Four All-Matte Eyeshadow Palettes

Four All-Matte Eyeshadow Palettes: Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette, Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Eye Palette, Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes - Review & Swatches

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.

Four All-Matte Eyeshadow Palettes: Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette, Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Eye Palette, Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes - Review & Swatches

Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette*

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.

Four All-Matte Eyeshadow Palettes: Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette, Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Eye Palette, Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes - Review & SwatchesBecca Ombre Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte 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.

Four All-Matte Eyeshadow Palettes: Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette, Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Eye Palette, Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes - Review & SwatchesTarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 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.

Four All-Matte Eyeshadow Palettes: Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette, Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Eye Palette, Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes - Review & SwatchesUrban Decay Naked Basics 2 Eyeshadow Palette

Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes 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.

Four All-Matte Eyeshadow Palettes: Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette, Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Eye Palette, Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes - Review & SwatchesSmashbox 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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  • Joulia Leahey

    i recently got the too faced natural matte palette and i’m loving it, perfect mix of warm and cool shades

    • That one does look incredible! I have the Natural Eyes which has some shimmer shades and it’s definitely one of my favourite palettes!

  • Ooo I don’t think I actually have an all matte eyeshadow palette! I should probably get onto that haha x

    Katina Lindaa | http://www.katinalindaa.com

  • I need that Becca palette! Totally agree with you about the Tarte – beautiful but so chalky!

  • The Sunday Mode

    Ooo that Becca palette looks so good! I’m building up my ‘to buy’ wish list for my trip so posts like this are really helpful (or dangerous?) for me, haha

    http://www.thesundaymode.com

  • Kez

    I love my matte eye shadows, I think I actually prefer them to shimmery shades! These are all gorgeous!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

  • Sooo many pretty palettes! The only all matte palette I have is the Ultimate Nude palette which I’ve hit pan on a few of the shades. But some I don’t reach for as they are too light for me.
    I’m saying that, I rarely have a matte eye look lol. Maybe I should try one next time!

    xo Kat @ Katness

  • Totally agree – they’re becoming a weakness for me too!