Maybelline has done a great job in providing cheaper alternatives to resemble the Urban Decay Palettes. The excitement of seeing all these drugstore brands come out with larger palettes is amazing, until you test them out. I felt the same way about the nudes palette. Check out what I thought and some swatches!
I got mine from Ulta, but it is exclusively at Walgreens, The Brights are at Target, and the Blushed Nudes are at Walmart.
How about we start off with pigmentation. The lighter shades are a lot more sheer and powdery, like most drugstore shadows. I like using them for a base or building them up. Building up the lighter shades take some time, but I think they are great for transitioning.
The deeper shades, like the nudes, are more pigmented and easy to work with. Comparing to more high end products, it is what you pay for.. cheap eyeshadow. The shade looks amazing in the palette but one swatches and you can tell it just looks lifeless and washed out.
The reason why I enjoy these palettes is because I like to use them for transitioning, and mixing with other palettes. Not only that, but I like to know I can have a basic palette to create a specific look “on-the-go.” The 12 shade palette is easy to carry and it is great for basics.
If you were not a big fan of the Nudes, you are not missing much from The Smokes. I give this a miss in my opinion, I was not blown away by the quality.
As you can see the shades are not that intense. What I did enjoy were some of the metallic/shimmer shades. I used some help with a Maybelline color tattoo in “inked pink” to intensify the shades on my lid.
- I used the light pink (Bottom left) on top of the “inked pink”
- Contour the crease with mixture of top left light navy and taupe grey (nect to it)
- Deep purple on outer corner and brought into llid
- Mixed shimmery periwinkle color (4 on Bottom Row) across the lid and inner corner
– See makeup post on the NUDES palette HERE.