theBalm. I’d heard the raves, seen the coveted A+ ratings, but up until recently, I hadn’t tried any of theBalm’s palettes.
Meet Matt(e) Nude consists of nine large matte shadows. While all the colors are neutrals, theBalm manages to include some interesting, more-than-just-brown shades. There’s the purple-y tones to Matt Hung, the yellow in Matt Lombardi,the navy in Matt Johnson… these colors complement both nude and bolder looks.
L-R: Johnson, Garcia, Malloy, Rosen
Matt Johnson: grey-navy
Matte Garcia: plummy mahagony
Matt Malloy: ivory-white
Matt Rosen: mid-tone neutral-warm brown
L-R: Wood, Singh, Abdul, Lombardi, Hung
Matt Wood: deep cool greybrown
Matt Singh: mid-tone seashell pink
Matt Abdul: light slate grey
Matt Lombardi: burnt yellow
Matt Hung: mid-tone greyish purple
All the swatches were done without primer and I used my finger to apply. Pigmentation was good across the board. Some of the shades have a bit of a drier consistency (which often seems the case with mattes) yet they all applied smoothly. I found they were exceptionally long-wearing, particularly the darker shades. theBalm states these double as liners and they do work well that way. The darker colors really clung to my eyelids – almost like a slight stain, though I had no issues removing them with just a gentle cleanser and water. I’d say that, for a matte formula, these shadows are pretty darn good. Not the absolute best, but worth the money if these are shades you’d use.
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What do you think – are these shades you’d use or do you already own enough neutrals? Have you tried other palettes from theBalm?