NEW Maybelline The NUDES Eyeshadow Swatches and Review
Ask me how many brands retails a proper eyeshadow palette in India? None…till Maybelline decided to launch The N*des to India. Makeup lovers either have to depend on international shipping or local/little known China imports. Most brands either sells monos, duos or quads. Even in those quads it is almost impossible to get a palette with mix of shimmer and mattes. I discovered this situation when I finally decided to replace Sleek Ohh So Special with something else…plus my favorite Physicians Formula palette also broke. So, in short, I am really happy when I discovered that Maybelline The N*des Palette in India. I went to mall just 2 days before my wedding just to get this #priorities
I can finally forgive Maybelline for discontinuing Chai Latte (the only natural everyday quad with mix of gold shimmer and matte brown) because now we have a 12 color pan. At first look, the colors seems to be arranged haphazardly but on the back of the palette, I found that the 12 colors are arranged as 3 quads, 4 trios and 6 duos of complimentary colors. This makes it easier for beginners to work with colors.
Colors & Texture - Maybelline The N*des palette contains the right mix of shimmery, satin and matte shades. All the shades suitable for warmer and neutral skin tones. All the colors are soft, pigmented and easy to apply. The frosty shades are better in color payoff and texture than the rest. You can even use a single color as wash of color and top it up with eyeliner and kohl. The least pigmented (and kind of disappointing color) is the black on the right bottom corner. The black color is chalky and least pigmented of all. The color on the top left corner has shimmer but still has low color payoff.
Packaging – Plastic packaging with transparent case. It comes with a sponge applicator but it is better to avoid that completely. The sponge applicator makes it tough to pack in the colors and hence, I faced major fall out. I completely depend on my Sigma brushes.
Price – Rs 899 for 12 colors (9.6g/3.4oz)
I am really happy to see this in India because
- You get 12 colors to play with by paying Rs 899. No need to spend Rs 500-1000 for just a single color which you will never be able to finish before it expires (unless you are a professional)
- All the 12 colors are suitable for Indian skin tone and are usable. Moreover, the colors are already arranged in various sets (quads, trios and duos) to guide you. And even if that confuses you, you can use just a single color on lids and blend it outward for just a wash of color and finish it with eyeliner or kohl.
- Finally, other brands will realize the need to introduce more palettes in Indian market. (Few months back, I had a talk with the creative heads of a leading Indian makeup brand. I requested them to give a thought about a neutral palette like UD N*ked for Indian market and her answer was – “People in India won’t know how to use that many colors. Plus, we already have the monos for Rs 800-1000.” I was quite disappointed with her attitude. There is another palette by Colorbar but it is priced too high (Rs 1500) and have 18 bright and frosty shades which are not suitable for everyday use.)
Overall – A decent neutral palette with right mix of shimmery and mattes shades. The colors are suitable for Indian skin tone and various looks can be done with it. Expect two colors, all the colors are butter soft, easy to apply and blend. In the end, this is not the best eyeshadow palette that money can buy but it is what money can buy you in India. There are many international durgstore brands like Wet’n’Wild, Sleek or MUA with cheaper and better alternatives. It is better to get their neutral palettes only if you have direct access because even if some are priced low, shipping costs a bomb.