The 10 Sexiest Nude Makeup Palettes


Article by Allure

Beige. Taupe. Chocolate. A neutral color scheme is pretty predictable but that doesn't mean it has to be boring.

When it comes to makeup, there's so much you can do with nude eye shadows when layered and combined with different finishes. You can keep it subtle and blended to brighten up your eyes or add in some eyeliner and smoke it out for added drama. Nude eye shadow also makes an excellent base to add graphic elements like winged liner, splashes of vivid color, or glitter to create a visual masterpiece on your eyelids. Why do you think the Naked Palette upended the beauty industry, inspiring several sequels, dupes, and even whole collections? No matter what your makeup style, having a nude palette in your collection is a staple for its overall versatility. But now that that iconic Naked Palette is being discontinued, don't freak out just yet — luckily it influenced such a trend in neutral eye shadows that there are heaps of palettes out there to fill the void. Maybe the one that started it all is on its way out, but there are tons of great nude makeup palettes that range from compact and minimal to so entirely nuanced that it's like a veritable phonebook of nude shades. Get your fill of caramel, toffee, coffee, suede, bone, and vanilla shades in these neutral makeup palettes. (Apparently, eye shadow shades named after foods is a trend that goes hand-in-hand with neutral shades.)


Urban Decay Naked3 Palette

First things first, it's undeniable: Urban Decay knows its nudes. (The brand's Naked and Naked2 palettes have attracted an unprecedented fan following, and this new palette sold out when it first launched.) This rose-gold-themed palette is packed with 12 gorgeous neutrals ranging from a soft baby pink (Strange) to a to-die-for, barely-there bronze (Trick). Each shade is paired with a complementary shimmer and matte shadow, so the combinations are endless and foolproof. Plus, the Best of Beauty Award–winning Urban Decay Good Karma Shadow Brush can't be beat.

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Stila Matte 'N Metal Eyeshadow Palette

This pretty little palette swaps basic beige for a rainbow of soft, pink-toned neutrals in both velvety matte and shimmer finishes. The rosy shades flatter every complexion, and the buildable coverage allows you to make your look as subtle or intense as you'd like.

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Chanel Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow in Essentiel

These shadows' texture is luxurious, the pigments are rich, and the subtle sheen is just really, really pretty. With rose-gold accents, the colors have just enough warmth to subtly highlight the lids.

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M.A.C. Prefilled Pro Palette Eye X 15 in Warm

The biggest of the bunch, this palette is stocked with 15 warm neutrals in every finish: pearl, frost, matte, and shimmer. It's beyond versatile, and you'll actually use every single shade in this bad boy.

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