Friday, March 28, 2014

The Balm's Meet Matt(e) Nude Eye Shadow Palette - Review

Hi!
**all items purchased by me

I thought today I'd kind of combine a couple of posts - both a haul and a review.  I actually purchased my Meet Matt(e) Nude palette from the Balm off of Hautelook back in December.  As usual, running nice and late with my online order haul.  It sat waiting for me to have time to properly photograph and swatch it, and then those pictures sat on a memory card for a while.  But yesterday, I dumped the card onto my computer so here we are!
Swatches done with my finger, no primer/lotion.  These are all in order according to the palette:
Matte Singh - the peachy color (middle row, farthest right) took a little bit of building to show up on my skin, but with a brush on the eye it shows up well.  Matte Johnson (upper left corner shade) is a bit on the light side for being the darkest shade in the palette, but it does build up well to how much intensity you want.  If you're curious about the dark spot in the swatch of  Matt Hung (bottom right corner), I had a kitty scratch that was most of the way healed but not smooth yet.
The only shade that I thought had a bit of a chalky or powdery feel and look when swatching was Matt Malloy, the off-white (top right corner).  Nothing horrible, just something I noticed.  When used with a brush on the eye, the shadow behaves quite well.  All the others swatched very nicely with a buttery soft feeling.

As for the colors, the palette does have its fair share of warm-toned shades that I wasn't sure how I would use, but I've been watching a lot of YouTube tutorials where a warmer shade is used in the crease and/or as a transition shade so this palette is perfect for using with others that may need a blending shade.  And it's all matte shades!  Not always the easiest thing to find so that makes it the perfect piece to accompany so many other brands' shadow palettes.  The only shade I'm not sure I'll use is Matt Lombardi (center shade, bottom row) since it is fairly yellow.  I'll have to play around with it.

The quality is right on par with the other palettes from the Balm I have, which are Nude 'Tude and Meet Matt(e).  I'm definitely happy I jumped on this when I saw it back on Hautelook's site since the first time I had seen it I missed out on it.  If I wasn't in a shimmer mood, I'd be packing this just about by itself for an upcoming trip - I'd just need to add a skin-tone base shade.  The Balm is on Hautelook somewhat regularly, so if you like what you see make sure to jump on it!  Or there's always full-price on the Balm's site.

Do you have a favorite palette from the Balm?  Have you found any of the Balm's products at Kohl's (a more recent carrier in some areas)?  Suggestions on how to use the yellow shade?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated

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