A GOOD matte eyeshadow is hard to find – wouldn’t you agree? They are usually either too powdery or too chalky or just plain don’t show up!  Some months ago I was on the hunt for a good matte palette – I didn’t want one that had just beiges, whites and blacks (like the Urban Decay Basic). After quite a bit of research,  this one seemed to fit the bill perfectly.

I’m a big fan of Ben Nye in general. I love their banana yellow powder ( made famous by Kim K), their blush wheel, their contouring kit, their cream foundation, and more recently….their Theatrical eye shadow palette.I bought mine at CRC (Camera Ready Cosmetics) and it’s quite possibly one of the best matte palettes I have ever tried.


55$ USD


It’s a very simple black cardboard case with magnetic closure.

It certainly could have been packed better when they shipped it to me though. ..

Fortunately each of the shadows is almost twice the size of a Mac eyeshadow single so I didn’t get my knickers in a bunch about the one that got slightly shattered in transit!


These shadows are smooooth operators!  Nothing chalky about these mattes and they make blending a breeze! One reason why I love them for smokey eye looks.


Following suit with their texture, the pigmentation on these is also spot on.  With or without a primer, these have no issues showing up.

The look

I just wanted a simple matte look with a little pop of color . I felt like using Raisin this time, but have also used Deep Purple in the past with great success.


The colours I used are below


And the order in which they were applied is as shown here:


I wanted a gentle pop of color, which is why I picked Raisin. It’s a pretty burnt orange shade that any skin tone can pull off.


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Other makeup that I have on: TheBalm Tinted Moisturizer, Estee Lauder Under eye concealer, Ben Nye’s color wheel kit blush and lipstick  ( which deserves, and will have a post of its own)


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It’s going to take me forever to get through this palette and I HIGHLY recommend this if you are on the lookout for an awesome DEElightful matte palette:) . If I hadn’t bought this palette  I probably would’ve bought the Meet Matte Palette by TheBalm or the Inglot matte shadows, either of which would have been good alternatives.

 P.S: Please let me know if you like these combined formats of looks AND reviews all in one post, or if you like them kept separate. Thanks! :)