April 25, 2011

Maybelline The Brightside Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

Maybelline has a new Summer Collection out called the Bright Side. The collection features several bright shades of single shadows, lipglosses, and the gem of the collection in my opinion, The Brightside Palette.

The Brightside Palette is a tiny palette that features eight shades of vibrant, bold shades of shadow for Summer and is priced at $5.49 (you can get it for $4.49 thanks to a $1 off coupon on the Summer 2011 Collection display).

If you’re a drugstore kinda budget girl this palette you’ll probably covet this little palette.

Here are my thoughts on it!

A new, limited edition Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Palette.

You gotta love the size of this palette as it’s portable, travel friendly yet still manages to have shadow wells big enough to comfortably swatch your brush or sponge applicator through. The palette features eight shades of shadow and two generously sized dual sided, sponge tip applicators.

At $4.49 I can’t complain too much about the palette and believe it’s a decent budget pick. The shadows all sport various formulas and are decently pigmented but nothing wow aspiring.

Shades you’ll get are:

  • Sky Blue (semi matte)
  • Green (velvety, satin finish)
  • Coral Peach (semi matte)
  • Grassy Green (velvety, satin finish)
  • Golden Cream (velvety, satin finish)
  • Coral (velvety, satin finish)
  • Buttery Yellow (semi matte)
  • Light Teal (semi matte)

I thought the semi matte formulas applied a tad on the chalky side but they can be built up for better intensity or topped with some of the velvety shades for more pop. The satin/velvet finishes had better pigmentation and applied smoothly and built up easily.

Some of the shades are really nice and I thought that the colors were easy to combine to create various looks.

I’m not complaining too much here as the price is just right however the shadow formula is just a tad on the meh side of the fence. For under $5 it’s decent quality in the pigmentation department and they apply decent if not for the fact you do have to build colors up slightly however they sit a tad unnaturally on my lid and tend to crease and migrate around a little bit even with a proper primer under them. Nothing that’s too irritating to complain about it but it does warrant a mention.

  • Anyone seeking some fun shades of color for Summer.
  • Anyone looking for some bolder shades to travel with (the size is easy to travel with and won’t have you sobbing if it breaks at this price).
  • Those who enjoy limited edition drugstore palettes (this is cute and should make the beauty budget shopper quite happy).

  • Those who associate awesome shadow formula with the likes of MAC (these aren’t MAC shadows so don’t expect that they’ll apply, blend, or look as amazing).
  • Those who prefer a single finish palette (you’ll get various textures and finishes to work with here and each shade seems to apply differently in my opinion plus with some chalkiness).

The Maybelline Brightside Palette is well worth the under $5 price tag and I do recommend picking it up and trying it out for yourself particularly if you love a great beauty budget find just don’t expect MAC quality eyeshadow here and you’ll be just fine and won’t suffer too much disappointment.

Higher end snobs might want to avoid completely as this simply won’t fulfill what you expect from a good shadow however those that are strapped for cash or just keeping their Summer makeup on the lower calories side this is a cute pick that offers a few fun, colorful eye looks for Summer.

The palette is available now at drugstores, I located mine at Harmon’s and also seen a display at CVS.

Did you pick it up yet?


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  • lo

    Very cute! I’m loving those colors with your skin tone. I might have to scope it out at our Harmon… we just got one near my house, and it’s the first one in Florida. I had no idea such awesomeness existed!

  • Erica

    I just picked this up today. That insane yellow color is what drew my eye and after some wheeling and dealing with various specials going on at Rite-Aid I managed to get it for less than $2 ($5 coupon for buying Prestige eyeliner + $1 coupon at the display). I can’t be disappointed in this product for the price I paid. I do wish the colors were a bit more pigmented but it’ll be okay. Maybe it’ll look better with a primer, I was just so excited to try the bright yellow that I couldn’t be bothered, lol. It’s worth picking up out of curiosity. Some other items from the Summer line look nice too.

  • Ally

    Looks pretty nice but I refuse to buy Maybelline shadows- hated all of them I’ve ever tried. Sigh πŸ™‚ But you are totally rocking it!

    • the Muse

      AW sorry ally ;-D they aren’t the best in the world that’s for sure ;-D thanks hun!

  • Jennifer

    Wow, I paid $8.49 at Walgreens for mine today. :0. I love the Springy colors and couldn’t resist even though I haven’t used a Maybelline eyeshadow in 20+ years. I am going to make this into a cute look no matter what. I also grabbed both blushes. I figured I’d try them a few times and pass them on to my daughters. πŸ™‚

    • the Muse

      whoa jenn that’s crazy expensive! I got mine for under 5 bucks jeepers! let me know what you think after you tried ;-D!

  • Jamie

    I saw this new collection at k-mart yesterday and it was a little pricier than you saw. I didn’t think 6 something was worth it (w/ the buck off) I do love the green on you though! I’m fair skinned and have blue green eyes so I bet it would look so pretty… I need to look at walmart or walgreens. Thanks for this xx!

    • Jamie

      The single colors were like 3.24 w/o the coupon I was so tempted to get the blue and green.

    • the Muse

      my pleasure jamie! Hope you got it by now ;-D It’s a cute budget pick for Summer!