Do You Prefer Neutral or Colored Eyeshadow Palettes?

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Can you name all the palettes in the picture?

Eyeshadows have to be my favorite makeup product. Palettes, in particular. I like having pre-selected eyeshadows that go well together that take the guesswork out of deciding what colors to combine. Palettes are also great for travelling and are so versatile. If they come in cute packaging that’s an added bonus!

Vegas Makeup (9 of 12)When packing for my Las Vegas trip, I pulled out a drawer with my eyeshadow palettes, trying to decide which ones to bring with me. Should I bring nudes or a palette with a pop of color? Which one will I use more? Of course, in the end I decided to bring both.

Vegas Makeup (10 of 12)That brings me to today’s question- do you prefer nude eyeshadow palettes or the ones that offer a variety of colorful bolder shades? I like both but if I had to decide, I would go with neutrals. Neutral eyeshadows go with everything, they are perfect for creating a day time look or a smoky, more elegant evening eye paired with a little bit of an eyeliner. They can be easily “dressed up” with a bolder lipstick or a colorful blush.

What about you? Do you prefer colorful or neutral eyeshadow palettes? Which ones do you use more often? Do you have an all-time favorite eyeshadow palette? Let’s talk!

the founder and editor of Her and Makeup.


  1. Lena L says:

    I used to only wear blue/purple/grey smoky eyes with softer lips, but now I wear red and more colors on lips so naturally my preference for eye makeup colors has changed – more love for neutrals. πŸ™‚ Still have a soft spot for cool toned shades, though.
    You have all three NAKEDs! ;o

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Hi Lena, it’s interesting to see how our makeup taste changes overtime. I usually go through phases and wear something a lot, then switch to the next thing. But I think I will always prefer neutrals.

      I do have all three Naked palettes, plus Naked on the Run and the Naked 2 Basics palette, lol. I am a little obsessed!

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Do you always wear neutrals or do you wear colors sometimes too? If so, what shades do you usually wear? I think purple would look really pretty on you!

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      I was wondering if you’d even tune in since you don’t like palettes!

      I did use my colored palette- I used silver and purple shades. But I sticked to the neutrals most of the days.

  2. Kishia says:

    I wear neutral shadows everyday but I also love color on my lids or as eyeliner along my inner lash line. Love how you stacked your palettes in the first photo πŸ™‚

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Hey girl, it is a tough choice but I also really like wearing neutrals on my lids and colored eyeliner on the bottom the best of both words! Do you have a favorite eyeshadow palette? How is your weekend going?

      • Kishia says:

        Naked 1 & 3 are my favorites. I have a Tarte palette that has one color that I adore. Beyond that, I usd my singles (which are MAC)

  3. Divya says:

    Your eyeshadow collection is AWESOME! I have only one palette the UD Naked and you probably know that I have never used it yet! πŸ˜› Although I am slowly getting back to using eyeshadows and right now its all about MAC. Also, to answer your question, I am a neutrals girl all the way! πŸ˜€

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Divya, that’s not even my complete eyeshadow collection but you probably have more lipsticks than I do πŸ˜› I am trying to add some single Mac eyeshadows to my collection too, some staples from the permanent collection but I always get so distracted by their LE collections…

  4. Monique says:

    This is a really hard decision lol colors can be great for one day and neutrals great for another. But I think neutrals are easier to wear more often πŸ˜€ but then again so are colors….see my problem. I just can’t decide. You do have a wonderful collection :-))

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Lol, I know, the choice is tough. But I think neutrals would have to win. That’s not even my full collection of eyeshadow palettes, I think I have a problem, lol.

  5. Natasja says:

    Girl. You’ve got a lot of eyeshadow palettes xD your question is a tough one. I want to say I just love my Urban Decay palettes the most: Naked 1, Naked 3 and Book of Shadows 3. Also Naked Basics, but I don’t use that one very often.. right now. All my other palettes are mostly more colorful…. Ack. I don’t know. It depends on the occassion. I probably grab my neutrals more often (Naked 1 & 3) but I’d get super bored if I only had neutral palettes. So my answer is: I choose both πŸ™‚

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Natasja, that’s cheating- choosing both but I can understand it. I am glad to see you are a fan of Urban Decay palettes too! I hope there will be Naked palette, lol.

  6. Sunny says:

    OMG that is a nice stack! I don’t have that many big palettes, because after my initial infatuation with Naked 1, it became clear to me that I just don’t reach for big palettes often. I am all about neutral palettes tho. I take either Naked 1 or 2 when I travel. I guess I tend to play if safe in the eye department nowadays!

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Hi Sunny. Playing safe? yes, I have noticed although I think you should experiment more because your smokey eye was gorgeous!

      I love palettes and to be honest, I have more than the ones pictured…I don’t have a lot of single eyeshadows though. I guess I just find palettes to be a better value.

  7. emmabovary says:

    Gorgeous palettes πŸ™‚ I must say that I adore my bright palettes, but the neutral palettes always win the love stakes as I find the subtle nuances fascinating and lots of fun to use – if I’m heading away on holiday a neutral palette is my best friend πŸ™‚

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Hi Emma. I agree with you 100%. I love my colorful palettes too but neutral ones are just so much more versatile and with a lot of different finishes they have so much potential! Which neutral palette is your favorite?

  8. Xuvious says:

    I’d pick neutral especially if they have more sparkly shades like gold, bronze, copper. A neutral palette with one or two coloured eyeshadows is perfect though. That’s probably why I like the Lorac Pro so much. πŸ™‚

  9. bebebrown says:

    I used to just wear neutrals but then I dicovered black which accentuates my green eyes . I only wear black on a date night . Gray is my everyday choice . Phycians formula has a new great blush I use with just the hint of color !

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Hi and thanks for stopping by! Honestly, black is the only shade I never wear in eyeshadow. I do love smokey grey eye though. I love the idea of repurposing products and using a blush on your eyes is a great idea!

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Judging by the name of your blog, I didn’t expect anything else πŸ™‚ What is your favorite colored palette?

  10. Jaa says:

    1-something from MAC?
    2-Too Faced something lol
    3-LORAC Unzipped Gold!
    4-Hmm… absolutely no idea!
    5-theBalm Nude
    6-Urban Decay Naked3
    7-Urban Decay Naked2
    8-Urban Decay Naked
    9-Urban Decay The Glinda?
    10-Urban Decay 20th Anniversary
    11-Urban Decay Vice2
    12-Urban Decay Vice?

    How well did I do? πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    If forced to choose, of course I’d go with the neutral palette! But when I travel, I will try to bring one neutral and one colorful. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for a fun post! <3

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      You did pretty well, Jaa!
      1- Bare Minerals palette
      2- Too Faced Summer Eyes
      4- Too Faced Pretty Rebel

      and you’re correct about everything else! πŸ™‚

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      That’s ok! Recently that’s what I am most attracted to as well- neutral eyes, some eyeliner and bolder lips!

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Hi Kie and thank you for stopping by! Neutral palettes are just easy to work with and so versatile! Naked 3 is my favorite naked palette! How are you liking it so far? Do you have any other Naked palettes?

  11. kpsays says:

    I LOVE the original LORAC pro. I always take it with me on vacation. It has the best of both worlds (though no brights!!!). Loved the green St. Patrick’s look you did on Insta!

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      Oh yay, it’s nice to see someone just getting into makeup and being so excited. Naked 2 is a great palette. Not to tempt you, but Naked 3 is my favorite! You should check it out, Cat!

      • Catherine Dream says:

        I got the Iconic 3 yesterday which is the exact dupe of Naked 3 – I always thought I’d hate pinkish makeup and hate this palette, but you are so right – I don’t know what it is but 3 is DEFINITELY my favourite : )

  12. Carla @ Blush Parade says:

    I love both! I own palettes as neutral as Urban Decay’s Naked basics, and as colorful as Urban Decay Electric or Vice 3, going through Smoked and darker palettes. If I had to choose I would go with neutrals because that’s what I tend to wear in an everyday basis (wearing colour is more complicated and usually requires more work/time), but honestly I refuse to give up my colorful awesomeness!

    I think I own too many Urban Decay Palettes, but to be honest they just do them right.

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      I agree, Urban Decay palettes are my favorite and I own almost all of them and the quality never disappoints! I love neutrals but I could never give up color! Good thing we actually don’t have to limit ourselves!

      How is being back in Ireland? Missing Spain already?

      • Carla @ Blush Parade says:

        Well, we had some sun over here on the past days, so that has made the transition better. Plus I’m going back in couple of weeks for the wedding, and then in June I have another wedding in Germany… so I think I’ll have a bit of sun overall! \o/

        How’s your knee going? Hope you feel better!

  13. Zovesta says:

    Ugh, I’m going to drool all over those palettes! I don’t know what I’d do with them all, but I want them anyway.

    I like both, but I am drawn to strong colours. And if it’s got a frost or shimmer of any sort, it was made for me. Palettes with a near white and a pitch black and all the shades to go in between are a dream.

    • Agata Piestrak says:

      That’s what my husband always tells me- what are you going to do with all these palettes. I got slightly better but there was a time eye shadow palettes were my favorite makeup item to buy. Now I am trying to be more considerate, if I already own something similar, I don’t need it! of course, I don’t always follow that rule!

      • Zovesta says:

        Haha! Same here. There’s just something so appealing about all those pretty shades, gives you a strong vibe of Pokemon’s “gotta catch/collect them all”. It’s good you can limit yourself! It makes the occasional splurge all the more fun and less guilt inducing. ;p

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