Y’all know I love makeup; most of the posts on BrittFaced are about makeup or beauty products. So when I got notification that I was in Influenster’s new Maybelline VoxBox to test out their new 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, I was stoked!! (Does anyone say “stoked” anymore? No? Just me, then…)
The box arrived a couple weeks back and also included a mascara and a nude liner, so you can create an entire look. I was so excited to try them out and have now been testing the 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette for a little over a week. Let me tell you my thoughts…
The palette comes in standard plastic packaging, but this one is gold, which I thought was a nice touch for the theme of the palette. It includes 12 different shimmering shades, which are “infused with sparkling gold metallic pigments” to give a beautiful pop of light to your lids and tons of color combinations to mix and match for day or night looks. I really love all the colors in this palette, so I was ready to dig in and try them out and I tried this palette on four different days with mixed results.
The colors- while gorgeous- are hit and miss when it comes to the formula. Some are super creamy and blend out beautifully, while some are chalkier and have tons of fallout as well as a patchy consistency when blended. As far as the color payoff, the pigmentation is horrible in almost all of these shades. I was most excited for the gorgeous purple shade in the palette, but when I tried to wear it (both dry and wet), it came off as more of a dusty brown than a beautiful aubergine purple- and that was with three coats on my shader brush, packed onto my lids. The white highlight shade was also one that looked gorgeous in the pan but was barely visible on my skin. The only two colors I felt had great pigmentation and didn’t fade through the day were the shimmery taupe in the top row and the antique gold/golden brown on the bottom row.
Also, can we talk about sponge applicators for eyeshadow? We all know by now that they don’t distribute product well and they definitely suck for blending, so can makeup companies please take note and start including brushes with their palettes?
Inconsistency in Maybelline’s eyeshadows seems to be a brand-wide problem, as noted by beauty gurus all over the internet and in the YouTube community. GlamLifeTati just did a video not long ago, talking about their single shadows and how some are incredible while others are horrible, and I have to agree.
Overall, this palette is a letdown for me and I wouldn’t be able to recommend it. The packaging is pretty, and the colors are too, but the overall formula of the shadows is not good enough for me to recommend spending money on it.