Matte vs Shimmery

I'm hoping to revive this blog (eep at the falling # of my followers~), but seriously I have Z E R O ideas on what to write about.. mostly because I haven't bought anything new for the last couple of months. And seriously, the last thing on my mind nowadays is slapping on even more makeup on my face. THE HEAT IS NO BUENO. I can deal with a little tinted moisturizer (Jouer Matte Moisture Tint; a Godsend), groomed eyebrow, some blush and a dash of lip color. But layers of mascara? Slapping on concealer? Contour? Highlight? Eye makeup? Blaaagh no thanks.

But today, I braved the heat; and ~experimented. Or at least I tried to do something.. for a change.

Just like everyone, my first foray to eyeshadow includes shimmery, frosty eyeshadow. Shimmery shadow, for me, is something that you wear to parties & events. It's fun. It's young. It's glamorous. Or at least, it can be if you apply it correctly. Too much and you'd end up like you have a disco ball on your eyelids... not a good look, I have to tell you. Also, you have to deal with fallout.. Lots and lots of it.

My favorite combination as of now is: Nature Republic #12 for the lid, NARS Galapagos on the crease & UD Dark Horse on the outer corner + lower lash line.

While I love shimmery eye makeup,  over the few months, I have fallen head over heels in love with matte eyeshadow. For me, matte eyeshadow is the sophisticated older sister of shimmery eyeshadow. It's something you wear to a date, or a meeting. So far, I've had just a few problems when it come to using matte shadows (ie some are quite dry and chalky); but they do tend to last longer than shimmery shadows and no fallouts! So you win some, you lose some. But at least you look frigging fabulous, and that's all that matters in the end, right?
Here I'm wearing: NARS Bellisima on the lid, MAC Espresso on my crease, NARS Coconut Grove on the outer corner.

So which one do you gravitate towards more? Matte or shimmery? :)



  1. So funny, Rae, Liz, and I were talking about this just today. I love mattes! Especially for daytime. Super subtle, people say they can't put their finger on it but you just look "blooming." Liz likes the Bobbi Brown kind of shimmer for soft focus eyes though; that's something I want to try.

  2. I love mattes and it's frustrating coz a lot of the palettes I own are shimmery. So I was so glad to get the UD Naked Basics, Inglot and Lorac Pro. I'm thinking of building another Inglot or a MAC palette just for mattes and it makes me giddy just thinking about it!

  3. I used to be super MATTE LANG!!! but then there's something about a soft shimmery lid talaga. <3 I haven't come to terms with glittery colors yet, though. Do you tap your brush before application? I find it takes care of most of the fallout. :) Bellissima is such a nightmare for fallout, lol.

  4. I love mattes as transition colors, but I wear shimmers more for eyelids.

  5. I gravitate over matte everything (except for complexion products). The contrast tones the oiliness of my face.

    Kaso, I still don't have good blending skills which seems to be a must for matte eyeshadows.

  6. I'd to go matte for casual outfit and shimmer eyeshadows for particular Events. Thanks for sharing. I love your eye makeup ♡

  7. I'm all for matte! After buying the Charlotte Tilbury Sophisticate palette, i'm a convert!
    Love the blog! :)

    Sam xo sjmcdf