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ELF Mad for Matte Palette {Review}

Happy hump day! Day 3 of the ‘palette-a-day-review’ week collaboration with Yolanda! School closes today….picture me, excited, clicking my heels and running off, throwing lunchboxes into the air. Though this is a bit short-sighted of me, because I am going to need those lunchboxes in a week and a bit again, so in this image, I’m not throwing them far far away okay? Also there’s only one more working day for the week, so I am feeling all sorts of excited at the moment.  Have you gals been enjoying the reviews so far? Today we’re taking it back to the US with a brand you’d need to import, but Elf is such an affordable brand, that you can afford to import products that you really want. I’m reviewing the Elf Mad for Matte palette in today’s post, so keep reading if you’d like to know more.

Elf Mad for Matte

What is this palette about?

This ELF Mad for Matte Eyeshadow Palette in Nude Mood has perfectly curated ten matte eyeshadow shades for achieving both beautifully bold or subtle everyday eyewear. This collection of enchanting shades makes shading, highlighting, and defining the eyes an easy task. Use the satin matte shadows to line your eyes, across the lid, and in the crease of the eye for a contoured, smoky eyes.

As the name suggests, this is a completely matte eye shadow palette and consists of 10 shades. This palette is more cool toned, with dark chocolate browns, greys, pinks and light browns. There are no names, so I’ll be attempting to describe the shades for you from left to right:

  • Light peachy beige shade
  • Soft pale pink
  • Cool toned brown (not sure why it looks warm in the picture)
  • Light brown, but with pink undertones
  • Brown with red undertones
  • Deep chocolate brown
  • Brown with a grey undertone
  • Darker brown with slight red undertones
  • Grey
  • Black brown

I suck at describing colours….so I’m sorry I put you through this with every post. 


Elf Mad for Matte review

The palette is black with minimal writing and very sleek and compact. Even though it is made of plastic, it does feel very durable, and not cheap. There is a mirror inside. Apologies that my palette is so beat up…I’ve had it for a while. 

The net weight of the palette is 14gms so I assume 1.4gms per pan. How good is my maths? ha ha

Where and how much?

I bought mine as part of a makeup swop group a while ago.

Back story on swops: You have a budget and somebody in the US shops for you and you shop for them and then you post it to each other. Really fun, but becomes a bit expensive. Though I knew nothing about weight, couriers and customs back then, so my memory may be distorted. In the US and the UK (I’ve done 2 swops) the makeup is so affordable and they have access to so many brands. So I did feel I got bang for my buck. 

Currently this palette retails for $4 on the Elf website.  Muse Beauty did stock it at R240, but it is currently out of stock. I found the jewel version available from the Makeup Shack for R249. I’m not sure if anybody else stocks it.


Mad for Matte swatches

As I’ve done with the other palettes, I have not swatched all the shades, just the ones that stand out to me.

The formula and my experience?

As you can see, these are pretty average swatches, but there is pigment there.

If you use a primer, it will improve the longevity of the shadows. They blend well together, even though I do feel the shades can blend away, so it’s a palette where you’ll have to spend time building up the colour.  I do find the darkest shade is a bit patchy, but I typically never use the black shades in a palette. So weird, because every You Tuber will comment on wanting or needing the blackest black in all their palettes.

Would I recommend this palette?

For a simple matte look for a day at the office (or varsity), I think this is a great little palette to have. I use this palette for really simple, no fuss makeup days for work. I love that it has a grey in it, because I don’t think i have other palettes with a grey or even that pale pink shade. Though the pale pink maybe looks more white on my skin.

If you live in the US and picked this palette up for 4 to 10 dollars, I honestly do not think that you can complain. This is where I struggle….at around R240 would I recommend it? Um, honestly…I don’t think so. It’s not a palette you need to have. The pricing of palettes vs the quality is a real factor for me with my reviews. Even the NYX palette, had it been R100 or more cheaper, the review would be very different. Unfortunately with us having to import ELF, it blows the cost up exponentially with shipping and customs. So yes I’d recommend this palette at US prices, but not at the SA price. Then rather get Colourpop, Wet n Wild, etc.

Have you tried anything from Elf? What do you think of these shades?

I feel so bad gals…that’s 2 meh sort of reviews in a row. I promise tomorrow I have something good that will suit every pocket….so it will get more positive around here 😉 I mixed up the days and thought that review was going up today, so apologies for alluding to that in Tuesday’s post, when I actually meant to look out for Thursday’s post. What am I even saying…..??? Let’s rather head over to Yolanda’s blog now to see which Elf palette she’ll be reviewing and what her thoughts are!! See you there right?  

I’m Simone, a mom of 3, a wife...obsessed with my family, makeup and books!


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