The Best Matte Black Eyeshadow – Comparison, Swatches

matte black eyeshadow

I’m a little bit obsessed with finding the best matte black eyeshadow, and today I have comparison swatches of six different matte black eyeshadows for you!

Three of the six are in palettes:

Urban Decay Blackout, from the 15th Anniversary Palette
The matte black from the Sleek Original Palette
The matte black from the Wet n Wild Greed Palette (discontinued)

Three of the six are individual shadows:

Wet n Wild Panther
Sugarpill Bulletproof
Makeup Geek Corrupt – note that this is a matte base with some sparkle, but appears mostly matte, so I included it.

In the order listed above, here are swatches (one swipe only), without primer

Matte black eyeshadow comparison swatches

UD Blackout; Sleek Original; WnW Greed; WnW Panther; Sugarpill Bulletproof; MUG Corrupt

As you can see, all apply quite well, but MUG Corrupt is by far the most pigmented with only one swipe and no primer.

Next, I did one-swipe swatches over Too Faced Shadow Insurance – but this looked virtually identical to the above photo, so it wasn’t useful. So, I did multiple swipes over TFSI; this shows how deep a black it is possible to achieve with each shadow.

As you can see, the blacks vary significantly in intensity.  Here are my thoughts on each shade:

matte black eyeshadow swatches - UD Blackout; Sleek Original; WnW Greed; WnW Panther; Sugarpill Bulletproof; MUG Corrupt

UD Blackout; Sleek Original; WnW Greed; WnW Panther; Sugarpill Bulletproof; MUG Corrupt

Urban Decay Blackout:  Smooth, medium pigmentation. Good quality, but not excellent. Available as a single for $18, and not worth that price.

Sleek Original: Very hard, medium to poor pigmentation.  It’s a great palette, but don’t buy it for the black!

Wet n Wild Greed palette: Very soft, excellent pigmentation. Discontinued, but still available on Amazon and Ebay - I love this palette and I would highly recommend picking it up!

Wet n Wild Panther single: Very soft, medium pigmentation. Good quality, and definitely worth buying for $2.  Available on drugstore.com & in drugstores.

Sugarpill Bulletproof – Soft, but poor pigmentation – I had high expectations for this one and was disappointed.  Not recommended.  If you buy it, shipping is less expensive from the Makeup Geek store than the Sugarpill store.

Makeup Geek Corrupt – Very soft and smooth, excellent pigmentation. Note that it has some sparkle. Only $6 in pan form, $8 in compact form – buy online at the Makeupgeek store.

I haven’t tested all of these out yet on my eyes for wear time, but once I get the chance to do that, I’ll do another post with all of that information!

What’s your favorite matte black eyeshadow?

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  • http://twitter.com/Despas_Milotic D’espairsBlushDoll

    Hello :)
    Thank you for the comparison, it’s really helpful because I have a thing for black eyeshadows, but only few of them are .. really black :(
    Maybe I will try the Wet’n’wild one :D