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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

9 comments

  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)

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

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  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!

    x
    beauty, style, life || bespectacled

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  3. I LOVE the look of this palette!

    Stephanie
    http://missstephanieusher.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3436251
    xxxx

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

    Z ♥
    http://beautybyz.blogspot.se/

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

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  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.

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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