A couple months ago I let myself “splurge” on some makeup. Since we are moving soon, I haven’t been purchasing any/much makeup (not nearly as much as I would like… and ugh, all the spring & summer releases have been crushing my soul). I didn’t want to get something that would cost as much as a grocery bill, so I decided upon this Maybelline The Blushed Nudes ($9.99). I’d read reviews comparing it to the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette (which I do not own), so I thought, why not give it a go?
I really do love the rose-gold packaging of this, especially for being a drugstore palette, and that is initially what caught my eye. I’m a sucker for cute packaging. On the back of this palette (photo here), Maybelline shows you 13 different looks you can create. For me, that’s rather useful, since a larger palette is sometimes overwhelming and I don’t know where to begin.
Upon my first few uses of this palette, I was really disappointed. I wanted to love it, but the shadows didn’t blend well, and had almost no pigment. I then attempted this palette with Lorac’s primer, and while the pigmentation became better, the blending became even worse, resulting in a perfect recreation of Yzma‘s look from The Emporer’s New Groove. So, I chucked this palette into the back of my makeup purgatory with all intentions of tossing it at some point.
I’d all but forgotten about this palette when I came across a YouTube video of someone creating the most beautiful makeup look with it. She used Urban Decay’s eye shadow primer, so I decided I’d give this thing one more try. The shadows work a heck of a lot better with UD’s primer, so I began testing it with other primers. What I’ve found is that this works best layered over Maybelline’s Color Tattoo– specifically this pink shade.
I still wouldn’t say that I’m particularly impressed with this palette. The shadows are quite chalky, stiff, and are way too shimmery. The only matte shade, a nice looking taupe, is so chalky that even with a primer it barely shows up on my eye lids. Each of the other shades has intense fallout, so you really have to first pack the shadows on, then blend. This can be a rather slow process, which becomes irritating quickly. As I don’t have any other palettes with such a range of pinky-champagne shades, though, I’ll hang on to it.
Below is a look I recently created with this palette. I spent about 15 minutes creating this eye shadow look. Fifteen. Minutes. Let that sink in- because how does it look to you? It doesn’t look like I have FIVE, yes, five different shadows on, does it? It looks very pink with a ton of shimmer.
Other products used:
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in shade 115 // Milani Baked Blush in Luminso // NYX Cosmetics Illuminator // NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil // Bareminerals Flawless Definition // Revlon ColorStay Overtime in Forever Pink
Would I suggest this palette to my beauty loving friends? No. Would I suggest this palette to someone who only occasionally wears makeup and doesn’t want to splurge on an Urban Decay palette? Yes. But, please don’t believe the hype that this is a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I don’t own that one, but I do own the original and Naked 2, and when comparing textures alone, the Maybelline palette falls noticeably short.
Have you ever tried this palette, or any of the other Nude palettes from Maybelline? What are your thoughts?
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