I have tried Smashbox eye shadows and although the shadows are excellent, some can be too glittery. So I said "yes please" to this collection of mattes and think it's a great everyday assortment of some neutral browns and taupes with a few other colors thrown in for interest. The formula works great for both the eyes and eyebrows, it blends out good on the eyes and stays in place on the brows and also when used as an eyeliner with a damp brush. Some of the browns are very close to each other in color, but that's not a concern to me because it just means more pans of product to use. I have taken this on a trip and even used the lightest brown shade for contouring. I highly recommend this for mature eyes as well, pair it with a good primer and you will get no creasing whatsoever.
I also bought the Matte Exposure palette and am doing a different review. If I were to pick either one or the other, I definitely prefer the Photo Matte Eyes palette because the Matte Exposure has more darker shades that are harder to work with.
I am back after 6 months or so to update... I have, since getting this palette, tried several other matte palettes, such as Tarte tartelette, Stila's eatw in mind and Becca onbre nudes. In comparison I have been finding the Smashbox not as good of a performer as far as bendability and longevity, so I take off a star and change it to "would not purchase it again". It's the bomb for eyebrows and ok for crease-work and/or transition shades, but I am not getting any variety of looks from it, the 7 different shades of brown and find that the pink shade on the left doesn't offer enough contrast and the silver shade is just plain unusable. I am also finding the pans are beginning to harden and the shadow more difficult to pick up on the brush, but I have been using it daily for months to do my brows, so perhaps the longevity of this formula is poor.
Don't get me wrong, this is definitely worthy if you happen to score one on sale, and the brush is decent too, but I think as far as a workable and versatile set of matte shades, there are better offerings out there.