Typically, when we think about winter eye shadows, we envision cooler tones and an abundance of sparkles. While both are great, they don’t account for those of us who prefer warmer neutrals and matte shades. This is where having a winter eye shadow palette is helpful because you can get more options in one place. Whether you’re looking for a range of softer pinks for everyday looks (see: rom&nd Better Than Palette) or bolder blues and grays to add some pop to your eyes (like the shades found in Natasha Denona’s Triochrome Palette), we’ve got five of the best winter eye shadow palettes for you ahead, carefully cherry-picked from the newest launches and top-rated prodcuts at retailers like Sephora and Ulta Beauty, as well as through our own testing.
The 5 Best Winter Eye Shadow Palettes That’ll Bring Some Color to Your Face
Beyond frosted metallics and glitters
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What Eyeshadow Shades Are Best for Winter?
Colder temps often warrant a wardrobe change, which in turn, affects the makeup we wear. Some eyeshadow colors to consider include softer pinks, purples and browns, as well as moodier plums and striking sapphires—and of course, some shimmery shadows are always nice this time of year.
- Shadows blend well
- Lots of neutrals
- Some reviews report glitter fallout
K-beauty fans know that rom&nd has a reputation for making some of the best eyeshadows and lip tints. Each palette is packed with shadows that are buttery smooth to apply, loaded with pigment and thoughtfully coordinated so it takes take the guesswork out of deciding which colors to use together. The soft blend of pinks and purples in this particular colorway would pair especially well with your coziest knits.
- Shades: 10
- Finishes: Matte and glitter
- Rich pigmentation
- Unique shades
- Limited color range
Prefer to make more of a statement? Natasha Denona’s stunning five-shade palette offers three super-pigmented blues, an icy silver and a mesmerizing chrome in both matte and metallic finishes to create a multitude of striking looks. Also, rather than having a mega palette with rows of options, it’s nice to have just five streamlined shades to choose from.
- Shades: 5
- Finishes: Matte and metallic
Best Peach Tones
- Compact size
- Natural-looking finishes
- Smooth textures
- Some reviewers say the packaging is flimsy
ICYMI: Peach Fuzz is the official color of the year. Described as a “velvety gentle peach tone” that is “radiant with warmth and modern elegance,” it’s a shade that’s both youthful and timeless. All of these sentiments are apparent in this palm-sized palette, which comes with 12 pigmented pink, peach and coral shadows in sheer, matte and glittery finishes.
- Shades: 12
- Finishes: Sheer, matte and glitter
- Compact is mirrored
- Strong pigment load
- Limited color range
Thanks to Hailey Bieber, ‘Sugar Plum Fairy Makeup’ is currently trending. Consisting of pinkish hues, plenty of shimmery tones and plums, it’s a charming look to try this winter. Along with a cool-toned pink blush, all you’ll need is this mini eyeshadow palette to complete the look.
- Shades: 6
- Finishes: Shimmer and matte
Best for Smokey Eyes
- Lots of complementary shades
- Buttery-smooth shadows
- Limited edition
From the return of “Indie Sleaze” to the recent popularity of the “Unapproachable Makeup” trend on TikTok, there’s no better time than now to bring back the super smokey eyes we wore in the 2010s. More is more with this aesthetic, so use as many of the 18 ultra-pigmented shades in this palette as you want to create your most emo, wintery look.
- Shades: 18
- Finishes: Matte, metallic, shimmer, gloss