When I first found out about this all matte eyeshadow palette, I was ecstatic and had extremely high hopes for it … unfortunately, those fell flat after my first attempts at using it. Simply put, the quality leaves a LOT to be desired. If you’ve ever tried matte finish eyeshadows from ANY other eyeshadow brand (MAC, Jane Cosmetics, Laura Mercier, Physician’s Formula, Stila, etc.), then you know what I’m talking about. With those brands and many more like them, you get a smooth, buttery finish that glides on and is easy to blend. However, with the IT Cosmetics palette, I don’t feel like these eyeshadows are truly matte. They apply similarly to how MAC’s Veluxe Pearl or Satin finish eyeshadows apply and I don’t consider them truly matte. Additionally, some, not all, of the eyeshadows in this palette are powdery and require a good deal of layering to get the true color to show. I also feel like the eyeshadows fade after wearing them throughout the day and the colors can end up looking muddy.
However, here is what I find utterly fascinating about this palette and had it been executed better, it would have been fantastic – it comes with a large eyeshadow on the end called ‘Transforming Pearl’. The idea is you layer this sheer, shimmery shade over any of the other shades in the palette and it is supposed to transform them into a more shimmery version. Due to the existing finish of the eyeshadows, and how they aren’t fully matte, I don’t feel like it works as well as it should. If the eyeshadows were truly matte, I’m sure it would be awesome.
Needless to say, I was none too pleased with this palette and I recommend saving your money if you’re expecting these to be the quality of other matte eyeshadows you might have tried in the past. If you try it, and like the finishes of these eyeshadows, that’s great! I simply want to make those aware who are expecting a matte palette, that it won’t be the matte finish you might be expecting.
Look #1 – click here for the video tutorial!
- Sunset (on the lid, below the crease)
- Sunrise (crease)
- Love (applied wet onto the middle of the lid, and blended into Sunset on the edges)
- MAC Blanc Type (blend)