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Bending the Budget: Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes

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September 9, 2014

In Bending the Budget, we explore both high-end and budget-friendly beauty products you can use to achieve the same goal. They might not necessarily be dupes, but rather recommendations based on what I like about both products, or what they claim to accomplish.

While I’ve been preaching about using more color during fall, a good neutral eyeshadow look will never be out of style. Especially when you’re stepping out of your comfort zone with a hot fall lipstick shade, sticking with a neutral eye can keep your look on the wearable side.

There are tons of neutral eyeshadow palettes to choose from, but which should you purchase? You can find some amazing shadows no matter what your budget is, so let’s jump in to talk about some popular options for all budgets!

Bending the Budget: Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes

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1. the Balm- Nude ‘Tude | $36
This sassy palette houses twelve cool neutrals with a range of satin, matte and shimmer finishes. I really like the abundance of smokey shades, but there is enough of a variety to also do a really light, every day look as well. I particularly like the packaging, since it’s slim and contains a large mirror on the inside, perfect for traveling. I swatched this palette last year in my quick review that you can see here.

2. Urban Decay- Naked Palettes | $54
Among the more famous neutral palettes is of course the Naked collection from Urban Decay. You can opt to buy one of their full sized 12-pan palettes, the most recent being the rosy selection of shades from Naked 3, or their smaller Basics palettes. Either way, you’re bound to get lovely, buttery smooth shadows that will offer a plethora of looks.

3. Too Faced- Natural Eyes | $36
This palette was just made over to include three brand new shades from the brand. Another great selection of finishes make this palette ideal for both every day and glam looks. The shadows are silky and blend easily. I reviewed and swatted this palette here.


1. Coastal Scents- Revealed | $20
Two of my favorite neutral palettes ever are both of the Revealed palettes from Coastal Scents, and I’ve been reaching for the second constantly since its release. Each touts 20 shades, the first installment leaning cool while the second takes after the Naked 3 rosy shades. I prefer the second one because of the matte shades and better pigmentation. See swatches of the first Revealed here, and Revealed 2 here.

2. NYX- The Natural Eyeshadow Palette | $7.50
One of the more simple palettes on this list, the Natural Eyeshadow Palette from NYX is a straightforward, everyday selection of shades. The deeper colors are more pigmented, but all are buildable. You can get a few solid staple looks from this palette.

3. Wet n Wild- Comfort Zone | $5
I consider Comfort Zone one of the best things to come out of Wet n Wild, and a staple in any makeup collection. Eight shadows with that smooth Wet n Wild formula we know and love, This neutral palette has pops of bronze and green to spice things up.

Do you have a favorite neutral eyeshadow palette?


25 Responses

  1. Megan Johnson
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    Have you tried the Makeup Revolution Iconic palettes? I’d love to see how they hold up next to the naked palettes.

    • I haven’t! Are they sold in stores in the UK? I’ll be traveling to London next month and maybe I can pick them up!

      • Megan Johnson
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        I believe so! I know they ship to the US from their website too.

  2. Chelsea Love
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    On sale today for 10$ Revealed Coastal Scent Pallette 1 and 2

  3. Cassi
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    Is the Revealed 2 Palette somewhat sturdy? I’m thinking about getting it just to take on vacation.

    • Miranda | SlashedBeauty.com
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      Hey Cassi! Yes, although it’s made out of cardboard, it’s still fairly sturdy while being slim. I have brought it on multiple trips this summer with me! The only thing that is a little inconvenient is that it doesn’t have a mirror, so make sure you pack one 🙂

  4. Stephanie Louise Telford
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    I am a huge fan of the Too Faced Boudoir Palette- one of my favorite neutrals!

  5. Lisa Marie Heath
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    The Naked Palettes do me in every time. They are my top nudes and my go to palettes

  6. mynewestaddiction
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    What a great bunch of palettes!

  7. Betzy Carmona
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    My favorite still happens to be the Original Naked Palette

  8. FabZilla_Kath
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    I have nudetude and all naked palettes; wet n wild used to have great quality…

  9. Sheila Arkee
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    I want that Coastal Scents palette! It’s high up there on my wish list.

  10. PrimeBeauty
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    Great list!

  11. Brooke @ Blushing Noir
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    I really need to check out that Coastal Scents palette!

  12. Phyrra
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    Naked 3 all the way

  13. BeautyJudy
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    I love naked 3. Probably my fav of my neutral palettes!

  14. Norah Salazar
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    Of all the ones you covered, I still think Wet and Wild offers the best value as far as budget and colors.

  15. loveforlacquer
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    The Revealed 2 palette is life!! Great picks!

  16. Nidia Doherty
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    I’ve been waiting and waiting and waiting for the Coastal Scents sale on the Revealed2! I’m sure it’ll be in a holiday sale. I love neutral palettes!

  17. Destany
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    I love the NYX and WnW palettes 🙂

  18. jamie lynn prata
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    A smaller palette that I’d forgotten I even had until yesterday – the Wet n’ Wild Walking on Eggshells palette (one of the 3 color ones). Proof positive that I need to get more storage for my makeup and organize it but that’s beside the point. I love the CS Revealed palette (I have the first one), it has such a great range of neutral shades. I need to get my hands on the 2nd one!

    • Miranda | SlashedBeauty.com
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      Walking on Eggshells is a classic go-to! I’ve got that one stashed away for super quick neutral eye looks myself 🙂 Oh yes I loooove the second revealed palette. I’m sure they’ll have a sale soon where they are discounted, so hold out!

  19. The Dalai Lama's Nails
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    this is a great list! I am really wanting that Wet n Wild palette!

  20. Justina
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    Great neutral options! I have and love several of your choices!

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