Some people like expensive items and others like cheap. I like the best of both, cheap with expensive quality! Really, there’s nothing that gives me more satisfaction than buying items for a bargain. And it’s no different with makeup. If you can save big and get luxury products for less, then why not?! I get it, luxury eyeshadow palettes are luxurious and I do love luxury, but a good dupe is a delightful feeling! Not all of us have the bank account for all the designer makeup in the world (ah, no matter how much we dream!). That’s why you need these best eyeshadow palette dupes of 2021!
I’ve gone through way too many eyeshadow palettes to bring you the best eyeshadow palettes in every colour! Instead of the classic eyeshadow dupes of expensive vs. cheap, I’ve brought you the mid-range too. For each coloured palette, you will see the luxury dupe, vs the mid-range dupe, vs the cheap dupe! Get the best eyeshadow palette dupes for luxury brands like Natasha Denona, Viseart, Pat McGrath and Charlotte Tilbury. Get ready to save big this 2021!
Get ready for no compromise in the formula, quality and colours! You can truly have it all!
Battle of the Eyeshadow Palettes
In this Dupe article, I’m not gonna tell you to swap out your more expensive options for affordable ones. No! I just want to share with you palettes I have found to have extremely close resemblances, if not identical. It will give you and your budget more options for where you want to put your ££$$! Heck, you can even get all 3 matching palettes for the fun of your collection.
I’ve divided the eyeshadows into their colour stories. From purples and greens to nudes and pinks, and rainbows and reds, we have you covered! I’ve compared the colours as well as the pigmentation and how easy the palettes are to blend. I can’t wait to share it with you because this stuff is gold! I’ve made some amazing, fascinating discoveries that when I set out to do this article, I didn’t think was possible!
Rainbow palettes aren’t for everyone. Mostly because we have this fear that we may never really use them to their full potential. And it’s a valid concern. But in all scrutiny, having a rainbow palette ready on the side is like owning 5 separate palettes. Simply because, you get all the colours of the rainbow in one palette! Rainbow eyeshadows are flexible, especially when they contain a nude or 2.
There are those people that are all about the bright and flashy colours that rainbow palettes have to offer. The colours are fun and different and nowadays anything and everything goes!
A rainbow palette with base shades offers an abundance of eyeshadow looks waiting for you to try. And when you are out scouring the internet for “unique eyeshadow looks” or “bold eyeshadow looks”, you’ll likely have an easier time recreating these with a rainbow palette.
Viseart is a monster in the realm of professional makeup artists. Steep price tags, quality formulas, and uber pigmented shadows. And just looking at the palette alone you can see it exudes luxury and quality. Whilst I love Viseart, and the Grande Pro 3 palette is really something, I’m not 100% sure about the price! If it would be the only palette I would ever buy, then I could justify it, but since I’m a makeup junkie and the more palettes I have in my eyeshadow collection the better, it’s time for some dupes!
A rainbow palette like the Grande Pro 3 can be substituted for the James Charles Artistry Palette, and the Makeup Revolution Reloaded Monster Matte palette.
These three palettes are all ‘rainbow palettes’ and are all very similar to each other in colour. They all offer the main rainbow colours along with a few nudes to use as base shades.
While the Grande Pro and Monster Mattes are 100% mattes only finishes, you’ll get some extra shimmer and glitter shadows with the Morphe James Charles Palette. There are also several other extra shades on the James Charles palette that aren’t present on the other two, like some hypnotizing black shades, and some must-have purple colours to balance out the bold primary colours.
The Reloaded Monster Matte really challenges the Viseart palette in both title and colour. When it comes to the formula, you will notice some differences. The Monster Matte palette isn’t quite as buttery as the Grande Pro and it has some fallout. However, it is very easy to use and the huge price difference is definitely worth a little fallout!
The Makeup Revolution Monster Matte palette will give you an equally all matte rainbow palette with a bigger choice of colours.
Morphe X James Charles Artistry Palette sits right in the middle of the other 2 when it comes to quality and formula. While it may not be as luxurious and pigmented as the Viseart Grand Pro 3, it is good quality, has lovely formulas and beautiful colours!
Warm nudes are oranges are one of the more universal palettes to have. They’re also one of the most commonly offered colour stories in the cosmetics industry because who doesn’t like a little sultry every once in a while!
Perfect for all seasons and most skin tones too. A touch of the orange spectrum can help you achieve peachy or sunny shadow looks. The shades always match each other because the colours are analogous and harmonious together. These palettes are perfect for those who love a pretty nude but want to add a touch of colour.
Adding shimmers to oranges will help to create depth to your look. Warm nudes and oranges are versatile and really you can create any look you want from it, from smokey eyes to subtle and natural-looking day looks.
Based on looks alone, wouldn’t you agree that the shades found on the palettes below are basic yet versatile? Unvarying yet inclusive?
US: $ 129
UK: £ 34.40
Each has 9 shades
UK: £ 29.99
The Natasha Denona Sunset Palette has a hefty price of over £100. It’s definitely a palette that’s well worth its price. The colours are all absolutely stunning! I can imagine myself using this palette very well:) The colours are workable and a thoughtful mix of shimmer, matte and satin finishes. It’s a palette that can be worn every day throughout the year and for any occasion.
I’ve included two of Huda Beauty’s Obsessions palettes because together they recreate the Sunset palette. You’ll get the same colours minus the white one. However, they don’t all have the same finishes. The nude and orange finishes vary on both palettes, and Huda’s formula and texture are a lot creamier. On the other hand, Natasha has some buttery textures to live for!
With that said, if you don’t mind the finish, Huda is a great alternative for 18 shadows of almost all the same colours versus 15 eyeshadows with four times the price you’ll pay for one Obsessions palette.
We’ve all come to love the budget-friendly brand ColourPop. They have new releases more frequent than you can say boo! Every week is another great release, and when I say great, their products are just that. The formulas are A1, the colours are spot-on, and their makeup is totally Instagrammable!
The ColourPop Yes, Please Palette may not look like a dupe on plain sight, it swatches almost identically to both the Natasha Denona and Huda palettes! Although you will be missing out on more options for deeper hues, I think Yes Please offers enough shades for plenty of beautiful looks and your wallet will thank you too!
All 3 of these palettes have earned their right to be here. They are all high-quality eyeshadow palettes with beautiful colours and great colour payoff. However, if you have oily or sensitive skin, I recommend the Natasha Denona palette which is oil-free and vegan.
Blue eyeshadows are also an instant retro take on makeup. But that isn’t to say it instantly makes you look extreme. It just says you’ve been (or read) through a whole era of makeup where blue eyeshadow was the norm. Btw, a small tip: if you have green eyes and you want them to pop- wear blue eyeshadow! Wearing blue eyeshadow when you have blue eyes will make your eyes appear less blue. Colours have a way of their own!
Neutral eyeshadows, on the other hand, came to rise thanks to Bobbi Brown in the 90s where people started to opt for calmer, more inviting makeup using neutral colours of white, black, grey, browns, and bridges. ( As a neutral obsessed fanatic, I am eternally grateful for that!)
Mix both colour stories together and BAM! You get palettes like the Pat McGrath Mothership I, Smashbox Double Exposure 2.0, and The Tarte Winter Wonderglam eyeshadows. You get the best of both worlds. These shades are perfectly suitable together as they fall under the split complementary colour scheme.
Many think Pat McGrath’s shadows are undupable. But with thousands of palettes released from numerous cosmetic brands, I wasn’t buying that.
Yes, the formula is really outstanding and one of the best! But if you just want to follow McGrath’s unique eyeshadow tutorials and can’t get your hands on the palette yet, Smashbox has your back. The colours are extremely similar and the quality is very high-end. The shadows are pigmented, blend easily without a lot of fallout.
Finding a budget dupe for both the Pat McGrath Subliminal Palette and the Smashbox Double Exposure proved a little more difficult. The colour story just exudes luxury with is always harder to find with budget makeup. However, I struck gold or more like blue when I found the Revolution Colour Focus Palette Night & Day. The main difference between the two palettes is the packaging- one is black and one is white. Oh, and the price!
The colours are almost identical with the layout being the same too. Makeup Revolution palette has a bright yellow, whereas the Pat McGrath palette has more of a pastel yellow. There are other differences in the shades, but they are minor- the overall look is one big dupe!
Don’t expect poor quality just because the palette is cheap. The shades are all buttery and extremely pigmented!
These colour palettes are exactly how I imagine Autumn to look with all the leaves falling from the trees. The colours are natural and earthy toned with pinks, greens and browns.
If you’re looking for vibrant, alluring, magical, mysterious and want to stand out from the crowds then you need one of these eyeshadow palettes! The looks you can create with bronze and greens are endless, but one thing I can guarantee you is that all the looks are beautiful!
Are you seeing what I’m seeing with the Makeup Revolution’s Earth & Stone Focus Palette? It’s a carbon copy of the Pat McGrath Labs Mothership II Eyeshadow Palette! Not only are the colours all similar tones, but they are also placed in exactly the same layout! Is there such a thing as copyright with makeup?! Hmm, I wonder!
However, I’m not one to complain, a dupe like this is gold! Instead of paying in the hundreds, you can pay under 30 bucks. If that’s not a bargain, what is?!
While the general look is exactly the same, there are some subtle differences between the tones of some of the shades.
When it comes to the quality and texture of the palette Mat McGrath have some serious competition. Pat McGrath is known to make eyeshadow palettes that are top-notch and pretty unbeatable when it comes to quality. Their shadows are buttery, velvety and highly pigmented.
The Pat McGrath Labs Mothership II Eyeshadow Palette comes with 6 pressed shadows with matte, pearl and sparkle finishes. The other 4 eyeshadows are made from hybrid pigmented formulas in metallic, satin sheen, iridescence, and holographic brilliance finishes. From the packaging and the colours to the application and details, everything about this palette is perfection!
So how does it really compare to the Makeup Revolution Colour Focus Palette – Earth & Stone? That is aside from the identical colour story!
Revolution Pro Colour Focus Palette Earth & Stone comes with 8 shimmers and 2 mattes. Surprisingly (or unsurprisingly for this identical dupe), the quality of these shadows are really impressive! They are highly pigmented, apply and blend beautifully with barely any fallout. Many say it’s one of Makeup Revolutions best ever palettes. This palette is seriously worth every penny!
If you are looking for an even cheaper option than the Revolution Pro Colour Focus Palette Earth & Stone then check out the Wet n Wild Color Icon 32-Pan Eyeshadow Palette. After the Makeup Revolution dupe, I’m sure you have high expectations! I know I do;))
Although the Wet n Wild Color Icon 32-Pan Eyeshadow Palette is not an identical eyeshadow palette, it is still a pretty good dupe! Especially for its price.
It offers the same colours plus loads more, like some blues and more shades of the pinks, beiges and greens. The shades are mostly metallic with a few mattes for the neutral colours that you would use for a base or eyeliner, which is very useful to have as mattes.
The pigmentation is good and the blending is easy. Obviously it’s not as luxurious as the Pat McGrath Labs Mothership II Eyeshadow Palette and it doesn’t quite live up to the Makeup Revolution palette. Nevertheless, the quality is good and the palette is beautiful!
One negative about the palette is that it doesn’t come with a mirror, however, for the price of the palette you can’t really complain. It’s a palette well worth the money! This palette is ideal for a first eyeshadow palette, it has loads of colours and they’re all really pretty ones!
Purple is all about royalty and glamour. Mix it with bronzes and golds, you’re good to go! You can see on the palettes that none of the purple shades are bright or out there, nope it’s not about being loud, these palettes are all about being classy and elegant.
I can imagine Kate Middleton using one of these palettes on an official engagement. A natural eye with a bit of colour in the corner to make it deep and give dimension. Perhaps she should give me a call;)) Ye, I’m kidding, I’m sure she has an army of makeup artists who can give me a run for my money!
Aaanyways on to the palettes. I’ve put together the 3 best purple nudes eyeshadow palettes, they’re all great and suspiciously similar in colour choice.
So the thing with these eyeshadow palette dupes is that they’re all essentially good deals. But…you can always have a better deal!
The Chocolate Bar Palette isn’t costly compared to some of the other shadows we’ve reviewed here. But since it’s the most expensive of the 3 I’ve labelled it expensive.
The swatches are beautiful, I love the chocolate feel that it has to and the purple is a nice touch to it. Because I guess too much chocolate can get boring after a while, said no-one ever! Joking aside, I really do like the purple touch, funnily enough, I wouldn’t put purples with browns but as you see it works really well. So much so, the Chocolate Bar Palette is regularly sold out.
Milani Gilded Nude Hyper Pigmented Eyeshadow Palette is almost a carbon copy of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. It has one less shade and the shades aren’t all in the same places, but aside from that- wow, what a dupe!
The NYX Professional Makeup Cosmic Metal Shadow Palette is a smaller, even cheaper version of the Chocolate Bar palette and the Milani Nude one. It has 6 shades, all of which are shimmery, whereas both other dupes have more shades and a combination of finishes.
In terms of quality, the NYX palette is good for the price. The shades are easy to apply and blend out easily. Obviously, there are only 6 colours and the palette doesn’t quite feel like a Too Faced eyeshadow palette, but it’s good value for money.
The Milani Nude Palette is a really great eyeshadow palette! The shadows are easy to use, they blend beautifully and are highly pigmented with very little fallout. Milani makeup products, in general, are really impressive quality, and this one is no exception!
Neutral nudes are one of those colour stories that everyone needs a palette of in their makeup collection. Neutral shades are for those times that you’re not sure what to wear, be it a party, a business meeting or even to the park. You simply can’t go wrong with a good nude palette! I know as a neutral obsessed junkie I may be a little biased, but surely you agree with me?!
Neutrals are for any and every occasion, you will always feel safe and fitting in! My motto is you can never have too many neutrals either! It’s always good to have a spare one for a rainy day:)
The Biba palette is one of the harder palettes to dupe. So I feel lucky I’ve come across some striking swatches from Juvia’s Place and Illamasqua to pit against Natasha Denona.
The Illamasqua Artistry Palette – Elemental is a gorgeous, sultry palette! It has very similar colours to the Natasha Denona Biba Palette with the addition purple shade. Aside from that, the main difference is that the Illamasqua palette only has one shimmer and the Biba palette has 4 shimmery metallic shades.
The formulas of both are equally high-end, and the same goes for the Juvia’s Place Eyeshadow Palette. I had actually never heard about this brand before, but it looks like they have some awe-inspiring products!
Their palettes colour story is actually even more similar to the Biba Palette. The main difference is that the Biba palette has a black shade and Juvia’s Place palette does not. They’ve arranged the colours a little differently to the Biba palette so it’s not as easy to see it a dupe. Once you start comparing, you will notice how most of the colours are in fact the same! And may I say for a fraction of the price!
All three of the palettes will give you your money’s worth. They are all highly pigmented, super easy to work and blend with and last throughout the day.
Bronze and red eyeshadow palettes are the perfect party solution! With the deep rich shades and the intense glitters, you will be a head-turner!
Yes, we’ve included another Pat McGrath palette! Their quality and beautiful intense colours are something that so many brands want to copy and get a piece of in their own eyeshadow palettes. Their prices though, is the reason why we are duping them!
The Pat McGrath Bronze Seduction palette is one of their most beautiful dazzling palettes. It’s the most unique yet wearable one, in my opinion. Although it is more for parties and evenings out. I don’t think I would sport glittery red-eye to work, I’m sure you’ll agree on that one;)
It consists of a combination of mattes, shimmers and metallics in deep reds, beautiful bronzes and dark seductive browns. The quality is typical Pat McGrath perfection, the shades are buttery and velvety, and the shimmers and metallics are intense. The only downside is the obvious- the price!
Thankfully we have some amazing dupes for the Bronze Seduction palette. First up is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette. Just looking at the 2 you can see what an obvious dupe it is.
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette has more shades than the Bronze Seduction and they’ve added some extra nudes. While the Pat McGrath doesn’t have a matte nude, only a shimmer one, the Sultry Palette does. Which is a nice addition! The other main difference between the 2 palettes is that the Sultry Palette doesn’t have a deep red like the Bronze Seduction. Aside from those differences, they are really similar and in quality too. Anastasia Beverly Hills makes some good eyeshadow palettes and their Sultry one is one of their best yet! You can read my full review on it here.
Whilst the Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry Eyeshadow Palette is an amazing dupe it is still on the expensive side. If you are looking to save big then NYX Professional Makeup Love Lust & Disco Eyeshadow Palette – Rose & Play is your best bet!
It has the same amount of shades as the Pat McGrath palette and the colours are super close in shades and tones. The NYX palette has doesn’t have the intense deep bronze, it has one shimmery gold and an extra matte pink.
The quality doesn’t disappoint either. The colours apply easily and they’re easy to blend.
Green is one of those colours that are a little tricky to get right in eyeshadow. If you apply it wrong you can look reeaally bad and when you do it right you can look amazing! You really have to know what you’re doing to pull it off!
Green and gold have always been colours that work well together. Probably because they are right next to each other on the colour wheel. They flow nicely and complement each other perfectly as you can see from the palettes below.
Just looking at the Natasha Denona Gold palette already lures you into wanting it. It has the most gorgeous inviting golds in every finish and tone with a subtle green to it. This palette was quite a hard one to find a dupe for because it has the greens, but they are very subtle. The main colour story is gold.
Melt Smoke Sessions, and W7 24K Gold Rush Pressed Pigment Palette are both really good affordable dupes with a little more green to them. Melt Cosmetics has a few of the golden shades with one extra green.
As you can expect, the Natasha Denona Gold Palette is real high-end when it comes to quality and colour pay-off. The colours deliver intense pigmentation and they are super easy to blend out. The same applies to the Melt Cosmetics palette and the Morphe eyeshadow palettes. Yes, you got it, for a fraction of the cost you will get a solid eyeshadow palette that will deliver amazing quality shadows.
The funny thing with these dupes is that the W7 really cheap palette has more similar colours to the Natasha Denona pricey palette than the mid-range palette. The shades are eerily similar for a fraction of the price. The quality isn’t quite as good as the Natasha Denona palette and the Melt Cosmetics palette, but for the price, it’s well worth it!
Berry Nudes is one of my favourite colour stories ever. Just look at how pretty these palettes are and the looks that be created from them are endless. From party looks, day looks and office looks, anything and everything go. These palettes are versatile and fun!
Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Instant Eyeshadow Palette is one of the most talked-about palettes when it comes to dupes. And I’m in on it too. I love Charlotte Tilbury’s eyeshadows but they are costly.
Too Faced have a very similar palette with their Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eye Shadow Palette. The only difference really is that it lacks options for the berry colours. But if we’re talking about swatches, it really nails all the rest. And the layout of the shadows is fun and original!
BYS’ Nude 4 is a really affordable option for the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Instant Eyeshadow Palette. The colours and the layout are exactly the same! It’s almost comical! It was clearly made as a dupe!
All these three want to take you to a Springy, careless Summer picnic. Or even just carry your whole makeup look for normal days. So if you’re going for that, any of these three can be your tea time friend.
Differences between High-end and Budget Makeup
As you have seen in this post on the best eyeshadow palette dupes, nearly all expensive eyeshadows have a dupe that costs a fraction of the price. That got me wondering, what is the actual difference in the eyeshadows that some cost in the 3 digits and some in the single ones.
I decided to dig a little deeper and did a lot of research and the results are interesting at best.
There is no guarantee with expensive makeup that it is good quality, and there is no guarantee with cheap makeup. It all in the individual product.
The reason many expensive brands cost so much is simply because the packaging is expensive to make. If you compare ColourPop packaging to Dior you can see where the money goes instantly. Fancy packaging = expensive product
Another thing I did hear a lot of is that many people with sensitive skin find that cheap brands tend to cause a reaction in their skin more than the more expensive ones.
Quality of pigmentation is also a huge factor in driving the cost of makeup up. Most eyeshadows are made with the same ingredients across the board. The expensive brands often put more of the good stuff in like pigmentation and the cheaper brands cut corners there. However, this is no rule of thumb. There are plenty of affordable brands that have highly pigmented eyeshadows that last extremely well.
I think it’s all about trial and error and finding the brands that work for you! There are expensive brands that don’t work for me and likewise, there are cheaper ones that do and visa-versa. Look at The Ordinary and ColourPop- 2 examples of affordable beauty products that seriously deliver!
I hope you have come away from these best eyeshadow dupes with a good dupe for yourself! There’s loads of amazing eyeshadows out there, it’s all about finding the right ones. If you think there are any eyeshadow dupes that should be included in this guide, please drop me a line! You know how I love hearing from you all:)
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