Whether you were inspired or horrified by our runway-makeup test drive, Maybelline’s new Color Explosion palettes have you covered. Available in five shades, each palette offers a day-to-night spectrum of hues, from pretty and subtle to bright and bold. Our favorites of the bunch are Caffeine Rush (right), a blendable cocoa-and-cream-colored mix that complements sun-kissed skin, and Amethyst Ablazed (center), a combination of lilac and deep violet shades. The highly pigmented shadows have a sheer, slightly iridescent finish to brighten the eye, but don’t go overboard on glitter (though we’d recommend going light on the silver shade, at top.) They’re also available at drugstore prices, so you can experiment guilt-free.
Maybelline Color Explosion Luminizing Eye Shadow, $10.99 each at Duane Reade.