Ever since Urban Decay had the genius idea of combining twelve ultra-wearable hues of eyeshadow into the Naked Eyeshadow Palette, it was just a matter of time before drugstore cosmetics companies started to do the same. Maybelline recently debuted the Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, featuring twelve ultra-wearable shades of beiges, bronzes, sands, and taupes.
Talc-Based Eyeshadows Have Lasting Power
The Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette contains eyeshadows that are comprised primarily of talc.
Around 1995, reports began to circulate on the internet that talc was bad for your skin, causing breakouts and clogging pores. However, nothing could be further from the truth, with several studies having demonstrated that talc is noncomedogenic, meaning that it does not clog pores. In fact, 1984 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that a mixture including water, , and talc was less comedogenic than numerous other ingredients common to skin care, including isopropyl isostearate, butyl stearate, and myristyl myristate, among others .[Read more: Is Talc Bad for Your Skin?]
The type of talc used in cosmetics also does not cause lung cancer. Talc was suspected to cause cancer because it is chemically related to asbestos (they are both silicates). While it is true that when talc is manufactured, it can be contaminated with asbestos fibers, there have been regulations in place since 1976 that ensure that cosmetics-grade talc is asbestos-free. A 2006 review in Occupational and Environmental Medicine confirmed this report, finding no increased risk of lung cancer when using talc-based cosmetic products.
While you should not, for instance, inhale baby powder (Toxicology Letters), the amount of talc in makeup products like Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette is safe and serves a purpose. Talc allows the eyeshadow to absorb oil, prevents the eyeshadow from caking, and provides a dry, powder-like feel for the product.
How Does Maybelline The Nudes Compare to the Urban Decay Naked Palette?
In general, the Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette and the Urban Decay Naked 1, 2, and 3 palettes both contain eyeshadows that are well-pigmented, durable, and ultra-wearable, and which come in practical shades.
But there are differences. First, the Urban Decay Naked 1, 2, and 3 palettes are more blendable. This is because the Urban Decay Naked 1, 2, and 3 palettes contain some eyeshadows with a higher concentration of ethylhexyl palmitate and/or polyethylene terephthalate than talc. This makes certain shades of the Urban Decay eyeshadows have a thinner, more spreadable consistency. Of course, if you use the Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette with a primer underneath, you get basically the same effect, and for less than half of the cost.
[Read More: Urban Decay Naked3 Review]
Second, the Urban Decay Naked 1, 2, and 3 palettes have more shimmer. Typically more expensive cosmetics are able to feature more micronization and hence a greater concentration of colored particles per square inch, which you can see up-close. Obviously, most of us aren’t stage performers or makeup artists, so I have no problem using the Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette for day-to-day purposes. In fact, as a young professional, I almost prefer less sparkle and shimmer. But, for a big night out, you may want to splurge on more color and sparkle with the Urban Decay Naked 1, 2, and 3 palettes.
How to Apply
Always apply shadow first, then eyeliner, followed by mascara.
Mix and match shades, wear one shade alone or combine dark and light shades to create a smokey, sultry look. There are thirteen combinations featured below that work very well: 6 duos, 4 trios, and 3 quads.
How to Create Thirteen Different Looks with the Maybelline The Nudes Palette
For best results, follow this step-by-step guide to create a flawless nude look at home.
For ultra-wearable eyeshadows with lasting power, I highly recommend Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. The price tag is absolutely amazing — you are paying less than 50 cents for each of twelve ultra-wearable shades!
Where you lose out a bit with the Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette is applicability and color/sparkle density. I recommend using the Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette with an eyeshadow primer to make them more blendable and spreadable. For day-to-day, I don’t necessarily want a lot of color or sparkle density, but for fancy occasions, I might switch to a different, slightly more expensive palette.
[Read more: Makeup 101: Are Eyeshadow Primers Necessary?]
Nonetheless, the Maybelline The Nudes Eyeshadow Palette is amazing, and I’m a fan! An awesome buy, especially with an eyeshadow primer.
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