Among the hundreds of eye shadows palettes on the market, a number of them, unfortunately, seem like they just weren’t formulated with deeper skin tones in mind. Shadows swatch on chalky or vanish into thin air once blended. Some powders even change color on skin but not in a fun duochrome way. Luckily, stunning palettes that complement and celebrate deeper skin tones exist.
All of the eye shadow palettes feature extraordinary pigmentation, flattering hues, and a variety of undertones. You’re sure to find transition shades that actually appear on deeper skin tones and brights that sweep on just as vividly as they seem in their pans with ashiness. Every finish and variation of ROYGBIV your heart desires are sure to be accounted for.
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best neutral eyeshadow palette for dark skin
Maybelline New York Nudes of New York Eyeshadow Palette
New York City-based makeup artist Keita Moore recommends the Maybelline New York Nudes of New York Eyeshadow Palette. The 16 powders in the drugstore pick swipe on creamy instead of chalky and cling to skin without the need of a primer. The balance of cool, warm, and neutral hues is also surprisingly even.
Beauty Vaulte Parcipal Palette
New York City-based makeup artist Delina Medhin’s favorite shade in the Beauty Vaulte Parcipal Palette is Hardtop, a rich rusty orange that acts as an intense neutral base on deep skin tones. “But all of them are really special,” she adds. “There is also a good mix of matte and shimmer colors to play around with.”
Anastasia Beverly Hills Jackie Aina Palette
“If you don’t already have this palette, run don’t walk,” Medhin says. “The Anastasia Beverly Hills Jackie Aina Palette is perfect for every season, and the color payoff is amazing on every skin tone.” The palette also counts Moore as a fan.
The 14-shade set was created in collaboration with Jackie Aina particularly with deep skin tones in mind, though. “Every time I get palettes, I mentally have to fix them,” she told Allure. “I struggle with finding palettes with transition colors that are dark enough for me. They show up ashy, chalky, or too light.” So she ensured every single shade in her ABH palette worked on her and accent her brown eyes.
Artist Couture Supreme Nudes Palette
The Artist Couture Supreme Nudes Palette is a favorite among makeup artist Rokael Lizama’s celebrity clients, which may or may not include Beyoncé, Normani, and Cassie.
“This palette is perfect for creating so many bronzed eye looks,” he explains. “It has so many perfect golden tones and some beautiful deep shades to take your look from day to night.”
Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Palette
Moore often reaches for the Coloured Raine Queen of Hearts Palette. Among its dozen shadows are decadent matte and shimmering foil finishes. Dip into either with a wet brush to amp up the opacity of the royal purple and red tones or turn them into liners.
Juvia’s Place Magic Mini Eyeshadow Palette
Nothing is mini about the Juvia’s Place Magic Mini Eyeshadow Palette — a suggestion from New York City-based makeup artist Michela Wariebi. It packs 16 minimalist and statement-making colors in quarter-sized pans, including a gorgeous metallic emerald green called Buzo, for an endless possibility of looks.
Dose of Colors Sassy Siennas Eyeshadow Palette
Lizama calls the versatile Dose of Colors Sassy Siennas Eyeshadow Palette a must-have. Reason being: “I love the range in the palette for creating a soft glam look,” he explains. “The peach undertones are flattering on any skin tone, and I even love using it to contour the cheeks.”
Coloured Raine Vivid Pigment Palette
The rainbow hues in the Coloured Raine Vivid Pigment Palette are intensely pigmented enough to show up on skin without the help of layers of primer, according to New York City-based makeup artist Raisa Flowers. “If you are into color, this palette is it,” she adds.
KKW Beauty Classic II Eyeshadow Palette
The taupe and rust tones in the KKW Beauty Classic II Eyeshadow Palette, which was inspired by the earthy hues of Wyoming, help Lizama create definition and warmth. “The neutral tones are perfect for highlighting the brow bone and inner eye corners for a bright-eyed look,” he says.
Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette
The Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Palette, which won a Best of Beauty Award in 2019, is on the top of Wariebi’s list of palettes for deeper skin tones. Once the shadows blended onto skin, they are delightfully true to their pans.
If you’re a fan of Pat McGrath Labs’ palette, Flowers also suggests checking out Divine Rose II (“that palette has a bunch of colors that pop on darker skin like a triochrome shadow that can be used for a futuristic nighttime look or a natural daytime look”) and Midnight Sun (“it has the perfect jewel tones for dark skin”).
Viseart Grande Pro Volume 3 Palette
Wariebi swears by the 30 technicolor shadows in the Viseart Grande Pro Volume 3 Palette when working with models with deeper skin tones. All are mattes with magical blending abilities. the colors won’t muddy together as you sweep them onto your lids or disappear.