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The Best Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes of 2020

The Best Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes of 2020

article by MIRA BEAUTY
MIRA BEAUTY
November 30, 2020

Neutral eyeshadow palettes for 2021 and beyond

You can never have enough neutral eyeshadow palettes. They’re as classic of a makeup look as red lipstick or smokey eyes, and there’s a very good chance that in 2020… you’ve swiped on a taupe eyeshadow before your Zoom call to look more awake. Or gone full Beyonce with a gold inner corner shimmer, because it truly is a life-changing beauty hack. Even in a year where most of us have lived in leggings and minimal makeup, there was still a place for nude eyeshadow - and it’s no surprise that 2020 has brought some incredible neutral eyeshadow palettes into our lives and makeup collections. Maybelline has always had a knack for nudes, and the drugstore brand released an $11 palette that even Allure couldn’t stop talking about. Dior also added more neutrals to their lineup - serving you with brown, plum, and pink hues that will have all eyes on your eyes. Regardless of your personal style or makeup techniques, there’s always room for more neutral eyeshadow palettes in your vanity drawer… and these are our top 2020 picks!

Nudes Of New York Eyeshadow Palette by Maybelline, $11

Nudes Of New York Eyeshadow Palette by Maybelline
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The first reason that you should believe that Nudes of New York is one of the best neutral eyeshadow palettes of 2020? Maybelline, enough said. If you need another reason, it was also a winner in Allure's 2020 Best of Beauty Awards - thanks to its versatility, blendability, and 16 captivating colors. With matte, shimmer, and satin finishes - these hues range from browns and soft taupes to pinks and deep reds. Each shade is creamy and blendable with zero chalkiness in sight, and we’re not exaggerating when we say that you’ll hit pan on every hue. Just look at Globetrotter and Pioneer, and tell us that they’re not majorly cut crease worthy. Your nude eyeshadow looks are about to get a big city twist, courtesy of the best 2020 neutral eyeshadow palettes from Maybelline New York!

Like Wild Nature Earth Eyeshadow Palette by essence, $10

Like Wild Nature Earth Eyeshadow Palette by essence
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You can’t get much more neutral than this nude eyeshadow palette inspired by the rich tones of mother nature. With shimmery brown, green, gold, and one matte white - Like Wild Nature gives a whole new meaning to “earthy” eyeshadow looks. You can always go with the trends and try an influencer-approved olive smokey eye, but the opportunities are endless with this essence favorite. Golden inner corner shimmer, shimmery pink cut crease, a maroon halo eye that’s great for all your holiday festivities… all that and more is possible with this $10 set of eyeshadows. Finding the best neutral eyeshadow palettes at the drugstore isn’t always easy, but in true essence style… Like Wild Nature has all the creaminess, blendability, and staying power of a luxury product at half the cost!

Master Mattes™ Eyeshadow Palette by Makeup By Mario, $48

Master Mattes™ Eyeshadow Palette by Makeup By Mario
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Mario Dedivanovic isn’t just a celebrity makeup artist, he’s the celebrity makeup artist. Besides being Kim Kardashian’s go-to glam guru, his artistry is celebrated all over the world… and the launch of his own makeup brand in 2020 excited glam makeup lovers everywhere. Looking to start things simple, before heading into Kardashian territory with cobalt blue eyeshadow? Try Master Mattes™. These 12 eyeshadow shades have a lightweight, creamy texture and blend out easily across your lids to create A-list nude eyeshadow looks. Like with all neutral eyeshadow palettes, there’s multiple variations of brown, along with sand, cream, terracotta and other exquisite hues. But make no mistake, this is no typical set of shadows. Besides being a matte makeup lover’s dream, it’s also a true symbol of Mario Dedivanovic and his unique style of artistry. “These are my ride-or-die shades, uniquely shaded and inspired by human skin tones from light to deep,” he says about Master Mattes™. The versatility of these shades is real, and you know you can trust Mario to provide the most buildable, creamy, and smooth formula ever.

Glam Eyeshadow Palette by Natasha Denona, $65

Glam Eyeshadow Palette by Natasha Denona
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Who needs YouTube tutorials when each eyeshadow shade is named after the area you should place it? That’s exactly the case with Glam Eyeshadow Palette, a masterpiece by Natasha Denona to create your best nude eyeshadow looks. It’s a full-sized version of the brand’s popular Mini Glam Eyeshadow palette, and features 15 hues in matte, metallic, and shimmer finishes. With names like Outer Eye Lid, Lash Line, Inner Corner, Brow Bone and Transition, it’s easy to produce the most glamorous everyday and dramatic looks. Despite what some may think, you can and will still be glamorous while wearing daytime chic or simple makeup looks… and this neutral eyeshadow palette will be your best friend as you experiment with smokey eyes and simple washes of color going into 2021.

Backstage Eyeshadow Palette - Rosewood Neutrals by Dior, $49

Backstage Eyeshadow Palette - Rosewood Neutrals by Dior
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Everything about the Backstage Eyeshadow Palettes is simply opulent - from the “Dior” engraved into the shadows to the fact that countless supermodels have worn these shades backstage at New York Fashion Week. And while the year 2020 was stressful, it did bring us Rosewood Neutrals. This travel-size palette features 9 shades in rosewood tones, including high-impact pink, plum, brown, and gold for ultimate Hadid sister vibes. The pigmentation and blendability are Dior-level luxury, with the power to produce an inner corner shimmer, model-esque monochromatic pink eyeshadow, a gold halo eye and any other eye look you can imagine. Whether you’re a simple makeup type of person or glam girl for life, the Rosewood Neutrals palette is the perfect mix of Emily in Paris and “casual chic” runway style.

Madison Beer Channel Surfing Artistry Palette by Morphe, $22

Madison Beer Channel Surfing Artistry Palette by Morphe
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Channel Surfing is definitely a bit more subtle than Morphe’s other influencer collab sets. Unlike the James Charles or Jaclyn Hill palettes, it features less bold colors and more elegant, subtle-yet-striking neutrals - and we love it that way! Madison Beer worked alongside Morphe to launch this 20-color palette, which features matte and shimmer hues in all the neutrals you need. You’ll find all the classics like taupe, cream, and tan - along with trendy rose gold inspired shades to bring your eye looks to life. These shades are Madison Beer must-haves for everything from talk shows to the recording studio, and you can create your most star-worthy looks with this creamy, blendable, and long lasting formula.

Naked Ultraviolet by Urban Decay, $49

Naked Ultraviolet by Urban Decay
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Who said neutrals were boring? Sometimes you’re in the mood for cream or taupe, and other times you’re feeling vivid purple - and Naked Ultraviolet has both. This set is the latest addition to the Urban Decay Naked collection of neutral eyeshadow palettes, and lets you wear the brand’s signature purple color on your lids while still getting your fix of nude eyeshadows. With peachy neutrals, subtle lavenders, rich violets, and blacklight purples, these light-reflecting shades are great for both beginners and experts. Even if you’re not used to incorporating more vibrant colors into your eye looks, a subdued wash of pale lavender like Optimized or shimmery taupe like Trippin’ is a great first step towards making it on the Urban Decay Instagram feed. And if you’re a blending expert, the poppin’ purple options are endless. Use neutrals like Hacked and Mind Slip as transition shades while you pack ultra-pigmented shades like Cyber Punk and Euphoric on the lid, and watch as you put a new take on nude eyeshadows.

Breakfast in Bed Eyeshadow Palette by Beauty Bakerie, $38

Breakfast in Bed Eyeshadow Palette by Beauty Bakerie
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The only thing better than your morning coffee is your morning eyeshadow, and Breakfast in Bed is the neutral eyeshadow palette you need in your AM routine. These 9 matte and shimmer shades include mocha, eggplant, mauve, charcoal and other nude hues that you won’t find in just any palette - and provide all-day staying power and comfy glam. That’s right, even with a name like Breakfast in Bed, this palette can still produce a killer charcoal smokey eye or dramatic mauve for evening intensity. Admit it, you’ve done an influencer-worthy eye look in your pajamas at least once while staying home in 2020… and this nude eyeshadow palette by Beauty Bakerie is perfect for next time!

Emphasize Eyeshadow Design Palette in Magnify by Kevyn Aucoin, $46

Emphasize Eyeshadow Design Palette in Magnify by Kevyn Aucoin
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If this eyeshadow palette looks like a smokey eye waiting to happen, that’s because it is. These long-wearing, ultra-pigmented neutrals are seriously poppin’ - with a purple color scheme that includes pink, pale grays, shimmery blue-purple, and one jet black to smoke out your eyes like never before. Emphasize Eyeshadow Design puts an edgy twist on “traditional” nude eyeshadows, as it’s less geared towards work meetings (though we’re totally down for that!) and more towards nighttime drama on your first post-quarantine night out. Seriously, this pocket-sized palette fits right into your purse. These shades create a kaleidoscope of color and reflect the light in magnificent ways, and it even features a cream foil eyeshadow in Titanium to add the finishing touches to your makeup looks!

Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette - Peach by Fenty Beauty, $25

Snap Shadows Mix & Match Eyeshadow Palette - Peach by Fenty Beauty
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“All the shades you like and none you don’t. That’s the beauty of Snap Shadows—you can mix & match these palettes to vibe with you.” Actual quote from queen Rihanna, and we couldn't agree more. MIRA is obsessed with all the Snap Shadows - but one of our favorites definitely has to be Peach. This mini palette features 6 neutral shades for Rihanna-level glam, including peach, pumpkin, churro, and rose gold. They're muted enough to work for both simple and sexy makeup looks, with a creamy and buildable texture that won't leave you with annoying fallout. Just like you can mix and match your Snap Shadows palettes, you can mix and match your makeup effects... and the options are endless with this Rihanna-approved neutral eyeshadow palette.

Find all your favorite neutral eyeshadow palettes from 2020 on MIRA.