Hi guys! I’ve been getting some questions about this Maybelline the Nudes palette and I was also curious to see if there was an upgrade in the eyeshadow quality. Upon first look I was attracted to the simplicity and size of the palette.
Seriously, here’s a size comparison with the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette! I love how small and sleek it is considering it also has 12 eyeshadows varying from neutral to warm to cool tones.
Let’s take a closer look:
I numbered the shades since they don’t each have a name. Personally I find it easiest to view this palette as 3 eyeshadow quads (for ex. 1, 2, 7, 8) joined together so that the eyes don’t get overwhelmed. There are 5 matte shadows which I really appreciate: 3, 5, 6, 8, and 12. Shade 2 is kind of like the satin cousin of shade 5.
Swatches below were done with no primer. On the eyes I would highly recommend wearing a primer first so the shades show up better and last longer.
The lighter shimmery shades 1, 9, and 11 lack pigmentation and staying power. They remind me of some of the lighter shades that I own in my other Maybelline quads in terms of quality. The rest of the shadows with the exception of the black shade are nice and smooth with decent pigmentation. Shade 1 had the potential to be unique and awesome because it has a pink pearlescent shimmer with blue and pink flecks in it but it’s just too lackluster. I love shades 5 and 6 because it has an ashy and cool enough of a tone to use on the brows! That is always a major plus for me.
I mostly pulled out the Naked 2 palette for comparison because the shades in the Maybelline the Nudes kind of reminded me of it. Are there any definite dupes? Nope, but i’ve swatched the ones that I thought looked the most similar beside each other below.
My overall thoughts: I have worn the Nudes palette for the past week now and I really do like it. I typically do wear an eye primer and so far the shadows have lasted and still looked great on my eyes after several hours of wear. I’m even taking this one with me for my cruise trip with my family and Matt this weekend (so excited!). The eyeshadow quality seems to have barely improved if at all in my opinion but I think the selection of shades was very well thought out. The overall value is worth it considering the price. The price of their eyeshadow quads varies from ~$5-7 and this the Nudes palette varies from ~$10-12. The Nudes is pretty much like a triple quad in one which could have valued at a ~$15-21 price point. If you snag a coupon or discount then it’s an even better deal. I think the shades are all really wearable and most are easy to work with. Also, because i’m a big fan of smokey eyes and matte shadows I like the looks I can create with this. If you are a bigger fan of buttery shimmery highlight shades then I would pass on this one.
Have you picked up this palette or eyed it? What are your thoughts?