Recently I had the opportunity to try out the Paula’s Choice The Nude Mattes Palette. This palette will be released sometime soon, as it was created for Spring 2014. It’s made up of 11 perfectly matte shades and one demi-matte shade with a touch of shimmer. It also comes with a cruelty free synthetic brush. By the way, I typed up the ingredients list by hand so that you could see it as well.
Here’s my swatch video and first impressions on the palette.
About the Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Palette
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. The superbly blendable and buildable shadow colors range from soft ivory to rich brown and smoky black, making them versatile for day, night, or any time in between. The slim, mirrored case is recyclable and includes a professional-quality brush that allows flawless application and unlimited looks.
Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Mineral Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Black 2
$40 for 12 eyeshadows .04 oz each.
L to R – Cream – Beige – Pink Sugar – Cafe Au Lait – Tan – Chestnut
L to R – Tan – Chestnut – Clay – Plum Taupe – Gunmetal Grey
L to R – Clay – Plum Taupe – Gunmetal Grey – Chocolate Truffle – Coffee – Onyx
All eyeshadow swatches on Coastal Scents Shadow Worx Eyeshadow primer. I have oily eyelids and never wear eyeshadow without primer.
Pale creamy beige matte, nearly blends in with my skintone
Light beige matte
pale pinky peach with hints of golden iridescence, love this color!
Cafe Au Lait
light brown taupe with hints of grey.
brown with a hint of green to it
brown taupe with a hint of red plum
deep warm grey, love this shade!
deep cool brown
deepest dark brown
deep black matte
I know some of you may be concerned to see talc listed as the first ingredient, because it’s often referred to as a filler. However, talc can prevent caking and absorb excess oils. You’ll also see dimethicone, which gives a silky smooth feel. This is one of my favorite ingredients. It prevents flakyness and is water resistent, too. Synthetic wax is an emollient. I know that many of you aren’t fond of parabens so you will be unhappy to see methylparaben and propylparaben on the ingredients list, but please remember that these sort of parabens are cleared from your system every one and a half days.
I really like the slim black matte packaging and the brush. It’s simple and easy to take with you, whether you’re a makeup artist or a beauty lover.
If you’re a guy, don’t be afraid of these shades! Nude mattes are perfect for the no-makeup look. Or go crazy and do a bit of guyliner with the darker shades. It’s hot!
You’re getting a good value for the price. 12 eyeshadows at .04 oz each. A typical MAC eyeshadow is .05 each, so while not quite full size, you’re still paying $40 for 12 instead of getting like 3.5 shadows for $40.
Wearing Cream, Beige and Tan in the crease
I tested the eyeshadows for wear and they wore from 8:30 am to 11 pm on primer. No creasing, no fading; they didn’t budge. Color me impressed!
While I’m not typically a nude makeup person, I love using nude mattes to work with brights. So look at these colors as great supporting actors to vibrant color.
I think Paula’s Choice and Wayne Goss did an awesome job with this palette. I hope they continue to make more and that they come out with a brights palette, too!
What do you think of the Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Palette? Do you like guyliner?
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LOVE your review! We’re so glad you liked them. <3
It looks fantastic! Might you be releasing a palette with cooler tones after this? **Crossing fingers**
Hi there! One of the fascinating & fun factors in color cosmetics is the subjectivity of shades. Some have felt it was The Nude Mattes is on the cooler side, while others warm! We feel it falls in between, but you should definitely give it a try to see how it looks on you. If you don’t care for it, you can get a refund (no questions asked).
In terms of additional palettes, it’s something we’re definitely considering and will have more of an idea after the launch of The Nude Mattes.
Super! Thank you!
This is a great value – I’m not a huge neutral person but I might just be in love with this particular palette.
I can’t wait to buy this! Chestnut, Plum Taupe and Chocolate Truffle remind me somewhat of the old PC eyeshadows Caramel, Twilight and Charcoal Brown.
How much blue does the Gunmetal Grey have in person? I love gray eyeshadow, but it frequently pulls blue on me which I don’t like.
This looks like a palette anyone could get lots of use from. Even if you typically wear lots of color, good base and blending shades are always handy! I know Paula Begoun always writes about mattes being most flattering, so I’m not surprised to see these are mostly all true mattes
This whole palette looks amazing!! I’ve really been into matte shadows lately, even though I don’t own many D:
I LOVE this so much! It looks absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, it’s so hard to find an entire matte palette that will actually compliment my Casper the friendly ghost status!
Excellent review and swatches – thanks so much! Roll on spring because I cannot wait to buy this! (Fingers crossed PC bring it out here on the same schedule.) I would also love to see them collaborate on a brights palette, too. I LOVE guyliner! My husband was wearing guyliner the night I met him! I agree, it’s totally hot!
These look really pretty!
Wow! I think i need this. Now i don’t have to wait around in hopes urban decay will release a completely matte naked palette
Naked Basics is their matte palette
A great matte palette is hard to find. I love that Wayne Goss worked on this.
Me too! I think he’s got great taste
This looks gorgeous but I have to be honest I am up to my eyeballs in nude palettes (and I am a huge fan of color)…so much so I even passed on the Narssisist palette :/ If they were to collaborate on a brights or darks or pastels or jewel or anything but nude palette I would be all over it!!!!!
I am looking forward to some bright palettes this year!
Me too and i didn’t mean to be negative. I think this is a great palette and still will consider purchasing.
Oh, and love the idea of guyliner.
<3 It really is awesome.
WANT!!! When will this be released?
They haven’t given an exact date, but soon!
I wish these were more neutral. *sob*
I like it and so great review!!
This looks like a palette that I could really use. I love that there are so many matte shades. Sometimes you just don’t want to be all shimmered up.
I love matte colors, especially that are buttery and build-able without looking powdery and this palette looks like it is very nice, pigmented and buttery smooth.
I am just curious, you mentioned that this palette leans more warm color, is warm color suitable for yellowish skin tone?
Yes! It blends in well with warm skin tones and doesn’t provide a harsh contrast like cooler colors can sometimes do; cooler colors on warm skin tones may wash them out or make you look sick (in my experience). I feel warm tones complement all skin tones nicely but it’s up to personal preference.
Hi Phyrra, just got my pallette – wondering if any are comparable with Walk of Shame and Naked2 since I don’t own that pallette and you use those quite a bit?