The Matte Shadow Dream Team


matteshadows2The last few months, I have been loving matte shadows. I used to be all about the shimmer and glitter, but lately I have embraced the goodness that is a smooth and easily blended matte shadow. Most of my looks have been either completely matte or matte based with a touch of shimmer. There are two palettes that I have been using on a regular basis, either alone or combined — Urban Decay’s Naked Basics and Tarte’s Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette.

tartelettepaletteWhen I purchased the Tartelette palette a few months back, I did an in-depth review with swatches, which you can see here. I knew that I liked it then, but the more I use it, the more I use it. It’s definitely one that I reach for over and over for simple daytime looks and on days when I want a little more drama.


nakedbasicsswatchesThe Naked Basics palette on its own is perfect for every day. The colours are classic and neutral (my favourites being “Naked 2” and  “Faint”). The black shade, “Crave” makes it easy to add some liner along the lash line for definition, or it can be used to create a dark smoky eye. When used with the Tartelette palette, I find it makes up for what the Tartelette lacks. The shade “Naked 2” is the most obvious as it’s the perfect in-between brown compared to what the Tarte palette has. My other favourite shade to add in is Venus, which has a hint of shimmer, though it’s more like a satin finish, I suppose compared to other Urban Decay shadows (like “Dust” from the Naked3 or “Sidecar” from the original).

As far as matte palettes, I am quite happy with these two, and plan to be for a while. They have a great mix of shades, deepness of pigment, and something to take me from day to night.

Do you mix eyeshadow palettes? Or do you prefer to stick to one at a time?

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