Battle of the Matte Eyeshadow Palettes

Battle of the Matte Eyeshadow Palettes

Battle of the Matte Eyeshadow Palettes // Maddie's Beauty Spot

I often see comments on Instagram and other blogs, asking which palette is recommended for the best Matte Eyeshadow shades. Today I thought I’d compare three I own, which are some of the most popular pre-made palettes!

Battle of the Matte Eyeshadow Palettes // Maddie's Beauty Spot

First up I have the Too Faced Natural Matte Palette which I picked up from Mecca when it first came to Australia, around May I think (Before the price jump, anywho). I absolutely love this palette, it was my first Too Faced palette, and I remember being amazed at the pigmentation in comparison to the Urban Decay palette’s I already owned when I first used it.

Battle of the Matte Eyeshadow Palettes // Maddie's Beauty Spot

L-R: Cashmere Bunny, Sexpresso, Chocolate Cookie

My favourite shade’s in this palette are Cashmere Bunny, Sexpresso, and Chocolate Bunny as you can see from the swatches above. These shades are so creamy, and such good quality! The palette is designed to use for looks across from left to right, however I don’t use Heaven or Lace Teddy really at all, I just mix the shades from each row.

I rate this palette 9/10 for me, because I love all the colours I use, and for an everyday look it’s perfect for me! For night I tend to use other palette’s, but you could definitely mix in some shimmery colours to suit. The only thing I dislike about this palette is the packaging, which is a tin but doesn’t close properly so is a bit of a pain to travel with incase it opens.

Next up is the Urban Decay Naked Basics One palette which I picked up in America Sephora in January. I deliberated over this for a long time, between this and Naked Basics Two, as I couldn’t quite afford the regular Naked palette’s at the time. I actually wish I had gotten Naked Basics Two as I prefer the shade range, but there is really nothing wrong with this palette. At the time I really wanted a matte black in my collection.

I find this palette more pigmented than the regular Naked Palette’s especially the dark brown (Faint), and Black colour (Crave), which I tend to not use in a hurry because they’re quite full on. I usually use the shades Foxy, WOS and Naked together and then Faint in the crease.

Battle of the Matte Eyeshadow Palettes // Maddie's Beauty Spot

L-R: Naked, Foxy, and Faint

Overall, I rate this palette 7/10 as I don’t feel I can personally get too many looks out of this palette. On the plus side, I have used the dark brown “Faint” shade for my eyebrows, and the matte black for my eyeliner. The lightest colour “Venus” is actually not matte, but the rest of the palette is. The packaging for this palette is super study and better than the regular Naked Palette’s I think.

Lastly, I have very recently picked up Tarte’s Tartelette palette from Sephora Australia. This one is stunning and I lusted after it for ages before being able to get my hands on it! This palette has a purple hue to it, and has a great variety of shades from light to dark. As with all Tarte powder products (I have the Blush Palette and this so far), the quality is long lasting and pigmented!

Battle of the Matte Eyeshadow Palettes // Maddie's Beauty Spot

L-R: Force of Nature, Natural Beauty, Dreamer

The three shades above are probably my favourite shades, even though none of them are purple toned! These shades are all only with one swipe, unlike the other palette’s which are with two or three swipes. This palette can do so many looks, and I also can’t wait to purchase the new “Tartelette in Bloom” palette since this one is such good quality.

This palette gets 10/10 for me, and is honestly my favourite because you can create the most looks with it, it’s roughly $20 more than the Urban Decay palette, and $10 more than the Too Faced palette. The pans in this palette were honestly so much bigger than I thought they would be, and great value for money since you need so little product. The packaging for this palette is also fantastic, as it’s also a clip together (similar to Naked Basics)

Battle of the Matte Eyeshadow Palettes // Maddie's Beauty Spot

L-R: Too Faced: Cashmere Bunny, Sexpresso, Chocolate Cookie. Tartelette: Force of Nature, Natural Beauty, Dreamer. Urban Decay: Naked, Foxy, Faint.

What are your favourite Matte Eyeshadow palettes? Are there any of your favourites I have missed?





  • All three palettes are gorgeous!

    xo, Jessie | Bear and Berries | my YSL giveaway

  • They all look lovely! The only all-matte palette I own is The Balm Meet Matte Nude and it’s fantastic! xx

    Daniela |

    • I really want to try that! The balm isn’t stocked at a Target near me and I’m too lazy to go to David Jones but one day I will try it!

  • I have the Naked Basics Two palette which I also bought from America Sephora and I couldn’t afford the regular Naked palette at the time eitheir hehe. I really like it! I love the Tartelette palette a lot better though. I use it whenever I wear makeup. So many looks can be created with this one palette. 🙂


    Yours Truly, NY

    • Oh I agree! Both palettes are stunning. I might pick up the Naked Basics Two eventually, but I think the shades are dupable in other palettes I own though. Will you pick up the new Tartelette palette in Bloom?

  • I was super tempted by the Tarte but I didn’t end up purchasing it. I love my Lorac Matte Shadows and I have a few palettes from Sigma that have a range of mattes that are awesome…. I don’t have an all matte one though!

    Sarah | More Than Adored

    • Is the new Tartelette In Bloom palette more up your alley? The regular one is permanent thank goodness, or I would have missed out! Are Sigma shadows good? I have a single shade from them but I don’t really like the quality.

  • I looveee the comparison! I’m actually a fan of shimmery eyeshadows as I do not have much of a crease and I find matte shadows are too “flat”. I love too faced palettes though and have the romantic eye one. My current favorite is the new anastasia beverly hills self made palette!

    • Thanks girl! I know, I love shimmery shades too. My ultimate favourite palettes are Naked One, and Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar palette for their mix. Too Faced are fantastic quality for shadows!
      The ABH palette looks gorgeous!

  • Jasmine Huston

    Awesome comparison here. I’m personally not a huge matte fan myself (epp I know I love my shimmer haha) but there are some great looking palettes here. Might have to check them out 😉

    Jasmine /

  • I heard the Tarte palette isn’t that great. How are the lighter shades? Is it worth it?