Maybelline the 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($11.99) is a new, permanent 12 shade eyeshadow palette that launched with the Maybelline Spring 2017 Collection. This is the 5th edition of larger eyeshadow palettes that Maybelline launched which all started with the introduction of the The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette as well as others like The Blushed Nudes, Rock Nudes, etc….
These were created after the success of larger nude palettes from brands like Too Faced and Urban Decay. I think Maybelline wanted to corner a market of the drugstore eyeshadow palette that wasn’t quite there with a launch of a larger palette. Now brands like NYX had already done larger nude, natural palettes but more mainstream brands like Maybelline, Revlon, etc…hadn’t quite reached a larger palette launch until the original Maybelline Nudes Eyeshadow Palette came along. I know I was excited to see Maybelline doing a Urban Decay Naked-like palette.
Sadly, many of the palettes have been duds with drier and difficult to blend shades.
But I’m a sucker so, of course, I’ve tried most of them and even though I’ve been plenty burned I still decided to haul the Maybelline the 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette.
Just like it’s predecessors the Maybelline the 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette includes 12 eyeshadow shades that are 0.34 oz in total size. The shadows come packed in a portable, easy to travel with brassy gold plastic compact which does not include a mirror but does include a dual-ended sponge tip applicator for application. The back of the palette shows you how the shades are broken down into quads, trios, or duos to create a variety of looks. I’ve said it in past reviews and I’ll mention it here again. I really like that they include the break down of the colors in the back to create looks. I like I can either use two, three, or four shades to get a look and the suggestions for the color combinations to use is very helpful. This is especially the case with this palette because visually it’s quite pretty but when you’re ready for application you might stumble a little pairing up shades.
The palette is a warm selection of brassy golds, browns, and a splash of plum in shimmer, satin, and matte finishes. If you look at the palette hard enough you might see a shade or two that are similar to ones in past palettes but not exact dupes. I liked the addition of plum in this palette but I struggled using it with such warm shades. This is a very me palette though as I tend to lean towards nude, naked shades of eyeshadow and this brings them together in a more modern and edge-y way.
The formula is an improvement on past palettes but not by much. The shades are powdery with a good deal of fall out but they aren’t as frosty as shades I’ve run across in these palettes before and I really, really appreciate that since we all know how much I dislike frost. These aren’t overloaded with heavy shimmer or glitter either but they do have a nice touch of it. The colors blended well enough and aren’t as dry as ones I’ve tried in the past. I struggled most with the mattes, they run drier and sheerer but the satins and shimmers were very nice and had a faint metallic gleam but didn’t appear frosty or cakey on my lids. I wouldn’t say the formula blew me away but you can work with these shades and they are doable if that makes sense. A good cream base, primer, and a little packing on color you can do some nice looks like the one I created below which I was quite pleased with.
Would I recommend purchasing the Maybelline the 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette? Nope, not at full price anyway. You might want to take the twelve bucks and put it towards a mid-range naked palette. On sale, half off, mmm it might be worth grabbing up especially if you’re on a budget. The shades blended well enough and you can get some pretty nice looks using these shades but be prepared for a fair bit of fall out and a bit of a struggle with some of the matte which run drier.
The moral of the story is Maybelline the 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette isn’t going to blow your mind but it isn’t going to make you nose curl up in complete disgust either. It’s an improvement on past eyeshadow palettes they’ve done and it’s workable.
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