The Best Do-It-All Neutral Eyeshadow Palettes

MAC Cosmetics Eyes On Palette Cocos Tea Party

Hello, my name is Ella and I’m addicted to eyeshadow palettes – particularly those of the neutral variety. That is how I would introduce myself at Makeup Addicts Anonymous, if such a group existed.

It never used to be this way. A couple of years ago I had one makeup bag and a handful of skincare and hair products; but now my bathroom, bedroom and home office are all overrun with cosmetics. So this summer I set myself the daunting task of downscaling. And as a result my tally of 12 (!!!) neutral eyeshadow palettes has been cut down to just three. Here’s a look at what remains…

MAC Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Cool Neutral Palette

MAC Cosmetics have just launched two 15-shade neutral eyeshadow palettes: the MAC cool neutral palette and the Mac warm neutral palette. They both offer a balance of light, medium and dark shades in a mix of matte and shimmer, and every colour is wearable. At £65 they’re not cheap, but if you were to buy 15 individual MAC eyeshadows it would set you back £195!

MAC Senior Artist, Cher Webb, introduced me to the cool neutral tray when it first hit counters and it instantly became my go-to for eyes. I use it day and night, playing with the two signature looks Cher created for me (sadly my attempts don’t look quite as good).

MAC Eyes On Cool Palette Cocos Tea Party

“The warm and cool neutral eyeshadow palettes are like treasures in my kit,” Cher raved when I saw her. “Each shade is complimentary and versatile. For daytime eyes apply taupe colours like Crushed Clove or French Clay over the eyelid and then blend a deeper shade into your socket line and under the bottom lash line.”

“To take your makeup from day to evening utilise the rich and smokey tones within these palettes. Black Tied, Brun and After Dusk are my favourites when adding definition along the lashes and socket line. And for a really bold look try wetting an angle brush and applying your shadows slightly wet to deepen the pigment.”

Bobbi Brown Telluride Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Telluride Eye Palette

Although I could easily live with the MAC cool neutral palette and nothing else, I have also held onto two other new releases. The Bobbi Brown Telluride Eye Palette plays host to seven warm, rose gold shades which were inspired by the late afternoon sun in Telluride, Colorado (Bobbi’s favourite place). It’s great for creating a dramatic brown smokey eye, but I also like to apply a wash of Woodrose or Antique Rose across my lids for a more low-key look.

Dior Backstage Eye Reviver

Dior Backstage Reviver

I’ve also held onto the Dior Backstage Eye Reviver, which was launched this spring and specialises in flattering daytime eyes. All five of the illuminating shadows have a purpose (base, highlight, lid, crease and lash line). And it also includes a black gel eye liner and brush, with makes it perfect for travel.


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Are you also addicted to neutral eyeshadow palettes? Which are your current favourites?

Wearing shades from the MAC Cool Neutral Palette in all portraits. Makeup by Cher Webb. Thanks Jordana for taking the photos.

P.S. Here is the anatomy of an eyeshadow palette.


  1. lavieenliz says:

    gorgeous shadow palette

  2. Divya says:

    I’ve got about 3 eyeshadows that I’ve used for the past few years but am definitely looking to buy a neutral eye palette. Maybelline and L’oreal seem to have great high street alternatives as well and I believe NARS are launching their Narsissist palette in the UK soon!

  3. Holly Rose says:

    I’m in desperate need of a new eye shadow palette, all of these look beautiful! Thankyou for the review!
    Holly x

  4. francesca.frith says:

    Ooh these are all so lovely, wish I could afford them!!

    Fran Leanne x


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