Are you looking for the best matte eyeshadow palette without any shimmery or glittery colors? The fact is that most of today's most popular palettes such as Urban Decay Naked contain a large number of shimmery colors with just a few matte crease and blending colors. It's rare to find a palette with only matte colors.
There are many reasons why some may prefer a matte palette. Shimmery colors are pretty to look at but they can accentuate wrinkles and fine lines. Others may prefer colors that are more sophisticated while others may work in a conservative environment where shimmery colors may look out of place.
Besides there's something gorgeous about matte shades; they are richer and more intense. They are also more versatile and can be used all over the lid or in the crease whereas shimmery shades can look less than natural as a crease color.
The ideal palette should have a wide variety of colors including a highlight color, crease color, lid color and a dark shade that can double as liner.
Below are our top picks for the best matte eyeshadow palettes.
Lorac Pro Matte
Lorac Pro Matte is a compact palette that packs 8 ultra pigmented matte shades. Bare is a highlighting shade with more yellow undertones while Linen is neutral. Latte is a smooth transition and blending color while both Corduroy and Chocolate can be used in the crease (Chocolate is warmer). Jet black can be used as a liner. The colors in this palette definitely veer on the warm side.
Urban Decay Naked Basics
Urban Decay makes the most amazing, buttery and pigmented shadows but their shadows used to be geared to a younger demographic with lots of fun but sparkly colors like the infamous "Midnight Cowboy". They really knocked it out of the park with this gorgeous collection of only matte colors in a super compact and portable palette.
Venus can be used as a highlighter as can Foxy and W.O.S. Naked 2 makes an excellent blending color but can also be used in the crease. Faint is a dark brown that is perfectly neutral (not too warm) and can either be used in the crease, all over the lid, or even as a liner or to fill out your brows. Crave is an ultra intense black that can be used in the "outer v" eye area for a smoky look or as a liner.
Too Faced Natural Matte
Too Faced's Natural Matte palette has a combination of warm and cool tones. The middle row has a dark cooler toned purpley color Risque which is great for a smoky eye while the third row offers warmer colors like Chocolate Cookie and Honey Butter (a warm toned peach).
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette
One of the most complete and versatile matte palettes you can get is Kat Von D Shade + Light. It contains a total of 12 shadows, each divided in a set of cool, neutral and warm tones. The colors are super pigmented, silky, blendable and completely matte.
Each "quad" or set of colors is designed to work together and consists of a highlighting, crease and lid color. The colors are all neutrals with browns of varying shades including Succubus, a very warm/reddish brown with copper undertones, Saleos, a smokey brown (this is the coolest brown shade) and Solas which is an "espresso brown" with warm undertones.