Be bold this month—and always.

Lourdes Avila Uribe
Updated Jun 04, 2021 @ 4:11 am
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Pride Month has officially kicked off, which means that beautiful, rainbow-filled celebrations are cropping up across the globe. It's the perfect time to show some self-love and embrace a colorful, vibrant aesthetic when it comes to your makeup, whether you're participating in virtual or in-person Pride celebrations this year. Luckily, most of our favorite beauty brands have a bright and bold eyeshadow palette in their lineup, making it easy to create Pride makeup.

Pride is a perfect time to educate yourself on the history of the queer struggle, pay homage to those who fought for hard-earned and still-tenuous rights, and, for allies, learn how to better support your friends. Pride Month is also about celebration and being seen in a culture that often silences the LGBTQ community. So here's to being our boldest, loudest, and most fabulous selves, starting with some truly vivid eyeshadow stylings.

Eyeshadow palettes to help create your Pride look:

Best pigmented Pride palette

Juvia's Place Zulu Eyeshadow Palette
$20.00
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Ulta

This Black-owned beauty brand makes some of the best highly-pigmented eyeshadow palettes out there, and this one is perfect for creating colorful makeup looks for Pride and beyond. It has six matte shades and three metallic ones, so that you can add dimension exactly where you want.

Best drugstore Pride palette

NYX Professionals Pride Edition Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette
$18.00
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Ulta

This palette features 16 highly-pigmented eyeshadows that are begging to be worn, and they come in a mix of matte, satin, and metallic finishes. Plus, all NYX products are cruelty-free and the brand is supporting the Los Angeles LGBT Center with a $30,000 donation.

Best cream eyeshadow Pride palette

MAKE UP FOR EVER Flash Color Palette Multi-Use Cream Color Palette
$99.00
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Sephora

While this palette may be pricer than others, the possibilities are literally endless since you can mix the cream shadows to create unique colors. Plus, cream eyeshadows often have more staying power and pigment than their powder-based counterparts, so this is an eyeshadow palette you won't regret buying.

Best neon Pride palette

Violet Voss Bright Vibes Neon Pressed Pigment Palette
$30.00
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Sephora

If your motto is "go bold or go home" this Pride month, then this palette is the perfect choice. These neon, matte colors will make your look pop and make you stand out in any crowd.

Best Pride palette set

Tarte @jessiepaege x tarte Let It Rain-Bow Set
$24.00
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Tarte

This colorful mini palette is a collaboration between influencer Jessie Paege and Tarte, featuring eight playful shades. (Pro tip: Wet your makeup brush before applying this eyeshadow for a higher color payoff.) When you purchase this set, you'll also get a mini Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 mascara, giving you a little more bang for your buck. Plus, Tarte and Paege are donating $25,000 to The Trevor Project, a nonprofit that focuses on suicide prevention among the LGBTQ youth.

Best color range Pride palette

BH Cosmetics Take Me Back To Brazil Palette
$15
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BH Cosmetics

This popular palette features 35 stunning shades in a variety of bright and bold hues, plus three neutrals to use as bases and make the colors pop. Go wild!

Best matte and glitter Pride palette

Makeup Revolution Revolution X Patricia Bright Rich In Color Shadow Palette
$25.00
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Ulta

Say hello to your new favorite eyeshadow palette. It features 28 shades that come in a mix of mattes, shimmers, and pressed glitter finishes. Personally, we have our eyes set on "Tropicana," a bright coral; "Yes Peaches," a neon orange; and "Flames," a burnt red pressed glitter.

Best pastel Pride palette

Violet Voss Sugar Crystal Eyeshadow Palette
$42.00
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Sephora

If you prefer pastel makeup looks to bolder ones, this eyeshadow palette is for you. It has six colorful base shades, and then 12 others that can be used as toppers or on their own.

Best rich pigment Pride palette

Color Story Bright Blooms Pressed Pigment Eyeshadow Palette
$12.19
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Target

Create your Pride makeup look on-the-go with the help of this palette, which features a built-in mirror. The eyeshadow is formulated with coconut oil, meaning it will also moisturize your lids, but you may want to prevent using it on your face since coconut oil is comedogenic and may cause your skin to break out.

Best cool-toned Pride palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina® Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 2
$60.00
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Sephora

If you're partial to blues, greens, and cool-toned eyeshadows, then this palette will serve you well. Become the ice princess or mermaid of your dreams by mixing and matching these matte and shimmery aqua-themed shades.