Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

First of all, I LOVE matte eyeshadows. Matte is my most favorite out of all other finishes like shimmer, satin, pearl, glitter, etc. The reason why I like matte finish is it looks good on everyone, the finish always comes up clean and smooth, but some particular matte eyeshadows can look chalky and hard to soften it out to make an even application. Not so many cosmetic companies make an matte eyeshadow palette, most of them mix matte and shimmer in a palette to get more range and options for customers. So, when I see theBalm came with a matte eyeshadow palette, I was so excited, but it took months for me to finally purchase it (I know Too Faced also has a matte eyeshadow palette called Matte Eye Collection).

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette consists of 9 matte eyeshadows, a double-ended angled brush, and a mirror that is attached to the palette. Here is a breakdown for the eyeshadows:

  • Matt Smith is a light beige that I am pretty sure matches with any skin tone. This is great for highlighting under the eyebrow and inner corner of the eye. If you have a darker skin tone, this shade will highlight those features beautifully. 
  • Matt Gallagher is a medium brown with a hint of grey. If you apply a dark color on your crease, this eyeshadow will help to tone it down without being so dramatic. 
  • Matt Ramirez is the darker side of Matt Gallagher. It is a simple dark brown but without the grey-ness. You can put Matt Gallager on your lid, and Matt Ramirez on your crease. That will create a nice smokey brown look. 
  • Matt McDonald is a dark navy blue with a slight of grey as well. 
  • Matt Horowitz is a purplish blue, but definitely lighter than Matt McDonald. 
  • Matt Chung is a light pink with blue undertone. 
  • Matt Batali is an eggplant purple. Love this color! 
  • Matt Schilling is a cool green like a turquoise color. This is definitely the most unique shade in the palette. 
  • Matt Patel is a greyish taupe with purple undertone.                           
These nine eyeshadows have a really good color payoff in just one stroke, even for the lighter color like Matt Smith and Matt Chung. The colors are so versatile that you can create so many day or night looks using this palette. The texture of the eyeshadows are very smooth, not chalky at all which sometimes can happen to matte eyeshadows and they blend seamlessly together. The packaging is very thin and portable, so it is really great for traveling, throwing it into your makeup bag, or anywhere you want. 

Also, look at the names! How can you not fall in love with the names. Funny, creative names are always a plus! The first thought when I saw this palette was "what a creative name!" 

I have been using this palette for over a week now and I love it! I just grabbed this palette whenever I want a matte look, and I love how the colors are complimenting each other, so I do not need to use other eyeshadows for the look. The colors are not boring either, they are somewhat pretty colorful but still wearable for day or night look. I feel like the first row is neutral shades, the second row is smoky dark shades and where the last row is vibrant toned shadows for enhancing your eyes. 

Overall, yes I will repurchase this palette if I ever use this up (which is impossible to happen, haha). The reason why it took months for me to decide whether to buy it was because this palette is not cheap. But now I think it is really worth the price for these nine beautiful eyeshadows. If you love matte finish eyeshadow like me, I highly recommend this - this palette meet all of your matte needs! :) 

Where to buy:,, Beauty Brands store, $34.50 for 0.33 oz. 

What do you think of this palette? Will you buy this palette in the future? Leave in the comment below, or tweet me on Twitter. If you have Facebook, please post on my Facebook wall as well ;) I love to have a chit chat with you! :) 

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Matt Ramirez, Matt Gallagher, Matt Smith

Matt Chung, Matt Horowitz, Matt McDonald

Matt Patel, Matt Schilling, Matt Batali 

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