The Matte Eyeshadows I Can Work With


Matte eyeshadows are so hard to get right and I've experienced my fair share of duds! Today I'll be sharing with you the matte eyeshadows that are a dream to work with.

Blank Canvas Master Series Palette 1* | £29.36 | I'd never heard of this brand before this showed up on my doorstep and I really don't know how because this palette is amazing! Firstly: it honestly could've been designed by me with all the warm neutral tones and secondly: the mattes are an absolute dream to work with. There's a token golden-champagne shimmer (Goddess) to pop in the inner-corner but the rest of the shades are matte. The formula is smooth and blends out beautifully and all the shades have really impressive pigmentation. Even the light white shade isn't chalky! There is a little bit of fallout, however nothing major and I still feel like these wear well on my eyelids. I feel like this has everything I need as far as an everyday eye look goes and if I want to add a little something extra for the evening, I take one of my ColourPop Metallic eyeshadows and press it in the centre of the lid. There are enough darker shades in here to create a matte smoky eye if you want though. They're all beautiful but I think if I had to pick a few favourites they'd be Hibiscus (a warm medium-dark saddle brown), Brazen (a warm peachy-brown medium transition shade), Carmin (a medium reddish-brown), Cocoa (a medium brown with red and orange undertones) and Downtown (a truer dark chocolate brown).



Too Faced Natural Eye Palette (Cashmere Bunny & Sexpresso) | £32 | review | I'm honestly contemplating getting the all-matte version of this palette based on the amazing quality of these two shades. There are a couple of other mattes in the palette which are nice but for me it's all about Cashmere Bunny and Sexpresso! Looking at the shades together; the two from Natural Collection I'll talk about later aren't bad dupes of these two at all. Too Faced's formula does beat Natural Collection's for me but if you aren't feeling the shimmers in here that's always an option. These shades have some of the best colour payoff of any of the mattes in my stash but still look very natural on the eyes and are easy to work with. Cashmere Bunny is a medium brown-taupe and Sexpresso is a neutral-toned dark brown.


2 - Cashmere Bunny, 3 - Sexpresso

Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance Palette | £41 | review | This is such an amazing palette and I love the Anastasia matte formula. I don't think there's a dud in the entire palette; they're everything you could ever want from a matte formula. There is a bit of fallout but they do blend beautifully and the pigmentation translates amazingly onto the lids. My full review has all the information so I'll just pick out some favourites in this post. I love the muted mustard shade of Raw Sienna, Cyprus Umber (a dark charcoal), Red Ochre (a reddish-brown) and Realgar (a warm orange with brown undertones).



Natural Collection Solo Eyeshadows in Crushed Walnut & Milk Chocolate | £1.99 each | These have to be the best eyeshadows you can get for this price! I really love the mattes; they're soft, have the right level of pigment and are so easy to use. I don't know how they make them so smooth! I'd definitely recommend checking out Crushed Walnut (a slightly cool-toned dark brown) and Milk Chocolate (a taupe colour with brown undertones). I actually depotted these badly so just picked up new ones! They're perfect crease colours that you will use every single day.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Beware | £14 | To be honest pretty much any Urban Decay matte eyeshadows could've been in this post but I just really love this shade. I definitely don't use it enough as a single eyeshadow but the fact I'm moving house soon has made me dig out some of the products I don't reach for enough and see if they work for me. This is definitely one of the shades that does; it's a gorgeous mid-brown, neutral-toned crease colour. It's so smooth, so pigmented and really easy to apply. The fallout is minimal and it's very long lasting. I just find this adds dimension to any eyeshadow look; I often use a shimmery cream shadow across the lid and pop a bit of this in the crease and it really works.



Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans in Frappe & Cocoa Bear | £4.95 | Makeup Geek is one of the brands I credit with helping me see the light when it comes to mattes! I've not tried a single chalky shade from them but Frappe and Cocoa Bear are the ones I can't live without. Again, there's such incredible colour payoff, and these really don't have much fallout at all despite blending out so well. Frappe is a very warm mid-toned brown and Cocoa Bear is a deeper brown with reddish undertones. I often find that darker, more coloured matte shades can be a bit staining and hard to blend out but I don't find that with Cocoa Bear at all.

Anastasia Beverley Hills Single Eyeshadows in Red Earth | $12 | This is definitely one of the shades that made me fall for Anastasia eyeshadows! It's a gorgeous, muted, earthy pinky-brown matte. I just think this is going to be one of my every-single-day shades when Autumn comes round. It honestly just glides on and has amazing colour payoff. It isn't powdery and doesn't kick up too much fallout and after the end of a long day, I can still see it's in place. 

What are your favourite matte eyeshadows?





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49 comments

  1. I love Makeup Revolution Ultra 32 Matte Palette. Was seriously a bit hesitant when I first bought it, but theyre gorgeous and blend soooo seamlessly. Almost as good as UD mattes

    Also love my Sonia kashuk matte palette. I need to try out Anastasia shadows! Great post, love!

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    1. I did actually used to have that one! xx

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  2. I also love sexpresso and cashmere bunny! They're the one I use the most from the palette after the two light glittery shades, so easy to work with and pigmented enough for my dark lids.

    Selene Addicted

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  3. I find matte shadows really hard to blend, so I tend to use a matte cream shadow instead! (:
    Philippa x

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  4. All of these palettes are just so beautiful!!!

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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  5. Thanks for sharing Jasmine. I think i may not be able to stand on avoiding purchase of ABH Modern Renaissance palette.. haha I feel weak whenever I see this on ur blog. I love MUG eyeshadows...currently in love with Cocoa Bear and Morocco shades.

    Ash | www.mstantrum.com

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    1. Ah Morocco is another really great one! xx

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  6. I absolutely love that Too Faced palette and agree that the matte shades are the real winners in it, such a lovely formula.

    I still need to try Makeup Geek!

    The Makeup Directory

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  7. Mmm, what gorgeous and pigmented matte shades, I adore my matte eyeshadows!

    Kez | acaciasdreams.com

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  8. Need to pick up the too faced natural eyes palette, looks stunning!!

    http://graciebellblogs.blogspot.co.uk/

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  9. I really want the modern renaissance palette it's so beautiful! I have the Too Faced Matte eye shadows and I would highly recommend them, they're really smooth and beautiful! x

    - Eternalleigh.blogspot.com

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  10. I'm really not much of a matte fan either due to a lot of them lacking in quality and pigment. I have the Too Faced palette and it is actually one of my favourites for matte shades for the same reasons you said. I've never heard of the first palette you mentioned (Black Canvas?) but the swatches look amazing on you espeially that Godess shade!

    Cally xx
    xcallyloves.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. I need more Urban Decay Shadows in my life! I love matte eye shadows. One of my favourite palettes at the moment is by Sonia Kashuk, lovely shades for Autumn.

    The Too Faced Natural Palette looks gorgeous!

    EmmysBeautyCave | Bloglovin | ColourPop GIVEAWAY

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  12. That Black Canvas palette looks beautiful! I agree with, Too Faced, UD, ABH and MUG have the best matte eyeshadows, I also love those from Zoeva :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. The Blank Canvas palette is such a great find! xx

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  13. That black canvas palette looks great! These all look so good, mattes can be a pain in butt though!

    Jaynie Shannon * | Beauty and Lifestyle

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  14. Great post! I'm loving mattes at the moment so this was the perfect post to read. I'm really interested in trying the Modern Renaissance Palette x

    Blushhx

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  15. Thanks for sharing and showing some swatches, I really want the Anastasia Beverley Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. I know a lot of people has those and heard a lot of good review I want it so badly.

    Ana
    http://anarazon.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Sorry to encourage you but it's so worth all the hype! xx

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  16. I have to agree with you on the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette and the color red earth! Those are both favorites of mine! :-) the blank canvas swatches look so nice!!

    JennyLovesBeauty♥



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  17. I love the Too Faved Natural Eyes palette! So great for travelling as it has everything! I have been loving the Smashbox PhotoMatte eye palette recently, it's amazing and Naked 2 Basics is probably my most used palette, I love my mattes!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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  18. The shadows look stunning, I might have to give them a go!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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  19. I love matte eyeshadows! I really need to get my hands on that anastasia palette, its so beautiful!

    http://claresloves.blogspot.com/

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    1. I really is and a must-have if you love mattes :) xx

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  20. Ahh I always struggle with matte eyeshadows, I have cocoa bear and I love it! My plan is to get a palette and mix both makeup geek and MAC shadows and hopefully make the perfect palette (adds Frappe to wishlist...) x

    Jodie | jodiemelissa.com

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  21. The Blank Canvas palette looks nice! Definitely something I would go for :)

    Nicole | In The Life of NM

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  22. I used to dislike matte shadows but I'm coming round to them, maybe because I'm finally trying good ones! Urban Decay's are amazing and I love Too Faced and Tarte's, Tarte's being my favorite I think! That Blank Canvas palette looks really pretty, I've never heard of that brand :)

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah the thing is when mattes aren't good they're impossible to work with! xx

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  23. I've never tried any two faced eyeshadows, they look beautiful though!

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  24. These look stunning!!!!!!! Sooo soooo gorgeous :D

    xx SofiaaDot
    sofiaadot.wordpress.com

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  25. I'm a bit iffy with matte shades as well, I will always go for shimmer ones instead! Cocoa Bear is gorgeous though and it's such good quality!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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  26. I need that Modern Renaissance palette! It looks stunning!

    Chloe | chloexo2015.blogspot.com

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  27. I love me some matte brown eyeshadows and yes, I think the Too Faced all matte one is so worth it...despite the highlighter shades being a bit naff for my skintone...there are some incredible shades in there that I KNOW you will LOVE hun :) That Blank Canvas palette is just PERFECT! xxx
    Sal | UmmBaby Beauty

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    1. I really want it haha and I think you'd LOVE the Blank Canvas palette! xx

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  28. I want the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette so so much, your swatches of it are beaut. Also that shade 'Goddess' from the Blank Canvas Master Series Palette is to die for! x

    Gemma Louise

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  29. Wow I really love the shades from the BH cosmetics palette!! I love makeup geek shadows too, they're so pigmented and pretty! Have you tried morphe eyeshadows? I'd highly recommend them!

    Neelam | www.neelamjayna.blogspot.co.uk xx

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    1. Yeah I have a few of them though to be honest they're a bit hit and miss for me! xx

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  30. Yaaaay Blank Canvas :)

    I really like the packaging for the UD singles! x

    Laurzrah

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  31. Amazing picks! I'm such a fan of the Too Faced Natural Eyes palette- so versatile- and I'm still way tempted by that Anastasia palette. Those warm neutrals are gorgeous :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  32. Fab post lovely, some really great picks! The Too Faced Natural palette looks so stunning and I love the range of shades! The Modern Renaissance palette looks lovely also, and loving the look of Golden Ochre, Raw Sienna and Primavea.

    Charlee XO | CharmedCharlee

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  33. I've been really enjoying a completely matte eye shadow look recently. Frappe and Cocoa Bear are my amazing! I like the sound of the UD single shadow, although I'm debating investing in the new Naked palette. I'm a huge fan of the ABH palette too. The Blank Canvas sounds lovely! I've not heard much about that brand either, but it sounds worth checking out xx

    LPage Beauty

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  34. ABH and Makeup Geek make the absolute best matte shades. You cannot go wrong with them!
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

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  35. Blank Canvas is a very popular brand here in Ireland but I have yet to try anything from them! I have the matte version of that Too Faced palette and adore it. I think you'd try the Kat Von D Shade & Light Eye Palette too xx

    Beautylymin

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