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.

Tanned skin friendly because the dark colours actually show up on tanned skin tones.

Slim and travel friendly.

Good combination of matte and shimmer shadows.

Shimmer shadows are nicely pigmented.

 

Cons:

Not all shades are pigmented (not dark skin friendly!).

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.

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First Impression, Maybelline The Nudes Palette

I caved in! I finally gave in to temptation and bought the palette; Maybelline The Nudes. In Malaysia, eyeshadow palettes are available at the drugstores but they’re mostly trios and quads. A full on palette with 12 different shades may just be the first of its kind in the drugstore makeup range in Malaysia. I have a reason (maybe not a good reason, but hey, I don’t call myself a makeup enthusiast for nothing) for buying this palette which I’ll get to later.

Well, here we go, pictures!

The palette.

The palette.

The shadows. If you see a red dot on the shadow, it means that they are the matte shades.

The shadows. If you see a red dot on the shadow, it means that they are matte shades.

Close up.

Close up.

Close up.

Close up.

The description on the back is really informative. It gives you instruction on how to fully utilise the palette. Here, it shows the palette being used as quads.

The description on the back is really informative. It gives you instruction on how to fully utilise the palette. Here, it shows the palette being used as quads.

As trios.

Guide to use it as trios.

And as duos.

And another guide to use it as duos.

The applicator is a sponge-tip applicator.

The applicator is a sponge-tip applicator. Don’t throw this out! Use it to smudge eyeliner for a smokey look!!!

I also have pictures of some swatches.

Without flash

The top row, in order from left to right.

The top row, in order from left to right.

Bottom row, in order from left to right.

Bottom row, in order, from left to right.

With flash

Top row.

Top row.

Bottom row.

Bottom row.

My thoughts:

Eyeshadow palettes, especially one with 12 shades, is a very new concept in the drugstore in Malaysia. So I just had to have it. It actually hit shelves earlier this month but I only just picked it out for a good reason. I am person who is crazy about sales and discounts! At least 90% of drugstore makeup in my collection was purchased with a discount or with a special offer. The palette was on sale for 30% off (purchase with purchase) with a minimum of MYR 20 spent or purchase of any Watsons brand item. Original price is MYR 69.90, it costs MYR 48.95 with the 30% off. The palette is exclusive to Watsons and only selected Watsons carry them so I’d suggest looking for it in the biggest and most crowded shopping complex (in your area/state) with a Watsons; that’s the Watsons store that would most probably have it.

The packaging is sleek and simple; a no nonsense simple black plastic palette with the name in silver. It doesn’t have a mirror attached and it comes with a sponge tip applicator.

As for the shadows itself, just from the hand swatches, I would say it is either a fabulous hit or somewhat a miss. Some shades are very pigmented and buttery smooth while some are not as pigmented and a little patchy and streaky. I am especially loving the fourth colour on the top row (from the left) and the third and fourth colours on the bottom row (from the left). Some colours swatch completely different than they look in the palette. I have yet to fully utilise the palette and will definitely put it to use whenever I can. I would need to test it out with a primer and see how it applies and blends on the eyelids in addition to monitoring its staying power.