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.
I couldn't resist getting this when I saw it at TJ Maxx for $19.99 or $16.99, I can't remember which. This is only the second thing I own from thebalm, but so far I think it's a great brand. A palette of matte colors are hard to come by, and these are pretty good. They are a little bit hard to blend, like most mattes, especially the dark ones, but you just need to apply a little bit at a time with a fluffy brush and blend it out, then apply more layers slowly to make sure it blends properly. I use matte colors almost every day, and they're usually from this palette, or my WnW vanity. Honestly Wnw mattes may be easier to blend, but it's okay. This palette is pretty cool. It has a good size mirror also.
I have had this pallete for approx. 5 months. So far I have been enjoying it mostly b/c I love neutrals and this is loaded w/them! The colors are as expected from TheBalm, pigmented, and easy to blend. When I am in a rush or have to pack for the weekend, this is the pallet I choose. I was lucky enough to find it at TJ Max for about half the price which is awesome! I recommend this, and would def repurchase :)
Hold onto your seats folks, its going to be a bumpy ride -er review....
this is the dullest most boring looking palette ive encountered in a while. the cover art is kitchy but inside its so blah i almost didnt buy it....
being tired of frosty glitter-bomby bright eyeshadows that i couldnt pull off due to age and work related reasons, i had been searching for some nice matte colors which are harder to find than expected...
i had been tempted to buy or swap for the too faced matte eye kit but held off for whatever reason (maybe subconsciously i didnt want to pay that much for boring dull colors lol)....
fast forward to last weekend when i was browsing the cluttered shelves at marshalls and there amidst broken perfume bottles and leaky lotions i found this un-sparkly plain gem of an item in pristine untouched condition on sale for a mere $13. I honestly wouldnt have spent any more on it since i have never used or heard much about any of thebalm items in the past (except the muppett pallette-lol).
So I have used it a couple times and am happy with the results- the colors last a long time and are good quality and well pigmented. I was able to return an unused laura mercier eyeshadow duo because the same colors were in this palette and that was a definite plus! I guess I would repurchase this if I ever used it up which Im sure will not happen because despite my issues with frosty shadows i still manage to incorporate them into my daily looks without going over the top. It is nice to have this palette for days when Im in a blah mood. LOL.
I uploaded a stock photo of this from thebalms site