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I love when they’re more velvety and substantial–dense but not thick/heavy to the point where they’re so pigmented and rich that they become difficult to blend out. I prefer a little too firm to super powdery as well. I like how they can add depth to the look and help to soften shimmer if necessary!

— Christine

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I love matte eyeshadows! They work much better than shimmers on my aging hooded eyes. I don’t really have anything negative to say about mattes.

Love that they can transform the entire appearance of my eyelid. For me, matte eyeshadows are a necessary “evil” due to my having heavily hooded eyes. I get along well with most mattes. Favorites include MAC, UD, ND, Viseart.
Dislike: There’s some that stick in spots and are more difficult to blend out. PML mattes can be more difficult blend, I find. Not a fan of super powdery mattes, either.

I don’t like that they can be patchy to apply especially if, like me, you tend to go for a lighter application – that’s when the patchiness can really show. I also don’t like how dry and harshly aging they can look – not always but sometimes. I’ve got a lot of beloved matte shadows that are flattering workhorses (MAC Omega, Blanc Type, Typograhic, Concrete, Coquette and many more) but when a matte is bad, it’s patchy, dry, aging and hard to blend (sort of the matte equivalent of all day glitter fallout from shimmery shadows – the bane of that finish when it goes wrong).

I love mattes when they’re great quality. I love how well they work as the transition shades in my looks and I love using a great black matte to add depth to the outer crease. I don’t do all matte looks as often as I should, but wonderful mattes are really a joy to blend out and make me happy.

I love matte shadows and discovered back when I was starting with makeup (at age 16) that they look much better on my eyes. Something about shimmery shadows just makes my eyes look smaller. Mid-tone mattes are perfect to deepen the eye area and make it look larger overall. One thing I dislike is the occasional patchiness, particularly when the shadow sticks to tacky sunscreen-ed areas around the eyes. I’m not going to stop wearing sunscreen, so I just blend and reapply.

If you base a look around mattes there’s more room to accentuate with different textures and finishes.

I find mattes look much more flattering above the crease than other finishes.

Love good quality mattes for creating shape (overall lifting and re-installing the illusion of more crease).
Also love the soft/sooty look of a ‘blown out’ color from using powder at the lashline and blending up. Somehow that’s a look I like best in colder weather….

I like mattes to bring depth to the eye. I then add metallic or shimmer to areas I want to high light. I often use a shimmer above my upper lash line instead of liner to bring out my eye color.

Love mattes for bringing shape, contour & definition to the eyes- be it subtle with mid tones or dramatic with darks.

I am just not a fan of matte eyeshadows – I find them too ‘flat’, preferring shimmery/satin/metallic options. I should like them because I have hooded eyes, and occasonally I do, but they are surrounded by lots of shimmers.
I find that most mattes are poorly formulated – they look dry, dusty and patchy. Or they can be ‘overpigmented’ so that they are hard to blend.

Like: The beautiful pigmentation and blendability (when they are well made)
Dislike: Blotchiness if poor quality and powdery ones (tend to have more fallout)

LIKE: I love mattes for a pin-up eye. Good mattes look sophisticated, and can be subtle or dramatic. They’re great for anchoring a look, and diminishing areas such as hoods. While not my favorite finish, a good matte is beautiful and a pleasure to use. I think there are more good matte formulas on the market than there were a few years ago.

DISLIKE: A lot of brands seem to struggle with making mattes. They can be dry, chalky, powdery, underpigmented, patchy, and hard to blend. My favorite eyeshadow shades — purples, teals, blues, reds, greens — are often really hard to translate into good, non-patchy mattes.

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