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Our definitive guide to the very best gold eyeshadow palettes

Last Updated: 02/11/2021

Chances are your beauty rituals fit into one of two categories in post-lockdown life; your palette collection (and make up bag in general) is gathering dust in the corner of your room after months of disuse or the return to normality has seen your precious pans in high demand — there’s lost time to make up for, after all. Can you guess which one we fit in?

No matter your stance on shadow artistry for the sake of it, we thought it our civic duty to compile an edit of the gold-standard {palettes} that are set to be rays of light in your make up routine. 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…

A flatlay shot of Roen'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 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…


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.


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 stan 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.


A limited-edition release in honour of five years of {Huda Beauty} at Cult Beauty, the {Gold Obsessions Palette} stars nine heart-stealing shades in three delectable finishes; the ultra-wearable edit of universally flattering tones spans from neutral mattes and delicate shimmers fit for everyday looks, all the way to liquid-gold metallics that cast a show-stopping, molten effect.


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. Glitter 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…


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.