In Our Makeup Bag: theBalm Meet Matt(e) Palette
What It Is:
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
Why This Should Be in Your Bag:
Matte eyeshadows (no shimmer, no sparkle, flat color) are an extremely useful tool. Although they seem rather boring, they add depth and can really make your eyes pop! theBalm is a fave brand of mine, and their eyeshadows always impress me. Therefore, I couldn’t wait to try out their palette filled with nine totally matte eyeshadows!
How To Use It:
To create an eye look with a lot of dimension, you’ll want to start off by applying one of the lighter shades (Matt Smith, Matt Chung) all over your eyelid. Then, add any of the medium-dark shades (Matt Gallagher, Matt Ramirez, Matt Schilling, Matt Patel) to the crease. Lastly, use one of the darkest mattes (Matt McDonald, Matt Horowitz, Matt Batali) to deepen the outer corner. You can also use any of the medium-dark or dark shades as an eyeliner and the lighter shades as an inner corner or browbone highlight.
(L-R: Matt Smith, Matt Gallagher, Matt Ramirez, Matt McDonald, Matt Horowitz, Matt Chung, Matt Batali, Matt Schilling, Matt Patel)
CC Rating: B+
Like I mentioned above, theBalm is one of my absolute favorite cosmetics brands. They put out quality products in fun packaging and Meet Matt(e) is no exception. All nine shadows were very smooth and easy to apply. They weren’t too chalky, as I often find matte shadows to be, and blended almost as well as shimmery counterparts.
The only problem with this palette is the lack of pigmentation in shadows. Some of the shadows were a little sheer for my liking, and Matt Smith and Matt Chung were barely visible on my pale skin. However, the shadows were very easy to work with and I imagine you could build up the color if it wasn’t pigmented to your liking on the first swipe.
This palette is available on theBalm’s website for $34.50.
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