Monday, September 7, 2015

Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette - Review



Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, $9.99
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a huge fan of eyeshadow palettes. Anything above a quad sends me into an absolute panic as I'm not the best at pairing random shades together. Because of this I often end up wearing tragically mismatched eye looks with colors in all the wrong places. However, I've recently been getting into nude looks, and not wanting to buy a bunch of individual shadows (oh, the anxiety!) I decided to take the plunge and nab a palette to save myself a bit of time and trouble. Not quite ready to fork over the green for an Urban Decay Naked palette, I popped into the drugstore in the hopes of finding a budget alternative.

Staring at me from an endcap display was the much talked about Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. With its mix of mattes, satins, and metallics carefully curated into coordinating duos, trios, and quads, this is the perfect palette for people like me who are useless at figuring out which shadows work best together without a guide. It also has a healthy balance of light and dark shades, as well as cool, warm, and neutral tones, enabling you to create any day or night look your heart desires. Satisfied that this palette contained everything I needed, I quickly popped it into my cart and headed straight for the checkout, lest I ended up buying more than I came for.

After getting the Maybelline The Nudes palette home and having given it many a road test, I have to say that I'm actually a bit disappointed in this product. On paper it sounds truly fantastic, but the product itself is uneven in quality and the shadows aren't always the easiest to work with. The metallics are buttery and apply like a dream, but the lighter shades are low on pigmentation, whilst the matte shadows can be a bit chalky at times. A good eyeshadow primer helps somewhat, but not enough to make this palette a true drugstore gem. The shadows are also a bit difficult to blend making creating eye looks with more than three shadows sort of muddy.


If you're willing to work with the shadows and do a little experimentation, you can create some genuinely serviceable looks like the metallic smoky eye I created above (please excuse my heinous brows!) . However, I'm not a huge fan of budget beauty products that need a lot of time and fiddling to make work. And regardless of how much or how little I'm paying, I want the quality to be good across the board, or at least fairly even. The Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette just misses the mark for me and there are better quality palettes and shadows out there for a comparable price.

Have you tried the Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette? What's your favorite budget neutral eyeshadow palette?


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