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Any makeup lover will agree that you can never have enough eyeshadows; therefore, that can hurt your wallet too. Thankfully, affordable brands have been upping their eyeshadow game, sometimes even matching the quality of high-end brands in terms of texture, colour payoff and longevity. If you have been itching to try some new colours, drugstore eyeshadows would definitely be a budget-friendly way to expand your makeup repertoire.

What's a good eyeshadow palette for beginners? 

When you first start experimenting with eyeshadow, it’s exciting to try out the entire rainbow of colours. However, bold colours such as blue, green and even reds will require a seasoned hand and blending technique, which is why it is best to start practicing with easy-to-wear colours first. For Asian skin tones, warm nudes, beiges, corals and browns can be a great place to start. 

The colours are forgiving enough and can look presentable even with minimal blending. Select an eyeshadow palette with a good selection of both matte and shimmer shades to let you create a variety of styles even within the shade range. Check out some of the most highly-rated drugstore eyeshadow that’s out on the market!

1. NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Muliti-Finish Shadow Palette - Warm Rust

Best drugstore eyeshadow palette

Price from RM59.63

shopping_cart Hermo Malaysia RM59.63

With 12 shades that come in a selection of matte, shimmer and metallic finishes, this versatile palette is easily a must-have if you’re looking to fill out your collection. The high-performance shadows are smooth and buildable, making it easy for you to create a multitude of vibrant looks with just this one palette.

2. Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Glitter Single – Toasty

Best drugstore singles eyeshadow

Price from RM5.85

shopping_cart Watsons Malaysia RM5.85

Fill out your selection of glitter eyeshadows with these affordable yet high quality options. Buttery, smooth and easily blendable, these are a great investment with a choice of several versatile shades, including this Toasty brown that will complement numerous eye looks.

3. L'Oreal Make Up Designer Paris Le Stylo Smoky Eyeshadow

Best drugstore stick eyeshadow

Price from RM39.60

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM39.60

Get a complete eye look with this dual-ended eyeshadow stick. It comes with an intensely pigmented eyeshadow crayon on one end, and a built-in kabuki brush that helps blend the shadow out beautifully. Choose from a variety of shades that can be the star of your next makeup creation.

4. Bourjois Smoky Stories Eyeshadow

Best eyeshadow for beginners

Price from RM42.42

shopping_cart Hermo Malaysia RM42.42

It can be tricky for beginners to match colour combinations together, which is why this shadow quad is a great option for those who are new to smoky eye looks. Each quad comes with four pre-matched shades that blend easily and complement each other.

5. Revlon Colorstay Looks Book Palette Eye Shadow – 910 Player

Best for brown eyes

Price from RM33.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM33.00

To make the brown shades of your eyes pop more, you can either go with warm, copper brown tones, or go bold with greens and blues. The ultra-pigmented blues and greens in this palette will serve as a fun way to highlight your eyes.

6. Revlon Colorstay Looks Book Palette Eye Shadow – 920 Enigma

Best eyeshadow for hazel eyes

Price from RM44.91

shopping_cart Watsons Malaysia RM44.91

The wonderful variance of hazel eyes that can go from golden brown to even lightly greenish tones can be best complemented with copper-gold, fuchsia and purples. With this palette, you can get a simple daily look with a pop of warm golden tones, or go dramatic with a dazzling blend of purplish hues.

7. Palladio Rose Color Pro Eyeshadow Palette

Best for mature skin

Price from RM96.75

shopping_cart Hermo Malaysia RM96.75

Palladio Rose Color Pro Eyeshadow Palette comes with a collection of 35 shades in both satin and matte finishes. You can mix and match between champagnes, golds, browns and blush colours to your heart’s desire. Additionally, the jojoba oil-enriched formula can nourish your skin at the same time.

8. Maybelline The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette

Best eyeshadow for dark skin

Price from RM25.00

shopping_cart Hermo Malaysia RM25.00

Choose from several mini palettes of pigmented and versatile shades that will suit most skin tones. Each pan comes with six colours to create custom looks, with some even allowing you to go from day-to-night with just one convenient palette. That way, you don’t even need to buy multiple palettes just to create one look.

9. Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Shadow & Liner - Natural Nude

Best for sensitive eyes

Price from RM29.95

shopping_cart Watsons Malaysia RM29.95

Hypoallergenic and dermatologist-approved, this palette is suitable for contact lens wearers and those with sensitive eyes. The nude shades are creamy and come in a range of skin-friendly tones. It is a good shimmery palette to have in your collection, and can be applied either wet or dry to achieve different looks.

10. Rimmel Magnifeyes Eyeshadow Palette 12-Pan

Best eyeshadow without fallout

Price from RM50.92

shopping_cart Hermo Malaysia RM50.92

Honestly speaking, makeup fallout is sometimes inevitable. However, this palette from Rimmel does a decent job at minimising fallout. It can give you pigmented matte and shimmer shades that can sculpt and define your eyes splendidly with a relatively long staying power.

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