Oh I know, I know. How many neutral eyeshadow palettes does a girl need, right? Erm, well, looking at my own stash of eyeshadows, I’d say … erm … four? Five? More? Oh shush! 😛
Now it goes without saying (even though I’m saying it now. Tsk) that I adore the Urban Decay NAKED eyeshadow palette. I don’t have NAKED 2 or NAKED 3, only the NAKED Basics yet I still think the original palette’s the best. Having said that, it’s not exactly the cheapest palette out there so drugstore brands try to come up with similar eyeshadow palettes with similar neutral shades.
An eyeshadow palette I got to try was Maybelline’s The Nudes. It doesn’t resemble the Urban Decay palettes but upon first glance, it does remind me a little of LORAC’s eyeshadow palettes. To be honest, I’ve never had a good track record of Maybelline’s powder eyeshadows. Most if not all that I’ve tried before were not good. Even though I was excited that this is finally launched in Australia, I must say that I was skeptical on the quality of the eyeshadows.
I finally gave the palette a go and while it’s still nowhere near the quality of my beloved NAKED palette, a number of the eyeshadows in this palette aren’t as bad as I thought.
The eyeshadows are arranged in ways that the shades complement each other. The back of the palette gives you an idea of complementary colours to use that come in quads, trios and duos. You don’t have to stick to the suggestions if you prefer to just use whatever shade you like but for those who are new to eye makeup, it’s a good guide to follow. As for the enclosed applicator, I wouldn’t bother with that if I were you. I chucked it as soon as I took photos of this palette for the review and used my makeup brushes and fingers instead. 😛
Straight up, the overall quality of the eyeshadows is only just so-so. All of the eyeshadows are hard to the touch. Some, especially the mattes, are gritty and not at all smooth nor buttery.
The light mattes are so sheer, they’re almost redundant. The worst of the lot, at least in my palette and opinion, is the matte black. I expected this to be the punchiest in the colour and that I would be able to at least use this to line the lash line. The matte black in this palette is sheer, gritty and skips on the skin upon application.
The shimmery shades are the saving grace to this palette. The brighter ones are good. Even though they’re still hard to the touch, they swatched very well and have a much better colour payoff than the mattes. The bronze shades remind me of the Colour Tattoo cream eyeshadow in Bad to the Bronze.
As I have very oily eyelids, eyeshadow primer is a must before wearing any sort of eye makeup. When I wore the matte eyeshadows only, they didn’t last long. A couple of hours in and they creased on my lids, creating that single line on the lids where the rest of the eyeshadow has disappeared. However, when it’s just the shimmery shades, they held up surprisingly well. They lasted on my eyelids without fading or creasing for over 6 hours, which in my opinion, is pretty bloody fantastic.
Personally, I’m not a fan of the matte eyeshadows and think that the quality is poor. I must, however, give a thumbs up to the shimmery shades because they didn’t only last much longer, they look much better too.
Would I recommend this over the Urban Decay NAKED palette? Of course not. I still love that palette to bits. But I would have loved this palette a lot more if it only came in the shimmery shades, even if it had to come in just a quad palette. The 4th shade from the left on the top row (shimmery bronze) is really beautiful. So is the 3rd shade from the left on the bottom row (shimmery gold). Actually, make it a duo eyeshadow with these two and you’ll have yourself a winner! 🙂
Maybelline The Nudes eyeshadow palette retails at AU$25.95 and is available at selected supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide.
What I like about it: The shimmery shades are very pretty, the lasting power on my primed eyelids is good.
What I do not like about it: Hard to the touch, some are gritty and powdery. The matte eyeshadows are too sheer to work with, even the black.