I'm Blushing Nude!

Happy Monday! I'm starting this week off with another beauty review and this one is an eyeshadow palette. The Maybelline Blushed Nudes palette is easily one of the most gorgeous palettes I've seen that is available at the drugstore. It's what made me attracted to it in the first place. I saw it and loved the look of it so I got it straight away as soon as it was released here. I've had this for quite a while but I just got around to sharing my thoughts on it. So that is what I am going to be sharing with you!

Description (from website): A palette of creamy, delicate, neutral eye shadows.It contains 12 highly pigmented, natural blush hues; infused with rose gold pigments that suit cool and warm skin tones; curated for a versatile selection of eye makeup looks; suitable for mixing and matching.

Where to buy: Maybelline counters, SM Beauty, Watson's & online at Zalora.ph & BeautyMNL.com

Price & Weight: 875php for 9g

This comes housed in a very pretty compact. It’s a rose gold plastic compact which actually has a very nice look to it. It is about my palm length and fits perfectly in my hand. It has plastic see through cover and all the colors are embedded in their designated slots. On the back there’s a list of ingredients as well as directions on how to use this palette. It features a break down of looks you can create using the shades. They actually break the color into quads of color, trios, and duos that would work well. They also include a little eye chart showing the best placement for the colors. This is very helpful if you’re unsure which shades would work well together. This palette is laid out to make it super easy for you to apply these eyeshadows. When you open the palette you are greeted by 12 rosy and taupe shades with a few golds and greens thrown in the mix as well. No mirror is provided which is disappointing. The 12 eyeshadow pans are the main focus in the packaging which isn’t super pretty but functional. It has an applicator with sponge tip on one side and a pretty useless brush on the other side. I don't mind it but I could do without it as I prefer to use my own brushes. The packaging is sturdy and closes with a click.

Application & Staying Power
The gorgeous palette holds twelve unique eyeshadows, ranging from soft neutrals to shimmery pinks. You get a mix of matte, satin, and metallic shades in this palette. They are workable and they apply fairly well without being patchy or looking dry. Application was fairly smooth for me and the texture was softer on these shades than the other palettes. All the shades look stunning in the pan. Once applied this palette works quite nicely on the eye: these shadows blend nicely and on the eye some shades look better than in the swatch. I don’t like bold eyes but prefer rosy pinks on a daily basis in my makeup routine. I prefer using a shimmery shade all over my lid and working with a matte shade on my crease.

The eyeshadow stayed on my oily eyelids for good 4-5 hours. After that specially the lighter shades started fading. The colors look and wear best with eyeshadow primer in my experience as they remain crease free and intense for several hours. I think the wear time can be 8 to 10 hours and more if used with primer. They are workable but I experience some creasing and fading so primer is a good idea.

Pigmentation & Texture
Before I purchased this beauty, I'd heard a lot of people complain about the pigmentation of this palette. Apparently a lot of the colors come out chalky, so I didn't want to start with high expectations. I was still looking forward to giving it a go myself though. But actually, I was pleasantly surprised! This rosy golden-themed palette isn't the most pigmented. I can say that but it can be worked with. Now I found the eye shadows in this palette works best when you apply it with your finger rather than brush as the warmth of your finger helps the product to show up on the eyelid much better. The pigmentation isn’t that great when it comes to certain shades so you really need to build up the color which can be a pain if you are in a rush. The pigment runs from sheerer on some of the mattes to fairly pigmented with some of the metallic and darker colors. The eyeshadows are very smooth, but not the most pigmented. The light colors take a few layers for the colors to show up with a finger swatch and you'll need to use a wet brush to get the desired intensity. The darker greys are much more pigmented, especially the last three shades.

I would like to talk a bit about the texture of the palette. The texture of the shades are extremely smooth and buttery and it glides on very easily. I found some shades to be a bit chalky in terms of texture. The shadows are pretty chalky and I experienced a lot of fallout when I used the shimmery shades. Since the texture of the eyeshadows is smooth, it's very blendable, but you need to keep adding back so that the color doesn't fade away while you're blending. The first 4 shades are very light and a tad powdery in texture. The next 7 shades have a great pigmentation, but unfortunately that matte brown and dark grey are not as dark on my skin as they look in the pan. The most underwhelming shade must be the last one: what looks like a deep dark brown, almost black with red shimmer is a vague wash of color with some scattered flecks. The texture is not very buttery smooth: they are quite hard and a tad powdery.

The palette consists of 12, cool toned, eyeshadows. There are no names given to the shadows so I’ve numbered them from 1-12. The colors are all generally pink toned, with shades ranging from soft rosy highlighters, rose gold, and pink toned light and dark greys. The colors are all light and shimmery. There are a few matte-like shades, but they have a slight hint of glimmer in them too. Some of the shades will look very similar swatched and worn. Some colors need a bit of layering to show up on the eyelids. The shades are all stunning! It has amazing pinks and taupes which can be used everyday and would look good with any outfit.

Shades in the top row from left to right: 
Shade #1 – A slightly shimmery cream shade. It’s an off white shade with fine shimmer particles. It has fine sparkles running through it. This is the most sheer shade in the palette and in one sweep it gives a sheer finish but two or more give good pigmentation. I find this shade to be a bit chalky in terms of texture. It's basically a shade for highlighting. It can be used as brow or cheek highlighter.

Shade #2 – A beautiful shimmery pinkish shade with very fine sparkles. It's a light pink with fine sparkle in it. It is not as sheer as the first one but still requires multiple sweeps to be visible and can be built up a bit better than the cream white shade. This shade can be used as blush or highlighter. It's a good lid color to wear on a everyday basis if you are into light colors.

Shade #3 – A peachy and champagne shade. It's a shimmery pinky-peach with fine sparkle in it. This one's deceptive in the pan since you can't really see the pink until you get it on your skin. It gives a little pinkish sheen on the skin. It's perfect for wearing on an everyday basis as an all over lid color.

Shade #4 –  A yellowish gold shade with brown undertones. This is a burnt copper shade with coral undertones. It's shimmery warm bronze and is the smoothest shadow in this palette when it comes to texture. This shade is perfect for the lids or brow bone for hooded lids. It's good for wearing on an everyday basis as a shimmery or metallic shadow.

Shade #5 – A pinky peach color with a fine bronze shimmer. It's a pale pink color. It is perfect for crease line and can be used for blending dark shadows.

Shade #6 – A gorgeous rose pink color with purple mauve undertones. It's a shimmery medium rose-gold with pink undertones. It's good for creating a soft smokey eye.

 Shades in the bottom row from left to right:

Shade #7 – A very shimmery green based grey color. It's a very unique shade in this palette with a light gray with yellow flash. This is a beautiful almost silver shade and there's a yellow flash to it when the light hits it just right.

Shade #8 – A brown mixed with slight green color. It as brown that is neutral brownish taupe shade with shimmer.

Shade #9 –  It is a neutral brown with shimmers. It is very pretty sable brown shade with mild shimmer to it and looks great for a neutral eye.

Shade #10 – This shade is light shimmery steel grey or charcoal color. It is a shimmery dark charcoal/steel gray. It is a silver shade with over tones of grey rather than white. It is a good color for contouring your crease.

Shade #11 – A deep purple-brown satin matte shade with some sheen to it. It has fine iridescent sparkles and the purple undertones. It is a purpleish-brown and is a satin-matte. This one's quite deceptive in the pan since the purple undertone doesn't become visible until you get it on skin.

Shade #12 – It’s a classic black matte shade with proper rose gold glitters. This is the only other matte in this palette but does contain a good amount of rose-gold glitter. It’s the darkest of all shade with both pink and silver shimmer particles mixed in.

Here are the swatches! The top 6 shades are all fairly light in tone. The first duo consists of a matte off white shade and a soft shimmery peachy pink. Both are highlight shades. The top row is pretty much only highlighters in my opinion. On the bottom row there is a shimmery bronze gold and a dark matte brown. These can be good for a lower lash line shade, all over lid shades and some pretty crease shades. The next two shades are another medium taupe but this one is more grey toned. Next to that is a deep dark grey with a cool under tone and a hint of shimmer. Then there is a gorgeous shimmery rose shade and a deep dark brown with red shimmer. As you can see in the swatches – shimmery shades are not very pigmented and the lighter ones are not as good. The darker shades show up better on the swatches and on the eyes.

Overall Experience
Overall I like this palette. I think you get your money’s worth for this product. The shades are very wearable but nothing exceptional that's why I am not blown away by the palette. I will continue to use this palette on days where I want to create something romantic and natural looking without too much messing about. It's nice but could have been better in terms of the shades and pigmentation. It is good for people who like to apply nude or soft shades or someone who doesn’t like heavy eyeshadow on their eyes. I wish that they had some more browns in the palette maybe a matte brown would have been very appropriate shade to contour my crease. Other than that for what's it worth I will continue and use it on days I want to reach for these shades. Have you tried the Maybelline Blushed Nudes Palette yet?

My rating is:
I'll give it 3.5/5 because I think it deserves this rating. There is a variety of shades and provided these are pigmented enough it could potentially be a very versatile palette. Most of these shadows have a slight graininess and chunkiness to them but if you're willing to forgive than they still apply nicely over primer and blend out well. This is a decent palette and definitely some nice shades.

That's it for my review of this eyeshadow palette. It was a little hit and miss but I do really like this palette. I think I can work with it and come spring I will probably get a lot of use out of it then. So I hope you are enjoy my beauty reviews every Monday that I started the past month. I've been loving that and bringing beauty back into my blog regularly. I have more planned so stay tuned! Hope you have a lovely start to the week!

What are your thoughts on this palette and colors you like using?