|Stila In The Know; Paula's Choice The Nude Mattes; Kat Von D Ladybird True Romance; The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude|
If you'd told me I'd be a huge matte shadow fan a couple years ago, I would've mumbled,"Yeah, right" as I forked out another Grant for the latest glittery Urban Decay palette. Shimmer shades are just so gosh darn pretty. Mattes do have their place though, as I've come to learn. Done right, a matte shadow can create a wide range of looks, from modest and natural to dramatic and modern. Most days I use a warm matte in the crease and pop a light shimmer on the lid, but I'm definitely not opposed to an all-matte eye. If the idea of a matte doesn't float your boat, maybe a gorgeous new palette will ease you in. The following well-rounded palettes make the transition to matte a fool-proof endeavor...
The Versatile One – An all around solid pick, the Stila In The Know palette is one of my most used matte assemblies. It comes with 10 easy-to-wear shades—a good mix of warm and cool tones—secured in a simple, no-fuss palette. The beauty of these shades lies in their creamy, easy to blend formulation. Often times matte shades can be difficult to blend and buff out, but each of these powders smooth on effortlessly. And an added bonus, a universally flattering matte grey eyeliner is included in the deal. This just might be the perfect matte eyeshadow starter kit.
The Brown One – Once you purchase the Paula's Choice The Nude Mattes palette, you will never need to purchase another matte brown shade again. Ever. Although a bit boring to look at, this neutral 12-shade array is super functional and easy to use; you can't go wrong mixing and matching various shades of brown and taupe. Included is a full-size eyeshadow brush (although I find it works best with cream shadows) and a single peachy-pink shimmer shade. Rock that brown smokey eye!
The Fun One – And the cleverest packaging award goes to...The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude palette. Nine jumbo-size shadows all with the name Matt (Matt Johnson, Matt Wood, Matt Rosen- you get the idea) housed in a slim cardboard palette—does it get any better? Yep, the shadows are buttery, blendable and long wearing. My favorite, a deep taupe-y purple aptly named Matt Hung. I told you it was the fun one!
The Pigmented One – A stunner of a palette, the Kat Von D Ladybird True Romance takes intensity to a new level. Every single shade is uber pigmented; one light swipe on your lid will provide one hellava dose of color. The first time I applied a heavy hand of Siouxsie-Sioux, a deep navy blue, in my crease it looked like I'd been in a bar brawl. Needless to say, a little goes a long way. Oh, and the metal, spring-loaded case is not only funky and cool, but also amazingly durable. It took one rough fumble (thanks fly) the other day and not so much as a crack to be seen!
Do you wear matte shadows on the regular and if so what shades are your favorites?