My rediscovery for eyeshadow started in New Orleans at Essence Festival this summer. Another editor volunteered to do my eye makeup, and of course, I obliged. She insisted on painting me a smoky eye with a hint of metallic, and I loved it. I hadn’t willingly worn eyeshadow since my early twenties, but this beat that she gave me piqued my interest in the way of what shadow could do to elevate my look. Now I’m really getting into it, trying different color trends and classic looks.
Influencers and professional makeup artists offer inspiration, but most importantly, the gorgeous colors in the different palettes have renewed my excitement for playing up my eyes. My newest favorites range in price, color, and tone, so there’s something for every shadow lover, or doubtful consumer ready to rediscover his or her love for the product.
Black Radiance Eye Appeal Lid Glitz
This fun shadow gives me both sparkle and loads of beautiful color.
NOMAD Tokyo Harajuku Palette
I’ve been to Harajuku, and this palette truly embodies the bright, fun, colorful spirit of the neighborhood. Who wouldn’t want to wear that?
Deck of Scarlet Caitlin Foil Eyeshadow
I love the look of this eye candy. It’s like a ruby red slipper for your lids.
Deck of Scarlet
Luminess Can’t Wait To Be Queen Eyeshadow Palette
I’ve never met a jewel tone I didn’t love and this royal palette is chock full of them, with deep purple and vibrant emerald leading the pack.
Sir John x Luminess
BLK/OPL AKSANTI Collection Ukweli Eyeshadow Palette
Not only is this palette perfect for building color on your lids, the art from Nicholle Kobi makes the packaging a collectible item, and proceeds go to a good cause.
IMAN Cosmetics Perfect Eye Shadow Pencil
This shadow comes in several colors to get everything from a smoky eye to a bright color trend. The pencil shape also makes it really easy to apply.
Beauty Bakerie Do It For The Graham Palette
I love this palette for its mix of subtle metallics, and bright bold colors when I want something with more pop. It’s tailor made for melanin rich skin.