It's Friday!!! I really don't know why that excites me as I'm off to run errands after I finish typing this and I have a pile of stuff to organize and photograph and do all kinds of blogger things with over the weekend. Basically, I'm not getting a break anytime soon. Regardless, it's Friday and I've got two new Maybelline products to chat about. Exactly what are those products? Maybelline The Rock Nudes Eyeshadow Palette and Master Prime Eyeshadow Base.
Maybelline Master Prime Long-Lasting Eyeshadow Base in 420 Prime & Matte 6.85 ml $7.99 USD / $10.99 CAD
Shadow primer is an essential item, if you ask me (what, you didn't?) but there really aren't many drugstore options. Maybelline Master Prime Long-Lasting Eyeshadow Base is changing that. With three options- Prime & Illuminate, Prime & Matte, Prime & Smooth- there is something for every eye.
I've been using the Prime & Matte, which as the name suggests, gives a matte canvas for shadows. The formula has a creamy, almost whipped feel and applies via a sponge doe-foot applicator. The packaging makes application easy, but it's also easy to apply too much. I find the formula takes a minute to dry down and can crease before it sets if you apply too much product. Otherwise, this makes a good base that keeps shadows from creasing and prevents fading. The shade is a bit deep on me, so I really have to blend it out, but deeper skin tone will appreciate a deeper nude shade.
Following up on the success of The Nudes, Maybelline brings us The Rock Nudes. The palette follows with the same layout as the last, that looks a bit haphazard a first glance, but does have a logical reason The shades are arranged to make up three quads, four trios, and six duos. The back of the palette features number diagrams to make the setup easy to follow and is quite helpful. It makes combining shadows foolproof and is a nice starting off point.
The shadows overall are pretty good. I was impressed at how pigmented the deeper shades are, especially since the bulk of the palette is made of them. The lighter shades did run a bit sheer when swatched, but I found they built pretty well on the eye.
The top row consists of a satin white, a silvery taupe, and a rose champagne. These shades run on the sheer side, but as I mentioned, performed pretty well on the eyes. The top row continues with a deep chocolate brown satin, a slightly shimmery navy satin, and a deep charcoal with silver shimmer. These shades all have a smooth, easy texture and a lot of pigment. I was very impressed that the the last shade didn't leave any fallout- not even shimmer- when used.
The bottom row consists of a pale, whitened shade with a pink luminosity. It's pretty sheer, but works very nicely as a brow and inner corner highlight. A matte almond-putty shade and lavender-kissed grey follow, with a muted, antique-gold with gold glitter, deep eggplant, and black matte round out the row. Again, the lighter shade are bit less pigmented, but the deeper shades are pretty impressive. While I really like the shade selection, I do with the pops of colour (the blue and the gold) were a bit more vibrant.
I used the last quad of the palette (blue, charcoal, eggplant, and black) to create this smokey look. Smokey is really your only option with the shades in that section. I love the look and the subtlety of the shades together. It was impressed at how nicely the deep shades blend not only on skin but with themselves. I had had no trouble getting a perfectly blended smoke.
Overall, I am pretty pleased with both products. I think the palette is a touch overpriced for Canada, but everything seems to be getting more and more expensive lately. I think the palette will speak to those who like a more dramatic or smokey look, but might not work for those looking for true nude shades. What do you think? Will you be dding either of these products to your makeup bag?