Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette: 1st Impressions 

If you’ve read my recent posts, you’ll know that I’ve decided that at the age of 34, it’s time to finally learn how to apply eyeshadow properly. I recently purchased my first palette from Tarte (the collaboration with Grav3yardgirl of YouTube fame, see post here) and am browsing posts on Too Faced and Urban Decay palettes to help me decide which one I need in my life. I’ve also purchased my first 3 shadows from Makeup Geek and am looking forward to gradually filling my Z Palette with shades that hopefully work wth my very fair skin.

When I spotted the Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette on sale at ASOS, I thought I might as well grab it and see what this drugstore offering is like.


The shades themselves are neutral and pretty. If you’re an established eyeshadow lover, you doubtless already own similar shades, probably in higher-end palettes. But if you’re a beginner, either because you’re just late to the party like me or because you’re young, these kind of shades strike me as a good place to start.

I noticed on swatching these shadows that they are noticeably more powdery than the Tarte palette or handful of Mac shadows I own, which I guess is to be expected when you consider the huge difference in price! There was also quite a bit of fall out when using a brush to get product from pan to the eyelid.

Having swatched and had an initial play with the shadows in this palette, I think the amount of use I’ll get out of them varies a lot from shade to shade. The lighter colours apply nicely over primer; I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion. Some of the darker ones swatched well but ended up looking lacklustre and a little muddy when applied, even when factoring in that my eyeshadow application game needs work. 

I’m not disgarding this palette by any means but to be honest it doesn’t make me want to order more Maybelline eyeshadows. I’m sure there are some great quality shadows in the drugstore price range but this particular palette hasn’t especially impressed me so far. That said, if with further use I warm to it, I’ll return to this post and add an update. In the meantime I think I’ll buy a couple of Makeup Geek shades at a time & add them to my Z Palette rather than buying more drugstore palettes randomly because they’re on sale.

What is your favourite drugstore brand for eyeshadows? 

Wishing you good luck and happy days,

Kindra x

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10 thoughts on “Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette: 1st Impressions 

  1. contemplatingstyle

    I don’t really use drugstore eyeshadows, because on my oily lids, they simply don’t last, even with a primer. The only drugstore brand whose eyeshadows I love is Sleek Makeup.
    Of higher end brands, I suggest you try The Balm and Too Faced, my Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons is my favourite palette ever, followed by The Balm’s Nude’Tude.
    Good luck with finding your favourites! 🙂

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    1. That might be part of my problem, my skins is on the oily side of combination. Thanks for the recommendations! I’m currently loving theBalm’s liquid lipsticks so would love to try their eyeshadows, haven’t read/heard a bad thing about them yet 🙂

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      1. contemplatingstyle

        The Balm’s eyeshadow primer is awesome too, and I found that it works great with both The Balm and Too Faced eyeshadows, which are my favourites. Kat Von D eyeshadows also have AMAZING pigmentation and staying power (I have one review if you want to check it out), but with those I had a problem of fallout and a bit difficult blending. But the staying power is incredible.

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  2. Living Whenever Inspiration Strikes

    Awesome post! I’ve been meaning to pick up this palette but I never got the chance. One of my favorite drugstore brands is w7 but sadly some of my favorite stores have stopped carrying it. They have very good eyeshadow palettes for awesome prices.

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