February 4, 2016

Revlon Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Review & Swatches

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Revlon Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Revlon Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette is a new Revlon Spring 2016 palette that contains 10 shades of eyeshadow and is available in two shade selections of Romantic Nudes and Passionate Nudes.

I think the Not Jude Nudes Eyeshadow Palette are simply a nod to Maybelline’s the Nudes Eyeshadow Palette that launched in Fall 2014 and of course, both brands, I’m sure, are trying to recreate the success Urban Decay gets from their Naked Eyeshadow Palette.

Larger palettes are kind of a drugstore trend at the moment as brands. For example, Milani has a new range of Everyday Eyes Powder Eyeshadow Palettes for Spring 2016 (but these aren’t nearly as big as Revlon’s or Maybelline’s version) as well as Covergirl with their new Trunaked Eyeshadow Palettes.

I think for me these big palettes aren’t all that great and have proved disappointing with Covergirl being the exception as well as the L’Oreal La Palette Nude.

Sadly, Revlon Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette are an even bigger horror show than the Maybelline ones.

Revlon Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palettes

Revlon Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette are $14.99 each and contain 10 shades of eyeshadows each. Maybelline gets you more variety with 12 shades for $9.99 but it is a smaller palette weighing in at 0.34 oz versus Revlon’s bigger 0.5 oz size. But honesty, for $5 less, I’ll take Maybelline’s Palette any day of the week as even though the formula isn’t all that great at least 1. You get more variety and 2. the shadow formula still proves way nicer than Revlon’s.

This palette is a thin plastic with a see through window displaying the shadows. I hated the packaging, likewise for Maybelline, because it gets scratched up really easily and looks all worn and used because of that. On the upside, it is very thin and stores very easily. Something that bothers me and perhaps even boggles my mind is the fact that the try inside isn’t a hard plastic but merely a flimsy plastic kinda like what a child’s toy might come wrapped in. It was weird that the tray wasn’t made with the same hard plastic as the outer portion of the compact. This deserves mentioning because it cheapens the palette a little bit. Each palette comes with a double-ended brush which is sadly too small to use. I always ask myself when I see this brushes, “Why bother?!”

ERevlon Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette4

ERevlon Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette5

Now the really sad part…

The formula.

Oh lord.

These are dry, powdery eyeshadows that do not produce a lot of color. You’re going to have to really prep well with perhaps a cream shadow or a good primer in order to get decent color pay off from these shades. For my swatches below I had to swipe several times in the color with an eyeshadow sponge applicator and build so color would show up. The formula varies from shade to shade as some kinda sorta have that thicker velvety texture that Maybelline is known for where as others are thin, powdery, and dry. I had a hard time with the lighter shades showing up unless I really piled the color on. They also had an aged, old eyeshadow look and feel. It was kinda like a palette I had stored away for a few years, cracked open, and tried to use after ten years of being stored. It just wasn’t a formula that impressed me and it felt like a bit of a horror show all around.

Revlon Passionate Nudes Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Revlon Passionate Nudes Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Revlon Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Revlon Not Just Nudes Shadow Palette Swatches

Revlon Romantic Nudes Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Revlon Romantic Nudes Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Revlon Not Just Nudes swatches

Revlon Not Just Nudes Palette swatches

I mean if you spend sometime you might be able to work out some look with these…kinda, sorta? There’s a lot of fall out here during application and colors seem to fade really fast. Not so much creasing but the color just kinda fades off my eye very fast even with primer.

There are two shade variations available which are Passionate Nudes and Romantic Nudes. Passion Nudes is kinda a selection of shades that resembles the Maybelline the Nudes Palette where as Romantic Nudes is a selection of softer taupes and roses. The colors seem rather mismatched at times to me and I couldn’t get much definition from these shades as they blended very muddy.

I can go on and on about the bad here but I think you got the idea.

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Wearing shades from the Romantic Nudes Palette

Wearing shades from the Romantic Nudes Palette

Sadly, the Revlon Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palette was a big disappointment for this makeup lover. I KNOW for a fact that drugstore eyesahdow has improved vastly in the last 10 years or so but when I run across palettes here I think to myself things are going backwards instead of forward. Come on Revlon, you can do better than this especially for $15 bucks!

Revlon Not Just Nudes Eyeshadow Palettes are launching now at drugstores or grab them at Ulta.com.

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

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  • Christina D.

    I knew it, I knew it…and yet I still bought it. I hate Revlon eye shadows but they suckered me in by doing the large palette. I haven’t even opened them because they don’t even look like fun to play with. Grrrr.

    • Isabella Muse

      Please play with at least one I have to know I’m not alone in the badness THEY SUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKK! Worst than Maybelline!

      • Megan

        You’re not alone! I bought both and when I swatched them I thought, “oooh, these are better than the Maybelline ones at least!” Then I tried to wear them and…no. No they’re not.

        • Isabella Muse

          It’s saying something that we think the maybelline ones are better lol because those are pretty darn bad hahah!

  • Kate

    looks like some factory is just pumping out generic Nude Palettes, and stamping
    Revlon or Maybelline or whoever is the order of the day. Disappointing

  • Christina D.

    Thank you for cracking me up (wow, even worse than Maybelline?!). I have read other scathing reviews for these, but I will be brave and give it a whirl tomorrow. I want to make sure I’m near a sink to wash the crap off.

    • Isabella Muse

      oh thank god because I’d feel lonely if you didn’t at least try them! I can’t WAIT to hear your thoughts haha!

  • Susan

    I have finally realized that while I love Revlon lip products, I loathe their eye shadows and will never spend another penny on them. Now pardon me while I go roll around in my Lorac and IT Cosmetics eye shadows (and I know they’re not drugstore).

  • Katherine T.

    So basically Maybelline and Revlon took their usual crappy shadows, threw them into a palette, slapped on the name “Nude” or “Naked” on them, and jacked up the price in hopes they will sell as UD dupes. Well, shame on them! The only thing they are trying to dupe are customers!

  • Michelle Flamingo

    I haven’t even finished reading the whole piece, but you have me laughing out loud with
    “Now the really sad part…

    The formula.

    Oh lord.”

  • genevieve

    The reason why I started buying more expensive eye shadow palettes was because Revlon was SO bad…..I will never touch any of their products again. And over the past few years, when I have really gotten into brands such as UD, bareMinerals, a couple of Dior (although they are just as bad now), Guerlain etc Revlon has not improved.
    Thank you for warning everyone Isabella.

  • Christina D.

    So I was brave and used these palettes. OMG. Crap doesn’t even begin to describe how awful they are, although the 2nd mauve-y one seems just a tad less awful than the 1st beige-y one.

    But, since I did spend my money on them — and because it is such a drag returning anything to Ulta (but if they were expensive I most certainly would have) — I used some water and an eye liner brush and managed to get an OK line across my lashes. Also used a bit to fill in my brows. I would never add water to any of my good shadows but I don’t care about trashing these. In fact, I might enjoy it.

    • Isabella Muse

      lol oh no! I’m so glad I’m not along though! Aren’t they just awful!? I dunno why this still shocks me somehow lol!

  • Lorrie

    I’m glad to be warned, I didn’t know Maybelline wasn’t that good either. I was disappointed with Bobbi Brown eyeshadow so I don’t try drugstore thinking if hers can be that bad.

  • Hannah

    Aww, crap. I live in the UK and they don’t sell them over here, but they were giving out the Passionate Nudes palette as a freebie if you bought into the 3 for 2 offer in Superdrug, so I did, three lipsticks and a free eyeshadow palette, yes please! Then because I’m a completist I looked on eBay and ordered the other one. Which hasn’t arrived yet, and I haven’t had a chance to try the first one either. In the meantime Makeup Revolution, Make Up Academy, Beauty uk and Famous by Sue Moxley (a long discontinued brand, who did some amazing eyeshadow sets that I’ve picked up off eBay over the past few months, and which are old but still in perfect condition) are all fantastic quality and cheaper, (or were, in the case of Famous.) What is wrong with the world?

  • Suzie

    Well I’ll be! Sorry you didn’t like it. πŸ™ I don’t know what happened with your palettes, but mine has a hard plastic window. I have the Romantic Nudes one, and I love it so much. The way the browns layer and blend out is actually kind of intriguing. The formula isn’t dusty so it doesn’t disappear, but it doesn’t leave a hard stain like more pigmented powders do. It’s a little hard to explain. The brush is weirdly small, though, and feels like you’re filling in your eyes in with a pen.

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi! mine has a hard plastic window too. I’m glad to hear it. I didn’t like it sadly! The formula was just not great at all πŸ™ but hey, if you love it that’s all that matters ;-D