Maybelline The Nudes Palette Review

I wrote a first impression post on this palette (link here), now here’s the review!

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The palette.

The shadows!

The shadows!

Lighter shades on the left side of the palette.

Lighter shades on the left side of the palette.

Darker shades make the other half.

Darker shades make the other half.

The description is really cool...

The description is really cool…

Because there are suggestions as to how these shadows can be used as duos and where to apply them on the eyelids.

Because there are suggestions as to how these shadows can be used as duos and where to apply them on the eyelids.

And also as trios with a corresponding diagram.

Also as trios with a corresponding diagram.

And also as quads!

And also as quads!

Description: A neutral eyeshadow palette with 12 shades. Total 9.6 grams of product, each individual pan has 0.8g product. No mirror included. It does come with a dual ended sponge tip applicator (not included in pictures).

Where to buy: Drugstores, pharmacies, supermarkets, anywhere there’s a Maybelline display.

Price: MYR 69.90 (discounts can bring it down to less than MYR 50 so don’t buy at full price!! Seriously!!!).

Swatches

Top row.

Top row.

Bottom row.

Bottom row.

 

Pros:

All in one palette for a versatile neutral look.

Dark skin friendly because the dark colours actually show up on darker skin tones.

Slim and travel friendly.

Good combination of matte and shimmer shadows.

Shimmer shadows are nicely pigmented.

 

Cons:

Not all shades are pigmented.

Creases on the eyelids (all shades).

Matte shadows are not very blendable.

Eyeshadow primer is crucial because it has little lasting power.

I used this palette with some Elianto eyeshadows.

I used this palette on a friend with some Elianto eyeshadows. Ignore the eyebrows. 😛

This is an Instagram picture on my account of the palette with the shade names.

This is one of my Instagram pictures of the palette with shade names. This version (with shades names) came out only after I purchased mine.

Notes:

OK, these are a few points to note.

Although they are not very pigmented, I think beginners would get use out of it because there’s no way you can go overboard.

You definitely need to use an eyeshadow primer to avoid creasing and also since the colours are not very pigmented.

Although there are so many cons, I did, at one point, find myself packing it when traveling with my makeup for a performance because the palette is all encompassing for a basic neutral eyeshadow look that is versatile.

If you haven’t already noticed, Sandy, Siren, Greige, and After Hours have been dug into. Sandy and Siren are the best shades of the palette. After Hours is a matte black that is not pigmented so that it can be used to deepen the outer corner without the black going overboard. Greige is often used to deepen the crease colour.

Bareskin looks white on the pan but it swatches as a sparkly nude that can be used as an inner corner highlight.

 

Rating: 6/10

Although I do use it often, they really are not really well performing eyeshadows except for the two shimmery shades, hence the rating.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Review

Maybelline has made quite a few appearances on my blog and I do love Maybelline as a brand. Today I shall review something called cream eyeshadows. Cream eyeshadows are as the name suggests, eyeshadow pigment that has a semi-solid (the scientist just had to peek through huh???) consistency but once applied sets and dries on the skin. Cream eyeshadows are usually applied on bare skin because if a primer was applied, there would be a barrier between the skin and the shadow which may make it slip and not set and stay in place. However, there are no rules! I have used it over eyeshadow even and it did work so, they are are a great way to experiment. These Color Tattoos by Maybelline are probably one of the best in the drugstore and also perhaps the cheapest. Just FYI, this is going to be a picture heavy review…

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Yes, these are all mine.

This is my most favourite of the bunch...

This is my most loved of the bunch, Bad to the Bronze. I bought this from a reputable drugstore I really don’t know why they say “Made in China”. I have three of the Made in China ones and four of the Made in USA ones. This is the lid part of the pot.

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The clear glass part which is actually the pot.

The product inside. Obviously been dug into!

The product inside. Obviously been dug into!

Inked in Pink. Another Made in China ones.

Inked in Pink. Another Made in China one.

The pot.

The pot.

Product inside.

Product inside.

Painted Purple. Made in China.

Painted Purple. Made in China.

The pot.

The pot.

Product inside.

Product inside.

Audacious Asphalt. This is one of the Made in USA ones.

Audacious Asphalt. This is one of the Made in USA ones.

The pot, note that the layout is different as is with the lid.

The pot, note that the layout is different as is with the lid when compared to the Made in China ones.

Product inside.

Product inside.

Bold Gold, Made in USA.

Bold Gold, Made in USA.

The pot.

The pot.

Product inside.

Product inside.

Edgy Emerald.

Edgy Emerald.

The pot.

The pot.

Product inside.

Product inside.

Tenacious Teal

Tenacious Teal

The pot.

The pot.

Product inside.

Product inside.

 

I got hand swatches too…

The Made in China ones.

The Made in China ones.

Made in USA ones.

Made in USA ones.

Description:

Individual pots of cream eyeshadow (or eyeshadow bases), that comes in matte, semi matte to iridescent shadows (I have non of the matte ones). All the ones I own contain some kind of iridescence either metallic or specks of glitter. They are semi solid (cream) and completely sets on the skin. I don’t exactly know how many colours there are in total. On the Malaysian website there are a total of 8 and I am missing Gold Rush. However, I have seen some of the completely matte shades reviewed by other Malaysian bloggers and YouTubers which leads me to believe that some other shades are available in Malaysia.

Price: Retails for MYR 21.05 (from Watsons and Guardian) but just wait for promotions. I bought most of mine at MYR 12.

Where to buy: Anywhere there’s a Maybelline stand!

 

Pros:

They are creamy and easy to work with.

They are completely budge-proof; there’s a reason they’re called 24 HR.

Nice range of colours.

Can be used many ways.

The neutral colours can be use on it’s own.

 

Cons:

The pot is heavy and quite bulky.

It can dry out especially the top layer.

Some shades are not very opaque and streaky and this is evident from the hand swatches.

 

Other things to note:

The drying out of the product can be remedied. There are lots of YouTube tutorials on this. I do suggest you stay away from the videos that utilise alcohol because alcohol dries things out and your product will dry out faster second time around.

Using them as eyeshadow base would mean applying the product onto the eyelids and then packing on a corresponding powder shadow on it (picture below).

IMG_4125The single swatch on the right is the Color Tattoo in Painted Purple swatched on its own. As you can see it is a little patchy. The three different purple colours on the left are partly swatched on top of the cream shadows and partly on my bare skin (dotted lines separate it). It is obvious that the powder shadows appear more vivid and seem to adhere well to the base.

 

Ratings:

8.9/10

I love these cream shadows!!! If you learn how to work it you’ll love it! The neutral colours seem to work better than others.