It’s been a long time coming, but I am finally sharing my thoughts of the E.L.F. Cosmetics Mad for Matte palette! I’ve featured this palette in a few posts already — such as my Waterproof Summer Makeup collab and the 3 Ways I Enjoy Mom Time — so I figured it was past time to share a review on this all-matte palette from the drugstore!
I am thinking of doing a “best matte palettes from the drugstore”, or maybe a “best and worst matte palettes from the drugstore”…because I feel like most of the time the drugstore can’t get matte shadows right. But I have certainly found a few gems that perform just as well as high end! So…if you would like to see a post like that, let me know in the comments below!
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e.l.f. Cosmetics Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette
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This palette retails for $10, which breaks down to just $1 per shadow. Pretty stinkin’ affordable! As an added bonus, e.l.f. Cosmetics just came to Ulta so not only can you redeem your points for money off…but you can also use the $3.50 off of $15 (or $3.50 off of $10) that are almost always available to use on drugstore makeup.
Okay, so let’s talk about the consistency of these matte eyeshadows. They are not creamy or buttery — like LORAC PRO shadows are well known for. They definitely feel dry, yet at the same time they swatch pretty well. Nothing impressive when you see the swatches, but eyeshadows often perform a lot different when using brushes on the eyes than how they appear in finger swatches.
As you can see from the picture above…the eyeshadows perform really well! I think I used 4 or 5 shadows from the Mad for Matte palette to create this and they all blended beautifully, honestly no issues there. I’ve owned this palette for over a month and have used every shadow in this palette and am really pleased with the looks I create every time I use it.
So my final thoughts are…for $10 this is an outstanding palette. If you can pick it up — and a bit cheaper than the retail price, if you wait for a sale and use a coupon at Ulta, it’s totally worth the buy! It’s really nice to have an all-matte palette so that when I go on a trip all I need to bring is this palette and then one or two pressed shimmer pigments (like the L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows) and I am set to go. 😀
Have you purchased this palette yet? If so, did you like it? If not…will you be buying it now?? 🙂
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Emily Draher says
These look like they blended really nicely! And you can’t beat the price! 😉
Krystal E. says
I’m very oer mattes but it’s great to see a drugstore product work well!
what, if any, primer did you use?
Kristi V BeginNails says
Wow! $10 for this is a bargain! I am such a nuetral matte kind a gal. Gorgeous eye look too! I need lessons!
Melissa Burton says
I wish these cheaper versions of things had been available when I paid full price for my UD or KvD palettes.
This actually looks like a really nice palette! Swatches can definitely be deceiving; I’ve bought many palettes that swatched amazingly but when applied to the eyes didn’t show up & didn’t blend well.
I see what you mean about the difference between the swatches and the actual use of the palette. I’m definitely going to have to purchase this palette! I would also love to see a post on best matte drug store makeup!
Can’t go wrong with a ten dollar palette! This looks great on you, and I’m definitely interested in picking up one for myself!
Wow! For $10 bucks this is a steal for sure!!! Your eye makeup is flawless! Any tips?
I didn’t know about this palette!
Jenne - Polished Pathology says
That’s an awesome deal! I love neutral colors, but wear them so infrequently I can’t justify the cost of a more expensive palette. I can get behind this one, though!
Ivy Boyd says
I totally agree! For the price tag, it’s awesome! I love that they did an all matte palette and the colors are so universally flattering!
Love the look you created! I’ve actually never used ELF shadows!
I have just purchased this palette and am loving all the shades. It isn’t the same quality as high end palettes but for the money it’s not at all bad. It’s workable for sure.
Katie G says
Yes, it definitely is nice for the price — and with drugstore brands it’s a lot more likely to go on sale and be able to purchase for cheaper! I just heard they came out with a Mad for Matte 2! I am soooo curious to see if the quality is as good as this one!
This looks really nice!! I love that there is a cheaper matte pallet! I am getting tired of the pallets with one or two light mattes for your brow bone and the rest shimmery unless it’s the really dark mattes for the corners of the eye. Great find and awesome tip!!
Katie G says
I hear you girl, and I totally agree! My every-day go-to is usually all matte eye looks, so I love these types of palettes. Glad you found my review helpful <3