Alright guys so here’s my product review for Maybelline’s The Nudes Palette ($11.99). I’ve been using this palette since it came out last year as it’s affordable and has a great range of nude colors. I’m a plain Jane when it comes to my eye shadow and stick with mostly nudes so this seemed like the perfect palette for me as I didn’t have the money to spring for the Naked Palette at the time, so when I saw advertisements on TV about the debut of this palette I knew I had to try it out.
Here’s the palette itself; labelled you all know which shade I’m talking about:
So we’ll just jump into it: I use this palette almost everyday, and haven’t really noticed any huge issues. If you’re a beginner that can’t to spring for a Naked palette, like I couldn’t at the time. Overall, it has a good range of colors, and I’ve posted the swatches below. I didn’t put in the pictures of the swatches with flash on since you can see pretty clearly which ones have lots of shimmer, and which ones are more matte even without the flash! Here’s my shade breakdown:
Shade 1: Looks like a nice pearly, white color with lots of shimmer. It certainly has lots of shimmer, but hardly any pigmentation. The only thing I use this shade for is on the inner corner of my eye and under my brow, so the lack of pigmentation is fine for me. If you wanted to use it for much more you probably wouldn’t have much success.
Shade 2: A very shimmery, light brown shade with lots of pigmentation. This is one of my favorite shades that I use as an all-over lid color but it also doubles as a crease color when used with one of the lighter shades. It’s a gorgeous color and blends great with the rest of the palette.
Shade 3: A shimmery, taupe color, more gray than shade 2, has lots of pigmentation as well. This is also a great color for your lid as well as a crease color, as it blends into the darker shades very well.
Shade 4: A deep, dark brown, with just a hit of shimmer. I use this shade religiously on the outer corners, and within the crease when I want a dark, dramatic eye that day. As you can see from the swatch it has intense pigmentation and I love that.
Shade 5: Is a peach shade, but is nearly nonexsistent when coming off the brush. In the photo you can see that shade 4’s residue came off with more pigmentation from my dirty brush than shade 5 did. The only thing this shade is useful for is setting my eyeshadow primer, and not much else. This is certainly the worst shade in the whole palette.
Shade 6: Another favorite of mine, a rich, shimmery gold. This is absolutley beautiful when applied over a white eye primer, and looks beautiful blended into any of the other colors from the palette.
Shade 7: A high shimmer, copper color. This shade has lots of pigmentation and is another gorgrous shade. This works well as a crease color but could also work as a lid color if you like coppery shades.
Shade 8: The very shimmery, sister-shade to Shade 4. As with the other dark brown shade this color is very pretty on the outer corners, and as a liner. As you can see in the swatch it’s another high-pigment shade.
Shade 9: One of the more matte shades, a muted, medium brown. This is my go-to crease color as I don’t like my crease to have lots of shimmer. It, as the other dark browns, has great pigmentation.
Shade 10: A light shimmery, taupe, very similar to shade 3. This is another great all-over lid color and could be used in the crease in a subtle smokey eye.
Shade 11: My number 1 outer corner/liner color. It’s a very dark, rich brown that is the most matte shade in the whole palette. This shade is absolutely phenomenal with or without primer.
Shade 12: Appears as a deep, rich, pearly black but off the brush is much more of a shimmery, medium grey. I was hoping it would be to true palette but it’s much lighter than I expected. I was hoping to use this for a true smokey eye and as a liner.
Overall Opinion: It has lots of potential, some of these shades are excellent while others let you down. They’re pretty easy to blend together but some of the darker shades get a little streaky and take some finessing. All these swatches were done with a dry, e.l.f Contour Brush. From these dry swatches you can see there is a lot of fallout so you have to take caution when applying the shadows. These shades are easily buildable so if you’re not happy with the pigmentation you can build them up easy enough to make them more true to shade.