Thursday, March 1st, 2012

The Hit List

What’s the Worst Matte Eyeshadow Formula…?

What brand/products win this category? What makes it so terrible?

Thanks to Caroline for today’s topic!

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39 thoughts on “Hit List: Worst Matte Eyeshadow Formula

  1. Joy

    Revlon ColorStay

  2. Em

    I’m sorry to say it because I like their shimmer and satin eyeshadows, but Wet and Wild’s matte eyeshadows are chalky and don’t blend well. I bought their matte eyeshadow palette with 8 colors, thinking it would be a great way to mix textures when I use bright colors, but I don’t like these shadows.

  3. Laurence

    I don’t have a particular brand in mind but any loose matte eyeshadow (pigment) just looks awful im my opinion, its always patchy and you can get a better result with pressed matte eyeshadows. I like the shimmery loose ones though :)

  4. I’m going to against popular opinion here and say that Sleek mattes are possibly the worst I’ve ever used. Can’t get them to go on evenly or anything regardless of what I use as a base.

  5. Lucie

    MAC…pretty much all their matte shades are absolutely atrocious. :(

    • Ana

      Agree! My eyeshadow in espresso… Is a pain to use!
      I have carbon… But I guess it’s the only one that really works for me.

      • Joanna

        which surprises me, because in my research, people who complain about MACs matte shadows seem to rip carbon to shreds!! it goes on patchy for me too :(

    • sunny

      I agree. I purchased violet trance from some limited edition collection because it was such a pretty color, but, goodness what an absolute nightmare to pack on the lids.

    • BooBooNinja

      I have Copperplate, a matte2 shade, that is wonderful.

  6. MAC have no pigmentation whatsoever, they are chalky and the texture is kind of hard

  7. Nicole

    Pen’n’Pink by MAC. Horrible to blend and no color-payoff. Thumbs down.

  8. Judith

    Overall, any matte eyeshadows I have ever tried look like chalk.

  9. yamille

    bobby brown Bone!! its dusty!

  10. Kristanna


  11. I have had poor results with MAC mattes. I only keep them in my palette for comparisons and swatching. I hardly ever wear them.

  12. Quinctia

    Just about anything that isn’t Urban Decay’s or the mattes in the WnW Lust palette. (Including other WnW stuff.)

    Though, I’m not a huge fan of mattes in general, so unless one pops up in a palette I purchase, I’m not going to be trying it.

  13. Amanda

    MAC seems to be taking a beating here lol. I might be in the minority but not every color is bad. Actually a lot more of them work for me then don’t. I hate Wet n Wild. The worst!

  14. Almay, Revlon, Covergirl in my experience, but I last tried these a LOOONG time ago so I’m not sure if they’re as horrible now as they used to be. I also have some mattes in a Smashbox trio that are totally useless.

  15. Mavel

    Tarte matte eyeshadows are awful!

    • judiluki

      Tarte get muddy, streaky, you cannot blend and you cannot get a good even color application at all!

  16. That I (heart) matte palette from Wet & Wild was awful.

    • mumtaza

      I actually really love mine. I used Lorac primer potion and a MAC 242 and they were bright and smooth.

  17. Mar

    I have to agree with some saying the matte formulas of Sleek are a pain to work with. MAC doesn’t do the trick either… I like most of their other formulas but I can’t get used to the patchy results of their matte shadows.

  18. Barbara

    MAX FACTOR colour trio is not my favorit,
    because of the color wich is barely there, you have to use more of it.

  19. Autumn

    MAC are the worst I’ve tried. They are very dry and lack pigmentation. I was very disappointed by them.

  20. thats a hard one…I would say physician formula, I have this old eyeshadow quad from them and its a chalky mess..

  21. Manjana

    MAC – almost all of the matte MACs I’ve tried are dry, chalky and sheer. I am so disappointed, at that price level they should be much better.