It seems like Maybelline’s ‘The Nudes’ palette has been released Stateside for years but us makeup lovers at this side of the Atlantic were only made privy to this release recently whereas our friends across the pond are on the second generation already (Blushed Nudes). This palette retails for €15ish in Ireland. I've waited a long time to get my hands on this baby! The packaging is ok- nothing too luxe to write home about, it doesn’t contain a mirror in the lid and there was a bit of palette space wastage by the inclusion of a crap eyeshadow applicator.
The Nudes palette contains 12 shades of various neutral eyeshadows and the literature on the back of the palette informs you that you can create 13 looks and that instead of a mere 12 eyeshadow palette, the palette actually comprises three eyeshadow quads- neutral, warm and cool. So this palette sounds like it should do everything for you. There is also a list of instructions on the back of the palette to enlighten you as to how to use and pair the shadows. Taking each of the “quads” individually- the neutral quad is quite bland and the matte shadows are quite chalky and poorly pigmented, the warm quad is the most impressive of the bunch in my eyes as the shades are the most attractive and pigmented, and the cool one is just a bit meh.
In my opinion, the pigmentation of this palette is nothing to write home about- certainly the matte shades are chalky and lacking in pigment. A few of the shades are a bit too similar on the lid for my liking also. You absolutely need to use a primer with this palette as these are not long lasting by themselves on my eyes, and I don’t have oily eyelids. Even the shimmer shades, which are typically the better performing eyeshadows in drugstore/highstreet palettes like this one, are not buttery and not the easiest to blend- some of them feel a little gritty as if they are made of sand. All of the shadows are quite dry and difficult enough to work with on the lids. This palette is not awful but when you compare it to it’s competitors on the highstreet- particularly Sleek Makeup and IsaDora, this palette is nowhere near the same league at all even though it’s the same price point or more expensive.
For all of those reasons above, I wouldn’t really recommend this palette. It’s just all a bit meh to me- I don’t feel like I dislike it strongly enough to warn you not to get it but I certainly wouldn’t recommend you forking out your hard earned eurobucks on it to be frank. I think you could definitely do better in terms of highstreet eyeshadow palettes.
Am I the only one who was completely underwhelmed by this palette?