No-one can deny that I have a type when it comes to eyeshadow. Give me neutral browns, a bit of a deeper shade in the crease and maybe, if I’m feeling a bit adventurous, a warm tone thrown in there somewhere too. And although I love my shimmers, when I’m going for a simple, easy makeup look – matte shadows are where it’s at. So it’s no wonder I’ve got a couple of all-matte beauties in my drawers for when the matte mood strikes.
There have been a couple of new additions to the collection lately so I thought it was about time for another stocktake on the all-matte eyeshadow palettes I keep hanging around, including some of my absolute favourites.
At first, I wasn’t really getting this palette. I think having the face-shaping claims in the name threw me off a bit. Plus the strange layout of the shades. But after playing with it more, I can understand why everyone’s raving about this one. It’s got everything you need to put together any eye look. Everything from light vanilla shades to a well-performing black. And I’ve been mixing and matching with all of the gorgeous browns to add definition and a bit of warmth to the eye area, on days where I want something simple. But the best part about it is the formula – it’s seriously good. It blends out with ease and doesn’t lead to too much fallout. They wear beautifully throughout the day and don’t lose intensity. Definitely one to seek out and swatch.
Personally, I haven’t tried contouring with it, yet, but I can admit that the shades included would be perfect for the task.
Tarte Clay Play Face Shaping Palette (larger shades in top row, smaller shades in bottom row)
When they say ultimate, they really mean ultimate. This is another matte palette that has everything I’m looking for, all-in-one. Most of the shades in this one are very neutral – not too warm, not too cool. The top row gets a very decent workout whenever I reach for this, as well as a couple of the browns in the middle of the bottom row. Again, the formula’s on point with this one. Super easy to work with and a little more subtle than the others on the list. It’s a good option if you just like a subtle wash of colour on the lids but it can also be built up to be quite intense. Although I think the packaging is probably unnecessarily bulky, I can’t deny my love for this one. It would also be an awesome gift for those who don’t really love shimmery eyeshadow or are just beginning to experiment with eyeshadows because you just can’t go wrong with it.
Urban Decay Ultimate Naked Basics Eye Palette
The budget option that I had very high hopes for when I received it a little while ago. There’s six shades, and although they look a little random all in together, this palette is the perfect place to start any eye look from. Light vanilla shades to throw all over the eye, warm browns, neutral browns and even a mauve to throw in the crease. The formula is a little drier than some of my higher-end formulas, kicking up a bit in the pan, but they still perform fairly well on the eye. It’s not my number one pick of the bunch, and probably works better when complementing another couple of eyeshadows – maybe a shimmer all over the lid – but it’s still worth checking out if you feel like your collection is lacking in matte, base shades.
NYX Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette
You don’t hear a lot about them, but these Cover Shot palettes are seriously awesome – there’s something in the range for everyone. I love reaching for this little travel-friendly collection of mattes. Again, it has everything you need all in one and the formula delivers. The two matte vanilla shades at the top are great to set down the eye before getting started and the other shades all complement each other beautifully. I’ve brought this one away with me on short trips when I’m not making a big fuss because it’s compact but has everything I need to add a bit of definition to the eyes without going over the top.
Smashbox Cover Shot Matte Eye Palette
If I’m honest, this baby palette is tucked away in a pretty inconvenient spot in my eyeshadow drawer so it probably doesn’t get as much use as it should do but man, every time I reach for it I fall back in love. Fives shades of neutral brown perfection. Normally I like to see more variety in my palettes but I find that you can do everything from a light wash of colour to quite an intense brown smokey eye with just these five shades. Throw a shimmer on the center of the lid and I’m good to go. Another super compact option that won’t go amiss in any neutral eyeshadow lovers collection. The Becca eyeshadow formula doesn’t get spoken about a lot but it’s just as impressive as their other products – smooth and blendable with no fallout.
Becca Ombre Nudes Eye Palette
What are your favourite matte eyeshadow palettes?
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