Even though just about any time is the perfect time to play with new makeup looks, there's just something about the holidays that make it ideal for playing up your features. You know what I mean. Tis the season for bright lips and bold eyes. And if you too love a smoky eye for the holidays, you'll love some of the new eye palettes that'll seem like they were made just for you this season.
Although if we're being honest, sure, you can totally nail a smoky eye with just one black eyeshadow or even black eyeliner. But sometimes it's fun to take it to the next level. Think different textures and even colors for a whole new take on what a smoky eye means to you. And hey, there really is no better season to glitz up a smoky eye than the holiday season. So whether you're into trying a new take on an old favorite, or even just sticking with the classic shades of grey and black, here are 10 new palettes for the season to help add a little drama to any eye look. Plus, all of these palettes are compact with fewer than 10 pans, so you can pop them into your purse or clutch for easy touch-ups. The only question is: What type of smoky eye will you rock this holiday season?
1. Classic Smoky
NARS Duo Eyeshadow in Qui Des Brumes, $35, NARS Cosmetics
This classic, smoky duo turns up the charm with hints of lavender and gold glitter for something slightly different than a traditional silver and grey.
2. Neutral Smoky
Smith & Cult Book of Eyes Eye Quad Palette in Soft Shock, $44, Smith & Cult
These classic hues are interrupted with an olive green to give you options on whether to take your smoky eye traditionally or with a shot of color.
3. Cool Smoky
Bobbi Brown Cool Dusk Eye Palette, $50, Bobbi Brown
This smoky palette can take you from day to night with sheer washes of deep, cool-toned neutrals.
4. Colorful Smoky
Pur Revolution Mini Eyeshadow Palette with Fully Charged Mascara, $15, Pur Cosmetics
Plums and burgundies more your speed? Try on this compact palette of deep, rust shades for a more colorful take on a smoky eye.
5. Matte Smoky
Dior Total Matte Smokey Eye Palette, $62, Sephora
If you like your smoke without the shimmer, this quint offers traditional shades of brown and black so you can achieve some shine-free drama and even fill in your brows at the same time.
6. Glitter Smoky
Sonia Kashuk Eye Palette in Gems & Jewels, $14, Target
Really step up your smoky-eye game with this palette that will add not only color but also sparkle to your lids.
7. Soft Smoky
Lancome La Palette Des Reves, $50, Ulta
New to the smoky eye or just want a lighter take on the look? Try out this palette that will allow you to keep your look soft with pink and gold.
8. Jeweled Smoky
Smashbox Cover Shot: Eye Palettes in Smoky, $29, Sephora
Switch up your smoky eye with this palette that allows you to play with traditional colors, matte and shimmer finishes, and even amp up your look with a vibrant magenta or emerald shade.
9. Metallic Smoky
Lorac Pro Metal Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Gold, $28, Kohls
For when you just need some shimmer in your life, this palette will let you smoke it out without sacrificing any of the shine.
10. Warm Smoky
MAC Nutcracker Sweet Smoky Eye Compact, $40, MAC Cosmetics
If you can't live without your oranges and rich browns, this palette will help add some fire to your smoke for a beautiful, warm, smoky eye.
Because these palettes are where it's at for the holidays.
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