Recently, a shadow palette landed on my desk and quickly ended up as a staple in my makeup bag. And you know ‘staple’ is a strong word. Have you seen Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette yet? It might just be one of the most impressive drugstore makeup launches of the year.
Boasting 12 shades of nude eye shadow in a variety of textures – satin, matte and frost – Maybelline The Nudes is comparable to Urban Decay’s Naked Palette ($54) and even the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette, ($49) both of which I use frequently. (Why choose one when you can have them all? Perks of being a beauty blogger.) This is the largest shadow palette available at a drugstore and the best part? It’s under $10. The texture of the shadows are smooth, with the satin and frosted shades being the most pigmented. It’s an absolute must-have. I’ve been bringing it with me on my travels this summer, because it’s super light and has everything I need to go from daytime to nighttime.
In case you’re wondering, other neutral shadows I’m loving right now include the Lancome Color Design 5 Pan Eye Shadow in Showered in Lace and L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Eye Shadow in Perpetual Nude, Rose Nude and Treasured Bronze.