For today’s edition of Splurge vs. Save, we’re giving you the lowdown on perhaps the most versatile item in your kikay kit: the nude eyeshadow palette.
Tans, caramels, taupes, and golds—these rich and wearable neutrals work for everyone, regardless of personal style or skin tone. That’s why you should never underestimate the power of a good nude palette. It can and will make you look polished in a pinch. See our must-have picks below!

SPLURGE: Urban Decay Naked Basic Eye Palette, P2,099
Nobody knows their nudes better than Urban Decay. The Naked Palette series has garnered an unrivaled cult following, resulting in several sets of the richest nude hues—like this one! The Naked Basics Eye Palette comes in a travel-friendly compact that houses six matte neutrals: Venus (a demi-satin, highlighting shade), Foxy (a creamy bisque), Walk of Shame (a fair nude), Naked2 (a soft taupe), Faint (a warm, dusty brown), and Crave (the deepest brown-black). What’s more? The rich powder formula glides over your lids in a suede-smooth finish with insane pigment payoff. It lives up to the hype, ladies.

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SAVE: Pixi by Petra Mesmerizing Mineral Palette, P620
If a 2000-peso palette is simply out of your budget, Pixi by Petra’s Mesmerizing Mineral Palette makes for an affordable alternative. Each mint green compact contains 6 burnished neutrals that enhance and define your eyes—with buttery-soft glide, to boot! You can start with the paler shades for day-friendly peepers and build up to evening glamour with the duskier metallics. And the fact that this baby will set you back only a third of what Urban Decay would just sweetens the deal!

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SUPER-SAVE: City Color Barely Exposed Palette, P465
When it comes to quality, budget-friendly makeup, City Color is a godsend. Its Barely Exposed Palette is a collection of 12 neutral shadows—yes, a dozen colors for under P500! Praised for its amazing color payoff and superb blendability, this palette is almost an exact dupe of Urban Decay’s original Naked palette. Meaning, you’ve hit the jackpot with this one.

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So, which palette is most palatable: Urban Decay, Pixi by Petra, or City Color? We kind of want them all!

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