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Saturday, July 21, 2012

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Palette - Review and Swatches

Hello Beautifuls,

I've had this palette for quite some time now and it is time to do a review. I purchased it from Hautelook a couple months ago. I can't remember how much I paid anymore, lol, but it was around $20.00. The retail price is $34.50. It is currently now on sale again at Hautelook for $17.00 so get it while you still can.
  • The palette is sleek and small. It measures 3 1/4" x 3 1/2".
  • It is made of sturdy cardboard paper and has a magnetic closure.
  • You get 9 different shades. The size of the pans are fairly small and the same size as the ones on their Nude'tude palette.
  • There is a mirror and a double sided brush included. I wouldn't use to apply eyeshadows but I think it works great as an eyeliner.
  • Net weight is .33 oz or 9.5 g.


I find it rather cute that they are all named Matt. I think the color range is good. You get a mix of neutral and colors. The colors are rather cool toned and muted, which is nice for every day wear but you could also use the darker shade to create a smokier look without looking overdone.

  • Matt Smith - pale cool toned nude
  • Matt Gallagher - light cool toned beige
  • Matt Ramirez - dark cool toned brown

  • Matt McDonald - dark grey. This is more like semi-matte. There is a hint of shimmers in it but they are very fine and not really noticeable once you wear it.
  • Matt Horowitz - dark cool toned denim blue, semi-matte, and has the same formulation as Matt McDonald.
  • Matt Chung - matte cool toned pale pink. It's very light it almost looks white.

  • Matt Batali - matte dark brown with a slight purple undertone to it.
  • Matt Schilling - matte teal
  • Matt Patel - light matte taupe

  • These shadows have a very good pigmentation.
  • They have a velvety smooth feel that I find very similar to Inglot matte shadows
  • They are a bit powdery so you'll have to pat them on and not swipe them on, otherwise it'll look muddy and chalky.
I think this is a nice palette overall. Matte eyeshadows can be a bit tricky to apply but I didn't find these difficult to work with since they had good pigmentation but are not over the top. I do recommend using a primer with these shadows since they are a bit powdery. I like using matte shadows on the crease as they give more depth and definition to your eyes but when used all over lids I find them much easier to wear than shimmery shadows since they look more tame. If you are looking for a range of good matte eyeshadows to add to your arsenal. I say this is a nice palette to pick up.
For a makeup look I did with this palette, you can view it HERE. I have yet to post a natural look with it.
My rating 9.5/10.


  1. I love this palette! I use it pretty much every time I do my makeup for my crease and brow bone highlight.

    1. Glad to hear that you love it as much as I do :)


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