The 5 Best Hypoallergenic Eyeshadows

By Ellie Nan Storck

The right eyeshadow can make a big difference: it can give you a dewy sun-kissed look, or maybe an irresistibly dramatic aura; it can be soft and flirty, or vibrant and bold. But when shopping for colors for your lids, the best hypoallergenic eyeshadows are the way to go — especially if you're prone to experiencing irritation or have sensitive eyes.

The skin around the eyes is some of the most delicate on your body, so it's no shock that it can easily react to foreign products. When it comes to creating a shadow that is unlikely to cause an allergic reaction, it all comes down to — you guessed it — the ingredients. Harsh chemicals often found in drugstore beauty products can be a nightmare to someone who has sensitive eyes. Even if you don't have sensitive eyes, it's best to go the safe route and choose hypoallergenic makeup that doesn't run the risk of causing irritation. This means opting for products that rely on natural, gentle, and plant-based ingredients to create the look you're going for.

Below, take a look at a handful of shadow palettes that will provide you with irritation-free color. From soft, gentle nudes and pinks to dramatically bright hues, there's a hypoallergenic shadow for everyone in this carefully curated list.

1. A Warm Pink & Nude Color Palette That Includes 10 Shades of Vegan Shadows

Pacifica makes a whole range of irresistible, all-natural beauty products, and this 10-shade eyeshadow palette is no exception in the safe-ingredient department. Vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free, these matte colors are made from natural ingredients like coconut water and rich minerals, and provide vibrant pigments in a beautiful array of warm pinks and bronzy nudes for a healthy, everyday glow.

2. A Three-Shade Compact That Comes In A Nature-Inspired Range of Hues

It's no surprise that Burt's Bees makes a beautiful and all-natural compact of long-lasting, anti-smudge eyeshadows that use gentle ingredients — perfect for those with sensitive skin and eyes (think no talc, parabens, or icky chemicals). The palette is available in three different color ranges: countryside lavender (smoky and shimmery), dusky woods (earthy and natural), and blooming desert (warm and dewy), and relies on safe minerals for the product's makeup. You can expect nourishing vitamin E and natural extracts from bamboo and honey that will give your skin a healthy delivery of nutrients.

3. A Gorgeous 10-Shade Shadow Palette From Jessica Alba's Award-Winning Honest Beauty Line

From Jessica Alba's clean beauty line, Honest Beauty, this 10-shade eyeshadow palette contains a range of gorgeous red, pink, purple, and bronze shades, plus two true neutrals — a barely-there beige and deep black — that are perfect for creating both daytime and evening looks. Some are shimmery, some are satiny, and you can even wet the matte shades and use them as liner. Hypoallergenic (of course) and cruelty-free, these versatile shadows will look stunning on any skin tone.

4. A Six-Shade Palette (Plus Bonus Liner) For Creating Shimmery Smoky Looks

Just because you have sensitive skin doesn't mean you have to sacrifice the storied smoky eye. Thanks to this beautiful, shimmery shadow palette from Physician's Formula, which is well-known for its super-safe, hypoallergenic, and affordable makeup line, you can achieve all kinds of dramatic and bold looks using any combination of the six shades that range in hue from silver to black to pearl.

5. A Shimmering Shadow Trio For A Warm, Bronze-y Look That Looks Great On Everyone

Bronze and gold are the name of the game with this delightfully summer-inspired trio of hues. Whether you use these shadows just on your eyes or around your cheekbones too, these colors are sure to create a shimmering, sun-kissed glow no matter what time of year it is. And the beauty of it all? The brand uses no harmful ingredients, no harsh chemicals, and is completely hypoallergenic — and even gluten-free! You can also choose from nine other compacts that include the addition of more vibrant, playful colors, like emerald green and navy blue.

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