Visually, the kind of makeup that always attracts are the prettiest palette designs and also the flashiest shades that stand out the most. But take a step back and analyse your collection of peacock eye shadows: do you actually make use of these shades on a regular basis? More often than not, these eye shadow palettes have already been relegated to the darkest and dustiest corner of your vanity table.

On the flip side, we tend to gravitate towards neutral shades that would wear better on a daily basis and complement our outfits better. That’s where neutral eye shadow palettes come into play.

Forget your single eye shadow pans or eye shadow quads — neutral palettes come in a myriad of shades that will let you achieve that proper eye makeup look and giving it depth, while staying in wearable neutral shades that won’t give your boss a heart attack. In fact, you can take your eye makeup game from day to night with neutral eye shadow palettes by simply creating a smokey eye look with the same palette.

First, prep yourself with some eye shadow tips for Asian eyes, and then read on for our list of classic neutral eye shadow palettes that you should add to your collection of makeup.

1
Urban Decay Naked

The OG neutral eye shadow palette that sold by the millions and created a cult following is the Urban Decay Naked eye shadow palette. It’s proven so popular that the brand has created another four other versions of it: Naked 2, Naked 3, Naked Smoky, and Naked Heat. It’s a versatile eye shadow palette that can give you the most basic looks and the sultriest smokey eye look too.

RM215, Urban Decay Malaysia

2
M.A.C Girls Personality Palettes in Power Hungry

This palette is not a classic but is in fact, brand new and hot off the press. Part of the M.A.C Girls personality palettes collection, Power Hungry comprises of eight eye shadow colours and one highlighter shade in warm neutral tones. Unlike the Urban Decay Naked, Power Hungry consists of lighter shades, perfect for those who like their eye makeup light.

RM258, M.A.C Cosmetics Malaysia

3
Too Faced Chocolate Bar

The Too Faced Chocolate Bar is another cult favourite, inspiring more versions like the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar and Chocolate Bon Bon eye shadow palette. The original Chocolate Bar is a sweet, cocoa-smelling eye shadow palette that applies buttery smooth as well. In the palette, you’ll find a range of matte, shimmery, and metallic shades in neutral browns and the occasional pop of purple and pink to balance out your look.

RM199, Sephora.my

4
Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Glambition

This Fall 2017, Marc Jacobs Beauty has completely revamped its eye shadow palettes formula and also the shade lineup in each palette. Glambition consists of seven bronzey neutrals in matte, satin, and shimmery finishes. Personally, we love the newly reformulated texture of the shadows that feel more plush and pigmented than before.

RM215, Sephora.my

5
Zoeva The Basic Moment Eyeshadow Palette

New this Fall 2017 is The Basic Moment, an eye shadow palette from Zoeva that focuses on timeless shades that will never go out of style. You have 10 shades ranging from bare nudes to metallic golds and greys that are versatile not only as eye shadow colours, but also highlight and contour. Note the buttery smoothness of the eye shadow formula, as it has been formulated with vitamin E. This ensures it won’t crease on your eyes or emphasise fine lines.

RM130, Sephora.my

PohNee Chin
Editor, Kuala Lumpur
Poh Nee is the editor and writes about travel and drinks. When she's not living out her holiday dreams via Google Earth and sipping on an Old Fashioned down at the local bars, you can find her snug at home bingeing on Netflix and mystery fiction.