What ratio of shimmer/matte do you prefer in an eye palette?

For a quad, I like three shimmers and one matte, but for larger palettes, say 10 or more shades, then 1/2 to 2/3 shimmers to mattes.

— Christine


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Andrea Avatar

Honestly, the more mattes the better as I would get more milleage out of it. I already have enough shimmers to last me a lifetime.
Mattes I can wear every single day, regardless of where I’m going. Even sultrier and darker matte colours are fine to just go the supermarket but- on me anyway, because I think this a personal thing- shimmers are just too noticeable and flashy to wear every time. I also think mattes are more forgiving with application and, quite frankly, good mattes are hard to come by -they’re often powdery and don’t blend well.
If I couldn’t escape shimmers I’d be happy with just a light one for highlighting and a dark one (and I’d add a medium one that tied up well with the rest of the pallete in order to cater to most people). Emphasis on “dark” as I find a lot of brands don’t do dark colours well- e.g. it looks navy in the pan and medium blue on my skin.

C.Blossom Avatar

For me 50/50 or 40/60 matte to shimmer, with the shimmers ranging from satin/pearl to metallic. For large palettes, maybe a duochrome or two, but no glitters. For me, glitters are a waste of space.

Ana Maria Avatar

Personally I’m not a fan of shimmers, 25% shimmers is more than enough for me. Even in a quad, I see no purpose of more than 1 shimmer 😅; what I need is a light matte shade to add highlights to the look (which can arguably be a satin, but a matte would still be my first choice), a medium matte transition / crease shade and a dark matte shade to deepen the crease or use as a liner.
But I’m just that kind of person who would buy only matte palettes…

Lucie Avatar

For a workhorse palette or a palette I might give to someone who doesn’t have an extensive collection I’d say 50/50 up to 70/30 mattes to shimmers.

However, for myself personally at the stage of my makeup collection that I have right now, I’m looking for probably 30/70 mattes to shimmers/metallics or even a full shimmer/metallic only because I have so many singles of great workhorse and transition shades that work for me that I can only handle so many palettes that have the same black, mid-tone neutral brown, taupe, and peachy beige mattes over and over again. So unless the mattes are outside the box with some wow-factor, I’d rather stick to my tried and true singles and keep the palette to more creative options and additional finishes to supplement my workhorses.

Andrea Avatar

Just to clarify it, do satins go with the shimmers, the mattes or in their own little group? I’ve always included them with the mattes because I see them as a sort of “glossier-ish” matte (but without the sparkle I’d expect in a shimmer) but a lot of you see them as a shimmers…?

Helene Avatar

I generally prefer to have more shimmers than mattes in all palettes. For a quad I think I’d like it to be two of each.
Even though I like shimmery shades better than mattes I have a lot of palettes with more mattes than simmers, and I really like them, so it also depends on the colour story.
I think the three Temptalia palettes have a perfect ratio. But I also think ND Retro is perfect and it has a lot of mattes.
I would love if there were more satins though in all palettes. I find satins rare, and they are my favourite formula, both for eyeshadow and lipstick, actually.

Z Avatar

For a “perfect palette” for me it has to have one matte transition shade (medium )taupey grey brown) and a matte black (I realize that’s controversial for some, but I use matte black every day so….) after that it can be all shimmer for all I care.

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