There’s been so many mixed reviews about Maybelline’s Nude Palette range that I couldn’t resist trying them out for myself, so I popped them on my Christmas list. I’ve been obsessed with this palette since I got my hands on it and I’ve mentioned it quite a few times over on Instagram and you’ve all been quite interested to find out more about it, so after loving it for 5 month, I’ve decided it’s about time I reviewed it for you.
I love the packaging of this palette, I wouldn’t say I’m fussy when it comes to drugstore palettes but I don’t really like the look of most of them but I think Maybelline have definitely pulled it out of the bag. It’s sleek and simple with a window to see all the shades, and it’s the perfect size. You can easily fit this in your makeup bag or travel with it, the only problem is the quality. You can’t expect much for the price but I am very wary of dropping it, it just feels a little flimsy, but so far so good *touch wood*. There isn’t a mirror, which doesn’t bother me, and none of the shadows have names, which does bother me a bit but I’ll cope, and there’s quite a lot of ‘instructions’ or tips on the back to help you know what colours go with which and where to apply them which is pretty good, especially if your new to using eyeshadow so I like that they’re thought about that (but I would prefer the names of the shadows to be there..)
The palette contains 12 shadows in total, 5 matte shades and 7 shimmer types, 1 of the shades barely being a shimmer but it’s nearly there. Out of all 12 shades, I’d say only 10 work, the 3rd shade, a really, really pale nude just has no pigment, you can kind of see it on the eye, but it’s a bit pointless really and the 1st shade only adds shimmer, no colour, so it kind of works depending on how you want to use it, but again, it’s a bit rubbish. The second to last shade isn’t that pigmented either, but I adore it, I find it perfect for highlighting the inner corners of my eyes or adding a bit of shimmer over a light matte shade, I think if it was more pigmented I probably wouldn’t use it, it’s quite like the first shade. All the other shades, especially the darker ones are amazing for the price of the palette, especially when used with a primer. Yeah they need a little more work than a higher end palette but it’s worth it for the colours because they’re gorgeous.
They all work perfectly together to create different looks and there isn’t that ‘odd shade’ that never gets used. I find the black perfect to use as a liner too. My favourites have got to be the 5th across on the top row, perfect for day and the 2nd on the bottom row, perfect for night. I’ve created multiple looks from using just this palette and you wouldn’t even know because there’s so much choice in the different shades.
It lasts well, with a primer, not as much without but it’s better than some. It fades a little which is more down to the fact that I’ve been touching my eyes rather than it just fading away. They aren’t overly powdery and there’s no fall out but some shades are a lot creamier than others so some do need more blending but if you’re using the right type of brush I find them quite easy to use.
Overall, I think it’s a beautiful palette, and I don’t get why there were so many mixed reviews about it. The colours are gorgeous, the palette itself is gorgeous and 10 of the shades are amazing. It lasts too which is of course a massive bonus for a £10 eyeshadow palette. If your looking for a good affordable nude eyeshadow palette, I honestly couldn’t recommend this more.