In an effort to start using my makeup stash more, in the process filtering out products I no longer want/need, I've been making myself use a different eyeshadow palette every week and this week I'm turning to two palettes, both with the same format and both from the same brand. theBalm is becoming quite a hot topic on the beauty scene in the UK right now, and as a long-time fan I am so glad to see they are becoming easier to find on the high-street and online!
Matte eyeshadow palettes are hard to find. Even palettes which advertise themselves as matte, usually have at least one satin or shimmer shade. Personally, I love any finish for an eye look and I'm always happy to add a touch of shimmer and sparkle, but sometimes, there's just nothing better than a nice matte eye, or the perfect matte shade blended through the crease.
theBalm is one of my favourite brands for eyeshadow, with buttery soft powder formulas, intense colour pay-off and lasting power that will keep your eyes looking freshly made all day long. They're very easy to blend, work well alone or teamed with cream bases and other shadows, and have the quality of brands much higher-end.
theBalm Meet Matt(e) (£26.25) is the smaller of the two matte palettes that theBalm have to offer, and the first all-matte palette I added to my stash. It includes 9 shades and comes in a petite compact palette that's slim, light-weight and perfect for travelling. Covering everything from soft neutrals to more intense autumn-appropriate shades, it includes Matt Smith, Matt Gallagher, Matt Ramirez, Matt McDonald, Matt Horowitz, Matt Chung, Matt Batali, Matt Schilling and Matt Patel. I've gotten my fair of use out of this palette, and all the shades have been teamed together or added to other shadows to create soft and wearable looks. My favourite shade has to be Matt Chung, which just works perfectly as a wash of colour.
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude (£34) is much bigger in comparison, again with 9 shades but all much larger in size and the palette itself is pretty darn big. A neutral matte palette, the shades include Matt Johnson, Matt Garcia, Matt Malloy, Matt Rosen, Matt Wood, Matt Singh, Matt Abdul, Matt Lombardi and Matt Hung. If you're a fan of a neutral eye, this palette is perfect as the shades cover every look you would want, making day to night looks effortless. Of the two palettes I've turned to this one less often, but will be making sure I turn to it more as the shades are perfect for this time of year!
Do you like matte shadows? Do you have a favourite matte palette? Let me know!