Maybelline : The Nudes

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hello lovelies!

Now we all know "nude" palettes have been a craze for some time. Just think of the Naked palettes by Urban Decay.


nude palettes


Well now, there's finally a nude palette in the drugstore. Maybelline just came out with "The Nudes", an array of 12 nude shades, for around 15$CA.

When we think the Urban Decay ones are 64$CA, makes you wonder about the value of a good nude palette.

For comparison here are the Naked palettes 1 to 3 :

Naked 1
Naked 2
Naked 3


It seems The Nudes is most comparable to the Naked 2. But, I'm not really here to give a thorough comparison, just throwing this in for reference. 

Now let's focus on Maybelline :

Maybelline The Nudes
Maybelline The Nudes
Maybelline The Nudes
Maybelline The Nudes
Maybelline The Nudes


The idea is to have, all in one palette, strategically placed colors that you can use as quads, trios or duos.

As you see, once swatched (which was really hard to do because the pigmentation is like eehh) the array of colors seems more limited (maybe just on my fair skin?), also the lighter shades offer barely any pay off when swatched on my arm. The shadows themselves are a bit chalky compared to the creamy smooth texture I look for. Basically what you would expect from any other Maybelline shadows (except the Color Tattoos, love those!). 

But let's see what it looks like on the eyes shall we? :) Here you have two looks, a natural smokey eye, and on my lovely model, Sophie, a really soft natural look.

Look 1 : 
Shade 9 all over the lid
Shade 5 in the crease
Shade 6 starting at the outer corner and into the crease for more definition
Shade 4 on the lower lash line
Shade 12 on the upper lash line (smudged)
Shade 3 on the brow bone

Maybelline The Nudes - Smokey eye
Maybelline The Nudes - Smokey eye
Maybelline The Nudes - Smokey eye

Look 2 :
Shade 3 all over the lid
Shade 2 in the crease
Shade 8 starting at the outer corner and into the crease for more definition
Shade 6 only on the outer part of the lower lash line
Shade 1 on the brow bone


Maybelline The Nudes - Natural eye

Overall, I think this a good idea, in the sense it's nice to have easy to use colors in a drugstore palette. However, I feel this might be better for beginners, to give them a chance to play with nude looks. They're just not as pigmented and easy to blend as I like my shadows. And this is not a "you get what you pay for" situation, You want good, cheap eyeshadows? Wet N Wild baby!

Again, this was fun to play with, it's definitely usable, but in my honest opinion, I would skip this. It's not bad, there's just better things out there. 

If you don't like to invest in eyeshadows it's also a good option cause it's great for any look and a great package to travel with. And if I were to lose my Naked palettes, I WOULD MAKE THIS WORK. It's just harder. You know?

Again makeup is personal, and I know many people like this palette. These are just my thoughts on it.

Hope you enjoyed this!

-Val

2 comments

  1. Well, well... don't you both look so fresh. Kinda wish I would have had this palette back in the high school days... woulda been baller. I can't be dealing with the chalky stuff now at my age, you know what I'm saying? Ain't nobody got time fo dat!

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    1. Yeah exactly! It's not SUPER chalky, just not the best quality, and it was still like 15$CA...But yeah in high school all our dreams would have come true lol

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