There’s something about makeup kits and palettes that make them seem like the furthest thing from user-friendly. While they come complete with an ample array of shade options to choose from, they’re often missing the all-important documentation on how to use the products within them. Which is why we rounded up six of our favorite picks, each with a step-by-step guide on how to apply them like a pro.
From smoky eyes to strobing, these palettes will have you achieving any look you’re going for with ease. And the best part? They’re all under $100. So there’s no need to break the bank in order to get your hands on some quality makeup.
Nyx Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette in Warm Neutrals
This palette comes complete with 16 shadows in a mix of both shimmery and matte finishes. And whether you’re looking to create a natural everyday look or something more dramatic for evening, there are plenty of options to choose from. The included tutorial walks you through creating four different eye makeup looks, so you can experiment until you find the one that works best for you.
Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes
There are seven different Smashbox palettes to choose from, each with their own unique color story. Whether you want to go for sultry and smokey or bright and playful, there’s an option for every occasion. Plus, the slim design makes these palettes perfect for travel. They even come with two double-ended applicators so you can apply your shadow wet or dry depending on the intensity level you’re going for.
bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 in The Vibrant Feelings Palette
This palette contains eight mineral-based shadows that can be used wet or dry depending on the intensity of color you desire. And because they’re infused with jojoba oil and coconut extract, they won’t crease or flake throughout the day (no matter how many hours you spend dancing at your friend’s wedding reception). The Feeling Myself shade is perfect for adding a pop of brightness to any look, while Soulful is ideal for when you want something a little more subdued.
Maybelline New York The Nudes Palette
If neutrals are more your thing, this Maybelline palette has got you covered with 12 different shades ranging from light pinkish nudes to rich chocolate browns. There are both matte and shimmery finishes included so you can mix and match to create endless possibilities. Use the included brush to achieve a flawless blend every time or ditch it altogether and opt for fingers instead—the creaminess of the shadows makes either application method work like a dream.
Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiance Concealer
This concealer comes in 12 different shades covering everything from very fair skin tones to deep skin tones with olive undertones. It provides medium coverage with a natural finish that won’t leave your skin looking cakey or dry throughout the day—no matter how many times you have to touch up your makeup (which let’s be honest, is pretty much inevitable). Plus, it contains hyaluronic acid which helps plump and hydrate skin so fine lines and wrinkles are less visible