If I were forced by some malevolent makeup entity to KonMari Method my makeup collection down to the barest of the bare bones — which, gawd forbid, I can’t even imagine doing because #makeuphoarders — the Viseart Neutral Matte Eyeshadow Palette would survive the brutal final cut, FO’ SHO.
It’s expensive, OK! It’s $80, which is why I put it off getting it for a really long time, but I finally took the plunge on the last Sephora VIB sale, so I got it 20% off, but even then I walked around the store for 30 minutes debating whether or not I should actually “go there.” I’m so glad I did, though, because THIS IS THE BEST NUDE/NEUTRAL PALETTE AROUND.
I’ve combo-ed the hell outta this palette, and hello, makeup voodoo! — somehow it always works out. Neutral Matte has 12 matte shadows, none of which are too cool or warm. These beige, brown, peach, gray, taupe and black shades are basically workhorse colors that work in an endless number of combinations and looks. You can use this palette for smokey eyes, daytime work looks, smoldering date night makeup… So many different things! You can even use some of the shades as eyeliner and to fill in your brows.
Can you find other matte shades like these elsewhere? Yeah, probably, but I can’t think of another brand that does this many of them together this well.
Ya see, mattes are tricky, as you know. A lot of them out there are chalky and powdery or otherwise hard to blend, and some of them end up across your cheeks or all up in the lunch lady mustache that sprouted on your upper lip overnight (isn’t it always that way, though?), because of the crazy fallout, since you had to do so much layering and cajoling to get them to actually show up.
But all of the mattes in this palette are consistently smooth and oh-so-pigmented.
And the blending!? Don’t even get me started. With a gentle sweep of a tapered brush, edges gracefully fade into a perfect gradient, and that’s with ALL OF THE SHADOWS. Seriously, you could be at day one of your makeup journey and have no blending experience under your belt, but with this palette, you’d do OK. Great even.
I can’t recommend it enough! It’s a must for makeup beginners and veterans alike, and ladies and gents of all ages. Basically, anyone with eyelids, a few blending brushes and the desire to do some kick-@ss looks.
Viseart, you did sooo good, because this palette is the definition of perfection.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,