I’m sure everyone reading this has experienced the quest for the best black eyeshadow. To help you out, I’ve swatched all my black eyeshadows for you. First I have them for you on bare skin, as always.
Since it’s so very important to get the VERY BEST black shadow, and everyone uses primer anyway, I’ve also swatched them for you using my favorite eyeshadow primer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance.
First up, we have the matte black from the upper left hand corner of the Sleek Original Palette. As you can see, this is a little bit patchy without primer, but nice and dark with primer. I definitely wouldn’t buy the palette for this black, but if you have it – it’s worth using. And, if I’m already using this palette, I won’t pull out a different black. I will use this black shadow.
Next up, we have the matte Urban Decay Blackout, from the limited edition 15th Anniversary Set. As you can see, Blackout is deep, dark, and smooth. However, it kicks up a little bit of dust in the pan. Combined with the bulky packaging of the set, I don’t find myself reaching for it very often.
I’m sure a lot of you own Urban Decay Creep, because it’s part of the Naked Palette. It’s a shimmery faded black, and in comparison with the darker blacks, you can really see that it’s not very dark. The texture of this shadow is great – soft, smooth, and buttery.
The Wet n Wild Don’t Steal My Thunder trio contains a fairly average shimmery black. The texture of the shadow is nice, but not as smooth as Creep. It’s quite a faded black in comparison to the others. While it’s a good deal, there are better blacks to be had for a similar price.
I have a confession – even though I own a couple high end eyeshadow palettes, my most-used and favorite eyeshadow palette is Wet n Wild Greed. Check out the matte black! It’s deep, dark, smooth, and beautiful. It’s by far my favorite of the black shadows I swatched, and it’s very inexpensive as well. I highly, highly recommend picking up this palette!
The Greed palette also contains a shimmery black, which is pretty average. The texture is nice, and the payoff is fine, but not great.
My most recent black eyeshadow purchase was L’oreal Color Infallible Eternal Black. As you can see, this is by far the best shimmery/glittery black I own, and a primer isn’t even necessary. It’s smooth, pigmented, and lasts very well. However, due to the amount of glitter, you do need to watch out for fallout!
If you’re like me, you’re always looking for the best black eyeshadow. I hope this post has helped on that quest!