#1 Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot in Sun Drenched, $32
As its name suggests, this sun-kissed hue dresses your lids in a chrome finish that glistens under light. A little goes a long way so be sure to use this sparingly and gradually layer on more product for added intensity. Apply this with your fingertips or a sponge tip instead of a brush to avoid having the eyeshadow flakes fall on your cheeks.
#2 Dior Backstage Eye Palette in 001 Warm Neutrals, $83
Comprising of an eye primer as well as shimmery and matte shades in warm, neutral shades from the barest of nudes to smoky deep browns, this handy palette holds everything you need to create endless looks that flatter all skin tones and eye colours. Each eyeshadow is also super pigmented, long-wearing and feels lightweight.
#3 Natasha Denona Metallic Eyeshadow in 62S Terracotta, $39
A combination of gold, bronze and brown pigments, this eyeshadow adds warmth to any skin tone as it glides onto lids smoothly and blends out effortlessly. Enriched with moisturising waxes, the formula adheres closely to the lids so it doesn’t flake, crease or sink into fine lines during the day. If you’re looking for all-out drama, apply with a wet brush for maximum colour payoff.
#4 MAC Eye Shadow in Wedge (Matte), $33
Perfect for medium skin tones, apply this taupe shade from lash line to the crease to create softly defined eyes. Its matte texture also makes it an excellent base as it evens out discolouration around the eye area so eyeshadows and eyeliners can really stand out.
#6 shu uemura Pressed Eyeshadow in Soft Brown (Matte), $25
Perfect for everyday wear, this makeup artists’ essential eyeshadow softly sculpts and defines those with light to medium skin tone. Super finely-milled powder means the eyeshadow glides onto skin effortlessly, regardless of whether you’re using your fingertips or makeup brushes.
#7 Laura Mercier Shimmer Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Cocoa, $49
One of the handiest makeup item to carry in your travel case, this versatile formula works as a cream eyeshadow as well as a long-lasting eyeliner. With a thin and creamy texture, it glides onto lids without tugging and can be easily blended out to create a smokey eye look. But work fast as it sets in about 30 to 45 seconds and once it does, it doesn’t budge, fade or slide for an entire day. This rich chocolate shade contains tiny shimmering pigments so it more forgiving for those who might not be able to blend it out perfectly.
#8 Jill Stuart Jelly Eye Color in 02 Nude Dazzle, $30
Great for layering over any existing eyeshadow shade to add a dash of glimmer, this lightweight, gel-like texture adds a translucent, high-shine finish. Dab onto the centre of your lids to create a 3D effect or at the inner corners of your eyes to instantly light up tired eyes.