><br>"I love that this palette includes more peach, chestnut, and pink tones, unlike the typical brown shades in some neutral palettes. The matte shades are phenomenally pigmented, and the shimmer shades have a buttery consistency, so a gentle tap with a brush goes a long way with these colors. Even though the palette is small, you can still create plenty of amazing looks with it." — O'Haeri <br><br><strong>Huda Beauty</strong> Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sephora.com%2Fproduct%2Fnude-obsessions-eyeshadow-palette-P450887" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sephora" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sephora</a>

Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette, Nude Medium


"I love that this palette includes more peach, chestnut, and pink tones, unlike the typical brown shades in some neutral palettes. The matte shades are phenomenally pigmented, and the shimmer shades have a buttery consistency, so a gentle tap with a brush goes a long way with these colors. Even though the palette is small, you can still create plenty of amazing looks with it." — O'Haeri

Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette, $, available at Sephora

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