I'm Kayla. A 20-something obsessed with makeup, planner decorating, and board games. Working towards a more organized, simplified life one post at a time.



Maybelline "The Nudes" Palette

Although I featured Maybelline's "The Nudes" Palette ($9.99) in a makeup routine video and a this week's most loved post, I'm still on the fence about it. So I thought a full review post was in order to sort out all my mixed feelings. 

Price wise, this palette is great. With other neutral palettes three to five times the price it's a bargain. However I find myself only using the three center shimmery shades and more or less leaving the rest alone. These three shades I find to be the most pigmented and easy to build up, while everything else is very hard to work with. The two darkest shades are muddy and hard to blend. I have used the bottom left shade a few times and can manage something with it, but the other shades are just is so-so. When I was working on a swatch photo for this post I got so frustrated with the majority of the shades being impossible to get to show up on my arm. Hence no swatch photo (sorry!).

Yet I do really love those three center shades and like to use the light beige ones in the rest of the palette for soft highlighting of my brow bone. I find myself reaching for this palette because I enjoy creating a bronzey gold look. But I use a quad of shadows at most and could have saved a few dollars and just bought a quad instead of a larger palette. 

Ultimately I'm glad I purchased the palette, but it's no where near a replacement for higher end neutral palettes. If you're considering this over another neutral palette, I'd save up a bit more and splurge for the Stila in the Light Palette over this any day. But if you're looking for something cheap and don't mind a little extra work blending and building up, this is a good option.

What do you think of this palette?

xoxo Kayla


  1. We don't have this palette in Holland. We miss out on all the cool stuff. I'm going to America in a month and I'm planning on going craaaaaaaaazy in Sephora and the drugstores. I just put this on my wish list! Although it's not perfect, I think I can work with it :) Could you do a video/post about beauty shopping in America? That would be sooo helpful x

    WOMANOUK (beauty and portrait drawings)

    1. What kind of info would you like to see about beauty shopping in America??

  2. I agree about the middle shades - they're the stand outs of the palette in terms of pigmentation and texture I feel. I think this palette would be excellent for someone starting out with eyeshadows - there's a good variety and it's not too pricey. I'm pretty satisfied with the one I bought!
    But Maybelline will also be releasing a smokey & a brights palette as well!

    beauty, style, life || bespectacled

  3. I LOVE the look of this palette!


  4. Love the shades, they're subtle for every occasion!
    Looks like I know what I will be buying next then ^^

    Z ♥

  5. I love the shades in this palette, must check this out!
    xprincessjas | ♥

  6. This is something I've heard such mixed reviews about and sounds a lot like my NYX Love in Paris palette where half of them are pretty good and the rest are duds. For the price, however, I definitely think it's worth a shot.


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