Kylah Benes-Trapp

15 Eyeshadow Palettes So Beautiful They're Basically Porn For Makeup Lovers

The day I bought my first luxury eyeshadow palette, my life changed for the better. Fresh out of college, I stood in front of the Urban Decay stand on Sephora's squeaky tile floors, rubbing my index finger over the rich brown suede of the original Naked palette's exterior.

Could I really spare $54 on a whim? Could I justify the cost for richly pigmented, luscious color? I didn't have a lot of extra dollars in my checking account, but I made the purchase anyway. And, if we're evaluating on a cost-per-use basis, that Naked palette — applied almost every day for a year — was absolutely worth the money.

Makeup addicts have a passionate approach to beauty, much like chefs and food. It's not just the color payoff we love to test (who doesn't die for a good swatch?), but the texture of the product and its scent, as well. Beauty is a sensory exercise in self-care, as all Sephora lovers know.

In fact, the only thing better than a creamy shadow is its luxury packaging. If you're in-between paychecks, here's your chance to gawk for free with 15 of the most beautiful eyeshadow palettes we've ever seen. Just try not to break out your credit card.

1. Urban Decay's Naked Smoky

Naked Smokey Eyeshadow Palette, 27, Urban Decay

2. Make Up For Ever's Artist Palette Volume 3 - Florals

Buy here, $44.

3. Marc Jacobs' Style Eye Con 20

Limited edition. Similar here, $59.

4. Hourglass' Modernist Palette

Buy here, $58.

5. Too Faced's Sweet Peach

Buy here, $49.

5. Tarte's Rainforest Of The Sea Palette

Buy here, $34.

6. Melt Cosmetics' Love Sick Eyeshadow Stack

Buy here, $48.

7. Urban Decay's Urban Spectrum

Buy here, $55.

8. Custom Mac Z-Palette

Palette here (shadows not included), $8.

9. L'Oreal's La Palette Nude

Buy here, $20.

10. LORAC Cosmetics' Mega Pro 2

Limited edition. Similar here, $44

11. Too Faced's Love Palette

Buy here, $49.

12. Lancome's Audacity Palette

Buy here, $69.

13. NYX's Avant Pop! Nouveau Chic

Buy here, $17.

14. BECCA's Ombre Rouge and Nude Palettes

Buy here, $40.

15. Laura Mercier's Extreme Neutrals

Buy here, $58.