For the longest time, I was all about the shimmer eyeshadow – packing it all over the lid without a care in the world but as my makeup tastes have matured a little I’ve started to appreciate the beauty of an all-matte eye look. As much as I still love a beautifully shimmery neutral shade every once in a while, on an everyday basis, I tend to reach for something more on the matte side of the spectrum.
My eyeshadow palette collection has just about anything you could want in an eyeshadow colour, actually, there’s probably multiples of each, but the four all-matte palettes in my stash have been seeing a lot of use lately – all quite high end and all with a beautiful range of neutrals. Now it’s time to tell you which one is worth splurging on.
Becca knows natural yet stunning makeup better than any other brand, in my opinion, and the Ombre Nudes lineup is a clear indication of this. Five beautifully thought out shades, ranging from a light beige to a dark brown to create beautifully defined features without ever looking like you put in too much effort. The formula is effortless to build up and blend out so it’s no surprise that this is my favourite of the all-matte bunch.
Becca Ombre Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
I was enamoured with the Tartelette palette as soon as it was released, I think so were a lot of other people, but unfortunately, after having this for a little over a year I’m left a little unimpressed. Although the shade selection is beautiful I find that I only really use a couple of them with the darker colours in particular feeling chalky and often applying patchily to the lid. Tartelette’s little sister, Tartelette In Bloom is a newer addition to my collection but I’m already much more impressed with the formula of the matte shades.
Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette
Another super simple set up – six shades ranging from a champagne nude (with a hint of shimmer, if you look closely) to a black. I do reach for this one quite a bit but the black lacks the kind of pigmentation a lot of people would be hoping for and even the darker browns have trouble building up to a more intense level of pigmentation. It’s still a great little starter kit for eyeshadow beginners but for a similar shade range and a superior formula, I’d go for the Becca Ombre Nudes.
Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Eyeshadow Palette
The most extensive all-matte palette in my collection and a recent favourite. It has just about any matte shade that I could possibly need and a bunch of the neutrals in the palette also double as brow powders. The two larger shades in the middle are both everyday essentials and then I simply mix and match the other browns & pinks until I’m happy. For the matte eyeshadow aficionado, this has got just about everything you need. Again, the darker shades require a little bit of building up and the black isn’t so great when applied dry but every shade in the palette can also be applied wet. There’s also a travel size of this same palette that’s been released.
Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Palette
Clearly, my number 1 recommendation is the Becca Ombre Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, if you’re after a curated collection of neutrals but if you like a little more variety, the Smashbox Photo Matte Eye Palette is a better option than the unfortunately lacklustre Tartelette Palette. I’m glad to see more brands are getting on board with all-matte palettes because for an every day, natural eye look they can be an absolute lifesaver.
What are your favourite all-matte eyeshadow palettes?
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