theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00 for 0.33 oz.) contains nine matte eyeshadows named after theBalm’s favorite Matts. It includes a small, dual-ended bristle brush, which is usable and better than sponge-tipped brushes that are often included in these kinds of palettes, but it wouldn’t replace full-sized brushes for me. The palette is small, square-ish, and made out of heavy-duty cardboard. It flips open and has a mirror under the lid.

Overall, the texture of these shades are soft, smooth, and buttery–they’re not as dense or as buttery as theBalm’s more shimmery eyeshadows (think the Shady Lady series or their singles). These are finely-milled and soft enough that there is some excess powder kicked up when you go to use them. The majority of the shades applied with good to excellent color payoff, though Matt Chung was a little chalky and sheer, Matt Schilling wasn’t chalky but it was a bit sheer and a little dry, and Matt Patel was slightly sheer in places and didn’t apply as smoothly. Also worth noting, Matt Batali was a bit drier and not as soft or as dense as the other shades in the palette, but the pigmentation didn’t suffer as a consequence.

Each eyeshadow is 0.037 oz., whereas the average full-sized eyeshadow is typically 0.05 oz. I actually like the size of each shade, because they’re about 75% the size of regular full-sized ones (though theBalm’s individuals shades are 0.10 oz.), you still get plenty of product, but the entire compact fits in your hand and is very travel-friendly. I will point out the obvious that theBalm’s Shady Lady palettes contain a whopping 0.60 oz. (almost double the size of this palette) and retail for $39.50, which is only a little bit more. Nude ‘tude is slightly larger at 0.38 oz. and retails for $36. The Shady Lady palettes are still a super-sized value palette in comparison, but I think the pricing is about right here, and you’re getting a good amount of product for your buck.

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

A-
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9
Longevity
4.5
Application
90%
Total
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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt Smith Eyeshadow

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt Gallagher Eyeshadow

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt Ramirez Eyeshadow

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt Ramirez Eyeshadow

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt McDonald Eyeshadow

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theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt Horowitz Eyeshadow

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt Chung Eyeshadow

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt Chung Eyeshadow

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt Batali Eyeshadow

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt Batali Eyeshadow

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt Schilling Eyeshadow

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt Schilling Eyeshadow

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt Patel Eyeshadow

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Eyeshadow Palette
theBalm Matt Patel Eyeshadow

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Unfortunately, these don’t seem to be available in brick-and-mortar stores, so I’ll be skipping this. I really hate having to order anything online, otherwise I’d love to pick this up.

Nice! I haven’t really seen any reviews for this palette. I like how neutral it is! It seems rather small for the price, but I imagine it would be good for travel. 
 

I love matte palettes and I love theBalm’s eyeshadow formula, but there is just not enough differentiation among the colors for me to buy this.

I had the good fortune to purchase this for around $10 on HauteLook a few months ago (thank you for the link, by the way!). Unfortunately, hardly any of them suit me even slightly; most of the palette leans too cool for my neutral/warm colouring.   The top row is just fabulously gorgeous for my warm-green eyes, though, and Batali is exactly the sort of rich, deep eggplant that works for smoking and lining.
 
The quality’s really lovely, though: I didn’t find them as buttery-soft as Alima’s mattes, but the neutrals didn’t feel too chalky for me, and even Batali is super-pigmented.

I actually never was a fan of matte eye shadows but this book of shadows completely changed my outlook on them! Amazing palette, love all the colors and love the texture and pigmentation!

MY NAME IS MATTHEW PATEL, AND I AM RAMONA’S FIRST! EVIL… EX… BOYFRIEND.
 
(Sorry, that’s the first thing that came to mind when I saw the shade name, “Matt Patel”.)

I did not have the same luck with this palette, I also reviewed it and found it to be lacking in pigmentation and I thought the shadows were very powdery. I even showed a photo of the palette after swatching, there was excess powder everywhere. Maybe I got a dud? I use it mainly for lining my eyes and I like Matt Ramirez for my brows. Its a shame too cause I love theBalm!

i literally just bought this a few weeks ago! i actually love the pigmentation for a matte shadow, but i’m having the same problem as julie- excess powder EVERYWHERE and i don’t jab my products, that’s from gently picking some up. cos there was one or two shades where it was sooo soft that it just burst into powder- i never thought that an eyeshadow can be TOO soft. no real chalky-ness tho.

Love this palette!  I use it all the time.  The only shade that kind of fell short for me was Matt Chung – it just doesn’t show up very well on my lid and can’t be built up, either.  But otherwise, it’s definitely one of my favorite purchases, and I definitely feel I got my money’s worth out of it.  🙂

theBalm always kills me with their eyeshadow palettes! It’s always a split between “ugh, that’s gorgeous,” and “seriously, Rae, stop it, you don’t need anymore eyeshadow.”
 
But… mattes! And Matts! ;oP 

I am glad I am reading these comments. I have been on the fence about purchasing this palette for the ‘powder’ reason. Now, after seeing this, I am convinced I made the right decision by NOT buying it.

These sound like Inglot mattes, which work better when you tap the brush on the e/s surface as swiping the brush kicks up a lot of powder. Miya and Julie, what brush-to-eyeshadow-pan technique do you use with this palette?

Just went to the website to check this out and saw all the changes to the website. No more easy click access to new MAC launches? I mean I know everyone likes to hate on MAC but did you have to get rid of the button completely? I like to know what they are launching because they are always sooooooooooooo prolific. I feel like what you tell us about each new launch helps me determine if I need to go check it out or if there are enough things from previous launches that I can skip it. Please consider bringing back the different tabs along the right side of screen for us to have quick click access to many different brands newest up and coming launches.

Thank you so much for the review, Christine. 🙂 I have been waiting for this! If you ever have the time, would you do a review of Too Faced’s Matte Palette? That would be fantastic!

Just a heads up to anyone interested in getting this palette. I just received a preview email from HauteLook.com showcasing this & other Balm products. It might be available for sale so check in May 16, 8am PST/ 11am EST

I almost didn’t buy this palette because it reminds me of my first love Matt, oh what a heartbreak! but I did anyway, really nice colors 😀

This palette is so interesting! I saw it the other day and didn’t really pay attention to it, but I think that it’s a good purchase – I don’t use matte colors, so this one would a be good deal to get all the matte colors I need for a reasonable price. Definitely wishlist approved.

Hey Christine, thanks for your great reviews 🙂 i have tried this palette 2 months ago, purchased it from beauty.com, and as soon as i tried it, i hated it! it was my second palette from theBalm, the 1st was theBalm and the Beautiful, and i faced the same problem with both : as soon as i apply the eyeshadow on the lid -with or w/o primer- and try to blend it, all the color fall out like i don’t have any shadow on! my lid stays empty! i try to apply more and more but with every blending i get a ton of fallout on my face and a teeny tiny product on my eyes! i wonder if i am the only one facing this problem. After that i tried the matte palette from toofaced and it was much better in pigmentation and staying in place. Anyway let me know if you have a solution for this problem. and thanks again for everything!

They have this on HauteLook today at a great discount ladies! I just ordered mine! Can’t wait to try it based on Temptalia’s review!

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