Saturday, 29 August 2015

Matte Eyeshadow Palettes

How many matte natural eyeshadow palettes is too many matte eyeshadow palettes? I'll leave that as a rhetorical question for now, mainly out of fear that I've already vastly exceeded a reasonable limit. I've had the IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty palette and the Becca Ombre Nudes palette (reviewed here) in my collection for a while, but I couldn't resist adding the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette and the Too Faced Natural Matte Eye palette during the sales back in the spring.

But for those of you who aren't as crazy as me and can actually manage to not buy all four of these palettes, which one should you buy?

Becca Ombré Nudes Palette
Becca Ombre Nudes Palette wasn't a huge favourite of mine when I reviewed it (here), but everyone is raving about the Becca Ombre Rouge palette, so I am willing to go back and give this yet another try to see if my opinion has changed. Overall, though, I didn't find that these shadows blended very well and the colours are just a bit boring. But if you are lacking some basic shades to build up your collection, this could be a good buy. Available at Ulta for $40.

IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette
The IT Cosmetics Naturally Pretty Palette offers the widest range of shades, including some that might not traditionally be considered neutral. These shadows apply and blend beautifully—I haven't encountered any patchiness, which is quite a feat for matte shadows. When you dip a brush into the pans, there is a bit of powder kicked up, but I haven't noticed this translating to fall out on the lids. The only downfall in this palette is that a couple of the lighter shades are a bit lacking in pigmentation; but the mid and darker shades have great colour payoff. Available at Ulta for $42.

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette
The Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette is probably the most user friendly. The shadows are grouped together by 'neutral', 'cool', and 'warm' tones, meaning that you don't even have to think about which shades will work best together. But even though there is more variety in this palette than in the Becca Ombre Nudes Palette, I still find the shades a bit boring. So although I might bring out this palette when I'm looking to do a very professional eye for work or if I need a matte shade to pop in the crease, I don't find myself grabbing for it too often. Thus,  despite the excellent quality of these shadows (they apply wonderfully—even better than the IT Cosmetics matte) I don't think this has the potential to become an absolute favourite or must-have palette in my book. Available at Sephora for $46.

Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Palette
I have saved the best for last with the Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Palette. If there is just one palette from this assortment that you pick up, I think this should be it. I love the shade selection in this one, which has primarily warm/neutral shades with a couple of cooler tones. The combinations you can create for a variety of looks seems endless. And the formula is easily my favourite. The shadows are beautifully pigmented and blend out exceptionally well. Available at Sephora for $36.

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