New In | Maybelline New York The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

Can we just take a minute to squeal in delight? A 12 pan palette from the drugstore? It’s about time! Thank you Maybelline for listening to us beauty addicts and stepping up the drugstore game! 

Following in the footsteps of the big name high end brands like Urban Decay and Lorac, Maybelline has released a multipan eyeshadow palette and it has more than 5 shades! It was an incredibly smart move on their behalf, they obviously did their research and discovered what their consumer really wanted – neutral based eyeshadows in a convenient palette that provided options. Us makeup lovers like to play with our eyeshadows, we don’t often follow the diagrams on the back of a quad in favour of making it up on our own, so we want group of good quality shadows that we can mix and match. The question is, did Maybelline pull it off?

Maybelline’s The Nudes palette has pretty fantastic packaging. It is a sleek, black plastic palette with a sturdy closure. It feels quite well made and all of the pans seem really well attached. The slim design is very classic and chic making the palette feel timeless and more expensive. 

For those of us who are not yet confident enough to design our own combinations, Maybelline has split the shadows into quads, trios and duos with corresponding diagrams on the back of the palette. 

The shadows themselves come in varying shades of brown, taupe, gold and beige with a mixture of matte and satin finishes. The best bit is, there is absolutely no glitter to be seen! When it comes to quality, there is a little left to be desired. The texture of the shadows varies from one to the next, most of them are nice and creamy while a few are more powdery and dry. The same can be said in terms of pigmentation, some are vibrant while others are quite sheer. The interesting thing is that the shadows seem to transform when applied to the eyes, they become incredibly creamy and smooth and they blend beautifully. 

Overall, this palette leaves me a bit confused. While I LOVE the concept and the palette itself is incredibly well thought out with its mix of cool and warm tones and lighter to darker shades, I am a bit disappointed by the formula. I know that Maybelline can create beautifully pigmented shadows – their Color Plush Silk Eyeshadows for example – so I expected better. Then the fact that they magically transform on the lids leaves me excited but again confused. 

So in my opinion, I think that The Nudes palette is a great big step in the right direction for the drugstore and I think it is an awesome addition to any makeup collection, big or small, but I do not think you need it. If you are an avid Urban Decay Naked Palette collector, you might be disappointed but for eyeshadow novices or even people just starting to build up their confidence, I think it is the perfect place to start. So good job Maybelline. 

The Nudes Palette is available now at drugstores in the US and Canada – I purchased mine for $14.99 and they will be two more palettes from this series – The Brights and The Smokes – releasing in the coming months. 



  1. Angela
    July 21, 2014 / 3:09 pm

    Bit disappointing about the formula! The first shade doesn't even look like it came up in the swatch?! Other than that, it does look like a lovely product for beginners! Reasonably priced too. :)The Sunday Chapter xxx

  2. Courtney Connolly
    July 21, 2014 / 3:15 pm

    The first shade was super light and almost just a sheen, maybe it would show up better on a different skin tone. But yeah, I do it's a great product overall.

  3. Charlotte // BeautySoup
    July 21, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    Hummm, it sounds okay. I like the sleek palettes, or with eyeshaddow sometimes its best to go a bit more high end :-)BeautySoup || UK Beauty Blog

  4. Ampersaand
    July 21, 2014 / 9:27 pm

    I've read a lot of reviews, and many people seem to be on the fence about it – the thing is that I feel that I've already got many of these shades. Shame about the formula, I don't think I'll be purchasing it (unless it goes on sale of course!)

  5. Rae // theNotice
    July 22, 2014 / 12:00 am

    Hmmm. I love the idea of an accessible, affordable nude palette, but the formula sounds pretty weird. If it works on the eyes, though, then I guess that's a-okay by me! It makes me so happy to see the range of products that are available to makeup junkies just starting out nowadays. 🙂

    July 22, 2014 / 12:15 am

    I'm excited for the other two palletes… Based on this one do u think you'll try the smokes and the brights?

  7. Jennifer Monforton
    July 22, 2014 / 7:40 pm

    Thanks for the honest, thorough review! The shade selection really does seem great, but not worth it if the formula isn't up to par!

  8. Courtney Connolly
    July 25, 2014 / 5:47 pm

    Thank you for appreciating my honesty!

  9. Courtney Connolly
    July 25, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    To be honest, I don't think so. The formula is just too tricky for me

  10. Courtney Connolly
    July 25, 2014 / 5:48 pm

    Me too! I love that the drugstore is catching on and giving more options at an affordable level.

  11. Courtney Connolly
    July 25, 2014 / 5:49 pm

    Absolutely, the shades are very common, If you have a couple neutral palettes you dont need it.

  12. Courtney Connolly
    July 25, 2014 / 5:50 pm

    I agree and I just got my first sleek palette, its amazing!

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