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Party season brings us a lot of joy. Not only is it a time for having fun with friends, but also for experimenting with make up tutorials. And, whether your chosen look calls for cut crease eyeshadow or a smokey eye, it makes sense to invest in a suitable eyeshadow palette to achieve it perfectly. Here’s to eye make-up that looks pretty close to professional.

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9 of the best eyeshadow palettes

From cool tones and warm tones to matte shimmer finishes and varieties of rose gold, these are the eyeshadow palettes that we adore. And yes, they look beautiful on all skin tones.

Try: Bobbi Brown Real Nudes Eye Shadow Palette - Stonewashed Nudes (£34)

• Five shades

• Limited edition

Containing matte, metallic and shimmering eyeshadows, the shades in this palette guarantee attention-grabbing eyes. But whether you choose to do a subtle smokey eye with it or something more dramatic is entirely up to you.

Try: Urban Decay Naked 2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette (£26)

• Six shades

This eye palette is an excellent choice for anyone obsessed with neutral matte eyeshadows. These aren’t just any neutral matte eyeshadows, though, they include five never-before-seen shades! And Urban Decay's Pigment Infusion System ensures that each is richly coloured, easy to blend and – best of all – capable of sticking around.

Try:  ELF Earth & Ocean Eyeshadow Palette (£14)

• Size: 18g

• 18 shades

This affordable 18-pan palette has a mix of mattes, satins and shimmers with shades ranging from warm browns to yellow hues and rich blues. It’s sure to inspire you to create multiple eye looks, whether subtle or bold, for everyday wear or for the party season.

Try: Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette (£36)

• Size: 10g

• 16 shades

This palette experiments with a range of natural nudes and earthy metallics from pale pink to chocolate brown in shades such as glistening snow, swan, cocoa and truffle. Featuring eight matte, two shimmer, three metallic and three sparkle eyeshadows that are infused with skin-loving ingredients like coconut water, alpine rose and hyaluronic acid, you’ll toe the line between natural beauty and otherworldly phenomenon once this gets on your face.

Try: Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyeshadow Palette Soft Glam (£46)

• 14 shades

Since it’s so richly pigmented, a little goes a long way with this palette. It’s incredibly versatile and will take you from a delicate day look to something more glamorous at night. The compact double-ended brush it comes with is really useful for on-the-go application.

Try: ELF The New Classics Palette (£14)

• Size: 17.5g

• 18 shades

A bevy of matte, satin and shimmer shades for creating dreamy neutral eye looks at a pleasing price? Count us in! Creamy textured and offering great colour payoff, you’ll love sweeping them onto lids.

Try: Fenty Beauty Bomb Posse Mega Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette (£39)

• 12 shades

A pleasure to look at and use, this palette contains a range of rich and reimagined nude eyeshadows in a variety of finishes that are long-lasting and easy to blend. Expect to feel gorgeous.

Try: Huda Wild Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette - Jaguar (£27)

• Size: 8.4g

• 9 shades

Featuring soft mattes, multiple metallic finishes and one multi-reflective 3D-embossed python print, all in gorgeous shades to include monochromatic purples (think mauve and lilac), sparkly grey, speckled bronze and holy grail black. If eyeshadow palettes were adventures, they’d look something like this one.

Try: NARS Climax Eyeshadow Palette (£45)

• Size: 13.5g

• 9 shades

• Limited edition

If you want something bold from an eyeshadow palette, this might be your next investment. Limited edition and sure to be snapped up in no time at all, this gorgeous palette contains silky matte, metallic and multidimensional finishes in autumn and winter hues that can be hard to find.

Try: Laura Mercier Parisian Nudes Eyeshadow Palette (£45)

• 12 shades

For eye looks that offer versatility, elegance and excellent quality, these 12 universally flattering shades range from pigmented mattes to foiled shimmers.

 All prices correct at time of publication