Hey everyone! I was at Ulta yesterday and I saw the brand new The Nudes Palette from Maybelline, and because I am a makeup junkie, I couldn’t keep from buying it. It was $9.99, and I figured that was a reasonable price for twelve eyeshadows. The palette contains three quads: a neutral quad, a bronze quad, and a smoky quad, although of course the eyeshadows can be worn in any combination you want. I liked the idea of a nude palette available at the drugstore, and the eyeshadows looked nice in the pan. The fact that Maybelline named it The Nudes makes me think it’s supposed to be the drugstore equivalent of the famous Urban Decay Naked Palettes, and I was curious to see how the Maybelline one would measure up.
However, I have mixed feelings about this. As you can see from the pictures, it looks great in the pan. The colors appear vibrant and pigmented, but once I swatched them, I was disappointed in their pigmentation. You can see for yourselves how sheer they look, and some of the colors are barely visible at all ( I went over the swatches six times to get the color you see below.) I do like that this contains both warm and cool toned shades, and I like that it contains different finishes, from matte to satin to shimmer. If only they had a touch more pigment!
This is the first quad, the neutral one. Great for daytime looks:
And this one below is my favorite, the bronze quad. It’s the most smooth and pigmented:
Lastly, this is the smoky quad. It’s more matte, and can get slightly chalky:
Although the shadows don’t have the pigmentation I was expecting, they can be built up to achieve pretty eye-looks nonetheless. I did a smoky eye with the bronze quad and the white highlighter shade from the neutral quad, and I lined my eyes with the matte black shade from the smoky quad, and these were the results:
The Nudes Palette is by no means a drugstore dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, and several of the shadows are definitely lacking in pigmentation, but this is still a good option for someone who doesn’t want to shell out more money for the admittedly overpriced Urban Decay Palettes. You do have to use a lot of the eyeshadow to get decent pigmentation on the lid, but the end results are worth it. I have been wearing this eyeshadow look for seven hours, and it still looks freshly applied, and I didn’t notice any fallout when I was putting it on. The shadows did blend well, and they can be used for a variety of looks.
I wouldn’t recommend this palette to someone who already has other nude eyeshadow collections, because none of the shades in this one seem special enough to warrant the purchase, BUT if you are new to makeup, or don’t own a nude palette yet, or are going to travel and don’t want to bring your expensive stuff, then this is definitely a viable option. I am so glad that we are starting to see more eye palettes at the drugstore, and although I do wish this one was more pigmented, I hope Maybelline releases more in the future.