Friday, March 31, 2017

Product Review -- The Balm Meet Matt(e) Ador Matte Eyeshadow Palette

I think I've made it pretty clear what a big fan I am of The Balm.

I have pretty much every eye shadow palette that they've ever put out (and most of their others, though I haven't picked up their contour palette yet. The shades just looked too dark for my skin tone, so I don't see myself getting much use out of it ... ) and I pick them up pretty much the second that they come out because I know that I'm always going to enjoy them.

Which is exactly what happened with the Meet Matt(e) Ador Matte Eyeshadow Palette -- I bought it as soon as it was available.

I have all of the other Meet Matt(e) Palettes that The Balm has put out and the matte shadow formula is one of my favorites, so I figured it was a safe bet that I'd like this one too.

Like all of The Balm's palettes, the Meet Matt(e) Ador Palette comes in sturdy cardboard packaging with adorable vintage artwork on the lid. There is a decent size mirror in the interior, but the palette doesn't stay open up itself so you need to prop it up against something if you want to use it to do your makeup.

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Ador Palette

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Aodr Palette
There are nine shadows in the palette, which provide a total of 21.6 grams of product. The shades include Matt Russo, a mid-tone mauve; Matt Bernard, a medium tan; Matt Munoz, a pale peachy pink; Matt Jones, a mid-tone camel; Matt Williams, a dark neutral brown; Matt Johansson, a light cream; Matt Soto, a dark forest green; Matt Borski, a deep navy; and Matt Lee, a black.

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Ador Palette 
The first two rows of the palette seem a lot like most natural matte palettes with shades that are easy to wear on their own or to incorporate in more shimmery looks as transition or crease shades.

From l. to r.: Matt Russo, Matt Bernard, Matt Munoz

From l. to r.: Matt Jones, Matt Williams, Matt Johansson

From l. to r.: Matt Soto, Matt Borski, Matt Lee
I absolutely love Matt Russo because I really like using mauve or pink shades with brown undertones as a transition shadows these days because they add warmth without being too much for my fair skin. Matt Munoz is another favorite, though I usually wear that on the lid for a subtle but brightening effect.

Matt Bernard, Matt Jones, Matt Williams, and Matt Johansson are just good basic matte shade that every collection needs, though there is the chance that you already have similar shades because they're not particularly unique.

Matt Soto, Matt Borski, and Matt Lee are ideal matte shades when you want to darken up the outer corner, crease, or lash line.

Matt Borski is the one slightly disappointing shade in the palette -- it's drier than the others so it can go on patchy and there is some fallout with it. I've found that if you just apply a small amount at a time, though, you can work with the shade so you can get even coverage -- which is a good thing because it's a beautiful shade.

I can't say this palette is a must-have because it's just another matte palette and God knows there are tons of them out there, but if you are in the market for a palette with all the basic matte shades that you need, this is definitely one to consider.

It retails for $42, and is available on The Balm website.

Have you tried The Balm Meet Matt(e) Ador Matte Eyeshadow Palette? What's your favorite matte eyeshadow palette?

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