While we are never ones to shy away from glitter, shimmer, and shine, especially on our eyelids, sometimes we're just in the mood for that matte look. That's when a good matte eye shadow palette comes in handy.
A good matte eye shadow does the following: Provides vivid color, stays on for hours without fading, and is buildable. It takes a lot of trial and error to find a universally good one, but that takes time that we know you don't have.
So we wanted to take the guesswork out for you (because we care). We've tested out different matte eye shadow palettes and pulled 12 of the best ones out in the market.
Scroll down to see what made the cut.
This palette features all the neutrals you'll ever need. Each shadow is also made with a special formula that gives it a velvet-like texture, long-lasting power, and rich pigment.
Ever wish your favorite shadows had a matte version? Too Faced is granting that wish and taking nine of its most popular neutral shades from its Natural Eyes palette and giving them matte finishes. They're rich in pigment and extremely blendable.
We love Tarte eye shadows in general for their Amazonian clay–infused formula and long wearability. This matte palette features neutral shades with that same formula, as well as featuring dark shades if you wanted to use it for liner or a smoky eye.
It had us at $10. But just because it's incredibly wallet-friendly doesn't mean that it skimps out on performance. Plus, you get shades that will not only color the eyelid but highlight and define it as well.
These shadows go on so smooth and blend really well. They're made with soothing botanicals and are highly pigmented, and you can use them dry or wet to create cool eye looks.
This is great because you not only get highly pigmented matte shadows, but you get skincare benefits as well. The shadows are infused with collagen and peptides to tighten the skin around the eye. Plus, you also get a transformative shade that turns the matte shadows into a satin one if you want a different finish.
We love this brown-hue palette that can take us from a normal daytime look to a smoky nighttime one. Plus, it's the perfect size to throw in your purse and take with you anywhere.
While this does contain some shimmer shades, we can't help but include it in this list because of how great the matte shades are. When put on, the shadow lasts all day, and you can easily build intensity if you want to.
Inspired by Kat's cult-favorite shade Lolita, this dusty rose palette screams romance. From soft baby pink to dark plum (and everything in between) this palette is for those of us who love to pack our lids with rich color.
Talk about creamy pigments, this palette is a win-win thanks to its super affordable price tag and twenty highly saturated shadows. If you lean towards natural hues when it comes to eyeshadow, this palette is a must.
Okay, yes this costs a pretty penny and might require some major budget adjustments, but we promise you it's well worth it. The range of warm and cool shades with pops of color make it ideal for experimenting with both color and neutral colors.
Any palette that comes with a whopping 35 shades is a winner in our books, especially when it comes with these gorgeous earth tone matte hues.
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