Expert Wear The Nudes Palette
There are a lot of nude eyeshadow palettes out there these days, and with good reason: A variety of neutral shades in one convenient package can be a great addition to just about any makeup kit! Adding to the list of options is Expert Wear The Nudes Palette from Maybelline. So how does it stack up?
This inexpensive palette comes in a sleek-looking, flat black compact, and features 12 shades of cream, brown-toned, copper, and black shadows. Some of the shades have true matte finishes, while others have satin or shimmer finishes (there are no glittery shades to be found here). All of the shades are attractive and neutral ("nude") enough that they'll be useful for a wide variety of looks, from subtle daytime looks to dramatic nighttime makeup.
The texture of the shadows is smooth and somewhat powdery, but not to the point where you get dust clouds when you apply them. They're easy to pick up on a brush (ignore the outdated plastic sponge-tipped applicator that comes with this, as it simply isn't effective), and color quality is good, meaning you don't have to pack it on too much to get the colors to show up.
The problem here is that they're somewhat difficult to blend. The shadows tend to stay exactly where you put them, which make for a messy look, especially because some of these colors are quite dark! It's not impossible to blend these; it's just that it takes some time to do so; these simply don't have the gorgeous blendability of today's best eyeshadow palettes.
Another issue is that these shadows start to fade about halfway through a standard 8-hour workday. An eyeshadow primer can extend the wear for a little bit, but the best eyeshadows should be able to hang in there, regardless of whether there's a primer under them or not!
In the end this isn't a terrible palette, it's just one that isn't impressive, despite its affordable price.
- 12 attractive, neutral shades that can be used for a wide variety of looks.
- Texture is smooth and not overly powdery.
- Good color quality.
- Difficult to blend.
- Shadows begin to fade about halfway through their wear time.
Maybelline New York At-A-Glance
Strengths: At least one excellent product (if not several) in almost every category; many excellent foundations; superior mascaras; inexpensive makeup brushes; some terrific concealers, powders, blush, and lip color options.
Weaknesses: Lips balms tend to be a letdown; a few of the Great Lash mascaras are surprisingly average compared to other Maybelline formulas.
Maybelline is one of the best-known and most recognized mass-market makeup lines in the worldit's available in 90 countries. Throughout its long history, which began in 1915 when T. L. Wilson founded the company and named it after his sister, Mabel, and Vaseline (which he combined with coal dust to concoct a mascara for her), the company has prided itself on bringing innovative products to the marketplace. L'Oreal purchased the company in early 1996, and that's when things really started coming together for the Maybelline brand.
Specializing in a large selection of lipsticks, nail polishes, and mascaras, there is a lot to love from this drugstore brand. Many of their foundations are exceptional, and their powders, several mascaras, pencils, matte-finish concealers, and Superstay Lipcolor collection impressed us by offering a high degree of quality for their inexpensive price point.
Maybelline's latest urban image is a positive step, as many of their latest launches have been innovative without resorting to "been-there, done-that" gimmicks. Smart shoppers will note the similarities of a few of Maybellines formulas to products from high-end brands that are also owned by parent company LOreal. That just goes to show conscientious shopping can really save you moneywithout sacrificing quality or performance.
For more information about Maybelline New York, call (800) 944-0730 or visit their interactive Web site at www.maybelline.com.
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