Nude eyeshadows are a necessity for a well-lived life. They are right up there with a great bra, the perfect pair of jeans and killer high heels that are super comfortable too. Everyone should have a nude eyeshadow palette, and there are plenty of them available out there. The trouble is that it is a struggle to find the ‘right’ fit.

From chocolates to beiges, and taupes to rose golds, there is a gamut of colors available for you. Whether your definition of nude is a minimalist gold eye, or you prefer a smoky brown for your every day look, there is a palette that’s right for you.

Now, we say palette because investing in them is always a better idea, than buying single shadows. Palettes take the conjecture out of crafting a sexy, sultry nude eyeshadow look. You get the right color options that have been chosen by eyeshadow experts, and they go very well together, so you can mix and match to your heart’s content. But how do you know which palette would be right for you?

Well. That’s where we come in. We’ve broken down the absolute best high-end nude eyeshadow palettes that are worth the splurge. Let’s check them out:

BareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 The Power Neutrals – $41

Eight gorgeous eyeshadows in a neutral color scheme come together beautifully for an office-ready power palette. Just like all their other eyeshadows, this BareMinerals palette promises to deliver vibrant, true-to-pan color along with 12-hour wear. You also get a double-ended brush for precise application of the eyeshadows.


The colors are intense, taupe-y, and great for cool-toned complexions. They blend easily and let you create your unique style of naked eyes effortlessly. The shadows are soft but not powdery. However, these are also very pigmented, and you’ll have to blend well to sheer out these colors on the eye if that’s the look you are going for.

The eyeshadows are made using a SeaNutritive Mineral™ Complex. Simply put, these are positively charged sea minerals that are chock full of anti-oxidants. That’s how the power palette delivers anti-aging benefits with the eyeshadows. So, you can put these on to reduce puffiness around the eye area as well.

BareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 8.0 The Power Neutrals palette is a must for any working woman’s wardrobe.

Stila Matte `N Metal Eye Shadow Palette – $49

Stila leverages the power of metallic neutrals to create the Matt ‘N Metal eyeshadow palette. It offers 12 beautiful complimentary eyeshadows in both matte and shimmer finishes. The shades are a delicate mix of neutral tones that come together to make a perfect nude eye. You will find that this palette has a mix of dark cocoa shades, mesmerizing mauves and sweet pinks to help you create the perfect bare eye for absolutely any time of the day.


The sparkly shades are perfect for jazzing things up at night, while the subtler shades make it the ideal day-time palette as well. Inside, you will also find some show-stopping cocoas and browns for a traffic-stopping smoky eye.

This is a very versatile palette that comes complete with a mirrored compact so that you can use it on the go quickly. If you are into warm-toned mattes, shimmery rose golds and power bronzes; then you never have to look at another palette again, because this one does have it all. The powder shadows are made to deliver long-lasting color and true to Stila fashion, all these eyeshadows are super blendable, can be used wet or dry depending on the color intensity you desire.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette – $52

Smashbox set out to create a universally flattering palette that would offer colors perfect for the runway as well as impromptu office selfies! They achieved all that and a lot more with the Full Exposure Palette. The palette is a simple yet compelling mix of beautiful nude eyeshadows that are super high quality as well.


The colors have been carefully chosen to flatter all eye shades and pop out on all skin tones. This makes it a great palette for beginners, or for those who’ve just started dabbling into nude eyeshadows. The payoff is amazing, in fact, the palette is too pigmented if that’s a thing.

As expected from all Smashbox eyeshadows, the swatches were beautiful. The palette house 14 eyeshadows that offer a pretty diverse range of mattes and shimmers that can create a variety of looks. The formula is soft and buttery, and the fallout is minimal. It has potential to go from everyday nude to party-ready power smoky in no time at all! Surprisingly enough, unlike other palettes that lean one way or another, this one has a nice mix of cool and warm-toned shades, including everything from pewter and black to chocolate browns. If you travel often, this is one palette that is a must for your travel bag.

Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette Soul – $49

Stila bats it out of the ballpark again with this palette. This one is a soulful representation of what a nude eye look means to the experts at Stila.

The idea behind the palette is quite spiritual. With the ‘Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette -Soul,’ Stila has tried to explore what it means to have true beauty come from within. The skin friendly, nude eyeshadows held within palette have been curated carefully to ring out your natural beauty without overpowering your natural glow.


The mattes are luxuriously pigmented while the shimmering eye shadows catch the light beautifully. The palette offers subtle nudes of the taupe and honeysuckle kind. Also available are shouldering navy and charcoal for that perfect smoky eye for absolutely any occasion. You can combine these beautiful basics with pewter, mahogany, bronze and copper shades within the palette to create a nude eye look that is uniquely yours. From dramatic and daring to subtle and sweet, this Stila palette can help you create the right eye look as per your requirements!

BareMinerals GEN NUDE Eyeshadow Palette Neutral – $29

Do big eyeshadow palettes confuse you? Would you like to cut straight through the clutter and get your hands at a palette that offers quick and affordable nude eyeshadows, without having to compromise on the quality?

May we present the GEN NUDE eyeshadow palette in Neutral by bareMinerals?


It offers the same highly pigmented eyeshadows that BareMinerals is known for, but in a compact, petite palette form containing only six eyeshadows. The colors have been curated to help you build the ultimate nude eye look. When used together, in any combination, these eyeshadows create a feminine look that is just right for you.

The palette comes with a step-by-step guide for creating a variety of looks with the eyeshadows, so even if you are a beginner, you can do well with this one. The formula is excellent as expected, and the colors layer over each other beautifully. So, once you have had a little practice with the palette, you can easily create a uniquely personal look with only the six eyeshades in here.

TheBalm Nude Beach Eyeshadow Palette – $36

This one offers the intense power of fire-brand colors at your fingertips. The 12 shades packed in this palette are perfect for creating a sun-kissed eyeshadow look that looks just as amazing at work as it does at the beach. The palette beautifully encapsulates the warmth of the desert sun, and the pigmented shadows let you translate all that drama straight onto your own eyes.


The sexy, sultry fire themed nudes are all the rage these days. And if you are looking for a contemporary nude palette, then this is the right one for you. The powder eyeshadows are soft and buttery and offer an intense color payout. But if you want that extra oomph, use the shadows wet to make the colors pop even more.

The palette lends itself beautifully to a variety of looks. You can even use it in tandem with other palettes to contour your eyes for the perfect 3-dimensional sun-kissed look.

So which nude palette are you thinking of investing in next?