Glossier Monochromes Review & Swatches

Glossier Monochromes Review

Swatches of Glossier monochromes in Mesa, Prairie, Teak, and Almond
Swatches of Glossier Monochromes (from top): Almond, Teak, Prairie, and Mesa

Love a pretty eye makeup look but not confident in your eyeshadow application skills? Glossier has you covered with a new product and an easy peasy concept. Keep reading for my Glossier Monochromes review!

Glossier Monochromes Review

Meet Glossier Monochromes – a monochromatic trio of eyeshadows that comes in three finishes – a matte, a satin and a metallic shimmer.

Glossier has always been intentional with their product launches – they like to differentiate their products with something that makes it unique. Aside from the monochromatic palette concept, they come packaged in a refillable, reusable and recyclable tin with a removable mirror.

This release was not something I expected but I love it. I’ll be honest – I wasn’t the most hyped initially when I saw the subtle teasers on Instagram. I don’t really understand the design of three shadows in a square-shaped tin. I don’t find the packaging to be very sleek or cute, in fact it’s a little bulky. I do love the removable mirror – the “you look good” stamp is quintessential Glossier.

The shadows feel really luxurious – especially the metallic shades. The mattes feel a tiny bit chalky but there’s very little fallout. The shimmers and metallics feel buttery smooth. In terms of staying power, I have yet to experience any creasing. I would say the shadows start to naturally fade after several hours (I’ve been wearing eye primer underneath).

I have already acquired five of the ten monochromatic trios. Glossier gifted me Mesa and Jute. I purchased Prairie, Almond and Teak with my own money. I opted to purchase the refillable pans of Almond and Teak because I don’t feel it’s necessary to have a tin for every palette since I’ll swap them out. I’ll admit, I’m already thinking about purchasing Heather during the Black Friday sale because that neutral rose tone is calling my name!

I did purchase the double-ended eyeshadow brush as a bundle and there isn’t much to say about it other than save your money because the eyeshadow brush isn’t anything special that probably isn’t already in your arsenal of makeup brushes.


Prairie was at the top of my wish list because I don’t have any olive green eyeshadows in my collection and it did not disappoint. The matte shade is slightly more brown than olive but I still think it looks really nice and compliments my hazel eyes.

Glossier Monochromes in Mesa, a bright orange

Mesa is described as a warm orange – which definitely looks nice for an autumnal eye makeup look. It wasn’t a shade I would’ve initially picked out of the bunch but this one is super pigmented and I am very impressed.

Monochromes in Jute, a soft taupe

Jute is described a soft taupe and a nice cool neutral for everyday. It’s subtle—and it reminds me of Skywash (the matte lid tint) in Pebble, which is one of my favorite Skywash shades. The matte shade is very light on my skin so I definitely had to build up the color for it to even show.

Monochromes in Almond, a rosy brown

Almond is described as a rosy brown on the website and in my opinion, leans more like a rose gold tone. I love it. Despite the fact that Prairie was at the top of my wish list, I think I’ll end up wearing Almond more often because it just looks so good IRL.

Monochromes in Teak

Teak is a warm chocolate brown. I haven’t worn this palette yet but I did purchase it because of the copper tone. I’m hoping this will be a more amped up version of Almond.

If you’re wondering how Monochromes compares to Lidstar (Glossier’s shimmery liquid eyeshadows) and Skywash (a matte lid tint), then I’ll say that Monochromes is so much better than Skywash in my opinion. I will always have a soft spot for Lidstar (especially the shade Cub) but Monochromes is the easiest everyday eyeshadow palette.

If you love a wash of color or a no-thought-required eye makeup look – Monochromes is a reliable contender. The combination of the matte, satin and metallic finishes makes getting ready a breeze without the complexities of a 12-pan palette. Monochromes retail for $22 each and the refill palettes cost $18 each.

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