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Our definitive guide to the very best gold eyeshadow palettes

Last Updated: 14/04/2022

 

Whether you’re getting ready for festival season, festive parties or that next big night out, no {make up} bag is complete without a gold {eyeshadow palette}. Those shimmery hues are just the ticket for adding sass, sparkle and something somewhat spellbinding to your make up look…

From true-gold tones to champagne shimmers and everything in between, read on to discover a gold mine (CW: there’s a whole lot more of these to come) of ultra-glowy gold eyeshadow palettes, plus Cult Concierge expert {Kimberley} is on hand to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about gold eyeshadow…

THE FIVE BEST GOLD EYESHADOW PALETTES

 1. {RÓEN’S GOLD LUST PALETTE}

It wouldn’t be right to kick off this guide with anything other than RÓEN’s exclusive Gold Lust Palette. A vision of harmonious warm hues, this gold eyeshadow quartet features three dreamily creamy ‘Lid Illume’ shadows, as well as a new stain-sparkle powder shadow — all of which are perfectly pigmented and effortless to apply. Prepare to bask in the glow of antique gold, champagne, caramel and gold-flecked brown tones…

2. {URBAN DECAY’S NAKED HONEY EYESHADOW PALETTE}

Generating a real buzzzzz when it launched, the {Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette} stars a swathe of soft, opulent ambers and honeycomb hues you’re bound to adore. Essential for fans of {Urban Decay}, not to mention the legion of ‘Naked’ collectors, this 12-pan collection of golden-toned neutrals and sumptuous shimmers instantly upgrades your gaze, making it easy to tranzzzzzition swiftly from subtle to spellbinding.

3. {NATASHA DENONA’S GOLD PALETTE}

An investment akin to the metal itself, Natasha Denona’s {Gold Palette} marries richly pigmented pans with pro-level performance. Perfect for creating everything from a festive golden smoky eye to a summer-ready shimmer — we stand a versatile queen — this shadow wardrobe unites an array of wearable warm-toned gold, tan and ochre shades in matte, metallic, sparkling and duo-chrome finishes.

 4. {RÓEN’S 75° WARM EYESHADOW PALETTE}

A breathtakingly beautiful wardrobe of foil-effect shadows that would enhance the artistry of any pan perfectionist, the {75° Warm Eyeshadow Palette} lends your lids the most dazzling glimmer.  Gold glitter eyeshadow for grown-ups, these warm, burnished shades diffuse for a whisper of shimmer that catches the light – not to mention attention for all the right reasons (here’s looking at YOU). We’re siding with Led Zeppelin on the ‘all that glitters is gold’ front… 

5. {NARS COSMETICS VOYAGEUR EYESHADOW PALETTE IN QUARTZ}

A sleek six-pan edit that can be easily popped into your handbag, the {Voyageur Eyeshadow Palette in Quartz} by {NARS} features velvety, long-wearing formulas inspired by destinations around the world. The ultra-blendable and buildable edit spans jewel-toned golds, rich, regal purples and sparkling champagne for nighttime looks that are as bold as you are (or almost, at least!). Get set for high-impact, wherever your adventures may take you…

HOW DO YOU WEAR GOLD EYESHADOW?

“When it comes to makeup, I believe it all comes down to personal preference and ultimately, having fun with it!” says Kimberley, one of our incredible {Cult Concierge} experts. “Gold eyeshadow is super versatile. It can be worn as a wash colour across the eyelids, or as a bold statement eyeshadow look, but I would suggest that mascara is almost essential. A minimal or full base would be suitable, and pretty much any preferred lip shade and texture would also work!”

CAN YOU WEAR GOLD EYESHADOW WITH RED LIPSTICK?

“Yes! Gold eyeshadow is super versatile, so when it comes to shades for pairing the eyes with the lips, you can go as subtle or as bright and vibrant as you’d like!”

WHO CAN WEAR GOLD EYESHADOW?

In short – anyone and everyone! “In my opinion and expertise,” says Kimberley, “brown eyes suit a yellow-gold and a traditional light champagne gold, whereas if you have blue or green eyes you could opt for something warmer – look for more orange and copper tones in the gold. This is because blue and orange are complementary colours that work well together and really pop the shadow and the eyes!”

“If you have fairer skin and cooler undertones, a light champagne hue works best. If you have deeper tones, go for more vibrant golds! Ultimately though, having fun and being expressive with make up is the most important thing, so experiment and discover the looks that spark the most joy!”

 

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Bethan Robinson

Bethan Robinson

Senior Copywriter

Bethan is a Senior Copywriter at Cult Beauty. When she’s not trying to perfect the ultimate ‘no make up’ make up look — she swears by Saie — or find new skin care to fall for, she’s likely playing video games, making the most of her housemate’s MUBI account or strolling around Victoria Park with a pastry in hand.