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Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette – Hit or Miss

I have been eyeing off this palette for so long. It always looks so pretty in its pink packaging and rosy colours but I am never sure if I am going to like drugstore eye shadow palettes or not. I have tried a few and they are always hit and miss. The price is $25.95 in Priceline but I have often seen them on sale in Woolworths for 50% off. Which definitely makes it a more reasonable price. (I never pay full price for drugstore makeup!)

I was lucky enough to win mine from @mymakeupdesk! So I figure I was meant to have this in my collection and couldn’t wait to play with it!

I have been using this all week and created a few different looks. Two of these I have photographed and listed product details later in this post. It has taken me out of my comfort zone as I love using oranges, corals, reds and burgundy on my eyes. I think this palette is more on the cool side and too many cool tones and I can look like I have a black eye!

On the website the palette is described as: ‘Maybelline’s newest 12 shade collection creates infinite sensuous looks. Infused with rose gold pigments, from bolder blushes, provocative plums and risqué roses. Curated from backstage runways, this blushed nude palette has 12 tried-and-tested, perfectly complementary shades in Maybelline’s expertly known formulas. 2 Double-ended brushes included.’

The packaging is a cute pink hard plastic case with a clear window on the front, so you can see the colours without opening. Which I love, but this also means that there is no mirror. The two applicators inside are not something I bother with. I cannot apply eyeshadow without my favourite brushes! So I am sure these will end up in the bin.

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

To the colours themselves, there are not any names which I feel makes it a little difficult for me to describe each one. I have swatched them on my arm and I have to say I was a little disappointed with the pigmentation. It was difficult to get some of the colours to swatch at all!


Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette Swatches – Second Row

However on application I was able to build them up.  The more shimmery shades applied better with the finger or on a dense brush with a little Mac Fix+ sprayed on to help intensify them.

My other thought was this palette does not have a colour I would usually place as a transition colour. I like to use something that is just a little darker than my skin tone to help blend all of the other colours easier. Being all rosey pink colours this was not an option so I did resort to using Anastasia Beverly Hills contour powder in Havana in the first look below. However the final look was still a nice day time glam which was relatively simple to create.

Look 1…

Main Products Used:

  • Eyes: Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Havana.
  • Inner Corner Highlight and cheek highlight- Nyx Strobe of Genius Palette
  • Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear and Too Faced Cocoa Powder
  • Bronzer: Nars Laguna
  • Contour: Benefit Hoola
  • Blush: Makeup Geek Heart throb
  • Lips: Estee Lauder Lip Pencil in Spice & Maybelline Vivid Matte Liquid Lipstick in No 50

Look 2…..

With this look I wanted to give it a little more life so added Makeup Geek, Bitten in the outer V.

Main Products Used:

  • Eyes: Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette, Makeup Geek, Bitten. Inner Corner Highlight – Nyx Strobe of Genius Palette
  • Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear and Mac Studio Fix Powder
  • Bronzer: Urban Decay Beached Bronzer
  • Contour: Benefit Hoola
  • Blush: Makeup Geek Heart throb
  • Lips: Estee Lauder Lip Pencil

The Verdict? This palette has some cute colours. Even though the shadows did not swatch well I was able to build them up and create some pretty daytime glam looks. I don’t feel it is worth $25.95 and would only purchase when it was on sale. The packaging is cute but for me I would not be able to rely on this palette alone. For most of the looks I created I needed to add extra colours. But then I love to go overboard with my eyeshadows. I plan most days to do ‘natural look’ and an hour later I am full glam!

Have you tried this or any other Maybelline eyeshadow palette? Let me know in the comments below if you think I should look at any others. xx

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