The Best Eyeshadow for the Summer! My Favorite Small Palettes Feat. Nyx, Makeup Revolution and More

By Trecee Hutchinson - 2:38:00 PM

I feel like ever since Morphe became popular, huge palettes have become the standard in the beauty community. Personally, they tend to overwhelm me to the point where I end up just using something else. Small eye shadow palettes usually have a few advantages over larger palettes for me.

For one, smaller palettes are just that, small. Which usually make them perfect for traveling or just throwing in your bag for touch ups. There is no way I would ever leave my house with a Morphe or huge eye shadow palette, it's just not practical for me. Also, smaller palettes seemed to be easier to get a cohesive look for me. I don't like to have 5000 options for eye shadow, so having a choice between 5 - 12 shades makes pulling together an eye look so much easier for me.

Today, I will be showing off some the small palettes that I think will be perfect for this Summer and even transition into Fall.

Makeup Revolution #Slay Palette $8

If you love affordable makeup and haven't tried out Makeup Revolution you are really missing out! This brand offers a huge range of products and I must say that a good bit of the ones I own are drugstore faves for me! This little slay palette is no exception. It's tiny, offering only 10 shades with very small pans, but what it's lacking in size it makes up for in almost everything else! The pigmentation is amazing and they also blend like a dream. I love warm tones for this time of the year and these are really beautiful. Definitely worth checking out!

Makeup Revolution Pro Looks Palette $10

This palette was a surprise for me! I picked it up when I first tried out Makeup Revolution and really wasn't wowed by the color scheme. It's extremely basic in terms of the color schemes. It’s literally just a bunch of cool toned neutrals and reminds me a lot of my OG Toofaced Love palette. The thing that makes this palette stand out for me is the performance. The colors blend like a dream and all of the single quads in this palette work cohesively together to get some pretty decent looks, especially for every day makeup. If you love cool tones, this is a must have and my favorite thing about it is the price. It retails for only 10 dollars.

Wet n Wild Color Icon/ Black Radiance 8 pan Palettes - $4.99

These little palettes are like my favorite drugstore palettes. They retail for like five bucks and have amazing pigmentation. These are made for beginners and even give direction for shadow placement on each shadow, but I still use at least one of my palettes weekly. In my opinion, the dark shades are the best and are perfect for intensifying any look.

Nyx Avant Pop - Art Throb - $16.99

This Nyx palette is one of my favorite in terms of quality. The colors are so pigmented and the color schemes are really easy to work with in terms of coming up with full looks using one palette. Although I feel at 17.00 it’s a little pricey, especially considering that Nyx is drugstore, I think that this palette is a nice pop of color in my make up collection.

Absolute NY 5 Pan palette - $2.99

I did a post on these a so long ago, but they ar like 3 or 4 dollars and are absolutely gorgeous. Absolute NY is one of those up and coming brands that aren’t sold everywhere, but the quality of the products are amazing and these palettes are no exception. For all the details on how these swatch and perform, check out my dedicated post on these palettes here.

Naked Cosmetics Urban Rustic Pressed Pigment Palette $19.99

I received this little trio as a part of my April Boxy Charm Box and it is perfect for anyone who loves shimmery earth tones. The only downside is that it has no matte shade, but truthfully for the size of this you easily add in a matte brown in the crease and have a complete look. Because of the shades, you can also just use this shade alone on your eyes. All three tones have enough depth to be just intensified through the crease to get a cohesive one shadow look! I think these retail for like $18, but it is worth every penny in my opinion. I have some swatches here.

Which small eye shadow palettes have you been using lately? Drop me a comment, let's chat!

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  1. I'm almost through with my naked 2 palette (crying) so I'm looking for another one to try! These are all awesome options so I'll definitely have to look them up!


  2. I love new makeup and these are all such great price points!!

  3. I'm so boring with eyeshadow colors. I definitely need more fun colors!

  4. I haven't seen any of these eye palettes before but I'm a total eye palette junkie. I used to grab a new one almost every time I got a paycheck. I've scaled back a lot but at the price point of some of these, I think they'd be worth picking up! I love all the fun bright colors for summer.

  5. ahhh i've never tried any ofthese palettes before! Need to check them out!

  6. I always use my Naked palette! Need to check these out.

  7. I love the formula of Wet N Wild eyeshadows. I'll have to check that palette out!

  8. I love eye shadow and I use both small and large palettes- I think they all have advantages! :-) I'll have to look at some of these.

    xoxo A

  9. These are all so affordable! I generally shy away from bright shadows, but I would try these for sure!

  10. They're all so pretty! I personally go for bronze colors in the summer!

  11. been wanting to try the naked palette for agessss

  12. Every Summer I convince myself I'll do some fun, colorful eyeshadow combos, but then I always end up doing my every day shades-of-nude smokey eye LOL!