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 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 granted their customers that wish by taking the popular neutral shades from their Natural Eyes palette and giving them matte finishes. Since then, the matte palette has even surpassed the original in popularity, with its versatility making it a makeup kit staple.
We love Tarte eye shadows in general for their Amazonian clay–infused formula and long wearability. But this matte palette is a dream. It features neutral shades with that same formula, alongside some dark shades, in case you wanted to use it for liner, a smoky eye, or just a little dimension.
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.
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.
This palette is endlessly versatile, with two full looks you can mix and match from, bringing your shadow look from day to night. Whether you want something lighter or something a little more dramatic, this is a great palette to have in your arsenal.
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.
We love this palette for its silky shadows and the ability to create a breadth of looks with just six shades. Every single shade is useable in combination with any of the other shades in the palette; a rare trait.
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