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Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Palette Review

Paula's Choice Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette Review Swatches Video

Recently I had the opportunity to try out the Paula’s Choice The Nude Mattes Palette. This palette will be released sometime soon, as it was created for Spring 2014. It’s made up of 11 perfectly matte shades and one demi-matte shade with a touch of shimmer. It also comes with a cruelty free synthetic brush. By the way, I typed up the ingredients list by hand so that you could see it as well.

PR sample.

Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Palette Review

Here’s my swatch video and first impressions on the palette.

Paula's Choice Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette Review Swatches Video

About the Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Palette
This unique eyeshadow palette features 11 velvety, true-matte shadows plus one highlighting shadow in universally wearable shades—the kind you’ll find in any good makeup artist’s kit! In fact, the experts at Paula’s Choice consulted with makeup expert and YouTube sensation Wayne Goss on the creation of this palette. The superbly blendable and buildable shadow colors range from soft ivory to rich brown and smoky black, making them versatile for day, night, or any time in between. The slim, mirrored case is recyclable and includes a professional-quality brush that allows flawless application and unlimited looks.

Paula's Choice Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette Review Swatches Video

Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Polyisobutene, Synthetic Wax, Mineral Oil, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Black 2

$40 for 12 eyeshadows .04 oz each.

Paula's Choice Cream Beige Pink Sugar Cafe Au Lait Tan Chestnut

L to R – Cream – Beige – Pink Sugar – Cafe Au Lait – Tan – Chestnut

Paula's Choice Tan Chestnut Clay Plum Taupe Gunmetal Grey

L to R – Tan – Chestnut – Clay – Plum Taupe – Gunmetal Grey

Paula's Choice Clay Plum Taupe Gunmetal Grey Chocolate Truffle Coffee Onyx

L to R – Clay – Plum Taupe – Gunmetal Grey – Chocolate Truffle – Coffee – Onyx

All eyeshadow swatches on Coastal Scents Shadow Worx Eyeshadow primer. I have oily eyelids and never wear eyeshadow without primer.

Paula's Choice Cream, Beige, Pink Sugar, Swatches, Review

Pale creamy beige matte, nearly blends in with my skintone

Light beige matte

Pink Sugar
pale pinky peach with hints of golden iridescence, love this color!

Paula's Choice Cafe Au Lait, Tan, Chestnut, Swatches, Review

Cafe Au Lait
light brown taupe with hints of grey.

light brown

red-toned brown

Paula's Choice Clay, Plum Taupe, Gunmetal Grey, Swatches, Review

brown with a hint of green to it

Plum Taupe
brown taupe with a hint of red plum

Gunmetal Grey
deep warm grey, love this shade!

Paula's Choice Chocolate Truffle, Coffee, Onyx, Swatches, Review

Chocolate Truffle
deep cool brown

deepest dark brown

deep black matte

Paula's Choice Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette Review Swatches Video

My Thoughts
I know some of you may be concerned to see talc listed as the first ingredient, because it’s often referred to as a filler. However, talc can prevent caking and absorb excess oils. You’ll also see dimethicone, which gives a silky smooth feel. This is one of my favorite ingredients. It prevents flakyness and is water resistent, too. Synthetic wax is an emollient. I know that many of you aren’t fond of parabens so you will be unhappy to see methylparaben and propylparaben on the ingredients list, but please remember that these sort of parabens are cleared from your system every one and a half days.

I really like the slim black matte packaging and the brush. It’s simple and easy to take with you, whether you’re a makeup artist or a beauty lover.

If you’re a guy, don’t be afraid of these shades! Nude mattes are perfect for the no-makeup look. Or go crazy and do a bit of guyliner with the darker shades. It’s hot!

You’re getting a good value for the price. 12 eyeshadows at .04 oz each. A typical MAC eyeshadow is .05 each, so while not quite full size, you’re still paying $40 for 12 instead of getting like 3.5 shadows for $40.

I tested the eyeshadows for wear and they wore from 8:30 am to 11 pm on primer. No creasing, no fading; they didn’t budge. Color me impressed!

While I’m not typically a nude makeup person, I love using nude mattes to work with brights. So look at these colors as great supporting actors to vibrant color.

I think Paula’s Choice and Wayne Goss did an awesome job with this palette. I hope they continue to make more and that they come out with a brights palette, too!


  • Great value for the price
  • Cruelty free
  • 12 easy to wear colors
  • Long wearing, great formula


  • This palette leans more warm than cool, so if you don’t like warms, you may not like it

What do you think of the Paula’s Choice Nude Mattes Palette? Do you like guyliner?

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  • Hi Phyrra, just got my pallette – wondering if any are comparable with Walk of Shame and Naked2 since I don’t own that pallette and you use those quite a bit?

  • I am just curious, you mentioned that this palette leans more warm color, is warm color suitable for yellowish skin tone?

    • Yes! It blends in well with warm skin tones and doesn’t provide a harsh contrast like cooler colors can sometimes do; cooler colors on warm skin tones may wash them out or make you look sick (in my experience). I feel warm tones complement all skin tones nicely but it’s up to personal preference.

  • I love matte colors, especially that are buttery and build-able without looking powdery and this palette looks like it is very nice, pigmented and buttery smooth.

  • This looks like a palette that I could really use. I love that there are so many matte shades. Sometimes you just don’t want to be all shimmered up.

  • This looks gorgeous but I have to be honest I am up to my eyeballs in nude palettes (and I am a huge fan of color)…so much so I even passed on the Narssisist palette :/ If they were to collaborate on a brights or darks or pastels or jewel or anything but nude palette I would be all over it!!!!!

  • Wow! I think i need this. Now i don’t have to wait around in hopes urban decay will release a completely matte naked palette 🙂

  • Excellent review and swatches – thanks so much! Roll on spring because I cannot wait to buy this! (Fingers crossed PC bring it out here on the same schedule.) I would also love to see them collaborate on a brights palette, too. I LOVE guyliner! My husband was wearing guyliner the night I met him! I agree, it’s totally hot!

  • I LOVE this so much! It looks absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, it’s so hard to find an entire matte palette that will actually compliment my Casper the friendly ghost status!

  • This looks like a palette anyone could get lots of use from. Even if you typically wear lots of color, good base and blending shades are always handy! I know Paula Begoun always writes about mattes being most flattering, so I’m not surprised to see these are mostly all true mattes

  • I can’t wait to buy this! Chestnut, Plum Taupe and Chocolate Truffle remind me somewhat of the old PC eyeshadows Caramel, Twilight and Charcoal Brown.

    How much blue does the Gunmetal Grey have in person? I love gray eyeshadow, but it frequently pulls blue on me which I don’t like.

    • It looks fantastic! Might you be releasing a palette with cooler tones after this? **Crossing fingers**

      • Hi there! One of the fascinating & fun factors in color cosmetics is the subjectivity of shades. Some have felt it was The Nude Mattes is on the cooler side, while others warm! We feel it falls in between, but you should definitely give it a try to see how it looks on you. If you don’t care for it, you can get a refund (no questions asked).

        In terms of additional palettes, it’s something we’re definitely considering and will have more of an idea after the launch of The Nude Mattes. 🙂

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