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The Best Drugstore Eyeshadows in 2020

The Best Drugstore Eyeshadows in 2020

article by MIRA BEAUTY
MIRA BEAUTY
November 30, 2020

The best under $10 eyeshadows for beauty on a budget

Drugstore eyeshadow is everything. As much as we love our influencer collab palettes and Naked collection from Urban Decay (from Smoky to Ultraviolet to Naked Heat!), it’s always comforting to know that your favorite blendable, long-lasting, and non-creasing eyeshadows are right around the corner at the drugstore. And for half or one-third the cost of your favorite luxury makeup products! You don’t have to just pick up an eyeshadow palette, either - you can experiment with different textures and formulas to find the perfect shadow for your eye effects. Liquid eyeshadows that create dazzling dimension for your eyes? Yes. Creamy formulas that look gorgeous with your favorite cream blush for fall? Absolutely. And then there’s single eyeshadows… which you’ll definitely want to collect and store at the bottom of your makeup bag for emergencies. Eye makeup is art, and you’ll be able to express yourself on a budget with the best drugstore eyeshadows below!

Sugar Twinkle Liquid Shadow by Peripera, $8

Sugar Twinkle Liquid Shadow by Peripera
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Looking for eyes that mesmerize? Peripera is here to help. Sugar Twinkle Liquid Shadow is the best drugstore eyeshadow (and undercover beauty dupe) for glam makeup lovers that want to look like a million bucks, even though they actually only spent eight. This long-lasting, liquid formula glides effortlessly onto the lid and dries to a smooth and sparkly finish. No shadow fallout, no creasing, and no need to spend an hour in your vanity blending out the perfect V-shape with your makeup brushes - even if that last one can be occasionally fun. Sugar Twinkle is a great dupe for Stila’s Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow, and proves that sparkly eyeshadow definitely has a place in your everyday makeup routine. Apply just one shade for a 1-minute monochromatic makeup look, a runway favorite, or pair a few shimmery shades (there’s 6+!) to glow all out with glitter when you’re in the mood.

Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow by e.l.f, $3

Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow by e.l.f
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We’ve told you about powder and liquid eyeshadow, and now it’s time to talk about cream. Simply put, it’s one of the best makeup textures ever - as this formula blends flawlessly, nourishes the skin, and lets you build up color for a look that’s as sheer, sexy, or shimmery as you’d like. And we’re obsessed with the Smudge Pot Cream Eyeshadow by e.l.f, a $3 must-have that you can blend out for a variety of breathtaking eye effects. Using your finger or the e.l.f. Angled Contour Eye Brush, apply these creamy colors on your eyelid, lower lash line, inner corner and more to put the “eyes” in “Eyes. Lips. Face.” You’ll find that the color shows up with the same vibrancy, beauty, and blending power as your favorite luxury shadows, and Smudge Pot cream even contains Vitamin E to nourish and hydrate the delicate skin on your eyelids.

The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette - Urban Jungle by Maybelline, $9

The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette - Urban Jungle by Maybelline
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You don’t have to be a Leo zodiac sign or Beyonce to wear gold eyeshadow. It’s an empowering look that looks gorgeous on all, even in the year 2020 when we haven’t had much of a reason to rock a golden halo eye when we go out with friends. Channel your artistic side with The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette Urban Jungle by Maybelline - a set of dramatic golden shimmers (and one matte black) that you can blend together for evening intensity. Or just a more glamorous version of your everyday makeup look to impress your crush in Zoom history class, we don’t judge. If we’ve learned anything from TV shows like Younger or Sex and the City, it’s that city life is all about working hard, and glowing harder… and that’s exactly what you’ll get with this gorgeous and golden drugstore eyeshadow.

Prismatic Eyeshadow by NYX Professional Makeup, $7

Prismatic Eyeshadow by NYX Professional Makeup
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Even if you’re a ride-or-die beauty lover who collects eyeshadow palettes on your vanity like you do gum in your purse… there’s still no denying the beauty of single eyeshadows. Celebrity makeup artists love these products for their affordability, travel-friendly size, and versatility - and single eyeshadows are ideal for monochromatic makeup enthusiasts, or the occasions you want to rock a green shadow without buying the entire palette - like Halloween. NYX’s Prismatic Eyeshadow will become your single favorite new shadow - embellishing your eyes in kaleidoscope color and a long-lasting, blendable, and fallout-free formula. From refreshing mint green and popping purple to naturals like golden peach and warm beige, you can pick your favorite shades and easily build upon your lids for dazzling, dreamy color. 94% of our community agrees that Prismatic Eyeshadow is creamy and pigmented, and it’s the ideal Halloween purchase to complete your costume without wasting the entire makeup palette.

Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Palette - Basic Mattes by Milani, $11

Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Palette - Basic Mattes by Milani
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No matter how many fall eyeshadow palettes you have stacked up in the corner of your bedroom, there’s always room for one more. Especially since the travel-sized Everyday Eyes palette by Milani barely takes up any space, and has every color you need to go neutral glam this season. Warm taupe and multiple shades of brown may seem simple to the naked eye, but any true nude makeup enthusiast knows that the options are endless. Simple, chic, and elegant looks are coming your way, and you can even use the deep black matte shade in this palette for a long-lasting eyeliner!

ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow by Revlon, $8

ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow by Revlon
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Put cream eyeshadow under the list of ultimate “lazy girl” makeup hacks - as this product only takes a few minutes to apply, yet can definitely convince others that you just spent a ton of time on your makeup. That’s the best compliment, right? As the name suggests, ColorStay Creme Eye Shadow is extremely long lasting, providing up to 24 hours of pigmented, waterproof, and buildable color. As for which color? That’s up to you. Revlon has launched 18 matte and shimmer shades, with delicious names like Chocolate, Creme Brulee, Vanilla and Caramel to get a taste of this gorgeous drugstore eyeshadow. While you can definitely blend this formula out with your finger for an effortlessly smudged eye effect, ColorStay also comes with its own mini brush to adorn your entire eye in pigmented color. No powder fallout, smearing, or creasing!

Matte Eye Shadow With Vitamin E by Neutrogena, $10

Matte Eye Shadow With Vitamin E by Neutrogena
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“The color is matte and long lasting, and the eye shadow goes on smooth and flawless.” Matte is where it’s at, and neutral eyeshadow fans will rejoice with this hybrid makeup-skincare product. The “Toasted Eggshell” color is super pigmented and long lasting, and adds a touch of vibrancy to your look to hide the effects of last night’s study session. You don’t need shimmer or heavy eye makeup to make a statement, as matte can do all the work while helping you appear instantly more refreshed and recharged. And before you even ask about matte being drying on your skin, that’s definitely a myth… and this drugstore eyeshadow by Neutrogena is infused with Vitamin E to protect and smooth your fragile lid skin. It can even double as a setting powder for concealer in case of emergencies!

Wanderlust Eyeshadow Palette by Flower Beauty, $11

Wanderlust Eyeshadow Palette by Flower Beauty
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Drew Barrymore has been an actress for nearly her entire life - and it’s safe to say that she’s seen a lot of the world. Now you can too with the Wanderlust Eyeshadow Palette, in three color schemes called New York, Austin, and LA for big city vibes. In true Drew style, she designed these palettes to be versatile and extremely fun - with chic neutrals and earthy tones that pay tribute to her hometown of Los Angeles, along with bold shimmers inspired by Manhattan nightlife. Mix and match every shade to take yourself on a vacation, even if you haven’t actually left your couch in a week, and feel beautiful with these city-inspired shades.

The Healthy Eyeshadow by Physicians Formula, $8

The Healthy Eyeshadow by Physicians Formula
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The Healthy Eyeshadow definitely lives up to its name - infused with powerful skin care ingredients more commonly found in luxury serums than drugstore eyeshadows. Anti-aging peptides, vegan collagen and Vitamins C & E work together to smooth and protect the skin on your eyelids - which we all know needs a little extra love. And while Physician’s Formula will always put the health of your skin first, the brand definitely doesn’t slack on providing creamy and captivating color. The Healthy Eyeshadow is available in four color schemes - Rose Nude, Classic Nude, Smoky Bronze and Smoky Plum - each with four hues that blend to perfection and create everything from simple glam to a killer smokey eye. Choose the drugstore eyeshadow set that fits your unique style, or collect them all to suit every mood.  

Exhibitionist Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow by Covergirl, $9

Exhibitionist Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow by Covergirl
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“It’s really, really pretty and adds a really gorgeous shimmer and can be used basically anywhere.” If you just read this MIRA review in Regina George’s voice, we don’t blame you… because this drugstore eyeshadow by Covergirl truly is “like, really pretty.” An exhibitionist is described as somebody who loves attention, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. These gorgeous glitter shadows will have all eyes on your eyes - with a smooth, lightweight formula that dries to a sparkly finish. Whether you’re wearing the gold Champagne Dreams for a minimal makeup effect or getting ready for date night with La Vie En Rose, these liquid eyeshadows will put a twinkle in your eye. And maybe even on your cheeks, too - as Exhibitionist doubles as a liquid highlighter!

Nude Matte Eyeshadow by NYX Professional Makeup, $5

Nude Matte Eyeshadow by NYX Professional Makeup
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“I bought a few of these yesterday, and did not expect much at all, but I must say, I am impressed. I bought two matte brown shades for blending out my crease area, and they are so awesome. They are so easy to blend, and so pigmented.” Matte is often misunderstood. Some may think this finish is boring, drying, or simply less fun than a face packed with glitter - but Nude Matte Eyeshadow by NYX is here to prove all of these things wrong. These earthy, shimmerless eyeshadow singles have top MIRA ratings for blendability, staying power, pigmentation and non-creasing… and you’ll feel beautifully boho with the warm brown Frisky or squash yellow Cougar. In fact, the latter is giving us all the fall makeup vibes… and you should definitely pair these with the NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow this season for the ideal blend of matte and metallic.

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