Welcome back everybody!
It’s been so long since I have reviewed something on my blog and I forgot how fun it is! I am going to try and review more products to show a little bit of personality through what my likes and dislikes are. I think its really important to showcase your opinion of a company or a product to educate other people on why or why not you recommend this product. Everybody has different needs and what you disliked in a product, somebody else may really love.
So today I will be reviewing two different drugstore eye shadows and hosting a competition between them. These two eye shadows, I find, are the most talked about on the internet out of the drugstore and I wanted to see which one was better and why. The two eye shadows that I will be comparing today are the Maybelline Nudes and the e.l.f Mad for Matte palettes. I will have four different categories that I will judge these two products on and then make a final decision on which one is the better palette.
The first one I want to talk about is the Maybelline Nudes palette. I have seen a lot of negativity swirl around this palette on YouTube and I wanted to see for myself why people disliked this palette so much.
The formula in this palette is not that great. It feels like chalk and is not creamy at all. The shimmery shades are alright as some of them are nice and buttery, but ALL of the matte shades are so dry and it just feels like you are applying chalk to your eyelids.
Pigmentation for the matte shades is not that great. While performing the swatches of the matte shades, I had to apply at least three layers to get it to show up on my arm without any patchiness. However, some of the shimmery shades are gorgeous and have high pigmentation.
I think that the lasting power of this palette is nice. If you apply an eyelid primer prior to applying the eye shadow, the look will stay for about six hours.
There is a lot of fallout from this palette! The main reason being that the shades are so chalky and powdery, it cannot resist the fallout. Not only is there fallout in the palette, but also when you are applying it to your eyelids, some of the fallout ends up on my cheeks.
Overall this product is not terrible, but I only like it because of some of the shimmer shades. The shimmer shades, I can make work, but the mattes are something I would not go for. The packaging is also very cheap, but I do admire how you can view all the colors through the transparent cover.
The next palette is the e.l.f Mad for Matte palette. This palette has received a lot of positive feedback from beauty gurus and I thought I’d try it out myself. The color scheme was awesome, and the packaging was so slick, it was inviting.
The formula of this pallette is great! When swtaching the colors and applying them to eyelid, it felt so creamy and smooth. It was not at all chalky or dry, just smooth and buttery.
The pigmentation in this palette is alright. It is much better than the Maybelline’s palette, but I feel there are some darker shades that have low pigmentation, but it is very buildable.
These eye shadows last me such a long time! I can go 8-12 hours wearing this palette and not have the shades budge on my eyelid. Hats off to the lasting power of a drugstore eye shadow palette.
When I used this palette, I experienced very little fallout since the formula was really creamy.
In conclusion, it is very obvious which palette I am for and which I am not for. I absolutely adore the e.l.f Mad for Matte palette over the Maybelline Nudes palette. The e.l.f’s palette was creamy and provided good pigmentation which promotes easy application. The Maybelline’s palette is purely made out of chalk which is very hard to work with as it does not blend! If you were thinking about purchasing a drugstore eye shadow palette, I would highly recommend purchasing the e.l.f’s palette.