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12 Best Matte Eyeshadow Palettes

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12 Best Matte Eyeshadow Palettes December 11, 2017

When it comes to eye makeup, we all love some versatile matte eyeshadows for a subtle and more effortless look. While shimmery eyeshadows are a fun choice for a night out on the weekend, these don’t work in your day-to-day life. Enter, fuss-free matte eyeshadows for a sophisticated look that you can wear anywhere (it’s also work-appropriate.) Interested in creating an intense eye makeup look sans the glitter? Here’s our roundup of the best matte eyeshadow palettes, all of which will help you create countless looks.

Let’s look at our top picks!

Best Matte Eyeshadow Palettes For Gorgeous Eye Makeup

  1. Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette
  2. M.A.C Eyeshadow X 9 – Burgundy Times Nine
  3. Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Palette
  4. Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette
  5. Morphe 35oM – 35 –Color Matte Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette
  6. Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Eyeshadow Palette
  7. Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette
  8. Smashbox Photo Matte Eye Palette
  9. LORAC Pro Matte Eyeshadow Palette
  10. Makeup Revolution Flawless Matte Ultra 32-Eyeshadow Palette
  11. Stila Eyes Are The Window Eyeshadow Palette, Mind
  12. Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Editorial Brights

1. Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette

Pros

  • Blends beautifully
  • Highly pigmented
  • Great color
  • Long lasting
  • Paraben-free
  • Good for daily use

Cons

  • Might be a little too subtle for some people’s taste

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics Eyeshadow Palette Review

This matte eyeshadow palette is the winner of Allure’s Best of Beauty Award. Urban Decay’s eyeshadow formula is described as having a ‘rich color,’ ‘velvety texture,’ ‘serious staying power and bendability.’ The top row of this palette is mostly cool-toned, and the bottom row is neutral and warm-toned. It’s great for everyday wear and casual outings. Although the price is relatively high, its quality makes up for it. It also comes with a mirror and a brush.

These shades are neutral enough from cool skin tones to olive complexions to darker skin and will look exceptionally pretty on hazel eyes.

Rating: 5/5

Price: $54*

Purchase Link: www.urbandecay.com

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2. M.A.C Eyeshadow X 9 – Burgundy Times Nine

Pros

  • Highly pigmented
  • Applies smoothly and evenly
  • Long-wearing
  • Blends like a dream
  • Crease resistant

Cons

  • Unflattering packaging

M.A.C Eyeshadow X 9 – Burgundy Times Nine Review

If you’re someone who can’t do without earthy tones, this M.A.C palette contains an array of gorgeous browns, burgundies and neutral mattes. It opens the doors to new horizons and helps you create a whole bunch of looks from a regular to an exotic, both for daywear and eveningwear. We can’t help but love their soft, velvety texture and their pigmentation. This palette comes in a convenient, compact size making it travel-friendly.

Its prominent burgundy hues and combinations would enhance any eye color and shape with much ease. This undoubtedly is one of the best M.A.C eyeshadow palettes.

Rating: 5/5

Price: $32*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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3. Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Palette

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Great pigmentation
  • Versatile
  • Long-lasting
  • Applies smoothly and evenly
  • Cruelty-free

Cons

  • No brush included

Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Palette Review

If you’re a matte-queen and love your nudes, this is something that you absolutely need to invest in. These gorgeous mattes are incredibly easy to wear and are perfect for any day and night time look. The pigments are creamy and blendable and give you an airbrushed finish. You can combine several shades to create a whole bunch of looks without going in with a different palette. We wholly love the formula, and its staying power is impeccable. The shades ‘Chocolate Cookie’ and ‘Sexspresso’ are particularly fun to work with, and their color is incredibly buildable.

These shades will look extremely flattering on light to medium complexions and will complement every eye color.

Rating: 5/5

Price: $36*

Purchase Link: www.toofaced.com

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4. Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

Pros

  • Highly pigmented shades
  • Sturdy packaging
  • Blends easily
  • No fallout
  • Applies smoothly and evenly

Cons

  • Expensive

Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette Review

Transform your eyes through the art of contouring with this stunning palette that includes twelve eyeshadows that are categorized into three quads – divided between neutral, cool and warm tones. All the shades are richly pigmented and so buildable to provide full opaque intensity. They are also crease-resistant and long-wearing with minimal to no fading with a primer underneath. We are head over heels in love with this palette and its quality. We highly recommend this!

Due to its rich color payoff, these shades would look great on all skin tones. This palette would pop-out even more on those of you with lighter eyes.

Rating: 5/5

Price: $48*

Purchase Link: www.katvondbeauty.com

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5. Morphe 35oM – 35 –Color Matte Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette

Pros

  • Great selection of colors
  • Highly pigmented
  • Creamy formula that’s easy to blend
  • Long-wearing
  • High-quality
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • A few shades are chalky and lack pigment

Morphe 35oM – 35 –Color Matte Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette Review

Morphe’s 35 shade palette is one of the best matte eyeshadow palettes that are easy on your wallet and is comparable to several high-end brands. It includes gorgeous red and orange tones with a combination of earthy browns. The pigment is absolutely incredible, and it’s visible on all skin tones without any difficulty. If you’re someone who likes warm, bronzey looks, you will love this palette! It’s great for autumn and winter! For $23, this is great value for money.

It’s one of the best eyeshadow palettes for green, blue and brown eyes.

Rating: 5/5

Price: $23*

Purchase Link: www.morphebrushes.com

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6. Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Eyeshadow Palette

Pros

  • Very pigmented
  • Great palette for smokey-eye
  • Long lasting
  • High-quality

Cons

  • Expensive

Bobbi Brown Downtown Cool Eyeshadow Palette Review

These matte eyeshadows from Bobbi Brown are perfect for fall. You can use them to create the perfect smokey-eye. It’s an essentials-only palette that’s perfect for defining, shading and lining everyday natural eye looks.

Since the color is buildable, these would look stunning on any skin tone as you can sweep these shadows for a softer look or build them up for a more pigmented look. Also, its cool colors complement blue eyes so well.

Rating: 5/5

Price: $42*

Purchase Link: m.bobbibrowncosmetics.com

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7. Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Pros

  • Good pigmentation
  • Easy to apply
  • Long lasting
  • Made with natural ingredients
  • Perfect for work and everyday wear

Cons

  • Price is on the higher side

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette Review

Tarte’s matte eyeshadow palette is a makeup staple. We had to check this out because this is a big hit among makeup vloggers. It’s versatile enough to be worn on a daily basis, or you could combine a few shades for some extra glam. The palette consists of 12 matte shadows, and all these are made of Amazonian Clay, Vitamin E, and Mineral Pigments. This palette is one of the best for brow highlighting, base, crease, and transition color.

These shades will flatter all skin tones and eye colors.

Rating: 4.9/5

Price: $46*

Purchase Link: tartecosmetics.com

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8. Smashbox Photo Matte Eye Palette

Pros

  • Blends well
  • Applies smoothly and evenly
  • Long-wearing
  • Crease-resistant
  • Great color payoff

Cons

  • Pricey

Smashbox Photo Matte Eye Palette Review

This do-it-all formula is a multi-tasker! From stay-put shadows that double as a liner to brow powders that also work as shadows. Each ultra-silky, richly pigmented shade can be used wet for a more intense effect. This palette includes 12 shades that can be worn on a daily basis and can help you create a multitude of looks. Its packaging is sleek, and its black design looks classy. It also comes with a high-quality, dual-ended brush.

This palette is all round a great one despite being a little heavy on the wallet. We give it an A+!

The shades seem to pop-out even more on lighter eyes and are one of the best options for anyone who’s fond of matte neutrals!

Rating: 4.9/5

Price: $49*

Purchase Link: www.smashbox.com

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9. LORAC Pro Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Pros

  • Extremely pigmented
  • Long-wearing
  • Crease-resistant
  • Infused with soothing ingredients
  • Amazing texture

Cons

  • Flimsy packaging

LORAC Pro Matte Eyeshadow Palette Review

Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this LORAC Pro artistry palette is packed with eight eyeshadows to create the hottest Red Carpet looks. These shades have a velvety-smooth texture and are infused with soothing botanicals. You can use them wet or dry to shade, shadow, line and define your eyes on a daily basis.

These shades would look exceptionally stunning on gray, blue and green eyes.

Rating: 4.8/5

Price: $28*

Purchase Link: www.loraccosmetics.com

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10. Makeup Revolution Flawless Matte Ultra 32-Eyeshadow Palette

Pros

  • Easy to wear
  • Classy packaging
  • Versatile shade selection
  • Buildable pigmentation
  • No fallout

Cons

  • Few shades are powdery
  • Staying power

Makeup Revolution Flawless Matte Ultra 32-Eyeshadow Palette Review

This cool-toned palette is great for everyday use to create a multitude of looks and if you are on a budget, this one’s a full value for money. The subtle shades are easy to use and blend out for a nice natural effect to brighten up your eyes.

These neutral shades will look stunning on pale or fair complexions and every eye color.

Rating: 4.8/5

Price: $29.97*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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11. Stila Eyes Are The Window Eyeshadow Palette, Mind

Pros

  • Rich pigmentation
  • Varied shades
  • Blends well
  • Does not crease

Cons

  • Some shades can look a little patchy when you wear them over a primer

Stila Eyes Are The Window Eyeshadow Palette, Mind Review

This palette from Stila in ‘Mind’ contains 12 matte shades with a gorgeous mix of cool purples and earthy rusty reds, slate shades, and a mix of nice wearable nudes. The colors are divine! These look great even without a primer, and the pigment looks bold and blends like a dream. We are also a fan of its sophisticated, gold packaging which is accompanied with a convenient mirror. For anyone who loves mattes, this is drool-worthy palette and definitely worth investing in!

Also, these shades would complement any eye color effortlessly.

Rating: 4.8/5

Price: $49*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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12. Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Editorial Brights

Pros

  • Gorgeous bright and bold shades
  • Super pigmented
  • Smooth texture
  • No fallout
  • Cruelty-free and contain organic ingredients
  • Crease-resistant

Cons

  • It does not include any transition shades, so this palette needs to be paired with another palette

Viseart Eyeshadow Palette Editorial Brights Review

Fed up with neutrals and want some bright color on your lids? This palette by Viseart includes a beautiful array of bold shades to instantly brighten your look. It comes in a fuss-free, acrylic container with 12 eyeshadows and a transparent lid. These palettes have a cult following through all levels of makeup artistry. We love its pigment quality and consistency. You can’t use these eyeshadows on a daily basis, but you sure can add a subtle pop of color using one shade if you wish. This one’s a must-try!

No matter what your eye color is, there’s something for everyone in this palette, and it can be used to create a whole bunch of looks.

Rating: 4.8/5

Price: $80*

Purchase Link: www.amazon.com

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(*Product prices may vary) 

Quick Tips On Choosing The Right Matte Eyeshadow Palette For You

  • Choose quality over quantity because there’s no point in purchasing a 50 shade palette with below-average pigmentation and staying power.
  • If you’re concerned about your budget, choose the best palette that’s also easy on your pocket. We’ve included several options above.
  • If you’re new to the eyeshadow game, start with a nude palette to learn your way to work with your eyes.
  • Find eyeshadows that complement your eye color. This is based on trial and error – see what shades suit you and what shades you could skip.

For instance, if you have brown or black eyes, warm browns, neutrals and rich jewel tones such as burgundies would give your eyes a sexy, dramatic effect. If you have blue eyes, you could pick purple or shades of lavender. Rust colored shades will make your eyes look more electric. If you have green eyes, warm peaches and mustards will provide a brightening effect and golds will also help add dimension.

That was our roundup of the 12 best matte eyeshadow palettes for every budget. Your eyeshadow should reflect and complement you! We hope you find a pick that’s right for you. Do you have a go-to palette? Let us know in the comments!

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