In a world where a new eyeshadow palette drops every week, it can be difficult to figure out which one you absolutely need — especially when you’re starting to build your collection. Makeup artists and influencers generally recommend essential palettes you’ll reach for everyday (think the OG Naked palette), and we agree. However, we also think it’s important for makeup beginners to pick a palette that’s super versatile (think dozens of shades or a variety of textures) so you can experiment with lots of different eyeshadow looks and techniques. Ahead, we’ve recommended our favorite versatile palettes — trust us, you’ll only need the one.

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