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

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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. πŸ˜›

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.

Elianto Single Eyeshadows Review

I have reviewed Elianto products in the past (here and here) and so I shan’t get into details about the brand. With that said, I have collected these 10 single eyeshadows over a period of time and I bought the palette separately.

I don’t remember some of the names of the older ones because I never imagined I’d ever start a makeup blog πŸ˜› . What I shall do is give suggestions for possible equivalents to these older eyeshadows in their current eyeshadow lines. However, the newer ones that I have, I managed to get the necessary information for this review.

Pictures!!!

The palette. It is plastic and does not include a mirror.

The palette. It is plastic, has some texture on its surface and does not include a mirror.

My eyeshadow selections. Weird selections huh?

My eyeshadow selections. Weird selections huh?

 

I’ll get into each individual pan. I arranged it according to how I use them so I apologise if it is a little scattered. πŸ˜›

First, the top row.

First colour on the top row is a dark brown colour. Although not apparent, the colour has some glitter that gives it subtle sheen. This is an older product that comes in a metal pan which is no more the case with the individual Elianto eyeshadows as they have switched to plastic pans. The new equivalent would be in the Splendour line in the shade 12; Roasted Brown.

First pan on the top row.

 

I am following the order from left to right so the next colour is the gold colour. It is really glittery and frosty. Similar to the previous pan, it is an older one that comes in a metal pan so I don’t know what is the name of the colour etc. The other thing is I don’t think there is a newer equivalent. 😦

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The next one is the matte bright purple colour. This is also one of the older eyeshadows that come in the metal pan. The equivalent would be in the Ardour line in the shade 09; Purple Sky.

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Next is a frosty dark blue colour with blue glitter in it. It is also the older one in the metal pan. The new equivalent would be in the Luminous line in the shade 13; Sapphire Blue.

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The next one is a matte brown colour. I guess the editing has made it look like a warm brown but it is actually a cool tone greyish brown. This is one of the newer ones that come in yellow plastic pans from the Ardour line; it is in the shade 11; Venus Brown.

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Moving on to the bottom row.

First one is a matte black eyeshadow. It is an older one, in the metal pan. The equivalent is in the Splendour line in the shade 15; Thunder Black. The greyish cast is perhaps due to some powder that has fallen onto the pan causing it to appear grey but it is definitely black!

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The next one is a matte brownish ochre colour which is from the Ardour line in the shade 10; Sienna Gold.

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The next one is a bright pinkish red colour from the Ardour line in the shade 15; Scarlet Red.

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Next one is a light sky blue colour and it is an older one in the metal pan. An equivalent would be in the Sheen line in the shade 05; Evian Blue.

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The last colour in the palette is a sweet muted pink colour from the Ardour line in the shade 14; Ballet Pink.

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I have hand swatches. The ones below were taken with flash.

Top row.

Top row.

 

Bottom row.

Bottom row.

 

 

I have added thumbnails of the eyeshadow pan pictures and these pictures that were taken without flash.

Top row.

Top row.

 

Bottom row.

Bottom row.

 

 

I also got the opportunity to use these shadows on my friends and I have two looks to show. There is a third look which is, again, my picture on the right which has some of these colours used. Just a disclaimer; I am NOT a makeup artist.

I used Ardour Sienna Gold as transition colour and Ardour Earth Brown in the crease. I also used some other eyeshadows too.

I used Ardour Sienna Gold as transition colour and Ardour Earth Brown in the crease. I also used some other eyeshadows.

 

I used Sienna Gold all over the lids and Earth Brown in the crease. I also used some other eyeshadows.

I used Sienna Gold all over the lids and Earth Brown in the crease. I also used some other eyeshadows.

 

For this look I did use some of these eyeshadows on the the eyes but it is not obvious. However, I did use the gold as highlight on the high points of the cheeks, on the nose and also my brow bone. Using gold to highlight is pretty standard for Indian dance makeup because it superfluously highlights facial features to allow every expression to show on stage.

For this look I did use some of these eyeshadows on my eyelids but since my eyes are open it isn’t visible in this picture. However, I did use the gold (old one) as highlight on the high points of the cheeks, on the nose and also my brow bone. Using gold to highlight is pretty standard for Indian dance makeup because it superfluously highlights facial features to allow every expression to show on stage.

 

Description:

Individual eyeshadows from Elianto that come in both frosty and matte finishes. Each pan has 2g of product which is a pretty substantial amount. The pans sold now are made of plastic.

Price: MYR 10.90 (for the Splendour, Ardour, Lustre and Sheen line eyeshadows) and MYR 14.90 (for the Luminous, Safari and Madigra line eyeshadows). Elianto always has discounts and promotions so prices can come down as low as MYR 5 per pan! The empty palette retails for MYR 25.90.

Where to buy: Elianto booths nationwide and also online at www.elianto.biz

 

Pros:

They are very pigmented.

Some shades blend very well.

They are smooth, pick up well (both with a brush and the fingers) and deposit on the eyelids very well.

A wide selection of colours and they come in both matte and frosty finishes.

Price is a huge plus for the amount of product in the pan.

 

Cons:

Some shades can be a tad bit streaky and patchy especially the matte shades.

Some of the newer ones are a little powdery and may result in fallout.

The plastic pan deters use of magnetised palettes (unless improvised).

 

Ratings:

8.2/10

These are nice eyeshadows and the cons are things I can work around. They are not just affordable, they are actually cheap. Great for experimentation! Some shades are a bit of a miss so I’d suggest doing a swatch first before purchasing.