One palette with 16 flattering neutral shades that you absolutely can't mess up

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NYX Professional

I love a good one-color shadow. You know the kind that you just swipe on eyelids in one fluid motion before you're ready to head out the door looking ever so put together? While that is most definitely my approach 340 days of the year, the holiday season begs for just a little more pizzazz. That's why I go on an annual hunt for the best holiday eyeshadow palette. It just so happens that this year's pick might be most economical yet. NYX Professional Warm Neutral Ultimate Shadow Palette clocks in at a reasonable $18 with 16 ultra-flattering shades that are just begging for a spin on the holiday party circuit.

If you're looking for a user-friendly shadow palette, consider it found. Every single one of the shades (whether shimmer or matte) were made to play nice with each other. Once you have the general formula down, you'll be mixing, mingling, and jingling all the way.

It's as simple as this: Start by applying on one of the matte shades—the closer to your skin tone the better—across your lids. This will act as your base. Next up, sweep on a mid-range color that will set the foundation for your whole look. A darker shadow on the outer portion of the lids adds dimension, but be sure to do plenty of blending. (Rule of thumb: Always blend inward toward the nose.) Finally, add a festive touch with a hit of shimmer down the center of the eyelid, just under the brow, and in the corner of the eyes on either side of your nose. Finish with a little blending and you're ready for liner, mascara, and plenty of compliments all night long.

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What's your must-have budget beauty item this holiday season? From hair to nails, lips to lids, there are plenty of ways to revamp your look this season without dipping into your gift savings.