The 10 Sexiest Nude Eye Shadow Palettes

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.)

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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.

$54 (Shop Now.)

Nyx Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette

Directly inspired by Nyx's beloved Lip Lingerie liquid lipsticks, the matte nude shadows in this six-piece palette are rich, velvety, and blend like a dream — perfect for creating smoked-out, sexy bedroom eyes. Even better? The entire palette will only set you back $10 (freeing you up to splurge on real lingerie).

$10 (Shop Now)

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.

$49 (Shop Now)

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette

This cult-fave palette from Too Faced's iconic Chocolate Collection stars 16 gorgeous nude shadows, including a creamy, matte, off-white (White Chocolate) and a dark, rich, metallic burgundy (Cherry Cordial). But the real selling point? Each of the shadows is infused with antioxidant-rich cocoa powder, giving the palette a subtle, delicious chocolate scent (just don't eat it).

$49 (Shop Now)

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.

$61 (Shop Now)

Nars Narsissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

While some of the 12 shades are admittedly more metallic than nude, this gorgeous eye shadow palette gets our seal of approval for the incredible color payoff and velvety, luxurious feel. We're also super impressed by the shade range, which includes both cool and warm-toned neutrals, making it a perfect fit for just about every complexion.

$59 (Shop Now)

Maybelline New York The 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

There's a reason this palette is one of our favorite new drugstore beauty buys of the year: Between the rich nude tones, the subtle gold shimmer, and the impressive pigmentation, it all looks (and feels) way more expensive than it actually is.

$12 (Shop Now)

Bareminerals Ready Eyeshadow 8.0 in The Power Neutrals

Allure readers have voted this compact palette a Reader's Choice favorite for two years in a row, and it's not hard to see why. The eight neutral shades come in matte and shimmer finishes and offer sheer but buildable coverage — allowing you to go from day to night in the blink of a (flawlessly smoked-out) eye.

$41 (Shop Now)

CoverGirl TruNaked Shadow Palette in Nudes

With eight coordinating nude shades — from a silky champagne to a deep chocolate brown — this 2016 Best of Beauty winner has everything you need to create a gorgeous smoky eye anytime. The shadows feel surprisingly high-end for the price, too, delivering a soft, build-able finish with minimal fallout.

$12 (Shop Now)

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.

$65 (Shop Now)

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