Hate Shimmer Eye Shadow? You Will Love These Totally Matte Palettes

Updated 04/26/19
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Katie Jane Hughes
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Here at Byrdie HQ, it's no secret that we love a glossy eye shadow, but sometimes (especially when you're wanting to create a really intense smokey eye) nothing beats a matte eye shadow.

Because if you find the right formula, a matte eye shadow can have the ability to create both depth and illumination to your eyes—making them appear bigger, doey and way more intense.

Plus, as Katie Jane Hughes (above) shows us, nothing looks chicer than a warm, matte eye shadow.

However, if you get the formula wrong, matte eye shadow can get a little messy. They can be chalky and flat—leaving fallout on your cheeks and a less-than-desirable, blotchy smokey eye. Therefore, finding the best matte eye shadow palette is key to perfecting your look.

We've rounded up our favorites below, so you can be safe in the knowledge that your matte look won't fall flat.

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate
Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate $53
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You can't go wrong with a Charlotte Tilbury eye shadow palette. This palette of four shades is perfect for creating a classic smokey eye like Katie Jane Hughes' above.

Morphe 35O2 Second Nature Palette
Morphe 35O2 Second Nature Palette $24
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If a good value is what you're after, then look no further than Morphe. With 35 shades (and there are some shimmers thrown in there for good measure), this palette has all your eye-shadow looks sorted.

Amy Lawrenson
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Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Natural Eyeshadow Palette $65
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If understated French-girl beauty is your thing, then this Chanel palette is the one. With four matte shades (and one slightly shimmery highlight), this is the perfect palette for an everyday-chic look.

Hourglass Graphik Eye Shadow Palette
Hourglass Graphik Eye Shadow Palette $58
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Hourglass' shadows are super creamy and melt into your skin when applied, meaning you get an amazing color payoff. Just look at those warm, buttery colors.

Jouer Cosmetics Essential Jet-Set Matte Eye Shadow Palette
Jouer Cosmetics Essential Jet-Set Matte Eye Shadow Palette $24
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Designed to be an "all you need" palette for on-the-go use, this edit of six shadows contains a whole shade spectrum of shades. From warm, soft ivory to cool jet black, you can create pretty much any eye-shadow look with it.

Chloe Burcham
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Becca Ombré Nude Eye Palette
Becca Ombré Nude Eye Palette $40 $32
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Versatility is key to this palette. You can use the super-matte shades on your brows, wet as eyeliners, or alone as normal eye shadows.

Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette
Stila Eyes Are the Window Shadow Palette $49
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With a dreamy spectrum of burnt orange, subtle lilacs, and deep maroon shades, the looks you can create with this Stila palette are endless.

Viseart Eye Shadow Palette Matte Finish
Viseart Eye Shadow Palette Matte Finish $80
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Loved by pros in the beauty industry, Viseart palettes have quickly become a staple in every top MUAs kit. There are five color options available, but the original palette is our favorite.

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Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette
Huda Beauty Coral Obsessions Palette $27
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Sure, this palette contains some glitters, but it's the mattes that totally make Huda's Coral Obsessions Palette ($27) cult. The pigments pop, last all day long and apply like a dream.

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