Spain's IBEX pared some of its sharp losses by the close, ending 0.92 percent down, as investors were in wait-and-see mode, looking for news of an address from Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont.
Autos was one of the worst-performing sectors throughout Tuesday's trade, with German-listed automakers Volkswagen, Porsche and Daimler all slipping into negative territory. Meantime, household goods held its sectoral gains, jumping 1.08 percent, helped by stocks such as Moncler and LVMH.
Shares in French luxury group, LVMH, climbed 2.24 percent by the close after reporting stronger-than-anticipated revenue growth for the third quarter. The news helped boost other luxury stocks including Christian Dior and Burberry.
Looking at individual firms, Capita announced the appointment of Jonathan Lewis as CEO, with the former boss of Amec Foster Wheeler expected to take up the role at the beginning of December. Shares of the beleaguered British outsourcing giant pared some of its earlier highs, closing up 1.33 percent.