I love the colours and the texture is good. the only things I have to complain about are the price, $35 (I would not buy this full price),and Matt Chung (He's just not amazing).
Sorry, but the condition of this palette was broken up, when it arrived from Hautelook. Tried several of the shadows and after application on lid, there was tremendous fall-out all over my cheeks! Perhaps, it's an old one, but when I tried other colors, the fallout still took place. It made a mess of my makeup today and almost had to re-apply everything! I've never encountered any makeup that reacted this way. All the other theBalm products I have are wonderful. Including my new nude tude palette. No fallout there! So, perhaps this one palette is in the minority.
I'd been looking for a matte eyeshadow formula that wasn't chalky, and this fit the description perfectly. The colors are pigmented and smooth with well-chosen shades that are fun enough for going out and muted enough for work. As always, TheBalm's packaging is really, really cute. I just wish the shadows contained more product because the pots are far smaller than the ones, say, in a Shady Lady palette. Overall, however, I love it!
I usually love TheBalm palettes, especially the Shady Lady one, but this one didn't really do it for me. It's very cool toned which isn't the best look for me, and some of the shadows don't show up at all - Matt Smith and Matt Chung. The two brown ones are the only ones I really like, the rest seem chalky or show up patchy on me. I have pretty oily eyelids so maybe this is the problem.
When I first saw this product I simply fell in love with the unique packaging. The front showcases a(in my opinion) quite foxy man flashing a smile. The name of this product is cleverly written as Meet Matt(e) because the palette is full of just matte colors. On the inside you open it up to see nine matte shades, all having names that begin with Matt. This theme is absolutely adorable, I love it! Now I'll break it into the colors.
Matt Smith- Perfect matte beige, nice for highlight, nude or simply a blending color
Matt Gallagher-Nice matte medium toned brown, perfect for in the crease, transitioning colors together
Matt Ramirez- Beautiful deep matte brown, great for an neutral look
Matt McDonald-A dark grey-black matte color. Interesting color, don't
have one similar to this.
Matt Horowitz- A matte mid-toned blue. Very soft, probably the least pigmented, but still a nice color.
Matt Chung- Matte pastel pink. Least used in the palette for me, I don't see how I can use it.
Matt Batali- Darkest shade in here, a very dark brown. Nice for outer corner.
Matt Schilling-Mid-tone green, nice for pop of muted color
Matt Patel- One of my favorites, a matte taupe
I love the creativity in the naming of the palette and its colors and also the studly packaging. I'm a huge fan of mattes and think everyone should have a few. If you're looking into a matte eye shadow palette, go for this!
I recently broke down and bought this online due to the great reviews, and I was not disappointed! I wear eyeshadow every day (typically NARS and MAC), and this palette beats both of those brands as far as matte shadows go. All of the colors go on smooth and have great pigmentation. I especially love the browns - they are probably the first browns that don't make my eyes look sickly (I don't look good in eyeshadows with even a remotely bit of gold or red in them which most browns do). My only complaint would be that the amount of each shadow is small. I can see myself going through this pretty quickly! Also, I have used other shimmery shadows from theBalm before and found them to have a lot of fallout which was not a problem with this palette.
I really like this palette of matte eyeshadows. Very basic and therefore excellent to travel around with! The perfect color range from dark navy and brown to lighter highlight colors, the consistency and pigmentation are excellent! This is the first ever for me buying any product from this brand but it won't be the last. Highly recommend.
I love thebalm, their products are very reliable, are safer to use, and are usually on sale somewhere! TJ Maxx and Marshalls have them and thebalm is very generous with their special offers! This palette is portable and perfect! the colors range from standard (brown, highlight, baby pink) to unique egyptian blue and purply-taupe. I have used this palette every day since I received it and I love the blendability of the colors and the pigmentation! You hardly need to tap your brush into these puppies to get great pigmentation. I like to use a stiffer brush with these shadows, especially the dark ones, because Matte shadows do not spread as evenly. The only color I am not crazy about is Matt Chung, this is too close to white for my skintone. I would buy this many times over, it's hard to find good mattes that can also double as cake liners (Matt Ramirez and Matt Batali make excellent liners when used with MAC fix +)! I love you Thebalm!
These are my firm TheBalm eyeshadows, and I'm very pleased. They are exceptionally creamy and pigmented, blend easily and last all day.
As another reviewer mentioned, lots of us prefer matte to shimmer shades. This palette provides a nice selection of cool shades. Small, easy to travel with, and provides a wide variety of everyday/work-appropriate looks.
The brush is difficult to impossible to use, since it's so tiny. (The heads are fine; it's the miniscule length.)
I only started using TheBalm products this year, and I'm very pleased with al I've tried. I wish I'd discovered this brand sooner.
Note to cosmetics manufacturers: Some of us are sick of shimmer, okay? Some of us would rather wear matte shadows to the office rather than dressing our eyes up like we're going out clubbing. (Don't even get me started on smoky eyes.) This fall, I've been searching for wearable matte neutrals to carry in my suitcase and wear to work every day. Normally I wouldn't pay USD$34 for a book of shadows, but when I saw these for $16.99 at Marshalls, I resisted them, then saw them again and had to grab them. Turns out this is a well-edited collection of colors that can create many different tasteful yet creative matte eye looks. The nine shadows are packaged in a book-style compact with a mirror on the left and the shadows plus a cute little two-ended brush (no foam tips here) on the right. I'm still pondering how the creator chose the names—maybe this is a tribute to friends or old beaux named Matt? No matter; I'll have ample time to ponder, because this is now the everyday shadow collection in my makeup bag on the road. The shadows are smooth and workable, and can be foiled well also, as I found out by accident when putting on Matt Ramirez with a freshly-washed brush the other day. :P
My favorite combinations are Matt Smith + Matt Gallagher (cream + camel) for warm-toned outfits; Matt Gallagher + Matt Ramirez (camel + dark brown) for dark warm-toned outfits; and Matt Patel + Matt Batali (cool taupe + deep eggplant) for cool-toned outfits. Both Matt Smith and Matt Chung (pale pale pink) work well as highlighters. Now that I'm writing about the colors, I realize that another reason this palette appeals to me is the coolness of the colors. Thank you, TheBalm, for not putting in olive, rust, gold, or other warm tones .
I'm taking a half-lipstick off for the retail price, and a half for the size of the pans: about the size of Chiclets. My Japonesque travel shadow brush practically covers up the whole pan. They could have made the pans bigger and put a map on the other side with the color names.