Looking for the best matte black eyeshadow? For today’s swatch of the day, I have a comparison of all my matte (including two nearly matte) black eyeshadows.
1. From the Lorac Pro Palette – a fantastic palette, but quite a sheer black.
2. From the now-discontinued Wet n Wild Greed Palette, which is a long-time favorite of mine. This black is fantastic – it’s my general go to when I need a black eyeshadow.
3. Wet n Wild Panther – the mattel black WnW single. This is a good quality black single eyeshadow for $2, and I would recommend this one if you’re looking for a black.
4. From Wet n Wild’s limited edition Matte Palette (mine is Drinking a Glass of Shine; it’s also been released as the I Heart Matte Palette). This seems to be the same formula as Panther. It’s almost, but not quite, matte – there’s a tiny bit of shimmer which you can’t really see in photographs.
5. Milani Pitch Black single eyeshadow – this is a great, very pigmented black, but it’s very soft – it crumbled a little when I swatched it, and I think half the ones I’ve seen in-store have been shattered.
6. From the Sleek Original Palette – this shadow is very hard, and the payoff is not very great. Useable, but not a great shadow.
7. From the Illamasqua Neutral Palette, which I love – this is a great black, very smooth and neither too soft nor too hard. It’s also available as a single directly from Illamasqua, but Sephora (which carries some Illamasqua single eyeshadows), does not carry this shade.
8. Urban Decay Blackout – available as a single eyeshadow, though mine is from the limited edition 15th Anniversary Palette. Not recommended – sheer and does not blend easily – not worth the price when there are better, cheaper, alternatives.
9. Makeup Geek Corrupt – just look at the swatch! This shadow has a matte base with some sparkle. It is fairly soft and has a lot of fallout, but may be worth it to you for the intense blackness – nothing else comes close.
What’s your favorite matte black eyeshadow?