Is the Maybelline Nudes Palette Worth It?

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The Nudes

Eyeshadow Palette by Maybelline
It’s my first time to try Maybelline powder eyeshadow, you guys! I’ll be honest (as I always am), I’ve never been too happy with most drugstore eyeshadows I’ve tried. My general observation is that they are lacking in pigment, chalky, have fallout galore and don’t last too long on the lids. Of course, when used with a primer, the shadows become salvageable. However, I was particularly excited about this new Maybelline offering as I don’t think a lot of drugstore brands carry a 12-pan eyeshadow palette a la Urban Decay.
Also, I’ve had good experience with their Color Tattoo cream shadows so this new palette definitely had me intrigued. The shade selection also helped convince me that it’s something worth checking out – I find it somewhat a cross between the NARSissist palette and the Naked 2 palette. One gorgeous shade in here reminds me of my favorite shade in the NARsissist palette. So the big question – is this Php695 Maybelline palette worth it – because you are *wink* (if you don’t get it, watch this).
The Lowdown
Shades. The palette is a mix of neutral, warm and cool-toned shades. Break it into three quads and you can easily create looks from shades that go well together. The “middle quad” with the warm shades are the true stars of the palette for me. The first quad” is made up of neutral shades and are quite dry and powdery save for the taupe shade on the bottom right. The third quad is made up of cool tones and are okay, except for the one on the topmost right which shade is something that caught my attention upon swatching.
Texture. The mattes in general are really sheer and apply quite patchily as most of them are dry. Two shades (first shades from the 2nd and 3rd quad) feel creamier than the others but are sheer as well. I have to do about two to three layers for them to completely even out and appear bold. The frosts and satins apply better than the mattes – with three of them swatching exceptionally well – pigmented, smooth and velvety. The shimmering dark bronze shade (from 2nd quad) is my favorite among all and reminds me of the shade Fez in the Narsissist palette.
Longevity. Wear time is quite impressive for drugstore. My eye look sans primer (which I only did for testing purposes, you should definitely wear a primer when using this palette!) lasted almost the whole day. Fading began after 7 hours, but the eye look remained intact ’til after dinner time.
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The Look
Final Thoughts
A 12-pan eyeshadow palette For Php675 sounds like a great bargain. But to be quite honest, I would have been happier if this was priced at Php500 flat. The iffy matte shades and the overall poor color pay-off of most of the shadows can’t warrant a full-on love from me. I appreciate the color selection that Maybelline curated for their first 12-pan nude palette but I wish it performed better. There are 4 standout shades which are the palette’s saving graces. Also, I recommend using a good primer underneath so the shadows fare better! I used the Benefit Air Patrol BB primer in the swatches above. I would recommend this palette to those starting their makeup kits and are only beginning to explore the world of eyeshadow. If you’ve a plenty o’palettes already, you definitely could skip on this.
What are your thoughts on this palette? Share your thoughts below!
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  1. October 17, 2015 / 12:59 am

    If not as good as Urban Decay Naked Palettes, then I’ll skip. I haven’t found anything else that I like more than UD eyeshadows!

  2. October 17, 2015 / 4:51 am

    This palette came out when I worked in a beauty department and every time I went to check it out, there were multiple palettes that had cracked shadows and shadows fallen completely out of the pan. I was underwhelmed with the palette from the start but I also have yet to find a drugstore palette with matte shades that are not chalky or dry.

    Maybelline’s got a lot of great holy-grail-worthy products but I agree with your disappointment in this one! Shades are beautiful though, it would be nice to see them in a higher quality product.

    Cassie x Beauty Behind the Bar

  3. October 17, 2015 / 5:13 am

    I’ve never been a big fan of Maybelline eye shadows because they lacked a lot of quality and pigmentation, and I haven’t since purchased any. I’m sure that they’ve stepped up their game and I see that they have palettes now! haha They used to only had quads. It’s got ambition, and i guess that’s good!!!

  4. October 18, 2015 / 9:57 pm

    The overwhelmingly lukewarm and negative reviews have definitely put me off this palette! Considering I already have so many neutral shadow palettes with amazing quality, I haven’t even thought about picking this up!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

  5. Karen
    October 20, 2015 / 2:00 am

    hmm still loving my Naked palette. havent had any other nude palette better than my Naked 1 and 3. thanks for the honest review Shari 🙂

  6. October 21, 2015 / 12:48 pm

    Thanks for the honest review Shari! On a completely unrelated topic, I can’t help but notice your Pandora bracelet. I just purchased mine last month too and I’m crazy about them. What do you think about charms and how many charms are you wearing? I hope you can make a blog post or even just an IG post about it. Hehe.

  7. October 23, 2015 / 10:07 pm

    Hi Shari! I have this palette and The Blushed Nudes one (which I believe is not yet available here in the Philippines, bought mine sa US then shipped here via MSB).

    I haven’t opened The Nudes palette yet but I did try The Blushed Nudes one. I do agree with you on the texture for the frost and satin ones, they do apply better than the mattes. For me, the light shades which are meant for highlighting the brows and inner corner of the eyes don’t have the “highlighting effect” that it should have. It’s looks kinda chalky for me.

    Anyways, hopefully Maybelline would step their palette game up, heard that some of their Color Tattoo Eyeshadow ones are good though.

    Geth | My Nifty Thrifty Journey

  8. October 25, 2015 / 11:13 am

    Ha! I don’t know how many times I pass by a Maybelline store and I always see this palette. I am also intrigued but I still don’t want to purchase it lol But I am loving the swatches from the second quad. IDK pag-isipan ko pa!! hehe.

  9. November 15, 2015 / 6:17 am

    Since I own Naked 1, 2, 3 plus the first Basic Naked Palette I’ve found all other neutral shadow palettes incomparable and redundant. I have more neutral colors than I could ever use and imo no other shadows compare with UD in terms of pigmentation… not even MAC or Nars….

  10. Dave FRanco
    January 9, 2016 / 10:35 am

    yeha it so goot bttr then the dave franco ass if ya know what i mean( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) daveasspalet2k15

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