Well, look who put his clothes back on! It’s Matte! From Meet Matte Nude! Technically this is the 3rd installment of the Meet Matte palettes and if you’re scratching your head in wonder of how to actually pronounce the name, just know you’re not alone. Read: Matte-trimony or Mat-tri-mo-ney aka marriage. Cute, huh? Confusing. But cute!
Without getting too much into detail as to how this palette compares to the Meet Matte Nude, just know the Meet Matte Trimony palette is the Meet Matte Nude’s warmer-toned, more wearable sister. Also, that the packaging is the same size and that the pans contain just a little bit less product.
- Easy to blend
- Cost per gram is the most affordable out of leading matte palettes (Naked Basics, Shade+Light and the Tartelette)
- No fallout
- Not powdery
- Good mix of warm (5 shadows) and cool (4 shadows) tones
- Great for all skin-tones and eye-colors
- Decent lasting power (excellent if you use a primer)
- A bit chalky
- No highlight for fair skin tones
- Only lasts 5-6 hours without a primer (I don’t consider this a con personally because I use a primer with everything, but I know some of y’all might)
If this is something you think you would enjoy, but you’re holding out because you’re used to seeing The Balm on Hautelook* for half off, just remember that The Balm rarely includes anything in their flash sales before it has been out on the market for at least a year… so don’t expect to see it on sale before 2017. Ergo, the real question would be: is this palette worth the $42 retail price? And the verdict is? Yes, it totally is.
Again, you are getting more product per $1 than any leading matte palette on the market. You’re also getting an excellent variety of wearable warm and cool tones that will compliment any skin-tone and any eye color. Besides being a little bit chalky, these shadows don’t have any noticeable fallout and/or powder kick-up and are overall just plain nice.
BUT PLEASE NOTE: I am partial towards The Balm palettes just for the simple fact that they are:
- Cruelty Free
- Talc Free
- made in the USA
- have the cutest packaging EVER
- and are just flat out an underdog in the world of high end palettes
So I do tend to overlook the biggest fault of the brand: if you don’t use a primer, you will see fading at around the 5-6 hour mark. Again, this is not a problem for me because I use primer with everything, but it’s something to consider if you’re a bit picky.
P.S. for you texture folks out there: to the touch, these shadows most closely resemble Kat Von D matte eyeshadows (as in, they aren’t super creamy, but they aren’t dry either).
Cost & Where to Buy
Currently, you can only find the Matte Trimony palette on thebalm.com, which is where I ordered mine. It was $42, and came very well packaged and in a very timely manor.
FTC: This post is not sponsored and all featured materials were purchased by myself. *Some links may be affiliate links.