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The Best Shimmer Eyeshadow Palettes for the Holidays

MIRA BEAUTY • updated Dec 10, 2020
The Best Shimmer Eyeshadow Palettes for the Holidays

Sparkle this season with these eyeshadow palettes

It’s the most wonderful time of the year - when you get to pull out your shimmer eyeshadow palettes and create a metallic masterpiece! Sparkle is a staple during the holiday season, and your pearlescent highlighter is just begging for an emerald cut crease to go with it. That’s why you should light up the virtual Christmas party with all your favorite sparkly eyeshadows - with shimmer, metallic, foil and satin finishes to bring the brightness. We love matte makeup as much as the next beauty enthusiast, but there’s something truly special about shimmer eyeshadow palettes during the colder months. These looks add sparkle and subtle glam to an already magical time, and it can be a lot of fun packing glitter on your lids for holiday makeup - influencer style. Sparkle hard for the holidays with the best shimmer eyeshadow palettes below!

Pearl Glow Shimmering Eyeshadow Palette by BECCA, $58

Pearl Glow Shimmering Eyeshadow Palette by BECCA
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BECCA knows all about sparkle - have you seen the brand’s highlighters? Therefore, it’s no surprise that the Pearl Glow palette is a set of bright, buildable, and beautiful colors to illuminate your eyes. These 12 shades feature pearlescent, luminous, and matte finishes - and range in color from light pink and white to gold and charcoal. The soft and elegant color scheme works beautifully during the holidays, as it can take you from a warm champagne halo eye for Christmas dinner to an ethereal gray smokey eye for New Year’s Eve. And while the shimmers are the real star of Pearl Glow, they definitely get a little help from the mattes - whether for transition shades or smoking out the lower lash line when you’re feeling hot. Glow up for the holidays with all the best shimmer eyeshadow palettes from BECCA!

Mothership IV Eyeshadow Palette - Decadence by Pat McGrath Labs, $125

Mothership IV Eyeshadow Palette - Decadence by Pat McGrath Labs
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Royal, regal, radiant… just a few words to describe one of Mother’s best shimmer eyeshadow palettes. You’ll be the queen of holiday makeup with these 10 jewel hues - a decadent spread of lavish blues and exquisite golds, chromecast metallics and lit coppers to ignite your most vivid, opulent eye looks. Pat McGrath is an idol to beauty enthusiasts everywhere, from NikkieTutorials to Violet Chachki, and you know this makeup artist-turned-entrepreneur would never let you down with your holiday makeup. Each hue is flawlessly blendable, long lasting, and packed with intense luminosity to catch the light in unreal ways. From the jewel-embellished crown design on the front of the palette to the gold and blue smokey eyes that you’ll create, everything about the Decadence palette is next-level luminous.

Zodiac 25 Color Eyeshadow And Highlighter Palette by BH Cosmetics, $27

Zodiac 25 Color Eyeshadow And Highlighter Palette by BH Cosmetics
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Ready to enter a galaxy of glam makeup? We all have that one friend who is obsessed with astrology, and the Zodiac palette by BH Cosmetics is the perfect holiday gift to channel your star sign in style. It features 12 baked shimmers, each named after a Zodiac sign, to make your eyes sparkle. This shadow formula is extremely versatile - as it may be applied dry for subtle glimmer, or with a wet eye brush for high-impact shine. You don’t have to just stick to your own Zodiac sign, either. Sagittarius is an emerald green that shows your Christmas spirit, Virgo a metallic copper for your sparkly cut crease, and Scorpio a burnt orange that’s just screaming for a smokey eye. And each shimmer even comes with its own matte hue! Pair these ultra-pigmented, blendable shades with the pearlescent highlighter in the center of the palette for your most starry-eyed holiday makeup looks.

All That Glitters Shadow Palette by Colourpop, $20

All That Glitters Shadow Palette by Colourpop
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All That Glitters isn’t just for the everyday sparkle enthusiast. This shimmer eyeshadow palette is made for the girl who eats sparkle for breakfast, decked her very first cell phone out in fake rhinestones, and would embellish her car in crystals if she could. It’s that exquisite. These 12 hues are made with an innovative pressed glitter formula, and may be used alone or blended together for your most dreamy, dazzling holiday makeup looks. A few standout shades? Fab is a copper with highlights of rose gold, Iykyk a warm lavender with multidimensional opal flecks, and Cloudy is a bright gold with fuschia glitter. Each shade infuses glitter with hints of gold, silver, and other holiday classics… transforming you into a metallic masterpiece with just a few sweeps of your makeup brush.  

Gold Eyeshadow Palette by Natasha Denona, $129

Gold Eyeshadow Palette by Natasha Denona
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Gold Eyeshadow Palette is as opulent as it sounds, and definitely worth the hefty price tag. Show your love for all things regal with these radiant shades - featuring 15 matte, metallic, and duochrome shadows in multiple shades of gold, along with browns and greens to create a variety of elegant eye looks. Layer each and every shade to express your creativity and passion for sparkly things, catching the light (and attention!) with every glance. Seriously, your gold and turquoise smokey eye will get more than a few compliments on Zoom calls. Besides the gorgeous and glittery colors, 97% of our MIRA community agrees that these hues are ultra-pigmented. And another 92% say that they’re blendable and long lasting! Gold Eyeshadow Palette is a great luxury makeup gift for the glam makeup lover in your life.

Making Magic Ultra Foil Eyeshadow Palette Gift Set by Jouer, $52

Making Magic Ultra Foil Eyeshadow Palette Gift Set by Jouer
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Maximum color payoff, lasting color, and a metallic finish that stays on all day and night - that’s exactly what you’ll get with this Jouer gift set. These mega-pigmented, foiled eyeshadows are simply dreamy, and let you express your love for sparkle with 12 captivating colors. The dramatic blue and purple shades provide a poppin’ burst of brightness, while you can also go subtle with elegant pink, silver, emerald, or icy white. And it’s not just the palette you’ll get. Making Magic also comes with a liquid eye topper that dries to a smooth, sparkly finish - which you can wear by itself for a long-lasting, luminous wash of color, or over your powder shadows to intensify the sparkle even further. Indulge your obsession with shimmer eyeshadow palettes with this Jouer set that makes the ideal stocking stuffer!

Afterglow Eyeshadow Palette by NARS, $59

Afterglow Eyeshadow Palette by NARS
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The beautiful irony of Afterglow? This NARS eye palette is packed with heated shades, but it’s captivating for the colder months. These 12 warm-toned include gold, brown, tangerine, peach, bronze… all the exquisite hues that prove that this is golden hour in an eyeshadow palette. A simple wash of shimmering rose on the lids is the best everyday makeup look, while you can also go a bit more glam with metallic fuschia and tangerine. If you’re still in summer mode as you decorate your tree, the Afterglow palette is a between-seasons essential for all your best makeup looks. Not to mention, the high-pigment formula contains ultra-fine blends of shimmer and pearl to reflect the light in all your Christmas selfies!

Stoned Vibes Eyeshadow Palette by Urban Decay, $54

Stoned Vibes Eyeshadow Palette by Urban Decay
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Many of us have dreams of finding jewels under the Christmas tree, and it may just become a reality with this Urban Decay palette. Stoned Vibes is a divine set featuring 12 mood-shifting, marbleized shimmers (and a few mattes!) inspired by gemstones - each infused with genuine tourmaline for positive energy and long-lasting eye looks. It’s hard to decide which sparkling shade you’ll love most - the iridescent blue-silver Opal Aura, rose metallic Vibes, deep green and red metallic Bloodstone, or sheer Violet shimmer Raw Energy. And those are only a few of the glittery and gorgeous hues at your fingertips. Each has a hybrid powder-cream formula that blends out effortlessly on your lids without creasing or fading, and pairs with the four mattes in this palette to create, well, Stoned Vibes. Take your glitter obsession to the next level with one of the most beloved shimmer eyeshadow palettes from Urban Decay!

Rainforest of the Sea™ sizzle eyeshadow palette by tarte, $36

Rainforest of the Sea™ sizzle eyeshadow palette by tarte
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A new type of Sea-sonal shimmer awaits with this tarte eyeshadow palette. It brings summer vacation vibes right before the holidays, which is the seasonal mash-up we didn’t even know we needed until now! These 8 shades are inspired by sunsets - featuring 5 metallics (pink, copper, plum, rose gold and peach champagne) and 3 mattes (brown, pink, and tan) for a golden hour inspired holiday look. And it’s not just the gorgeous colors you’ll love, but the fact that they’re buttery, blendable, and packed with antioxidants. Leave it to tarte to create eyeshadows so pigmented that they glide on perfectly with your finger, with each delivering marine plant extracts, coconut, and Vitamin E to smooth and soften the delicate lid skin. And it looks even better when paired with your favorite brown eyeliner for a warm and sultry holiday makeup effect!

Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette by Huda Beauty, $65

Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette by Huda Beauty
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Okay, let’s just take a minute to talk about the shades in this shimmer eyeshadow palette. Burnt orange, brick red, celestial pink, amazing amethyst… oh my. Huda Kattan has never been one to shy away from making a statement, and Desert Dusk is here to create the dream holiday makeup looks for those who love to play with color. Even when you’re just sitting at your home work desk or attending a Zoom class, you’ll instantly feel like you’re on an Arabian journey with these desert-inspired hues. Now don't get us wrong, Desert Dusk has incredible eyeshadow colors for the neutral lovers too. In fact, the best part is that this palette can take you from daytime chic to evening glam in no time. Like a Friendsgiving hangout to a holiday party, perhaps? Wear neutrals like Amber or Desert Sand when you want to make your eyes pop with minimal effort, or layer Twilight and Celestial for duochrome drama that’s perfect for your virtual date night. Huda Beauty always has the best beauty products to make you feel glamorous even in the most ordinary settings, and Desert Dusk lets any luxury makeup lover create beautiful eyeshadow for the holidays.

Cosmic Metals Shadow Palette by NYX Professional Makeup, $10

Cosmic Metals Shadow Palette by NYX Professional Makeup
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Ready to feel the power of precious metals? NYX is here to bring the sparkle. Sometimes it’s okay to be extra, or extraterrestrial in this case, and these six metallic eyeshadows include shades of mauve, gold, plum and peach for out-of-this-world (yet still subtle!) looks. You may know metallic eyeshadows for their tendency to bring the drama, like with the shimmery silver halo eye you’re planning for New Year’s Eve or crimson smokey eye that’s perfect for your Secret Santa exchange, but it also works beautifully for everyday looks. Just blend a bit of peach on your lid to bring out the color of your eyes, or dab the gold shade into your inner corners (a Beyonce favorite!) with your finger for a subtle shimmer that hides dark circles and instantly refreshes your look.

Pretty Rich Diamond Light Eyeshadow Palette by Too Faced, $49

Pretty Rich Diamond Light Eyeshadow Palette by Too Faced
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“Lashes and diamonds, ATM machines. Buy myself all of my favorite things.” We’re still waiting on the ATM machines, but Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings” lyrics are a real mood around the holidays… especially when it comes to diamonds and lashes. Pretty Rich Diamond Light is the most luxurious shimmer eyeshadow palette, ever - with 16 ultra-luxe glitters, shimmers, pearls and mattes to become an IRL sparkly Christmas tree ornament. Where do we even start with these shades? There are four diamond-shaped, extra-sparkly hues you need to try - the silver champagne Diamonds 4 Breakfast, metallic dusty rose Diamond Glitterati, rich gold Fluent in Diamonds, and holographic multi-sparkle Diamond life. These blend out effortlessly with the other metallics and mattes in this grand palette, all laid out in one ring box design for extreme opulence. You can always count on Too Faced to provide extreme glamour and gorgeous products, and Pretty Rich is the sumptuous holiday makeup eye palette you need in your collection.

Find all the best shimmer eyeshadow palettes for the holidays and beyond on MIRA.