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Our definitive guide to the very best gold eyeshadow palettes

Chances are you fit into one of two categories when it comes to lockdown beauty; your palette collection (and make up bag in general) is gathering dust in the corner of your room or you’ve been counting on the precious pans to provide you with a creative outlet and some kind of distraction since you devoured The Queen’s Gambit in record time. Can you guess which one we fit in?…

No matter your stance of shadow artistry for the sake of it, we thought it our civic duty to compile an edit of the gold-standard {palettes} that have been like rays of light in our undeniably sparse lockdown make up rituals. 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 palettes…


It wouldn’t be right to kick off this guide with anything other than the exclusive {Gold Obsessions Palette}. A limited-edition release in honour of five years of {Huda Beauty} at Cult Beauty, this 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. Dreamily creamy and seamlessly blended, {RÓEN} edit of stunning ‘Illumes’ comes in a spectrum of warm, burnished tones that look timeless (and effortless), always. Glitter for grown-ups, these chic 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…


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.


Bethan Robinson

Bethan Robinson


Bethan is a 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.