My Brutally Honest Review on theBalm Meet Matt(e) Ador Palette

This is the first review of any theBalm Cosmetics products on the blog! I don’t really know why I waited so long to review these über popular products. theBalm Cosmetics is really famous for their catchy branding and witty product names.

MEET MATT(E) ADORE theBALM eyeshadow palette photo

I picked up the “Meet Matt(e) Ador”matte eyeshadow palette from my local drugstore. Yes, in Canada theBalm Cosmetics is sold at the drugstore. I definitly don’t consider their price points drugstore prices but oh well, I really wanted the palette so I picked it up.

The “Meet Matt(e) Ador” is the 3rd palette in theBalm “Meet Matt(e)” palette trilogy:

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette

The Balm Meet Matt(e) Trimony Palette

 The Balm Meet Matt(e) Ador Palette

theBalm “Meet Matt(e) Ador”consists of 9 matte, talc free, vegan eyeshadows that range from naturals to dark shades. The shadows are true matte shades, as there is zero shine in these shadows. I love it when a brand can produce a true matte eyeshadow. Each shade contains a variation of the name “Matt” as it’s a play on the word  “Matte”.

I instantly fell in love with all the shades and knew right away that I needed this palette in my life. It was going t be my go-to Fall palette. It was love at first sight with “Matt Jones”. He’s a matte orange shade that I don’t have in my collection so I was happy to add him to it!! “Matt Soto” also became dear to my heart as he’s the perfect green shade to use for a dark smokey eye look!

Sadly, my love affair with “Meet Matt(e) Ador” palette ended when I tried to apply the shadows for a dramatic look. You see matte shades, if too powdery or chalky, can give you a hard time when picking up the product onto a brush and applying or blending them.

Brace yourselves…this is not pretty:

MEET MATT(E) ADORE theBALM eyeshadow palette photo

As you can see from the photo above. I had a hard time applying and blending the shades. At first I thought my shadow primer was the problem, so I washed off the shadows and applied them again using this primer.

No, that didn’t work either.

The shadows applied were chalky, not blendable at all. It took me a long time to achieve the results below and I was not happy with it AT ALL! I was so frustrated that I wasn’t going to post theses photos but I changed my mind because I really wanted my readers, you guys, to really grasp what I am writing about when I say things like chalky or overly powdery texture.

For $42 and all the rave reviews I read online about thebalm cosmetics, I expected more from this palette.

MEET MATT(E) ADORE theBALM eyeshadow palette photo

I went online to see if anyone else had the same issues as me and it turns out this palette, out of the 3 in the “Meet Matt(e)” palette trilogy, was the least favourite. Apparently the formula was changed in this palette and makeup lovers everywhere have noticed and voiced their opinion.

So, where do I stand? Here are the pros and cons of this palette:


I love the branding and packaging;

it’s a vegan palette, the shades are so so nice;

versatile so you can go from day to night


Too chalky and overly powdery;

difficult to pick up on a brush; does not blend well;

too much fallout and expensive AF!

I hope I can return this platte since I’m so disappointed with it.  I thought that since my last palette purchase was a dud ( read that post here ) this one would blow me away. It clearly did not.

How hard is it to find the perfect Fall palette!! Agh!

 I had a bad experience with this palette, but that doesn’t mean I’m opposed to trying out any other products from thebalm Cosmetics. I’m hoping to pick up “Meet Matt(e) Nude” and “Meet Matt(e) Trimony” Palette as well as Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter. I’ve heard AMAZING reviews on all these products and I truly want to fall in love with theBalm!

I do, really! It just didn’t happen with this product.

Have you tired any theBalm Cosmetics products? If you have leave me a comment below.

I love hearing from you.


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  • Reply Renee Clement

    Bummer this didn’t work for you! The packaging of these palettes are so cute!

    September 19, 2018 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Stephanie

    Oh no! I’m so sad this didn’t work out, i’ve heard such good things about the brand and the few products I’ve tried have been great! This seems like it would be a decent palette to use just for in the crease but I would still be a little afraid since it doesn’t blend that well.
    – Stephanie |

    September 20, 2018 at 8:52 am
  • Reply CrystalCandy

    It was my least favorite Meet Matt(e) eyeshadow palette too, although I love most of the shades (first and second row). The three darkest colors look patchy and are less pigmented. Oh and the blue is SO grainy!

    September 23, 2018 at 2:10 pm
  • Reply jill

    Oh boo. That totally sucks that it is so unblendable and chalky. I love matte palettes and often reach to buy them before ones with shimmer in them, so I have been wanting some of The Balms for a while, definitely glad I didn’t not get this one.

    September 24, 2018 at 8:18 pm
  • Reply Wendy

    Definitely looks pretty in the pan. What a shame they didn’t work out! I hope that if you try the other ones, that you have better luck. I have tried anything from The Balm except their tinted moisturizer ages ago, but I have my eye on the highlighters! 🙂

    October 2, 2018 at 10:57 am
  • Reply Arxsyn

    Bought the Opposites Attract palette that contains shades from Matteador and Matrimony palettes at half price ($16, regular $35 USD online). The magnetic palette sans makeup is $12 USD. What a deal! Thanks Marshall’s/TJ Maxx. Damn you for making me part with my money. That and online “window shopping” for putting this product into my head and then surreptitiously encountering it IRL.

    My first all in one palette l ever bought from the brand is Balm Jovi got around $45 CAD. I loved the entire selection in it.The colors from this brand tend to be muted and subdued and not outrageously bright. Somehow it goes with they kitschy vintage image like every palette is sepia toned. There was one colour l noticed that wasn’t as pigmented as l thought it would be, and it was patchy or invisible if l tried to blend it out so l understand the frustration. I am so glad l didn’t pay full price for the set because risk of disappointment seemed likely. I have wanted a magnetic palette forever so this was a must have for me. Some shades are more sheer and are simply not meant for blending but placed strategically… I am hoping the soft shades will work as bronzer and blush… l have ID’d three that may serve the purpose… We shall see. Fall out doesn’t bother me because l use a light hand not to disturb the stuff. The powder is finely milled and feels a little silky. However the shadows in the current formulation are not truly matte, almost all contain superfine shimmer so the colours aren’t flat when you look at them in the pan. The Blue one was most apparent to me in store when l inspected the product very closely.

    I think the final makeup look in the photos is stunning. Good work.

    November 2, 2019 at 5:17 am
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