When I first got into eyeshadow I was always looking for palettes that would show up on brown skin and looks that were easy. The most common recommendation were neutral looks. The more youtube videos I saw on neutral color looks the more I thought this look wasnt for me. Neutral looks felt like looks that wanted to blend in and not do too much and I loved color because it was fun, it gave vibrancy and I guess when I think about colour it just makes me happy. But recently I’ve noticed that I’m having a change of heart towards nudes. Probably because, I’m loving the warm-toned colour story, I love nudes that are bronzy or peachy and also nudes can create a nice sultry eye which I love.
A popular recommendation for neutral palettes are Morphe palettes because you’re getting multiple shades of brown for $30 specifically the 35O palette. The more that I looked at the palette, the more confused I got because the shades looked so similar to me. Even though the palette was only $30 I couldn’t get the sense in buying a palette that I felt didn’t have much variation. I did feel differently about the 35O2. Probably because the palette has a lot of warm-toned neutrals.
In this blog post, I wanted to share neutral eyeshadow palettes that have caught my eye. 😉
Natasha Denona Biba Palette
The Biba palette was the first time I saw a neutral palette and I actually wanted it. The palette has 15 shades and I felt the brown shades in the palette had a good variety of undertones. I’m not someone who gravitates towards cool tones such as greys, but I liked that there was one matte grey shade and one shimmer. Also, I liked that the palette wasn’t a variation of gold tones. The palette has more matte shades than shimmery shades and I gravitate more towards mattes. The black shadow is a creme powder formula that is great to use as an eyeliner or as a base for shimmery shades. I think this palette would be a good palette to have in your kit as a makeup artist because it’s so versatile. You can pair these shades with other palettes for colourful looks that need to be toned down with a neutral and also there’s a nude for every skin tone.
Artist Couture Supreme Nudes Palette
What really drew me to this palette was the shimmery green shade because it made the palette unique. There are 8 matte shades and 4 shimmers. The shimmers don’t look similar to one another and there are different tones. There’s the green shade, peachy shade and 2 variations of gold, one more on the yellow-toned side and the other looks more bronzy. I love the size of this palette because it looks great to travel with.
Natasha Denona Bronze Palette
This summer is the summer for bronze. Too bad we can’t go outside. Mac came out with their bronze collection and Natasha Denona came out with a bronze palette. Apart from the shades in this palette being beautiful, I love how she put a purple and a black. I think this palette would be perfect to create sultry looks and it’s very versatile. I love that she has copper tones as well as bronze tones in her palette.
Juvia’s place Neutrals Palette
Juvia’s place came out with 4 mini palettes last year. I have the violet one but I’ve had my eye on the chocolate one and the neutral one to a smoked out cut crease. The nude matte shades look a little light other than to put them anywhere but on the lid.(At least this is for my skintone) But I think if you have a lighter skin tone, you could get away with using the entire palette for a whole eye look.
Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions
This has to be my favourite thing Huda Beauty has come out with. I thought it was innovative that she came out with 3 palettes for different skin tones but also your not confined to one palette just based on your skin tone. You can get away with using other shades from each palette. My favourite was the Nude Medium because it has mauvey colours and I’ve wanted to do a mauve eye for a while but couldn’t find the best mauve shade for my skin tone. I received her Nude eyeshadow palette as a gift a few years ago, hoping to use it for a variety of pink looks but most of the lighter colour blend out as transition shades for me. I could only really use Love Bite to deepen the crease.
Honourable mention: The Metropolis Eyeshadow palette
The Metropolis palette is not a neutral palette but it has a lot of neutral shades with pops of blue, orange and green. I would say that it’s a very everyday friendly palette. I fell in love with this palette when I was window shopping at Sephora and they had this palette on display. This palette just gives me very cohesive vibes. I love the bronzy shades, the greens and the navy blue. I think this would be another palette that would be good for a makeup kit especially if you have clients that want neutral looks.
Neutral palettes are nice for every day or to make coloured looks more subtle. There are so many variations of neutrals that are meant for different skin tones and go with just about any look. What’s your favourite neutral palette and do you prefer neutral tones or colour?