While we’re always game for a solid shimmer, glitter, or sheen, there’s simply nothing can take the place of matte eyeshadow formulas. Sure, mattes may feel like an everyday staple that isn’t exactly conducive to conjuring up your excitement to play, but frankly, you really can’t do any eyeshadow look without them. In fact, even if you do decide to forgo the sparkle for the evening (or day), mattes are also a bona fide look as well. Just like matte powders help you carve out of your cheekbones, define your nose, and chisel out your jawline, matte eyeshadows (especially in neutral hues) work the same transformative magic on your eyelids—whether you choose to do a no-make-makeup eye look or enhance a matte base with additional colors and textures.

Matte eyeshadows not only help to contour the eye—thereby making your peepers look larger and more awake—but they also function as a seamless transition shade and they also help enhance your natural eye color when applied to the crease. Basically, whether you’re addicted to the shine or prefer a more natural look, matte eyeshadows are one staple everyone who wears makeup should have in their arsenal—we swear. Ahead, we’ve outlined our favorite formulas to try out for yourself.

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