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The Best Smokey Eye Makeup Palettes

MIRA BEAUTY
September 4, 2020

Become a smoke show with these eyeshadow palettes

When you think about the most iconic makeup trends, a smokey eye is surely at the top of the list. It adds depth, intensity, and just the right amount of drama to any look, and lets you express your creative side as you blend out bursts of deep black, electric blue, vivid purple, emerald green, and basically any color imaginable. You see, a smokey eye is much more versatile than many believe. It’s not just limited to the traditional blacks, browns, and ashy grays (though we love those too!), you can also experiment with a range of styles and hues. An olive green smokey eye is an influencer favorite, with YouTube tutorials by Manny MUA and Carli Bybel. Or maybe a grungy purple shimmer smokey eye, which lets you blur the lines between edge and elegance by showing that glitter can be sexy, too. The best smokey eye makeup palettes feature an assortment of versatile shades that fit every vibe you’re feeling, as style is constantly evolving and the smokey eye makeup look is as timeless as it gets. All you need is a good set of blending brushes, eye primer, and the best smokey eye palettes to become the smoke show you are, and you can find all of our favorites below!

Ultimate Shadow Palette - Smokey & Highlight by NYX Professional Makeup, $18

Ultimate Shadow Palette - Smokey & Highlight by NYX Professional Makeup
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At first glance, Ultimate Shadow may look like your typical smokey eye makeup palette. Warm taupe, ashy gray, deep brown, rich black… all the essential shades for a traditional take on this iconic look. But then you notice the pops of shimmery green and blue in the bottom row, and know that NYX is back to put a unique twist on classic trends. Each of these 16 shades is creamy and pigmented, and creates a variety of color combinations that are ideal for every smokey eye makeup look you can imagine. Plum with a brown transition shade to match your berry lipstick this fall, the olive green smokey eye you’ve been dying to try since you saw Carli Bybel do it, a classic gray and black eye effect that’s been recreated on every red carpet over the decades… all of these and more are possible with just one $18 palette. If you can’t get enough of Smokey & Highlight, don’t forget that NYX has plenty of other gorgeous eyeshadow palettes in their Ultimate Shadow collection!

Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette by Urban Decay, $49

Naked Cherry Eyeshadow Palette by Urban Decay
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We’ll never not be obsessed with the Naked palette collection by Urban Decay, a selection of gorgeous shades that take you from minimalist makeup to smokey eye chic in no time. Seriously, so many unique smokey eye makeup looks. And the fun continues with the Naked Cherry palette, a set of 12 cherry hues. These shades are extremely versatile and perfect for the fall season, inspired by your favorite food-themed autumn hues like black cherry, reddish plum, deep cranberry and more. Plus the classics like ivory and rose gold to add a pretty pop of color. These shades can be built up for a ton of smokey eye makeup looks you need to try, like a cranberry creation that’s ideal for Thanksgiving dinner or pop of peach that works for everything from a shift at work to a romantic date night. 96% of MIRA guests wrote that the shades in this eyeshadow palette are very long lasting and pigmented, but you can go even further to lock in your smokey eye makeup with the Eyeshadow Primer Potion by Urban Decay!

Glam Reflection Smoke 15 Color Shadow Palette by BH Cosmetics, $18

Glam Reflection: Smoke by BH Cosmetics
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Glam is a state of mind. It goes beyond your makeup collection and invokes feelings of empowerment, elegance, and even being just a little bit extra… and all of these things are possible with the Glam Reflection: Smoke eyeshadow palette by BH Cosmetics. The brand is known for their palettes, brush sets, and lipsticks that provide high quality at a low cost, and you won’t be disappointed with this stunning collection of matte and shimmer shades. Deep charcoal, flashing silver, and gem-like sapphire and emerald work together to create a brilliant selection of smokey eye looks, with each shade providing blendable, long-lasting color that won’t leave fall out. While this palette is a bit more on the sultry side, you can also try the Glam Reflection: Rosé palette for a more subtle set of smokey eye looks that make you look sweet and petal-soft.

Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays by Laura Mercier, $48

Editorial Eye Palette Intense Clays by Laura Mercier
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While this eyeshadow palette by Laura Mercier contains only six shades, believe us when we say that it’s quality over quantity. Editorial Eye Palette is the definition of evening drama, with 6 clay-textured metallic and matte hues that can be layered for smokey eye makeup that’s intense in the best way. The 3 mattes include deep black, royal blue, and warm brown shades that come together to create the most blue-tiful matte eyeshadow look, but we definitely don’t blame you if you want to add a touch of shimmer. Mix and match with metallic rust, pewter, and platinum hues that blend effortlessly on your lids for a sultry, sensational smokey eye. Oh, and the palette even includes a lightweight setting powder that locks in your eye looks for up to eight hours and keeps them from creasing. Exactly what you’d need to keep your eye effects in place for a night out!

Obsessions Palette - Smokey by Huda Beauty, $27

Obsessions Palette - Smokey by Huda Beauty
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The debate between silver and gold is timeless, and everybody has an opinion on which of these shimmery colors reigns supreme. But there is a way to have your silver (and gold!) and wear it too, and it’s called the Obsessions Palette - Smokey by Huda Beauty. Like every beauty product by Huda Kattan, this eyeshadow palette is all about glamour and sultry vibes. It features 9 ultra-pigmented matte and shimmer hues ranging from champagne, mocha, and gold to intense black and warm brown shades that add intensity to any smokey eye makeup effect. From the silver cut crease you’ve been practicing for New Year’s Eve (who’s counting the days?) to the champagne shimmer look that can be worn for all occasions, the Obsessions palette in Smokey is here to produce your best smokey eye looks for days and nights. We also love the Mauve, Ruby, and Sapphire versions of the Obsessions palette to get even more creative with your eye effects!

Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette by Tarte, $39

Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette by Tarte
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“The colors stay vibrant and in place all day with no creasing or fallout. S'More, Flame, Warmth, and Crackle makes for the perfect sexy smokey eye!” Indeed, all of the shade names in this eyeshadow palette by Tarte have a common theme: heat. And you’ll be bringing plenty of it with your versatile smokey eye makeup. Made with Amazonian clay for longer wear, vanilla extract for anti-aging and antioxidant properties, and mineral pigments to smooth the delicate skin on your eyelids… these 12 shades let you express your creativity and eyeshadow obsession in beautiful ways. Toasted has pale pink and pinky beige shades for the minimalist makeup lovers, deep plum and copper to become all about fall, metallic rust and terracotta for those who like to take risks with makeup, and much more. Essentially, there’s something for every smokey eye enthusiast in the Tartellete Toasted Eyeshadow Palette, and we can’t wait to see all the heated eye effects you create.

Instant Look In A Palette - Smokey Eye Beauty by Charlotte Tilbury, $75

Instant Look In A Palette - Smokey Eye Beauty by Charlotte Tilbury
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The name speaks for itself here, and you’ll feel sexy and smokey in an instant with this eyeshadow palette by Charlotte Tilbury. Except that it’s not just an eyeshadow palette, it takes care of your face too! The three eyeshadow hues consist of deep black and warm browns to create the traditional smokey eye - the first one that comes to mind when you imagine this cult favorite. After you’re done applying these simple yet stunning hues, you can create a radiant glow with a pop of pretty blush and gold highlighter that adds captivating color to your cheeks. Or your eyes, because we’re all about adding a touch of gold inner corner shimmer to your smokey eye looks. This eyeshadow palette fits right into your bag, and makes the perfect travel-sized beauty product to follow you on weekend trips, or nights out when you need a touch up.

Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette by Morphe, $39

Morphe X Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette by Morphe
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“I instantly fell in love with this palette for the color scheme it had going on and my favorite, the shimmers! I love how you can create numerous different looks and it was very blendable.” Jaclyn Hill has been gracing our iPhone and laptop screens with her impeccable smokey eye makeup for years now… so it’s no surprise that her eyeshadow palette with Morphe is seriously lit. Mattes, shimmers, satins and foils in every shade you can imagine to experiment with color and channel your inner beauty influencer? Yes, absolutely. Combine glittery pops of blue and purple like Pool Party and Twerk with warm browns and intense black to develop your own unique smokey eye that’s worthy of its own YouTube tutorial, or try an autumn classic with a burnt red smokey eye, courtesy of the shade Cranapple. We’re not kidding when we say that the smokey eye options are endless with this eyeshadow palette, which has top ratings for staying power, pigmentation, and blendability. And don't forget to check out all the other Morphe eye palettes for smokey eye realness.

Cover Shot Eye Palette - Ablaze by Smashbox, $29

Cover Shot Eye Palette - Ablaze by Smashbox
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If we had to choose an eyeshadow palette that was basically the epitome of the fire emoji, the Cover Shot Eye Palette by Smashbox would definitely be it. Each of these shades brings the heat, with warm, sunset-inspired shades of red clay and terracotta that put a smoldering effect on your smokey eye makeup. Combine burnt orange and warm brown for a golden hour inspired look, blend out beautiful violet for a fall eyeshadow effect that matches your berry lipstick, or just apply a simple wash of the neutral shades to bring out your eyes in less than 5 minutes. Cover Shot Eye Palette is a mini product that you can keep in your work or school bag, and 95% of MIRA reviews say that these shades are extremely pigmented and long lasting. Once you’ve fallen in love with Ablaze for your smokey eye makeup, don’t forget to try the Minimalist, Bold, and Prism eyeshadow palettes in the Cover Shot collection!

Gold Eyeshadow Palette by Natasha Denona, $129

Gold Eyeshadow Palette by Natasha Denona
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You’re gold, babe. Solid gold. And you deserve a smokey eye makeup palette that understands your regal taste while providing extreme pigmentation, without the worry of creasing or fallout. Like the Gold Eyeshadow Palette by Natasha Denona. This makeup palette features 15 matte, metallic, and duochrome shadows in multiple shades of gold, along with browns and greens for a range of regal smokey eye looks. Layer each and every shade to glow all out and show off your insane blending skills, while collecting compliments on how much the gold eyeshadows bring out your eyes. Which they definitely do, by the way. Gold Eyeshadow Palette lets you move away from the black, brown, and gray hues associated with a classic smokey eye and experiment with more glistening shades, because who doesn’t love sparkly things? Even if Gold Eyeshadow Palette is a bit pricey for you, just remember that Natasha Denona also has a mini version of this eyeshadow palette for just $25!


Create this timeless look with the best smokey eye makeup palettes on MIRA.