TheBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude vs the Original Meet Matt(e)
TheBalm is a San Fransisco-based company known for their quirky, vintage-style packaging and high quality products.
TheBalm’s Meet Matt(e) is an eyeshadow palette featuring a variety of matte colors. This January, they released a new, much larger matte palette using primarily nude tones: Meet Matt(e) Nude.
On the cover of the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette, theBalm proudly proclaims “Size Matt(e)rs”. You have to appreciate a makeup company that is willing to make penis jokes on their packaging.
The original Meet Matt(e) costs $34.50 for 0.33oz of product, or $104.55 per ounce. Meet Matt(e) Nude costs $42 for 0.9oz of product, or $46.67 per ounce. (For reference, Urban Decay Naked Basics is $90 per ounce.)
Obviously, if price per ounce is your concern, Meet Matt(e) Nude is a much better deal. However, even if absolute cost is your main issue, the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette is only $7.50 more than the original, and it has almost three times the product.
That being said, there are a few benefits to the original Meet Matt(e) palette. Because it is small, it is more portable. It also has a brush, which makes it easier to use on the go. (Still, I don’t really use the Meet Matt(e) brush because it’s a pretty shitty brush… But I appreciate the effort!) And, of course, if ‘all nude’ palettes aren’t your thing, the original palette has greens and blues in addition to neutrals.
The Original Meet Matt(e)
The packaging for the Meet Matt(e) palette features a moderately handsome, 1950s-looking white dude with very, very shiny teeth. (They are literally sparkling, you guys.)
The original Meet Matt(e) has the following nine shades:
Matt Smith- A warm beige
Matt Gallagher- A medium brown
Matt Ramirez- A dark, reddish brown
Matt McDonald- A dark, greyish blue
Matt Horowitz- An ocean blue
Matt Chung- A very light, baby-was-just-born pink
Matt Batali- A dark brown with a hint of eggplant
Matt Schilling- A teal
Matt Patel- An ashy grey-brown
|Two swipes of each color|
Although I find the darker colors to be very pigmented, the lighter colors (especially Matt Smith and Matt Chung) fall very short. They are, however, useful for ‘no-makeup makeup’ looks!
|A neutral look created using the Meet Matt(e) palette|
Meet Matt(e) Nude
The Meet Matt(e) Nude palette features the same moderately handsome dude, except now he’s more tan.
|I like the fact that there is a mirror large enough to actually use.|
Meet Matt(e) Nude has the following nine shades:
Matt Johnson- A charcoal-y blue
Matt Garcia- A cool dark brown
Matt Malloy- A rich ivory
Matt Rosen- A “the Beast from Beauty and the Beast” colored brown
Matt Wood- A purple-ish dark brown
Matt Singh- A hospital-gown colored peach
Matt Abdul- An almost lavender colored gray
Matt Lombardi- A buttery, yellowish beige
Matt Hung- A medium gray
|Two swipes of each color|
All of these colors are very creamy and well pigmented. Matt Malloy was the biggest surprise. Every matte white I have ever tried as been pretty much a failure. This one is quite pigmented. Matt Lombardi is the biggest disappointment, and it is actually still relatively pigmented. Because all of these shades are winners, I feel that not only is the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette less pricey, it is higher quality.
If I had had a crystal ball when I purchased the original Meet Matt(e) palette, I wouldn’t have bothered. I feel that the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette outshines it by a significant margin.
|A neutral look created using the Meet Matt(e) Nude palette|
Miscellaneous Related Soapbox Time
If you look at the people featured on theBalm’s packaging, you might notice a pattern.
|Pictures all gracelessly stolen from thebalm.com|
TheBalm REALLY likes featuring white people on their packaging. I was able to find one item featuring a woman of color (their liquid eyeliner). However, for a San Fransisco-based company, this lack of ethnic diversity is not appropriate or acceptable. (This would be unacceptable for any American company, but given that San Fransisco is the 2nd most ethnically diverse city in the US, this oversight is especially egregious.) I think that this is a real shame, and I hope theBalm steps it up in the future.