The weather is grey, Christmas is over – it’s all too easy to fall into a winter slump. But just because the sky is dull doesn’t mean your makeup has to be. Brightly colored eyeshadow is having a moment. What was once undeniably naff has come full circle and is back to being cool once more. Pairing clashing tones or going for bright geometric shapes is a sure-fire way to use makeup to cheer yourself up.
And if you’re unsure about where to start, never fear. Our roundup of the very best brightly coloured eyeshadow palettes on the market will have you itching to paint your eyelids neon – and the town red.
Kryolan really rules the roost for me when it comes to bright makeup, and their Eye Shadow Variety 18 Colors V2 is a cohesive set of all the bright shades you might need. Many are slightly more pastel toned, which ups the wearability factor, and like all Kryolan products, the quality is second to none.
But if you’re all about neons, I point you instead to the Kryolan Aqua Color UV Palette. This is a truly crazy product – it consists of water activated paints in primary colours, which go on opaque but last all day. But even more incredible? Under a black light, the paints actually glow in a variety of fluorescent tones. If you’re into clubbing and want to wow, this is for you.
A total classic in the bright eyeshadow canon has to be the Viseart Editorial Brights palette. The shades here are all beautiful, and as you’d expect for the high price tag, the quality is impeccable. The lime green is a staple for me.
For a slightly lower cost, but with all the bright shades you might need, is the Illamasqua Artistry Palette in Experimental. It has a cohesive collection of every colour of the rainbow, with the high pigmentation you’d expect from such a dramatic brand.
And to take things up a notch, look to the Melt Cosmetics Radioactive Pressed Pigment Palette. This has fewer shades than other options on our list – but if you favour a single wash of neon, it’s ideal. The pigmentation is fantastic, but it’s the intensely saturated shade choice that really makes it stand out.
If you’re into more offbeat shades, you needn’t go for a full rainbow-toned palette to achieve your desired effect. The ABH Pro-Pigment Palette Vol 3 has some of the weirdest and most wonderful shades I’ve seen. You get twenty-five of them here, which is enough to create infinite (and infinitely colourful) looks.
Similar in tone, but pared down is the Huda Beauty Neon Green Obsessions palette. This is a smaller palette that still offers an abundance of choice in terms of a bright eye look. Huda’s eyeshadows are among the best on the market, and the way these palettes are put together offers maximum versatility.
If you’re balling on a budget, though, don’t fear. Rainbow eyes are for everyone – and there are some amazing affordable choices to see you through. The Colourpop single toned palettes are cheap and cheerful, and come in an array of different tones. The green palette, Just My Luck, is my personal favourite, with the mint green and metallic lime two of my most used shades.
For beginners, though, I’d recommend the Kiko Smart Cult Eyeshadow Palette. This contains a fair few neutrals, but also some cleverly chosen pops of colour. The turquoise, burnt orange, and bright coral are all great entry points for those a little fearful of a full neon eye.
But if you want a full set of shades and only have £16 to spend, you’d be far better to go for the NYX Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette in Brights. Every shade need is catered for, and although it doesn’t stand up to the pricier options, it’ll get the job done – and leave you with change for twenty quid, too.
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