Rewind a couple years ago, and all I used were shimmery eyeshadows. I didn’t understand, use, or like matte eyeshadows & the only reason I had any was because I bought a few Coastal Scents 88 shadow palettes. Before you crucify me, understand that my makeup looks were super basic then – one color on the lid, slightly blended above the crease, liner, and mascara. If I was feeling fancy, I’d blend 2 colors together on my lid. I experimented with some of the matte colors in the palettes, and many (especially the lighter colors) showed up ashy/chalky on me. I concluded that matte eyeshadows just wouldn’t work for my skin tone & continued to use shimmery shades.
Fast forward to the time of Instagram, and I’ve been following some amazing makeup artists and their work. All of them use matte colors to add depth to their looks, and I found myself craving matte eyeshadows for the first time. I haven’t found many brown-skinned artists that I like – a lot that I’ve found blur the mess out of their skin in photos, or wear way more makeup than I ever would. Therefore, a bunch of the artists that I do love don’t share the same skin tone as me, & the colors they use don’t always work for me.
I went to my local Sephora in search of a light, cream colored matte eyeshadow, and was told that I have really yellow undertones, and nothing in THE WHOLE STORE would “really work for me”. What?!?! Sephora has a ton of different brands, all with their own versions of everything, and not ONE of them would work for me? Bogus. I left & went to MAC instead. I explained what I was looking for, and the artist there gave me a bunch of options to choose from. He was so nice & explained everything very well while helping me. After I found my cream eyeshadow, he helped me start building a palette of matte & slightly shimmery neutral colors that I could use at home. I told him I wanted to stay around $150, and when we were done I had a palette (+ 15 shadow insert), 9 new eyeshadows, #224 blending brush, and a paint pot for $165. Here’s what worked for me, along with swatches of each!
P.S. I always wondered why beauty bloggers swatch on their arms instead of their face, and now I know… Cleaning my eyelids in between 12 different eyeshadows was BRUTAL even though I was being gentle! I’m happy with how everything came out, but next time I’m spacing out over a couple days!
P.P.S Everything is layered over Urban Decay Primer Potion (Original), but I’m not wearing any other makeup besides the UDPP & eyeshadow. When actually doing my makeup I apply shadow over a thin layer of Groundwork (Paint Pot), but I wanted a true color payoff for the swatches in case any of you don’t have/don’t buy Groundwork. I’ve found that using Groundwork results in a stronger color/lasting application and it’s now one of my main products.
P.P.P.P.S. (Last one, I swear). If you de-pot the NYX shadows, they fit in MAC Palettes, but remove the label from the bottom of the pot & stick it to the eyeshadow pan so you know what shade it is.