Maybelline The BLUSHED Nudes and The ROCK Nudes
When you are new to eye makeup and wish to upgrade from smoked kohl, your best friend is budget eyeshadow palette. You have to know the colors that work best for you and suit your lifestyle. It is better to start with budget palettes and work your way up and buy the high-end brands in colors that your use the most. The singles are expensive and not always worth it unless you are absolutely sure that you will be getting the best use out of them. Unfortunately, three-four years back, there weren't options of budget palettes available. My favorite back them was Sleek Oh Soo Special and it stayed so for a very long time.
In 2015, Maybelline brought their Nude Palettes and I ditched all my other palettes. (I still use love budget palettes because I travel most of the time and I do not wish to misplace the expensive one while traveling.) I loved it so much that I asked my friend to get the other new variants from the US and I have been using them since August. Now that Maybelline has brought both the options in India, here are the swatches and my thoughts about the Maybelline The Blushed Nudes and The Rock Nudes.
|Maybelline The Blushed Nudes, The Nudes, The Rock Nudes Eyeshadow Palette Comparision|
Maybelline The Blushed Nudes: With an array of rosy nudes and mauves, this palette is a mix of shimmery eyeshadows. When I swatched it first, I felt that it won't be of much use. To be disbelief, I am now using it more than the original Nudes Palettes. The shades are apt for the day when you need a wash of colors on your eyelids and can be toned up as well. For a bolder look for evening, there are darker colors. But, the colors may look chalky on darker skin tones.
Maybelline The Rock Nudes: Mix of bold colors with some light shimmery tones. The black with silver shimmer and the chocolate brown are my favorites. But, the darker shades are not very smooth and does not look bold when worn - defeating the whole purpose. So, if you love any shade in the palette and you feel that you will be using it extensively, buy the single eye shadow or an eyeliner/kohl which can be smudged of that color from another brand.
Overall: Initially, I thought that I would use The Rock Nudes more during winter, but it wasn't the case. While my favorite is the original one, I am indeed reaching for more the Blushed Nudes these days. I also took it along with me during my three weeks trip and not for a moment I missed the other palettes. Also, the Indian version of the Blushed nudes comes with an eyeshadow brush and not standard issue sponge tip applicator.
If I have to suggest just one then, by all means, pick the original Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow if you need warm neutral colors. If your skin colors lean on the fairer side and you already have warm colors in your collection then pick The Blushed Nude. Under no circumstances, I found The Rock Nudes worth the price tag. I believe Makeup Revolution have better choices (but I haven't tried them yet)