Summer is the best time to try more bold and colourful eye makeup looks. If you want to wear vibrant eyeshadow that won’t melt or crease as temperatures soar, this selection is for you! With so many beautiful eyeshadow palettes on the market, finding the most high-performing ones is a timely task, so we’ve done the leg work for you and compiled 10 of the most pigmented and long-wearing eyeshadow palettes for summer 2021.
Top 10 Pigmented Summer Palettes 2021
Makeup Artist Mary Irwin created the statement eyeliner with a wet brush.
Best For Holiday Makeup Looks
Whether you plan on looking fabulous abroad or on a staycation, you’ll have dreamy summer looks in the palm of your hand with the Viseart Soleil La Plage Étendu palette! The 12-pan palette features a mesmerizing selection of buildable shades in holiday-inspired hues, from soft sandy shades to vivid yellow and orange in matte and crystalline finishes. A pop of duo-chrome Sea Blue seals the deal to make this the ideal summer palette. Viseart’s finely milled shadows are incredibly versatile and deliver rich pigment applied wet or dry.
Best For Luxury Lovers
The Mood 4 Ever Palette by ROEN offers four flattering and harmonious shades that will quickly become your go-to palette for clean and elevated looks. These luxuriously silky eye shadows blend seamlessly across the lids creating a dazzling foil-effect finish. The eye shadows are buildable and long-lasting, plus you can apply them wet or with your finger for the optimal colour payoff.
Best For Elevated Colourful Eyes
If you’re a fan of rich, velvety shadows, the Dark EDIT palette by Viseart doesn’t disappoint. It features a selection of opulent purples, rich browns and gilded greens inspired by the regal hues found in Viseart’s full-sized 04 Dark Mattes, Grande Pro 2, Absinthe and Siren palettes. This palette offers the perfect mix of vibrant and moody shadows in luxurious finishes for enhancing and defining the eyes.
Best For Bronzed & Sculpted Looks
SUQQU’s Signature Colour Eye quads offer carefully developed shades in a versatile combination of finishes (matte, shimmer and glitter sparkle) to subtly amplify the eyes. The buildable shades can be layered easily for tailored intensity – from pared-back to totally breath-taking. There’s no risk of creasing or caking thanks to a unique formulation containing clear pearls. Each shade diffuses with a semi-sheer finish that’s beautifully even and great for creating an endless array of arresting effects.
Best For Date Night
With shade names like Roleplay, Take Control, and Tantric, NARS’ Extreme Eyeshadow Palette is unashamedly seductive. Offering three exquisite finishes — in matte, satin and an innovative molten gloss — this palette offers unbeatable versatility. The 12-pan palette also features the deepest shade of jet-black around: try using it as a liner by applying it with a water-dipped angled brush for a seductive eye look for date night.
Best For Foolproof Application
For foolproof sultry eyes, look no further. With just four shades in shimmers and mattes, Charlotte Tilbury has made it easier than ever to make your lids the star of the show. A beautifully pretty, feminine, everyday eyeshadow palette that gives a natural, effortless finish. The best bit? The palette offers universally flattering shades to enhance all eye colours.
Best For All-Out Glam
The Huda Beauty Gold Obsessions Palette is pigment-packed and features nine glamorous shadows in three eye-catching finishes; rich buttery mattes, high shine metallics and pressed glitters. You can create endless eye looks with these carefully curated shadows. Enjoy soft daytime hues like the champagne colours or intensify your look for the evening with dramatic options like the golden pressed glitters. If you’re looking for a luxurious metallic palette, this is one you don’t want to miss in 2021.
Best For All-Out Glam
From the subtle smokey eye to a sculpted or graphic eye, this 9-pan palette by Huda Beauty can do it all. The Brown Obsessions palette boasts luxurious finishes in complementary shades that look ravishing on every skin tone. Velvety smooth powders, intense metallics, marbled shimmers, and an irresistible pearl flake texture give you the creative freedom to shade, highlight and define the eyes.
Best For Maximalists
If you’re a fan of colour palettes, it doesn’t get better than this summer palette. The Neon Heat Limitless Shadow Palette by Makeup Revolution boats 27 beautifully bright summery shades in warm, neon hues. In a mix of soft matte and creamy shimmer finishes, each shadow is easy to blend, buildable and ready for you to create a multitude of sizzling summer looks!
Best For Value
This gorgeous eyeshadow palette has everything you need to unlock your sun-goddess potential. Giving us all the summer vibes that we crave, the 16-shade palette offers a curated collection of soft, pigmented shadows formulated in a range of matte, shimmer and foiled finishes. Expect easy to blend shades, vivid pigment and the overall quality you’d expect from a premium palette.
Top Tip: If you’re already looking sun-kissed, now is the time to pull back on full-coverage foundations, so you can play up the eyes without looking heavy or overdone. If not, fake it ’til you make it with these foundations and skin tints for perfect summer skin.