Rockin’ Neutrals Feat. Paula’s Choice The Nude Mattes

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Whether you are a makeup aficionado or beauty noob, investing on a great neutral eyeshadow palette is a true necessity more than an unwarranted want. While shimmers and metallics are omnipresent, a palette-full of mattes is hard to find. Ready to rock nude mattes? scroll down for more juice and scoop!

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I bet some of you didn’t know cruelty-free skincare brand Paula’s Choice has makeups ha? Honestly I had no idea! Housed in a cardboard case which closes magnetically, this neutral eyeshadow palette, aptly named The Nude Mattes (0.6 oz, $40), features 11 mattes and 1 sheen. The shades range from browns (cool and warm) to gray and black, all moderately-pigmented but buildable to your liking. The add-ons, a decent-sized mirror and quality eyeshadow brush nestled inside the case, are always appreciated by yours truly. 

What the website says This unique eyeshadow palette features 11 velvety, true matte shadows plus one highlighting shadow in universally wearable shades—the kind you’ll find in any good makeup artist’s kit! In fact, the experts at Paula’s Choice consulted with makeup expert and YouTube sensation Wayne Goss on the creation of this palette”

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Ask any makeup enthusiast and right off the bat she/he will tell you that finding the perfect matte eyeshadows can be quite elusive. Those that I have tried are either hard and dry or fallout-powdery. These eyeshadows are neither of the two so I’m a happy camper, formula-wise. Applied over an eye primer, these didn’t budge or fade for all of ten hours (morning to late afternoon to be more precise).

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Another issue I have had with matte eyeshadows in the past is blendability, these however spared me from the hassle, thankfully!

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As you can see from the bevy of neutrals (applied over an eye primer), there are seven browns you can play with. A personal favorite, gunmetal gray, when applied on the crease, does break the monotony of brown. Onyx is pitch black, the most pigmented from this palette. Pink Sugar is the one and only sheen, intentionally included for highlighting purposes.

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For my eye makeup, I started by defining my crease with gunmetal gray. For transitional color, I used plum taupe. For my brow arch, I applied cream. For my lower lash line, I smudged onyx from outer eye to midway, mixing with plum taupe for added dimension.

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I wish the case was made of tin for sturdier presentation but other than that, I am more than delighted to have found an all neutral-matte palette I can rock 365d!

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32 Comments

  1. February 10, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    I love the neutral shades in this palette. It's one of the best I've seen so far.

  2. February 10, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    I am loving this palette too! Looks beautiful on you!

  3. February 10, 2015 / 5:02 pm

    I absolutely love the photography in your blog. While I am so over nude palettes, this is great for the office or just an evening out!

  4. February 10, 2015 / 5:45 pm

    Gorgeous! I have been wanting this palette forever. And now you tell me it's on sale with free shipping! I wish I wasn't so broke. Instead of buying this, I'm giving the $$ to the plow guy (x3) and the young man who came over with the snowblower to do what the plow couldn't. Guess I'll have to make do with my Viseart Matte Palette & UD Naked Basics for now. But I loved seeing how these shades look on you

  5. February 10, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    I love that palette! I really need to use it more often!

  6. February 10, 2015 / 8:53 pm

    Great palette. I love the tan color.

  7. February 10, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    This palette is so pretty! I had no idea Paula's Choice made makeup.

  8. February 10, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    This is a really beautiful neutral palette, and I love the look that you achieved using it!

  9. February 10, 2015 / 10:30 pm

    What a gorgeous palette, and I love the look you created with it. 🙂

  10. February 10, 2015 / 10:38 pm

    Want, want, want ,want, want!!!!!!

  11. February 10, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    Great look!

  12. February 11, 2015 / 12:04 am

    I <3 a good nude palette and that plum shade is amazing!

  13. February 11, 2015 / 3:36 am

    I want this! Been looking for a full palette of nudes for so long!

  14. February 11, 2015 / 8:03 am

    I was initially thinking that I really don't need another neutral palette, but this looks incredible! Love how you've used the shades.

  15. February 11, 2015 / 9:29 am

    I've been curious about this palette! Thanks for the swatches and review! Love that smoking FOTD!

  16. February 11, 2015 / 1:49 pm

    Beautiful palette and a stunning look! I need to look into Primp, it sounds fabulous.

  17. February 11, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    I NEED this palette. Not want. NEED this. You look stunning!

  18. February 11, 2015 / 5:42 pm

    This is a pretty palette and your eye look is stunning! I notice many companies coming out with these larger palettes… it's cool to see.

  19. February 11, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    I love the look you created! I have honestly never heard of this brand before but this palette looks like a great one to add to my collection.

  20. February 12, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    This is a nice palette. I like that has the deeper browns. How do you think this compares to say a UD Naked palette?

    • February 23, 2015 / 3:49 am

      This is all matte w/ both cool and warm tones unlike all Nakeds w/c are combination of matte, sheen, pearlized.. Naked 1 and this palette will complete your "neutral collection"

  21. February 16, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    Oh, that eye look is gorgeous on you! I didn't know they made makeup either, but the palette looks wonderful.

  22. February 16, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    This looks like the perfect palette for me! I love matte shades, especially if they're neutrals!!

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