Description : The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette from Maybelline (12 shades)
Price : INR 899
Weight : 9.6g
I was shopping for some make up yesterday and picked up the new Maybelline : The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette within five seconds of seeing it! Firstly, because companies like Maybelline barely ever go beyond eyeshadow duos, trios and quads so seeing a full 12 color palette on display gave me an adrenaline rush! Colorbar had briefly launched some palettes but they have now been discontinued sadly. Secondly, I thought that the color scheme of this palette is perfect to create countless looks given that it has a combination of mattes, shimmers, browns, metals, creams and grey blacks! Thirdly, I found most of the shades very similar to the Urban decay Naked 2 Palette which had cost me a bomb, and I did not want to finish it off so fast. So with this palette I thought could go easy on many of my favorite shades and make the Naked palette last longer!
(The Urban Decay Naked Palettes are an immensely popular eyeshadow palette series among make up artists, YouTubers and regular people like you and me across the world. They are very expensive and my Naked 2 palette cost me roughly INR 5,400 from amazon)
Sadly my adrenaline went back to where it came from, once I came home and swatched it.
But before I tell you why, let me describe this palette for you.
At a first glance, it comes across as a regular brown metallic eye shadow palette with good earthy, metal colors with which one can do a great brown smoky eye or create a beautiful shimmery gold look on the eyes. But once you turn it around you realise that this palette actually contains 13 different sets which have been very strategically placed to each other as Duos, Trios, and Quads.
There is a very vivid description and step by step guide at the back of the palette about how to use it to create 13 different looks with these 13 Duos, Trios and Quads. Smart!
Talking about the packaging, its been kept very simple. They are neatly packed in this lightweight black plastic box. This palette does not come with a mirror, but then again, none of the other Maybelline eye shadows do either, I think.
Its also apparently accompanied by a double ended applicator brush but I did not find one in my box. I’m not sure why.
Now lets come to most important topic of any review, which is the actual product. As I told you I had an immediate adrenaline rush the moment I laid my eyes on this palette, but when I swatched it home, all of my excitement died down. I just wish I had swatched it at the store but I didn’t, because of my blind faith in Maybelline and shortage of time.
The light shades like 1, 3 and 11 are great for the inner corners of the eyes as well as for highlighting the brow bone and the color pay off is nice. Numbers 4,7,9 and 10, the metals, are also well pigmented and smooth to apply.
But I have a problem with number 2,5,6,8 and 12. Those are the matte shades, which are very dry and difficult to apply. That’s 5 colors, almost half the palette. I had to rub my finger pretty hard to get some color out. 2 is barely there!!!
The biggest let down of this palette is the black matte shade, which I have numbered as 12, and which was the main attraction for me in this palette, as I really needed a travel friendly eyeshadow palette which has a black shade in it. The black color has barely any pigment, is not black but in fact light grey and I feared if I rubbed to hard to get some color, I would end up finishing it!
After swatching all the colors on primed skin, some of the shades like 6 and 8 did pay off better but the black remained as dull and grey as ever. The other shades fared slightly better on primer.
In fact, I really loved the way numbers 1, 4, 9 and 11 stood out.
Comparisons with the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette
So now you are probably thinking, that what is the point in comparing these two palettes, one of which costs five times more than the other? Well are we not looking for dupes all the time? Don’t we want to actually be able to get premium results at a lower price? I had similar hopes when I saw this palette and thought that if this is Maybelline’s answer to the Naked Palettes, then I am about to save a lot of money!
Here are the colors that are very closely similar to the Naked Palette colors
2 : Tease
3 : Bootycall
6 : Pistol
8 : Half Baked
9 : Snakebite
12 : Blackout
Apart from Blackout, all the other 5 colors are fairly similar, but obviously the Naked palette is much more pigmented. But still the Maybelline Nudes Eyeshadow Palette narrowly misses being a dupe for shades an internationally acclaimed high end eyeshadow palette, only because of the pigmentation (or lack of it) in a few matte shades.
My take on this palette is that its great for heavy duty metallic party make up but if you are looking to create brown and matte day looks with this one, then you will either have to work very hard to get the pigment onto your eyes or I would suggest you to buy some thing else all together.
At INR 899, the Maybelline Nudes Eyeshadow Palette is a decent buy, but don’t expect much from the mattes.