Move Over, Shimmery Shades — These Matte Eyeshadow Palettes Are So Versatile & So Gorgeous


If you're on the hunt for the perfect matte eyeshadow palette, you might find your search more difficult than expected. Thanks to the rise of Instagram-famous makeup artists and YouTube makeup tutorials, eyeshadow palettes are more popular than ever — but it's hard to find one that doesn't contain mostly shimmery shades. Shopping online makes things a lot easier though, thanks to the filter function — and below, after much searching, I've rounded up the best matte eyeshadow palettes you can get within a few days from Amazon.

Though you might be tempted to splurge on the palette of the moment that you've seen makeup artists and beauty bloggers using on Instagram, it's probably wiser to buy something that you can actually wear to work or school IRL. This isn't to say not to splurge on fun, bright-colored makeup from time to time — but if you're looking for a palette to serve as the basis for your everyday looks, you'll want to go with something more neutral. Pinks, browns, peachy hues, and burnt oranges look great on all skin tones, as do greys and blacks. Buy a palette that contains at least a handful of those shades, and you'll have a solid foundation to create a wide range of looks.

Ahead, check out five versatile eyeshadow palettes to take you from day to night.

1.The Overall Best Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Considering the price tag, color range, and the amount of shades you get, if you're only looking to pick up one matte eyeshadow palette, this is it. Morphe is a longtime favorite of professional makeup artists, so you know you can trust their formulas. And for just under $25, you get a whopping 35 shades to create a variety of looks: bronze smoky eyes, black smoky eyes, pink, brown, and beige-hued daytime looks. There's even a blue and a few purples thrown in there. With so many options, you can create a new look everyday — and it'll still probably take you over a year to use it all up.

A Smaller Palette With A Variety Of Warm & Smoky Shades

This palette contains similar shades to Morphe's, but it's a lot smaller (and therefore, more convenient to bring with you on the go). Coastal Scents Revealed Matte Eyeshadow Palette contains mostly warm-hued shades, as well as a few blacks and dark browns. It's perfect for creating both minimal daytime looks and and brown, black, or purple-y smokey eyes for nights out.

A Basic Palette That's Great For Travel

If you're looking for the perfect palette to keep in your purse or travel with — this one from LORAC Pro has pretty much every shade you'd need: beige, mauve, burgundy, black, a few browns, and a near-white. Though you won't be able to experiment with any crazy colors, it will take you from daytime to nighttime easily. And it has a built-in mirror, too.

A Brightly-Colored Palette For Vibrant Looks

To create more vibrant looks, this playful palette from Makeup Revolution can't be beat. It's one of the few brightly-colored, all-matte shadows I could find — and according to the brand's popularity on YouTube, their formulas are pretty amazing. Though the majority of the colors are quite vivid, it does contain a few that could be used to create more minimal looks — namely, the black, white, orange, pinks, and peach.

The Best Affordable Matte Eyeshadow Palette

For an under $10-option, you can't go wrong with this simple palette from e.l.f. It contains a few beige and pink shades, as well as some greys and greyish-browns. You can create subtle daytime looks for "no makeup" makeup, as well as more muted smokey eyes. It's pretty small and comes with a built-in mirror, so this is another versatile palette you can bring with you on the go.

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