Meet Matte(e) Trimony is a follow-up to TheBalm’s first successful matte palette ‘Meet Matt(e) Nude’ which had 9 cool toned matte shades named after ex-boyfriends!
This palette takes a slightly different angle and contains 9 warm toned neutral shades named after the men they love.
The shadows themselves blend very well, are buildable, and last well on the eye. They do kick up quite a bit of product in the pan, especially the two paler shades I noticed so make sure to tap any excess off your brush before going in with the product.
Another variance between shades I noticed was that the black shade (Matt Ahmed) and the purple shade (Matt Moskowitz) were not as pigmented as the others in the palette and required more effort to work with.
I love the way the packaging matches exactly to the first palette – the same sleek design and large mirror in the lid. As usual however the main drawback with TheBalm’s pretty packaging is that it is cardboard! So while it’s nice and light and slim for carrying it’s also going to get quite tatty if you take it out and about.
Finger swatched on bare skin with two swipes of each shade:
You can see a larger version of this swatch over on my Flickr account by clicking here.
‘Matt Lin’ the first shade blends into my skin a little too well. It’s great for setting primer or using as a transition but I would have preferred another paler shade in the palette that would provide a highlight for my pale skin tone.
My favourite shade has to be the reddish-brown ‘Matt Kumar’ which I think is gorgeous, it’s been the shade I’ve been using the most out of this palette.
In the UK this palette sells for £37.50 which works out to £4.11 per shade. Not cheap as most palettes go. It’s difficult to reconcile the price with the cardboard packaging for me.
What are your thoughts on flimsy cardboard palette packaging? Let me know in the comments?