For the most part, we choose our makeup based on its performance: the most comfortable lipstick, the mascara with the biggest "wow" factor, the foundation that stays intact the longest. But when it comes to eyeshadow palettes, we'll admit it's all about appearances. We gravitate to the prettiest colors and the most impressive shade varieties, not the antioxidant ingredients or the supposedly eyelid-nourishing properties. Skin-care benefits in our eyeshadow? Who cares — just look at that burnt orange.
But at the end of the day, color shouldn't be the only variable that determines your shadow selection. It's the finish that makes all the difference, whether that's metallic, cream, satin, or the most essential of all: matte. With zero shimmer and a versatility that lends itself to both low-maintenance everyday wear and dramatic smoked-out situations, mattes are a must for every makeup bag. Ahead, the best matte eyeshadow palettes on the market right now.
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Like a matte remix of the brand's Bigger Brighter Eyes shadow palette (used on the models at the 2018 Victoria's Secret Show), this compact contains four neutral shades that you'll find yourself reaching for over and over again.
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If your tax refund has you itching for a splurge, opt for this 15-pan palette of silky shadows, which contains a variety of matte colors inspired by a safari, from saturated orange and navy to muted must-have neutrals.
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If you're just getting into the eyeshadow game, this convenient palette is a great place to start. Not only is it arranged into three rows to inspire three separate looks, but the rave reviews and sell-out status tell you all you need to know about adding it to your collection.
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Brighten up your winter-weather woes with this 10-pan palette, which includes colorful shades like orange and peach alongside nudes and rich, smokey colors.
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Thanks to a coconut butter-infused formula, these mattes are creamier than most, giving them superior blending capabilities.