April 3, 2015

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Expert Wear Shadow Palette Review & Swatches

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Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

A review and swatches of the new Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Expert Wear Shadow Palette ($9.98) seemed a good way to start off Friday! You might be pretty darn excited about the Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Expert Wear Shadow Palette as people are calling it a dupe of the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette across the blogsphere.

Of course, I have my reservations since I tried the Maybelline the Nudes and the Smokes Expert Wear Shadow Palettes and so far both of them disappointed.

But guess what?

This one isn’t TOO bad!

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eye Palette

The Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Expert Wear Shadow, from my understanding, is exclusively available at Walmart but don’t quote me there. Variations of the Nudes Expert Shadow Palettes have been cropping up everywhere with exclusives to Walgreens and Target.

The Expert Wear Shadow Palettes have 12 shades which makes them quite a unique palette to drugstores. Not many drugstore brands embrace such larger palettes but it does seem a trend at the moment especially considering that L’Oreal just recently introduced the La Nude Palette 1 and 2. Bot Maybelline and L’Oreal’s releases are unique and different for drugstore makeup.

I don’t typically love rose shades. Visually, I think they are beautiful! But they always quite work as well for my skin tone! This palette is actually really easy for me to use. It’s not dominate my plummy shades of rose and pink. It does have a mix of taupes, grays, cranberry, bronze, and softer pinks and creams. It’s a really nice mix of shades with colors that work very well together.

This comes housed in a very pretty compact as well. It’s a rose gold plastic compact which features two dual sided sponge applicators. Inside are twelve eyeshadows with a total weight of 0.34 oz. The compact actually has a very nice look to it. Not cheap or cheesy! The back features a break down of looks you can create using the shades. They actually break the color into quads of color, trios, and duos that would work well. They also include a little eye chart showing the best placement for the colors. This is very helpful if you’re unsure which shades would work we ll together.

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Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

You get a mix of matte, satin, and metallic shades in this palette. I ran into uses with density and dryness in both the Nudes and the Smokes Palette and I think some of that translates to the Blushed Nudes but it isn’t nearly as bad as those two palettes. I should probably say these aren’t dense although they do run a touch dry but as you can see from my swatches they aren’t TOO bad at all. They are workable and they apply fairly well without being patchy or looking dry. Application was fairly smooth for me and the texture was softer on these shades than the other palettes. Pigment runs from sheerer on some of the mattes to fairly pigmented with some of the metallic and darker colors. I had issues with two of the darker shades being a LITTLE patchy but nothing too bad. Colors look and wear best with eyeshadow primer in my experience as they remain crease free and intense for several hours. Without, well, they are workable but I experience some creasing and fading within the first several hours of wear so primer is a good idea.

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Expert Wear Shadow Palette

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Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Expert Wear Shadow Palette

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes shadow palette

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Expert Wear Shadow Palette

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes palette swatches

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Expert Wear Shadow Palette Swatches

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes swatches

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Expert Wear Shadow Palette Swatches

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Expert Wear Shadow Palette swatches

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Expert Wear Shadow Palette Swatches

Maybelline should consider reformulating the shadows in these palettes. Something a little softer and silkier like the La Nude Palette from L’Oreal might garner more interest and save makeup lovers from disappointment.

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Maybelline The Blushed Nudes palette fotd

I have to say I didn’t expect a lot going into this purchase because I’ve already been fairly burnt with the two prior palettes. But the Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Expert Wear Shadow Palette is a fair improvement. I’m still not convinced I love anything Expert Shadow Wear related πŸ™‚ But I’m glad I purchased this palette and I do believe I’ll get a good deal of use from it.

Would I recommend a purchase?

Yeah, sure. If you can get it on sale even better still! It’s not too bad at all! Not great but not bad either!

Anyone try it?

Do share your experience!

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • barbara

    I actually like it too. It is in the same corner for me as the Loreal la palette 1 and 2. They are great for the money. They are something I would use to travel with so I don’t have to worry about ruining or losing my more expensive palettes. Or good for someone who just does not want to spend the money for higher end makeup or beginners.

  • Kate

    i got this a couple weeks ago and I really like it. I do wish there were more matte shades, but overall I agree that it’s a pretty good buy with buildable shades and really complimenting colors.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hiya Kate! I thought so too πŸ™‚ not too bad at all!

  • Caroline

    Great review! I picked up this palette a few weeks ago at my local Walmart store (using a $1 off coupon – yay!), and have used it several times already. I actually really like it! I’ve worn these shadows a few times over a colored eyeshadow base (Maybelline Color Tattoo in Inked in Pink), and also a few times on their own just over primer. Both ways I feel like they are pigmented, blend smoothly and last all day on my oilier lids. There are a few shades that aren’t great (like the greyish taupe in the center of the bottom row), but by and large I think these shadows are really nice, especially for the price! πŸ™‚

    • Isabella Muse

      agreed! the two on the last row aren’t my favs but overall I really liked it Caroline! glad you experienced the same πŸ˜€

  • Vicki

    How does this compare to the Naked 3 pallette? Do the colors appear a bit more pink? I want a pink palette but don’t need a dupe for the Naked 3 LOL!

  • Maria

    These shades look so pretty. I have to search for these. Isabella the colors look nice on you. I wonder like the person above. How do these compare to UD naked 3 palette.

  • Betty

    The swatches looks pretty pigmented! Not super chalky and I do like shimmers. I wasn’t too interested in their other palettes but will definitely consider this one!

  • Lori

    I am excited to try it! Your reviews are always excellent and helpful. I very much appreciate them!! I am going to go out and try and get this pallet today. These colors look gorgeous on you! Thank you for the honest and thorough information you always give about the products you review. You have helped me countless times make a decision about a product.

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks Lori! πŸ™‚ I really appreciate you saying that very flattered πŸ™‚ You’re great for my ego πŸ™‚ <3! xoxoxo!

  • Kim

    I picked this up at Ulta today with a $3.50 off $10 coupon to bring with me on a 5 day vacation this weekend to San Diego after seeing this post a few weeks ago. I’m very light skin toned and a natural redhead (when chemo allows me to have hair) – so I am hoping these colors will work well with my green eyes!

  • Charlotte

    I bought this today at CVS. I am eager to try it. If I like it, I may upgrade to UD. Pretty colors though.

  • Theo

    When you swatched them, did you use any primer? Because they look sooo vibrant and to die for, honestly <3

    • Isabella Muse

      I didn’t! I just used sponge applicators so the swatch well πŸ™‚