Maybelline The Blushed Nudes – Review

July 14, 2015

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.

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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?



PS: Don’t forget, you can use my coupon code “jenny15″ for 15% off any purchase at MOTD Cosmetics. My favorite brushes from their collection are Beauty and the Base (foundation brush) and Conceal Your Secret (concealer brush). 

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  • Reply Nicole July 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Wow you look absolutely gorgeous!! And I love the palette too! :)

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    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you. 😀

  • Reply Laura M July 14, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I haven’t tried this, but I’d completely agree that the Lorac primer never does me any favors, and 15 minutes for an eye look must be incredibly frustrating!

    She Likes to Shop

    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      I’ve recently noticed that Lorac primer doesn’t do great with anything else except Lorac shadows. Kiiiind of annoying. But, there it is.

  • Reply arnellavanilla July 14, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I so much wanted to love this palette too.I swatched it a while ago in store and noticed it faded quite quickly. I love the price but I’d rather spend the money on a nice palette from Urban Decay or Tarte Cosmetics.

    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      You definitely get what you pay for!

  • Reply glambunctious July 14, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    HA HA!!! JENNY! The Emporer’s New Groove! That was pure gold. 15 minutes + 5 eyeshadows?! Oh dear. I have to say the finished look is beautiful and makes me want to wear pink eyeshadow IMMEDIATELY (do I even have any??? This could be a problem) but yea, that’s a lot of work and a lot of shadows. This one is a skip for me. Anyone looking for a true dupe for Naked 3 should direct their eyes to Makeup Revolution’s Iconic 3 palette. It’s BETTER than Naked 3. The shadows are like devilishly good little smooth operators. I forget about that palette sometimes in my stash and that’s a damn shame. Earlier tonight I was looking for a dupe for a Chanel shadow I have and pulled it out and YOWZAS – the pigmentation is banana nut sundaes! Good on you for going on a low-buy before the move. I hate packing up my makeup! It’s like parting ways with a good friend for a month, lol!

    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      I was wondering if anyone out there would get a laugh over the Yzma comment. Truthfully, I look like Yzma most of the time (not a bad thing, I mean look at her, smokin’). I’ve so been wanting to try Makeup Revolution, but that’s not available in the US, is it?

  • Reply Jen July 14, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Sorry to hear the pigmentation was a bit of a let down, but this look over the Colour Tattoo is super pretty on you! xo

    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      The Color Tattoo is a definite must if you pick up this palette!

  • Reply Rebecca Shores July 15, 2015 at 1:30 am

    I haven’t tried it, but I am glad to see this review since I’ve thought about picking it up. If it’s lacking in pigmentation I think I’ll pass! Thanks for the review!

    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      You’re welcome!

  • Reply Meg Casson July 15, 2015 at 3:24 am

    It sucks this wasn’t a great product but the look you did is gorgeous!

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    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks! I’ll take a look!

  • Reply Vanessa July 15, 2015 at 4:17 am

    I don’t think I am going the purchase this palette.
    But, you did a great job with this makeup look!

    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:20 pm

      I would say this palette is definitely a ‘pass!’

  • Reply Rachel Marie July 15, 2015 at 6:32 am

    Such a gorgeous palette! The shades remind me of the Naked Palette 3 :) p.s you are so pretty!

  • Reply Amber Rhodes July 15, 2015 at 7:32 am

    What a pity it didn’t stand up to the hipe, but I think you did a lovely makeup job with it.

  • Reply Renee July 15, 2015 at 7:42 am

    Such pretty shades!
    I’ve tagged you in the Love/Hate tag. You can find it on my blog if you’re interested :)

    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      Why thank you! I’ll check it out. :)

  • Reply Amy July 15, 2015 at 11:52 am

    It’s too bad that the shadow itself wasn’t very good! The colours look so pretty ♥
    Amy xx

    Little Moon Dragon

    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      The colors do look pretty once they’re on! I would say they wear well, too. But the amount of effort needed to apply and blend isn’t worth it. I don’t like to spend that much time on makeup, unless it’s a special occasion.

  • Reply Meghan Arnold July 15, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Fifteen minutes? That’s essentially me doing my regular makeup routine 3-5 times in a row. Not for the minimalist lifestyle at all. Thanks for the tip, dear!

    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Yeah, it makes me sad. I didn’t keep the receipt for this one, otherwise I’d return it asap!

  • Reply Lena L July 15, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for the in-depth honest review.
    You still created a beautiful look regardless!
    Yeah, I stopped buying Maybelline makeup a while ago. I still like their mascaras but that is about it. Sometimes I wish they’d spend less money on those ridiculously exaggerating ads and actually spend some to make better products!

    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:18 pm

      Why thank you! I like the finished look well enough, but spending 15 minutes on eye shadow is rather infuriating. I do like a handful of other Maybelline products that I use daily (their BB Cream and Tattoo cream shadows). But, I agree. Their ads are ridiculous… who do they think they’re fooling? Ha. They could definitely take that money and put it into creating better products.

  • Reply Denise July 15, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    You look very beautiful, but I see, you don’t recommend the palette. And I will accept you word, because wen I saw it (here!) I was very eager to buy it, it looks lovely! But the more I read your review, the more put off I am! Primer before, difficult to blend, seeing a video and trying it again… such a pity. But it looks sweet – the saying, not all the glows is gold :)

    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:16 pm

      Yes! Definitely hold off on buying this. It’s affordable, but not worth it!

  • Reply lindseeanne1 July 15, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    It’s pretty disappointing that this palette isn’t as good as “The Nudes” palette. I love the colors and was hoping it would be nice!

    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      I wonder if the excessive amount of shimmer is what made the texture so chalky? Hmm.

  • Reply Renata Burden (@SpeakinBeautyUK) July 15, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    This certainly looks like a dupe for the UD Naked 3 palette. Shame the quality isn’t the same. But to be honest, I find it hard to like most drugstore eyeshadows. At least here in the Uk they’re not nearly as good as high end and I rarely buy them nowadays. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

    • Reply Jenny July 15, 2015 at 9:15 pm

      I rarely buy drugstore eyeshadows as well, unless it’s something like the Maybelline Tattoo cream shadows, those are my go-to most days!

  • Reply Coco July 16, 2015 at 12:28 am

    You achieved a very pretty look.

  • Reply Aisha July 16, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Hi :) so happy to found your blog! I really like it <3 and this look is so pretty.

    xx ||

  • Reply Jessica Pyreflies July 16, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    I saw this at target and wanted to buy it just because of the cute packaging! I never wear pink eye shadow though. I have tried but I look like a clown because i have to put so much on since it doesn’t show up on my darker skin. *Wah* I bought the browns/neutral version of this and I do like it, but not love it. I will buy a different palette in a few months. I saw someone tweet about the L’oreal nude palette (this one: and they said they really liked it and said it was way better than maybelline’s version. have you tried it?

    also, even though this look took 15 minutes plus 5 shadows, you still look beautiful! :)


  • Reply Alexandra - Glam O'Clock July 21, 2015 at 7:03 am

    It’s too bad it wasn’t that good however I have to say the makeup look you created using the color tattoos underneath is lovely! I received the Naked 3 as a gift for my birthday last year and it’s one of my favourite palette. xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

  • Reply Arianne July 26, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    what a lovely palette! I don’t know if it’s pigmented enough though

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