6 Mini Eyeshadow Palettes to Try Before Splurging on the Full ThingJune 28, 2019
Eyeshadow palettes are one of those items we can’t resist splurging on — whether it’s the lure of a velvety, buttery formula or a color story that makes our heart skip a beat. This infatuation can become pricey, however, with many of our favorites running for $50 a pop or more. Our workaround? The mini palette — an offshoot of its namesake that features new shades in the same formula. There are lots of reasons to love these petite palettes, chief among them being their portability and the opportunity to get a feel for the product before splurging on the full thing. It’s important to note, however, that this isn’t always the most cost-effective choice (some can run you up to half the price), but it’s definitely an easier pill to swallow.
We’ve rounded up our favorites ahead — from the all-matte option with warm, sultry shades to the sunset-inspired palette that’s practically a steal.
Fans of Urban Decay Naked Heat should add Petite Heat to their collection — a compact, all-matte palette, with five new neutrals inspired by the OG Heat Palette. The two pair perfectly, but you can also create entire look withe mini palette, which is so compact you can also fit it in the teeniest of bags.
You’ve probably seen the cult-favorite Venus Palette on your favorite influencers, and it may even already be hanging out in your stash. The formula is popular among the makeup-enthusiast set, so if you’re a fan of the creamy, pigmented shadows, then you’ll love the mini size. The XS Palette features two mattes and two shimmers, which you can use all over or pair with other hues.
While we’re no strangers to splurging on a luxury beauty buy, opting for the mini palette is a great way to get a sense of the formula and color family before graduating to the full thing. Such is the case with the Natasha Denona Mini Sunset Eyeshadow Palette, which features five new shades inspired by the popular Sunset palette.
The OG Brights Palette has become synonymous with essential, so it’s no surprise that the Ultimate Edit Palette is, too. The shades in this small but mighty palette are buttery, pigmented and everything you need to create an Insta-worthy look.