First Impressions: Maybelline ‘The Nudes’

First Impressions: Maybelline 'The Nudes'Happy Friday lovelies! I am extremely excited to share today’s post with you. I mentioned on Monday I recently purchased Maybelline’s ‘The Nudes’ palette and I couldn’t be more happy with my purchase! I have used this palette solely for the past two weeks and I’ve gotta say I’m impressed. If you’re wanting to pick this palette up for yourself, looking for swatches or just want to know my thoughts, read on.

I first spotted this palette in a magazine and loved the idea of using the shades as duos, trios, quads and even on their own to create beautiful, nude looks. If I’m honest, eyes confuse me a little bit and normally I’m a one shadow girl. Lately, I have been experimenting with my makeup and using a few different shadows to create day-to-day looks. I have been getting into nude shades more and more and thought this would be the perfect palette for me begin with.


  • Ultra-blendable pigments.
  • Create infinite looks with bold beiges, sultry sands, brazen bronzes and over-the-top taupes.
  • Use as duos, trios or quads.

(Source: Maybelline)


I like how sleek and lightweight this palette is. It’s not bulky and would easily fit in your handbag in case you needed any touch ups throughout the day. I like the clear window as it allows you to see what each of the 12 shades looks like before buying the palette. There is a diagram on the back showing you how to create the duos, trios and quads but all the shades are versatile so you can also come up with your own combinations. The palette doesn’t have a mirror which isn’t a problem for me as I use a full size mirror to apply eyeshadow anyway. This palette also comes with one applicator which I have been using and in my opinion it does a satisfactory job. It’s not rough on the eyelids and because the shades are of similar tones, they blend well and you don’t need a new applicator for each colour.


Each shadow applies the way it looks in the palette; the colour is the same in the palette and on the eye. The shades are very soft, blendable and quite pigmented on their own. You don’t have to spend great lengths of time packing on the shades to get pigment. The black shade on the bottom right of the palette is the only shade that felt different from the rest and felt slightly chalky. I don’t use a lot of black eyeshadow so it shouldn’t be a problem.


Top Row*

Maybelline 'The Nudes' Top Row

Maybelline 'The Nudes' Swatches Top Row

*The shade in the top left corner of the palette didn’t show up very well in the photo but you can make out a few sparkles on my arm. It’s not that sheer in real life and looks lovely applied as a base shade all over the lid.

Bottom Row

Maybelline 'The Nudes' Bottom Row

Maybelline 'The Nudes' Swatches Bottom Row


+ Super soft, blendable colours.

+ Versatile shades to take you from day to night.

+ Good mix of shimmer and matte shades.

+ No fallout.

+ Compact and easy to carry round.


– There is only one and it’s nothing to do with the actual eyeshadows themselves. On the back of the palette there was a huge gold sticker covering the pictorials showing you how to achieve the looks. After removing the sticker it left residue.

Overall Verdict

I am so pleased I purchased this palette. The colours are absolutely beautiful and I know I will get a lot of use out of this palette and each of the colours (except maybe the black). If you have similar palettes, you probably don’t need to purchase this one but if you’re a beginner or want to try this palette out I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed!

Have you tried ‘The Nudes’ palette by Maybelline? If you’d like to see me create some looks with this palette do let me know!


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