There are thousands of eyeshadow palettes on the market these days. And they just seem to be getting bigger and bigger. 24-pan palettes and even 32 are the new normal. Of course, we want options, but sometimes opening a giant palette and choosing what to go for is a lot to deal with first thing in the morning.
Do you really need three shades of brown? Do you need glitter shades and that one odd bright one? Plus, who has the space? If you like to keep things simple with a nice everyday quad or trio, we’ve got you.
Stop using up your three favorite shades in a huge palette and stick with a small compact you can fit in your purse.
There are so many to choose from, but these are the best in every and any price range.
Glossier Monochromes (Shop here)
These newbies from Glossier are all you could ever want. With simple white packaging, a mirror, and no useless applicator, you have all you need with these trios. There are also ten shades available, all with a mix of mattes and shimmers. No matter your preference or eye color, you’ll find the perfect colors for you. Go icy, olive green, warm nudes, or all grey. Glossier also made these refillable. So instead of repurchasing a whole new trio when you hit pan, just get a refill. Save the earth and save your money.
Haus Laboratories Four-Way Shadow Palette (Shop here)
A brand that keeps flying under the radar is Lady Gaga’s Haus Laboratories. Its shadow palettes are gorgeous and unique. There are some neutrals for everyday wear, but these are the quads for you if you like to make a statement. Each quad has a mix of light and dark colors, different finishes, fun varieties, and pinks and purples with gold or even lime green splashes. No matter how bold or safe you are with your makeup, Lady Gaga has got you covered.
Wet n Wild Color Icon Quad (Shop here)
These used to be trios but got a facelift a couple of years ago. Your favorite affordable drugstore brand that has always made some of the best eyeshadows have upgraded. Wet n Wild took their all shimmery trios and mixed in new textures and fourth shade to bring their must-have products into this century. These little quads are primarily neutral, very wearable, and of course, affordable. These are also great for beginners as they guide you in wear to put each shade.
Smashbox Photo Edit Eyeshadow Trio (Shop here)
Another wearable set of creamy eyeshadow trios are from Smashbox. These circular collections are ideal for the office or school as they contain all matte finishes. The colors are bold, pigmented, and blendable, but very soft and easy to use. Whether you gravitate toward warmer or cooler tones, there is something for you. You can collect them all and use multiples to really change up your look. Pull a shimmer or metallic color from somewhere else to really draw attention or keeps things calm with an all-matte look.