Hello, all! Today I come to you with another review and this one is from my favorite drugstore brand, Maybelline! I picked up their new Blushed Nudes palette and wanted to share my thoughts with you all on it. I purchased mine from Walmart for $9.99, the same price as the original The Nudes palette. Like always, if you’re feeling pretty budget savvy, you can pick yours up from Ulta with a mascara or something and use their current coupon code (or print off the physical coupon) and score $3.50 off of a $10 purchase.
The palette comes in a nice and sleek blush tone plastic frame with clear space to see all 12 shadows inside. It is very sturdy, an awesome size for travel, and overall does a good job at not falling apart (which I wasn’t expecting to be a problem, but sometimes you just don’t know). All of the shadows inside of it are primarily in the realm of ‘blush,’ living up to the name and carrying some soft pink iridescence or shimmer to them.
I swatched these shadows on my arm with the Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer as a base. Some may call that cheating, but let me tell you, primer was very necessary as these shadows apply better than they swatch. If you’re into showing off you Insta-color shadow arms to your legions of followers or if you love caressing blocks of velvety smooth shadows then this product may initially disappoint you in those departments. As a person who both loves a good swatch and feeling up those shadows, I found that those initial ‘disappointments’ are really easy to overlook, simply because the product works incredibly well for $10. I recommend using the non-matte shadows with a bit of a damp brush, but overall I was able to achieve a greater depth of color in application than on my arms and that’s perfectly okay. The shadows were blendable, buildable, and were not heavy on the creasing – though I still do recommend using it with a primer.
My only real complaint about it is that while I find the idea of blush tones x5 to be pretty awesome in theory, in reality it was a little bit impractical for my needs. I don’t need brown with subtle flecks of pink glitter; I just need brown. The color selection of this palette is very charming, especially as full drugstore palettes appears to be a recent occurrence, but everything about these shadows did not have to be bathed in blush.
Finally, this review would not be complete unless I compared this palette to my beloved The Nudes one and I can tell you right now, the quality of The Blushed Nudes is better. The shadows are more pigmented, there are less chalky shades to sort through (though some still do exist), and the color selection is fairly unique. It doesn’t look quite as sexy as The Nudes and I can’t fill my brows in with it, but that doesn’t matter because it appears that a lot of my initial concerns about the original palette were addressed in this one.