Hot take: Matte eye shadow might be one of the most underrated makeup products in your beauty arsenal. Don’t get us wrong—we still love a good shimmer or glitter shadow for a good time, but any makeup artist will tell you that smooth, pigmented matte shades are a prerequisite for looks that rely on bold color and contrast. Plus, it’s nice to change it up every now and then, right?
All that said, if you’ve already collected your fair share of eye palettes, you may have noticed it can be surprisingly tough to find one that’s entirely composed of matte shadows. That’s why we rounded up 12 gorgeous palettes filled with velvety, wearable, and (almost) 100% matte eye shadows so you can create the shine-free eye makeup looks of your dreams. Whether you’re looking for smoky hues, fun brights, or everyday neutrals, your new favorite is in the mix—read on.
1. Victoria Beckham Beauty Smoky Eye Brick in Royal
2. Maybelline New York The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette Makeup in Matte About Town
3. Athr Beauty Joshua Tree Desert Matte Palette
Inspired by the dreamy colors at Joshua Tree National Park, this vivid palette offers brights, neutrals, and everything in between—all matte, of course. Best of all, each shade is formulated with hemp-seed oil, organic coconut oil, and shea butter to nourish skin and help provide a smooth finish.
4. E.l.f. Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette
5. Lorac Pro Matte Eye Shadow Palette
Photo:Courtesy Tory Burch
6. Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette
7. Makeup by Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette
8. Nyx Professional Makeup Ultimate Shadow Palette in Brights
9. Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Eyeshadow Palette
10. Tom Ford Eye Color Quad Eyeshadow Palette in Mink Mirage
11. MAC Cosmetics Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette in Semi-Sweet
12. Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in The Sophisticate
13. Viseart Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Mattes 2