I’ve been on a drugstore hunt for Maybelline’s Blushing Nudes Palette, but sadly my Walgreens was sold out. But instead I found Maybelline’s The Smokes. I don’t do a smokey eye often, and I know it’s difficult to get smokey shadows from the drugstore that blend well and have great pigment, so I picked up this 12 shadow palette. Below is a product info, review, swatches and a makeup look. Also I’ll have a surprise for you guys in the next week or so!
This palette retails between $9.99 and $12, the cheapest place to find is Ulta. The palette features 12-smokey eyeshadows, they’re all shimmering, but the shimmer comes off the brown and navy for a more matte look. It also comes with a sponge applicator but I’d use a brush. Verdict? Honestly, I’d skip this palette, yes the price is good, but the quality is pretty bad. You’ll be able to see in th swatches below, but these eyeshadows lacked pigment and were difficult to blend. I was able to get a nice look with a primer base, but I really had to build up on the lid. I’d give this palette a 4/10. If you want a smokey look for an affordable price, I’d look into L’Oreal’s La Nude Palettes. I have a review here.
Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy and Smooth Foundation Porcelain
Concealer: Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in Fair/Neutral
Brows: NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown, filled in with original Brow Bar to Go (can use any brown brow powder), set with Milani Clear Brow Gel
Eyeshadows: All Shadows Maybelline The Smokes Palette
- Base: NYX Eye Base in Skintone
- Crease: Maybelline The Smokes, Brown (1st shadow on bottom row)
- Lid: Lighter Teal (1st shadow on top row)
- Outer V and Lower lashline: Navy (5th shadow on bottom row)
- Inner lid and tearduct: Granite (3rd shadow on bottom row)
- Browbone: Light Bronze (4th shadow top row)
Mascara: L’Oreal Carbon Black Telescopic and Miss Manga mixed.
Eyeliner: L’Oreal Silkissime in Black on outer waterline and Gold on inner.
Face Highlight: Colourpop Cosmetics Butterfly Beach
Blush: Milani Rose D’Oro
Bronzer: Physicians Formula Argan Wear Bronzer in Light
Powder: Makeup Forever HD Microfinish Powder (this stuff has been a lifesaver for sweat and oil)
Lips: Jordana Tawny Lipliner with Maybelline Creamy Matte Daringly Nude Lipstick and NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie.