Maybelline’s newest addition to their eyeshadow palette family, Nudes of New York, brings us a formula update. If you are familiar with the Expert Wear Quads or the 12-pan palettes (nudes, blushed nudes, 24K nudes) then this will be quite a different experience.
The matte eyeshadows in this palette are very powdery, I’d say they are comparable to how Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) eyeshadow palettes behave. They are not as pigmented as ABH shadows, that is just to give you a point of reference for the formula. The powder kick-up is not my favorite type of formula, but a lot of people do prefer that these days. The shimmers are not as loose as the mattes, but they still give good pigmentation.
Being underrated is obviously very subjective. Amanda from Makeup.Just.For.Fun on YouTube got me thinking about this topic when she posted a recent video on her underrated neutral palettes under $30. For me, an underrated product is one that no one ever talks about, or they used to talk about it but now you don’t see it mentioned. So let’s get into my opinions about some underrated palettes.
e.l.f Nude Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette, $10
This one is underrated to me because you used to hear a lot about these 10-pan palette options from e.l.f., but now people are really focused on either their bite-sized Eyeshadow quads or the 18-pan eyeshadow palettes.
I was trying to branch out and get a different color story than I normally pick out, so I went with this version of e.l.f.’s 10 pan palettes instead of the warmer Rose Gold Sunset Palette. As I certainly could have predicted, I mostly only like the warmer shades (6 and 8). I found that I could only get use out of shades 5 – 10 based on 1 and 4 being too light and shade 2 and 3 being too light and sheer in the application. Shade 5 was a bit sheer and took more building and I wasn’t crazy about the shade on the eyes.
The Nubian 3 Palette by Juvia’s Place is a little underrated in my opinion. In a time when so many people are complaining that makeup releases are all looking the same, I do not think this palette got enough shine when it was released.
When it was first released I feel like there were some criticisms about the color story not being coral enough. Every color exists on a spectrum of the shades mixed to create them. So for instance coral is a color that falls in between red and orange. So with orange being a mixture of yellow and red, every coral created is going to have different amounts of yellow, orange, and red present in the mixture. What that means, is that some corals are going to have more of an orange tone to them because they have more yellow and others are going to be pinker in tone, because they have more of the primary red pigment.
Keep reading for the swatches and some color combinations.