Maybelline The Nudes

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So a couple weeks ago Maybelline released a collection of new eye products.  One of the most exciting thing from that collection was The Nudes palette.  It is essentially the drugstore answer the Naked palettes of the high end world.  I have personally seen these at CVS, Walmart and Ulta.  And believe it or not, the cheapest place I saw it was at Ulta for $9.99!  This is a full review and swatches of Maybelline The Nudes.Maybelline The Nudes palette

So first look you can see that a lot of the shades are very warm.  Very similar to the original Urban Decay Naked palette.  There are a few shades (the lighter matte ones) that are less warm and more neutral in tone.  The swatches below are in order from top to bottom left to right.

Maybelline The Nudes palette swatches

As you can see there are some really great ones in Maybelline The Nudes but also some that are lacking.  The third one in the top row is a light brown/tan and even though it is light in color, it also doesn’t have great pigmentation.  It would work for a great transition color for the crease.  I personally like to lay down a skin tone shade to help the darker colors blend over it.  It makes for a gorgeous blown out gradient of color.

The black shade (last one in the bottom row) is also lacking in pigmentation.  I think that for beginners this black may be the way to go because a full on black can be kind of overwhelming.  I even get overwhelmed with them at times because once they are down, they are locked down.

The two light, shimmery shades are disappointing as well.  Those are the ones I can’t find a good excuse for.  In the look I did below I placed the 5th shadow in the 2nd row down and it was like nothing was there.  I did 4 layers of this shadow until I gave up.  I then went to the first shadow in the first row.  It was slightly better but after all was said and done I did 7 layers of these light shimmery eyeshadows just to get a somewhat pigmented look to my lid.  Shimmery shades are usually the most pigmented so for these to fail so hard is kind of inexcusable.

The rest of the shades are magnificent.  8 out of 12 isn’t bad!  My two favorites from Maybelline The Nudes are actually the 4th and 6th ones in the top row!  Very gorgeous!

Maybelline The Nudes palette

Maybelline The Nudes palette


Maybelline The Nudes palette

Maybelline The Nudes palette

Maybelline The Nudes is a pretty decent palette.  I would give it a B- if I were grading it.  Even though some of the shades are lacking in pigmentation the majority are good.  Even a couple of the ones that lack in pigment actually aren’t all that bad.  They are slightly powdery with minimal fall out.  TIP:  I tap my brush to rid it of excess eyeshadow.   I find that to be extremely helpful in minimizing fallout.

Tell me in the comments below, do you own Maybelline The Nudes?  Are you lusting after it?  Do you not want it at all?

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  • Jewles

    Curious: what mascara and eyeliner are you wearing in these pics?

    • Laura

      Oh man…I wish I could remember… i am going to take a wild guess and say Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara and as far as liner, I am thinking it was probably the one from Essence, the liquid liner.

  • Betzy Carmona

    The shadows do look nice on you

  • Sharlynn

    I love this! Perfect for those who want a cheaper nude palette!! I love what you’ve done, so easy and lovely and your lashes look amazing!

  • Hajy Al

    This palette is perfect for everyday, I love this kind of colors for everyday uses, I might give it a try soon! and the eye look you did is really pretty <3 Thank you for the lovely post dear~

    • Laura

      Thank you so much <3

  • MissLauraBora

    This palette looks amazing! I love any sort of nude or natural palette. Neutrals are my favourites for eye shadow!

    • Laura

      Me too! I am addicted to neutrals!

  • Scotti Hager

    I have this palette, and LOVE IT!!! The shades are perfect for everyday wear, but you can also smoke it up a bit for nighttime looks. So glad I bought this :)

    • Laura

      YES! It is so nice!

  • Lisette

    LOVE this! And, how did you take such amazing pictures of yourself? You’re gorgeous!

    • Laura

      Aww, thank you. I take a bunch of pics and then narrow it down. :)

  • Rizzo

    first I love the way you do your makeup. What shades of this palette do you have on? I love the idea of a cheaper alternative to the outrageously priced high end that I would never buy. I like it but my issue with Maybelline is they test very cruelly on anmals, bunnies, beagles, cats and rodents. So I cannot buy it with a good moral conscience. If only a better company that was cruelty free would create a low cost alternative. The higher end one is not tested on animals but the price is so ridicuoulous.

    • Jessi

      If you check Maybelline’s website, they state that they no longer test on animals. Good news!