Monday, July 7, 2014

review: maybelline the nudes palette

Several weeks back, I watched a video from Beauty Broadcast announcing a new eyeshadow palette from Maybelline. Yes, an eyeshadow palette at the drugstore. Let me just say: I got excited. The drugstore is loaded with duos, trios, and quads....but rarely any palettes. And certainly none like Maybelline's The Nudes palette.

This band new eyeshadow palette isn't just different for the drugstore. It comes with 12 shades in different netural colours, like taupe, brown, rust, and black. While I wouldn't compare the shades to any of the Naked Palettes from Urban Decay, at $14 this is an affordable way to add some neutrals to your makeup collection.

Let me just say, there are some good and not so good things about this palette. Are you ready to find out what they are? Here is a closer look at the palette itself - and of course, the swatches.

Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette:

Swatches: Top row and Bottom row (as shown)

The Good:

- Great price. Coming in at $14CDN this palette is a great choice for budget conscious beauties.
- A wonderful range of neutral eyeshadow shades. There are browns, creams, blacks, taupe, golds, and rust.
- The shimmery shades are very pigmented and have great staying power.
- Packaging for this palette is sleek, simple, and sturdy. Plus, it isn't massive or bulky. That makes it simple to store or take with you!

The Bad:

- It comes with a small sponge applicator rather than a shadow brush. This was a total missed opportunity!
- Certain shades lack pigmentation, particularly the lighter colours and matte shades.
- Fall out can be an issue, so use a primer and apply carefully.

There are many looks I could have created with this palette. For my first attempt, though, I used the gold shade, the rust shade, and the taupe colour. This is how it turned out:

Overall, this is a bit of a hit and miss type of product. While it is undoubtedly exciting that there is a nude eyeshadow palette available at the drugstore....this leaves something to be desired. The shimmery shades are gorgeous - but the matte ones were a letdown. They just lacked the texture and pigmentation I expect from an eyeshadow.

Have you tried this palette yet? What did you think of it?

xo Shannon


  1. I dont think this is available yet in my country, but I would like to try it out!


  2. ...I love these shades in this period, very pretty makeup!!!!!!

  3. This looks lovely, I am exited to try it and see if it is any good!


  4. This excites me to see, but I am also not much of a fan of matte eyeshadows, unless i am using them strictly for eyeliner. I am sure the shimmery colors are very nice. They look great in the picture! Try using your slanted eye lining brush with some of the matte colors if they are dark enough for eye lining. I only line my eyes with matte eyeshadows because I am older and it is softer looking. Then you can get some use out of them! Thanks for swinging by earlier girl!
    xx Easy Outfits, by Pip

  5. you're so right,there are barely any palettes unfortunately.this one looks real good.thanks for sharing :)

  6. Looks so lovely!
    Stop by sometime, Sarah x

  7. You're so amazing at makeup Shannon! And this color looks stunning on you!
    Keep in touch

  8. Looks like a gorgeous palette! Your make-up looks amazing.. I will have to try and do a similar style. It looks lovely xx

  9. Ahh wish I can buy this but I am all the way in the middle east ! :(

  10. Never tried this (yet). The colors look great in the photo you put up.
    Bright and Shiny

  11. what lovely colors! I need to try more of the nude colors!

  12. Beautiful palette! Thanks for stopping by my blog Shannon, I always appreciate your kind comments!

    E from Helsinki, Finland

  13. Really Beautiful, love it

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  14. I like this post, and I really like with fashion. You can see some of the fashion collection in my blog Fashion Week

  15. absolutely beautiful palette! thanks for the review!xoxoo

  16. you really are so talented. though of course i can't relate to what you say about makeup, just keep up the good work!


  17. It looks like a really great palette, the tones are super beautiful and perfect neutrals.


  18. I personally love the colors of all the swatches and your eye make-up in the picture is incredible!

  19. I chuck out sponge applicators right away, gah they are useless!

  20. the palette looks amazing as well as your eye makeup!!! envy you your eyes r beautiful! x