Hope you are having a great day! I am back after a long gap due to some health issues. How I missed IMBB! Feels so good to be back! Today, I am reviewing a brand new 12 pan eye shadow palette from Maybelline. This is called “The Nudes.”
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- Create looks from day to night. Deep to light.
- 13 looks in one Expert Wear eye shadow palette.
- Extraordinary color from our ultra-blendable pigments.
- Long wear with sensual finish that lasts up to 12 hours.
CAD $14.99 (Price varies across stores. Available in US for $9.99).
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My Experience with Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette:
The new Maybelline “The Nudes” Eyeshadow Palette was released with Maybelline’s “Dare to Go Nude” Fall 2014 Collection. This is one palette which has caused a lot of buzz even before it was released, mainly due to the fact that no other drugstore brand currently has something like this! Of course, I am not including palettes from Coastal Scents, MUA, Sleek etc., because even though they are priced similar to this one, they need to be ordered online and are not freely available at drugstores. Now Maybelline, on the other hand, is a brand which is available easily the world over. So when such a brand releases a 12-pan eye shadow palette, and that too in the most coveted “nude look,” it is no surprise that it created such a hype!
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This palette has just now started appearing in drugstores across Canada. I had been waiting eagerly for this and grabbed it as soon as I saw it at a local drugstore.
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The eyeshadow comes in a 12-pan black plastic case with a transparent lid which closes securely. It is travel friendly and the transparent lid makes it easier to spot the colors of the palette without having to open the lid. The instructions on the back of the palette gives some guidance on how to make the most of the palette, which is really useful for eye makeup beginners like me! The colors have been placed in this palette in a manner such that it can be split up as quads, trios or duos.
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There is a slightly longer-than-usual double ended sponge tip applicator included with this palette. Surprisingly, though the palette I bought was sealed, the sponge tip applicator was missing! I double checked on the website and it does come with a sponge tip applicator.
Color and Finish:
All the 12 eye shadows are neutral shades of beige and brown. There is a gold and a dark black thrown in for creating different looks. The finish varies across the colors. It is a mix of matte, satin and shimmer finishes.
I have split up the palette in quads and have numbered the shades on the pictures, so that it is easy to reference.
This is the most neutral quad, perfect for everyday wear. Shade 1 is a shimmery peachy pink shade. Shade 2 is a satin finish taupe shade. Shade 3 is a satin finish medium brown. Shade 4 is a matte dark brown.
This is a warm quad, with slightly more deeper shades. Shade 5 is matte cream. Shade 6 is a satin finish bronzy brown. Shade 7 is a shimmery gold. Shade 8 is a satin finish brownish burgundy.
This is the smoky quad, perfect for creating medium or dark smoky looks. Shade 9 is a matte greyish taupe. Shade 10 is a matte grey. Shade 11 is a shimmery cream shade. Shade 12 is a satin finish charcoal shade, though it appears black in the pan.
The texture too varies across shades. Most of the shades are soft and have a creamy feel to them. But the lighter shades 1 and 11 seem very chalky and are difficult to work with.
Pigmentation and Longevity:
The pigmentation and longevity again varies with the colors. The first quad is the least pigmented. I need to pack on the colors with multiple swipes, for them to show up on my lids. It lasts for only around 3 to 4 hours without a primer. With a primer, it lasts for a maximum of 5 to 6 hours.
Quads 2 and 3 are much better as far as pigmentation and longevity are concerned. Exceptions in the pigmentation department are the gold shade (shade 7), which needs multiple swipes to get full intensity and the black shade (shade 12), which actually comes out as a charcoal shade. But they do last for a longer time. Without a primer, they last for around 6 hours on my oily lids and with a primer, they stay on for at least 8 hours before they start fading.
Overall, it is a decent palette with a few misses. Now that Maybelline has released this nude palette, it is just a matter of time before we can expect other drugstore brands to come up with something similar, hopefully, with an even better formula! Maybelline itself is coming up with two more 12-pan palettes in the near future – The Brights and The Smokes. Exciting times ahead!
Pros of Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette:
- A highly versatile nude palette for everyday and smoky looks.
- Travel-friendly packaging.
- Most shades have a soft silky texture and good pigmentation.
- Lasts for a decent amount of time on the lids.
Cons of Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette:
- Pigmentation, texture and longevity of a few shades are bad.
Would I Recommend Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette?
I would definitely recommend this palette to a eye makeup beginner, as it has shades for everyday use, along with some helpful guidelines on how to use them. For someone who is much more experienced in eye makeup or already has a number of nude eye shadow palettes, this can be skipped, unless, of course, you are a collector!
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