10 Top Party-Season Make-Up Palettes

Portable, practical and filled with enough shades to suit every occasion, a good make-up palette is a party-season essential. Here are some of the best to have on hand this year.
10 Top Party-Season Make-Up Palettes
MATTHEW MONFREDI
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The Smokey Eye Must-Have:
Byredo Fêtes Noires Eyeshadow Palette, £56

A sculptural ode to the classic black smokey eye, this covetable palette comes in a chic drawstring pouch. With highly pigmented shades ranging from a sooty matte black to a metallic golden grey, it also comes with a unique silver speckled topcoat to add vibrancy to every other shade when pressed on top. For a lived-in look, use a fluffy buffer brush, ensuring you tap off any excess before applying. If you want a more dramatic look, wet a flat eyeshadow brush first, then press the colour onto the lids.

 

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The Cheek Extravaganza:
Nars High Profile Cheek Palette, £46

Whether you prefer a peachier blush or a deeper, more terracotta flush, this palette has everything you need to fake a healthy winter glow. The shades are lightweight in feel but intense in payoff, so you can dial your look up or down, plus there’s a suits-all shimmer shade that’s perfect for buffing over cheekbones and brow bones for a complementary highlight. Best of all, the oversized mirror will make last-minute Uber touch-ups a cinch.

 

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The Essentials-Only Edit:
Glossier Monochrome Eyeshadow Trio In Heather, £19

Sometimes the best things really do come in small packages, which is why we love this neat edit of eyeshadows. While every compact in the collection offers a pretty cluster of complementary shades, Heather is a trio of dusty rose hues that range from matte to satin and metallic – all of which can be used alone or together. The tin itself is refillable, reusable and recyclable, so once you’re done you can simply replace what’s inside. 

 

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The Day-To-Night Superstar:
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette, Smokey Eyes Are Forever, £60

Glamorous smokey eyes are a must for Christmas parties and it doesn’t get much better – or more comprehensive – than this edit. Inside, you’ll find four, easy-to-use sections comprising a priming shade, an enhancing shade and a smoking shade. The textures encompass everything from matte to full-on shimmer – and the whole thing is slender enough to slip inside your clutch for any impromptu touch-ups.

 

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The Fashion-Forward Option:
Chanel Les 4 Ombres Exclusive Creation No.5, £49

Inspired by the timelessness of Chanel’s iconic No.5 fragrance, this year’s festive palette is as chic as it gets. The sleek black compact houses four classic party-season shades including a satin amber and a pearlescent ivory, while the black glitter provides just the right amount of sparkle for a grown-up take on shimmer. Although every shade is blendable and buildable, the beautifully branded motifs embossed onto each one means you’ll have a tough time deciding whether to wear them or keep them as collector’s items.

 

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The Pro Choice:
Dior Backstage Eye Palette In Bronze Neutrals, £39

The best thing about this ultra slimline palette is it gives you endless options for gorgeous festive looks. With shades ranging from shimmering beige and pale gold to deep burgundy and matte black, it’s the perfect palette to take you from a natural eye look for the office Christmas lunch to a smokier version for cocktails with the girls. There’s also a useful cream primer included, designed to intensify each shade.

 

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The Skin Perfector:
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit In Universe, £79

From the marbled pink case to the five flattering shades, every element of this Hourglass palette is so thought through. The three dappled bronzer shades will suit all skin tones, and are beautifully sheer, so you can build them up to your desired intensity. The rosebud blush is the perfect way to add a healthy flush, while the gold flecked finishing powder will add a final luminous touch.

 

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The Suits-all Buy:
Beauty Pie Push Your Luxe Palette, £40 (or £16.31 for Beauty Pie members)

While we love a festive-themed palette, we also love one that can be used beyond the party season, and this Beauty Pie number is just that. While the jewel-like shades are the perfect accessory to any festive outfit, the rest of the colours are so wearable, you’ll be using them for months to come. There’s a good selection of warm and cool shades included, so there’s something to suit all skin tones.

 

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The Statement Palette:
By Terry VIP Expert ‘Bonjour’ Paris Palette, £48

The combination of shimmering khaki, deep chocolate and copper in a range of matte and metallic textures mean there’s something to suit everyone in this playful palette, embossed with emblems of the world’s most romantic city. The formulas themselves are super creamy, so they can be blended, buffed and smudged across lids with ease, whether you prefer using a brush or your fingers.

 

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The Oversized Edit:
Sculpted By Aimee Sultry Stories Eyeshadow Palette, £34

Designed to help every eye colour pop, this generous-sized palette contains a variety of textured shades to help you create a range of looks ranging from a subtle daytime frosting to something deeper for the evening. Unlike most palettes with an array of colours, we guarantee you’ll use each and every one, so not only is it hugely practical, it’s also great value for money. For a grown-up party-season look, we love Gleam, a rich, true gold that’s universally flattering.

 

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