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The High-Impact Eyeshadow Palettes To Flatter Asian Skin Tones

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A true beauty aficionado will tell you that there’s no such thing as too many eye shadow palettes. Yes, you may only have a pair of eyes, but textures, hues, blendability – and not to mention colours – differ from palette to palette. Here are our favourites for Asian skin tones, whether you’re of a more porcelain variety, or if you identify as a tanned-skin babe.


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Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette, $83
This addition to Urban Decay’s Naked Eyeshadow family is this honey-toned one that houses five shimmer shades and seven classic matte shades that ranges from sophisticated golds to warm ambers and to rich chocolate browns. Pat McGrath Eye Ecstasy Eye Shadow Palette in Subversive, $44, Sephora
This rainbow-hued palette from Pat McGrath features five striking shades that will add pops of colours to your peepers without looking garish. Another reason to buy it? It’s part of the makeup artist’s backstage kit. Viseart Edit Eyeshadow Palette in Warm, $58, Sephora
We love Viseart’s full-sized 12 pan eyeshadow palettes for good reasons – it’s great colour payoff and superb blendability. And now, travel-friendly editions with removable magnetic pans that allow you to disassemble the shadows and pack them however you’d like. This one’s the smaller version of the Warm Matte palette but it still retains the same selection of warm browns, soft apricots and rich siennas. Becca Pop Goes the Glow Face & Eye Palette, $63, Sephora
A limited-edition must-have for collectors is this full face and eye palette featuring shades that will highlight, blush, bronze and define your eyes. You can expect the brand’s bestselling Champagne Pop highlighter and four new, exclusive shades. Plus, it has ultra-fine, multi-toned, pigmented pearls that will provide you with a glow that can be seen from miles away. Nars Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette in Hibiscus, $49
Fitted with six curated shades that range from buttery mattes to lustrous satins to iridescent glitters, this compact palette is the home to six universally-flattering shadows. Dior Backstage Eye Palette in #003 Amber Neutrals, $83
This all-in-one versatile palette is made to hold backstage makeup artists’ essential shades. It even features an eye primer (the pot in the top left corner) that boosts the longevity of the shadows on your eyes while intensifying them at the same time. Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in #710 Provocouture, $70
Beyond fashion designing, Marc Jacobs is also known for being the master of details when it comes to styling. The man is known for adding finishing touches that transform looks completely and this seven-pan eyeshadow palette is made exactly for this – to put the cherry on top of your eye looks. Huda Beauty Neon Obsessions Pressed Pigment Palette in Neon Green Obssessions, $45, Sephora
When it comes to selecting the eyeshadow palette that’s going to conquer your look of the day, it’s always either neutral or warm tones. Typical. Throw neon colours into the mix to break the monotony of your otherwise snooze-worthy routine. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Thirsty Palette, $86, Escentials
From the eponymous brand of beauty YouTuber Jeffree Star, the Thirsty Palette houses 10 blendable mattes and five ultra-blinding metallics. Achieve natural brown-toned looks to peachy coral ones to creative teal ones. KKW Beauty x Mario 10 Pan Eyeshadow Palette, US$45 (S$61.40)
If you didn’t already know, a teaser was leaked by Mario Dedivanovic – Kim Kardashian‘s makeup artist – that the second iteration of a collaboration between them is coming soon. There’s no better time to grab the first than now. Pat McGrath Mothership V Bronze Seduction Eyeshadow Palette, $185, Sephora
In this palette: a spectrum of high-impact pigments, crystalline pearls, and cream-infused powders in luxurious, vibrant colours and metallic shine. These shades glide on smoothly to highlight, line, and define the eyes. We’ve personally swatched these shadows and trust us, they won’t disappoint. Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Smokey, $55, Sephora
With a range of four mattes and five shimmers ranging from jet black, warm shades of brown to shimmering gold and silver, this palette provides you with the perfect equation of mastering smokey eyes. Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette, $73, Sephora
Subtly transform the shape of your eye via the art of contouring that this eye contouring palette from Kat Von D was made for. Categorised into three categories of neutral, cool and warm, they work with all skin tones across the board. Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette, $190, Sephora
Inspired by the colours of the sunset, this palette will help you easily achieve the Instagram sunset look with its brown tones, burnt oranges, reds, golds, bronzes, and yellows. Regardless of your skin tone, you’ll be looking like a sun-kissed beach babe. Huda Beauty Desert Dusk, $100
This 18-shade palette with four varying texture is a sure crowd-pleaser. It’s richly toned, that effortlessly complements the undertones of a lot of Asian skin.