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Cruelty Free Cosmetics Review: The Balm Meet Matt(e) Shmaker Eyeshadow Palette

Hi All ! So i want you to meet my new eyeshadow palette! (Get it ? MEET my palette ? no? ok? ) So recently i purchased my first theBalm palette, Meet Matt(e) Shmaker. I have heard loads of great reviews of the balm palettes, and my first one was theBalm California Driver's License. I actually honestly almost finished it (it's a mini palette with just 2 shadows, a highlighter and a blush). because i am very satisfied with it i thought i might as well purchase a full palette. Check it out!

As reference by me previous review of Colourpop You Had Me At Hello Pressed Powder Eyeshadow Palette, i am a sucker for palettes with a mix of matte and shimmer shadows. For me, the variety of looks you can have depends on both the color and whether or not they are matte or shimmer. Mixing them up creates great depth to your look. Description: A Matt(e) after our own heart! This eyeshadow palette features a selection of highly pigmented, triple- milled shades that feel oh-so smooth. The six matte and six shimmer shadows are designed to complement each other, so you can mix and match to your heart's desire!

First off, i'd like to just say that I absolutely love the names for theBalm cosmetics. To me, it gives it more of a personality. I am eyeing the Manizer Sisters for a while now, but unfortunately i am not a big user of highlighters. The packaging is their signature cardboard packaging - which i like for two things: 1. It's not plastic. #Environment 2. Because it's not plastic, there is less possibility to break it through "cracks". I've had some palettes which were detached from the covers because I either dropped it, or it got squished in my bag etc.

I am always a fan of convenient, mini-palettes and this one is small enough to bring on-the-go, but is varied enough for a wide selection of looks. They also have a nice mirror, so it's easy to use and very convenient. One thing I don't like is that the cardboard packaging gets dirty over time, and your palette will look super worn out. But then again despite having half pans, the color deposit will be the same.

So this palette is designed to be in pairs. If you would notice, the quirky names of each shade is matched with a "couple". Matt for the Matte colors and their female partners for the shimmer colors. Each pairing gives beautiful depth to your look, but of course you can have a party and switch and match your own couplings. (It sounds wrong. does it sound wrong? well you know what i mean!)

The shades itself are glorious. Highly pigmented, beautiful mix of warm and bold colors. They have a velvet-y smooth texture, and VERY buildable. I always like playing between faint coverage to really pigmented bold looks.

I think this is my new go-to palette. I might update this blog post to include makeup looks from the palette. Come to think of it, i should have swatched them as couples haha. But as you can see each swatch is extremely pigmented, it doesnt take much to transfer them. However, i did notice some fallout in some of the shades so i think if you want a really bold pigmented look maybe take the time to build up the color instead of trying to dump lots of product in your eyes. If you can see, the fallout began with Matt Snyder, this was me trying to achieve swatches with a few strokes. So ladies, take your time to build it up !