I've never really been one for experimenting with eyeshadow. In fact, I very rarely wear it. Others rave about the latest Urban Decay palette, whilst I'd rather fan-girl over false lashes or an incredible cleansing balm. Eyeshadow has just never been my thing. I bought this Maybelline 'The Blushed Nudes' palette as part of an offer in Superdrug (I had bought one thing and would get this half price), so thought 'why not?'. I thought it'd be another neutral palette that I didn't need, but it's turned out to be one of my favourites that I am now turning to almost daily. How about that for a turn-around?!
I don't think you can ever go wrong with a nude eyeshadow palette. Bright, colourful pots are wonderful if you're feeling brave and look beautiful on a dressing table, but realistically, they are not 'everyday shades' that we'll turn to regularly. Pink and brown neutral tones are far more wearable- and this is why the Urban Decay Naked palettes have done so well. They become classics that we use on a day to day basis and soon enough, can't live without. This Maybelline palette is right up my street; I love the pink tones throughout (I have been eyeing up the Naked 3 palette for this reason) and think they are just so simple and stunning.
Although there are a couple of mattes, The Blushed Nudes is predominantly a shimmery collection- another reason why it caught my eye. I've never been one for a matte make-up look (even with my foundation I prefer it dewy), so the delicate pink tones with added shimmer just made the perfect combination for me. The eyeshadows themselves are incredibly pigmented- far more than I thought they would be. It again does what Makeup Revolution have done and proves that you don't necessarily have to splash out to get good, pigmented colours. There is little fall-out too, and I find these blend beautifully. I love buffing a light neutral shade (top row, second one in) across my eyelid before adding a little bit of the darker shades (bottom row, fifth one in) to my crease and blending out to create really subtle, natural and slightly smokey definition. They all can be mixed so well together and make for some great 'office wear' make-up.
The brush that comes with it isn't that great and the case itself feels a bit cheap, but don't let that distract you from the eyeshadows themselves. They are gorgeous, pigmented and perfect for anyone who loves those neutral shimmery shades. It's a fantastic budget buy for a beauty-lover without having to compromise on quality. Definitely a rival palette for Makeup Revolution's best-sellers!
What's your favourite budget eyeshadow palette? Do you prefer these pinky neutral tones?