Well what do we have here neutral eye fans? It's another twist on a nude eye palette, but this one boasts eleven truly matte shades, plus it was created with input from You Tube makeup artist and makeup tips guru Wayne Goss! It's the nude mattes palette from Paula's Choice.
The packaging is a plain and simple carboard affair with a mirror - not too much to get excited about, but it's the shadows inside that I'm really interested in. As soon as I lifted the lid I knew I'd get a lot of use from this palette as it has such a wide choice of neutral hues. The palette also come complete with a really good quality brush. I've been using this to pack on my chosen colour and then using an additional blending brush to finish things off.
All of the shades in the palette have the same soft texture - they blend very easily and even the pale shades aren't at all chalky. The only shade which gave me any fall-out was pink sugar which is the only non-matte shade - it's a pale shimmer pink toned nude which is good for hi-lighting the inner corner of the eye.
I also like that the shades aren't overly pigmented - it can be annoying when you can hardly get your brush near a shade without picking up far more product than you need. These shadows allow you to build the colour up slowly, which is what you want if you're creating a more subtle nude eye look in my opinion.
Here are the first six shades in the palette - I'm sorry you can't see the first two that well - they're very close to my skin colour! From the left they are cream, beige, pink sugar (the one shimmer shade in the palette), café au lait, tan and chesnut. Café au lait and tan are my most used in the palette so far and are perfect for those days when I just want an effortless look with one colour all over the lid.
Despite my swatches not showing up so well, the shadows are pigmented and very easy to blend, it's just that this side of the palette is made up of much paler colours, so they don't photograph so well! This is the more daytime end of the palette, as the second half of the shades are move into darker nude territory. They're bolder nudes perfect for creating some depth and lovely smokey eyes.
These are the second six shades in the palette - clay, plum taupe, gunmetal grey, chocolate truffle, coffee and onyx. Gunmetal grey is a really nice shade that's grey but also leans a teeny bit lilac in some light, and coffee which makes a really great crease shade and can double up for my brows too.
Here I'm wearing café au lait all of the lid with some gunmetal grey and coffee blended through the crease and outer corners.
I love that the palette spans all the way from light to dark and has a good mix of both cool and warm nude shades, it's practically everything a neutral eye fan could need.
The nude mattes palette costs £35 from Paula's Choice. As a neutral lover I think this palette is a great all rounder due to the wide variety of shade options in the palette, and because of the really blendable matte shades, which I think can be a lot more flattering than something with a lot of shimmer and glitz.