Swatches + FOTD: Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

I think a lot of girls are hesitant to spend on eyeshadows. For one thing, they feel that putting on shadows are too complicated for a non-makeup artist. Another reason is that they rarely have time for a full eye look; I mean, even for me, it's a hassle to think up color combinations and somehow manage to blend them all seamlessly in under 15 minutes. But the solution for all these shadow woes are simple: a cheap and well-coordinated neutral palette such as the Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette (P675!

I picked this up in Watsons a few weeks ago because I got curious. The colors looked exactly like what I would use myself, and if the pigmentation as well as the texture can deliver then this would be a serious contender in the over-competitive world of neutral palettes. So, is it? I think so!

The twelve shades are designed to coordinate with one another. For example the first two columns is a taupe quad. The next two columns after that is a bronze/gold quad, while the last two columns are the greys. They are also grouped into trios and duos! You can see how in the back of the palette.

But let's get back to the most important thing, which is the performance. The colors are well-chosen, but they are not uniformly awesome. I found the lighter colors too...thin and not so rich in pigment. The mid to dark colors though has such a rich and creamy finish that I would've mistaken them for high-end colors if I didn't know what they were. Just check out the bronzes! I also like the blending colors and smoky charcoals.

That being said, I would still recommend that you use an eyeshadow primer to keep these on your eyes all day. 

In this look, I used the taupe brown on the 2nd column, 2nd row on my eyebrows. I applied the gold (3rd column, 2nd row) all over my lids, then blended the bronze (4th column, 1st row) on my crease. I added a tinge of the black (6th column, 2nd row) on the outer v for a bit of definition. Finally, I placed the matte beige (3rd column, 1st row) right underneath my brows.

In this look, I used the taupe brown on the 2nd column, 2nd row on my eyebrows. I applied the gold (3rd column, 2nd row) all over my lids, then blended the bronze (4th column, 1st row) on my crease. I added a tinge of the black (6th column, 2nd row) on the outer v for a bit of definition. Finally, I placed the matte beige (3rd column, 1st row) right underneath my brows.

Overall, if you're looking for an affordable yet well-curated eyeshadow palette that can take you from office to cocktails, I think you will enjoy the Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. At P675, this won't disappoint. Just remember to keep an eyeshadow primer on hand to bring out the best of the colors. They are not as intense as the high-end palettes I have but for the price, they're pretty good. 

Thoughts? Have you tried this palette already, and how did it work for you?