Glossier Monochromes Review

I did not see this coming. At all. When Glossier announced they were launching eyeshadow palettes, I expected what I think a lot of people did-low pigment, wash of color, super subtle. It pains me to say it but I honestly thought these palettes would be a waste of time.

I always have to try Glossier’s launches though so I grabbed the Glossier Monochromes in Almond.


This is the most important factor in the success of an eyeshadow. If there’s not enough pigment, it’s frustrating. If there’s mega fallout, it’s a mess. I’m happy to report that Glossier didn’t mess this up.

The matte shade applies smoothly, without any hint of patchiness. The satin, what I’d describe as more of a traditional shimmer, has glow without sparkle particles raining down all over your face. The metallic, especially when applied with your finger, has beautiful, wet shine.

brunette with green eyes wearing glossier monochromes palette in almond

Shade Range

There are 10 trios in total, in a color palette format unlike most eyeshadow palettes available. What makes Glossier Monochromes unique is that each palette is 1 shade-in 3 different finishes: matte, satin and metallic. This really takes the guess work out of creating a flattering, bright eyed look.

Of the 10 trios, I like that there are no grays, silvers or blues. That already prevents you from creating a gross look. I would actually wear 8 out of the 10 trios, avoiding Rosin due to my yellow skin tone and Prairie due to my green eyes.


Each Glossier Monochromes palette retails for $22, breaking down to about $7.33 per shadow. I think this is priced appropriately for several reasons. It’s refillable, it has a mirror, the packaging is recyclable, even the pinker shades are vegan.

brunette with green eyes wearing glossier monochromes palette in almond eyes closed

What I Like

  • Refillable
  • Vegan
  • Simplified format
  • Spot-on pigmentation
  • Flattering shade selections

What I Don’t

  • It would be nice to see a 4th deep shade that could be used as a liner
  • Satin and Metallic shades can be too similar
  • I think a few deeper shapes would be nice to see.

Do I recommend Glossier Monochromes?

Yes, I do. These are simplified, easy, no think palettes that would work for a lot of people.

With 10 palettes to choose from, you might be unsure which to choose to maximize your eye color. I’ll help you.


  • Teak
  • Mesa
  • Almond
  • Rosin


  • Clay
  • Heather
  • Almond 
  • Bluff


  • Mist
  • Prairie
  • Rosin


  • Mist
  • Jute
  • Heather

See Glossier Monochromes in Action

I filmed this little video below showing a simple look I did with Glossier Monochromes in Almond. Hopefully you can see how easy it is to work with and create a flattering look.

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